(215 ILCS 5/292.1)
(from Ch. 73, par. 904.1)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2027)
Amendments to Laws.
(a) A domestic society may amend its laws in
accordance with the provisions thereof by action of its supreme governing body
at any regular or special meeting thereof or, if its laws so provide, by
referendum. Such referendum may be held in accordance with the provisions
of its laws by the vote of the voting members of the society, by the vote
of delegates or representatives of voting members or by the vote of local
lodges. A society may provide for voting by mail. No amendment submitted for
adoption by referendum shall be adopted unless, within 6 months from the
date of submission thereof, a majority of the members voting shall have
signified their consent to such amendment by one of the methods herein
(b) No amendment to the laws of any domestic society shall
take effect unless approved by the Director, who shall approve such
amendment if the Director finds that it has been duly adopted and is not
inconsistent with any requirement of the laws of this State or with the
character, objects and purposes of the society. Unless the Director shall
disapprove any such amendment within 60 days after the filing of same,
such amendment shall be considered approved. The approval or disapproval of
the Director shall be in writing and mailed to
the society. In case the
Director disapproves such amendment, the reasons therefor shall be stated
in such written notice.
(c) Within 90 days from the approval thereof by the Director, all
such amendments, or a synopsis thereof, shall be furnished to all members
of the society either by mail or by publication in full in the official
publication of the society. The affidavit of any officer of the society or
of anyone authorized by it to mail any amendments or synopsis thereof,
stating facts which show that same have been duly addressed and mailed,
shall be prima facie evidence that such amendments, or a synopsis thereof,
have been furnished the addressee.
(d) Every foreign or alien society authorized to do business in this
State shall file with the Director a certified copy of all amendments of, or
additions to, its laws within 90 days after the enactment of same.
(e) Printed copies of the laws as amended, certified by the secretary or
corresponding officer of the society, shall be prima facie evidence of the
legal adoption thereof.
(Source: P.A. 84-303