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65 ILCS 5/11-135.5-25

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135.5-25)
    Sec. 11-135.5-25. Board organization and powers.
    (a) Organization of board. A commission shall organize by electing a chair from among its own members and shall elect persons, who need not be commissioners, to such other offices as shall be designated in the agreement. It shall adopt its own bylaws, rules, and regulations and provide for its meetings. The commission has full and complete supervision, management, and control of the waterworks system or the common source of supply of water, or both, as provided in the agreement and ordinances for acquiring and operating the same, and in their maintenance, operation, and extension. The board of commissioners shall determine the general policy of the commission, shall approve the annual budget, shall make all appropriations (which may include appropriations made at any time in addition to those made in any annual appropriation document), shall approve all contracts for the purchase or sale of water, shall adopt ordinances or resolutions providing for the issuance of bonds or notes by the commission, shall adopt its bylaws, rules, and regulations, and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed in the agreement. Such agreement may further specify the voting and approval requirements for actions regarding the commission's powers and duties, including those powers and actions of the commission which shall be authorized only upon votes of greater than a majority of all commissioners or only upon consents of the corporate authorities of a certain number of member municipalities, or both.
    The agreement may provide for the establishment of a technical advisory committee to consist of a municipal employee member from each member municipality as designated by ordinance or other official action, from time to time by the corporate authorities of the member municipality, and having the qualifications as prescribed in the agreement, and also may provide for such functions and duties of the committee as will support the efficient administration and operation of the commission.
    The board of commissioners may establish other committees from time to time, consisting of either members of the board or members who are municipal employees from each member municipality, in order to support the efficient administration and operation of the commission.
    (b) Water contracts to acquire water supply. A commission may contract to acquire a supply of water on such terms and conditions as it finds in the best interests of the commission for a period not exceeding 101 years. A commission may contract with any person, corporation, political subdivision, municipal corporation, or other governmental or non-governmental entity for a supply of water, and any such political subdivision, municipal corporation, or other governmental entity is authorized to enter into such a contract with the commission. A commission may accept from a municipality that is a member of the commission the assignment of a contract to acquire a supply of water and to accept and perform the duties and obligations and make all payments required pursuant to such assigned contract.
    A contract made by or assigned to a commission for a supply of water may contain provisions whereby the commission is obligated to pay for such supply of water without setoff or counterclaim and irrespective of whether such supply of water is ever furnished, made available, or delivered to the commission or whether any project for the supply of water contemplated by the contract is completed, operable, or operating and notwithstanding any suspension, interruption, interference, reduction, or curtailment of the supply of water from such project.
    No prior appropriation shall be required before entering into or accepting assignment of such contract, and no appropriation shall be required to authorize payments to be made under the terms of the contract, notwithstanding any provision of this Code to the contrary. The contract shall not be a debt within the meaning of any statutory or constitutional limitations.
    (c) Water contracts to provide water supply to members. The commission is authorized to contract with the municipalities which established the commission, and with other municipalities that have become members pursuant to the process established in the intergovernmental agreement, for a supply of water to those municipalities, for a period not exceeding 101 years, and those municipalities are authorized to enter into such contracts with the commission.
    Any such contract made by a commission and any such municipalities to supply water may contain provisions whereby the purchasing municipality is obligated to pay for such supply of water without setoff or counterclaim and irrespective of whether such supply of water is ever furnished, made available, or delivered to the purchasing municipality or whether any project for the supply of water contemplated by any such contract is completed, operable, or operating and notwithstanding any suspension, interruption, interference, reduction, or curtailment of the supply of water from such project. Any such contract may provide that if one or more of the other purchasers' defaults in the payment of its obligations under the contract or similar contract made with the supplier of the water, the remaining purchasers party to such contract or such similar contract shall be required to pay for all or a portion of the obligations of the defaulting purchaser. Each municipality that enters into such a contract shall be obligated and have the duty to include an amount sufficient to pay the annual amount of its obligation each year in the next succeeding appropriation ordinances. No prior appropriation shall be required for a municipality to authorize the payments, advances, or obligations provided for in such contracts or this subsection.
    (d) Water contracts to provide water supply to nonmembers and extend system. A commission may supply water to and contract with a person, corporation, political subdivision, municipal corporation, or other governmental or non-governmental entity, in addition to the municipalities which have formed the commission and other municipalities that have become members pursuant to the process established in the intergovernmental agreement, and to construct water transmission and distribution lines within a radius of 25 miles outside the corporate limits of member municipalities for the purpose of furnishing water to any additional entities which contract with the commission for a supply of water, upon such payment, terms, and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon. Any such contract shall be a continuing, valid, and binding obligation of the purchaser for such period of years, not to exceed 40, as may be provided in such contract.
    Any such contract entered into to supply water to a municipal corporation or political subdivision shall provide that the payments to be made thereunder shall be from the revenues to be derived by such municipality or political subdivision from the operation of the waterworks system or combined waterworks and sewer system of such municipality or political subdivision or from receipts from other sources available to the municipality or political subdivision, including grants and loans. Any such contract made by a commission and a purchaser that is such a municipal corporation or political subdivision to supply water may contain provisions whereby the purchaser is obligated to pay for such supply of water without setoff or counterclaim and irrespective of whether such supply of water is ever furnished, made available, or delivered to the purchaser or whether any project for the supply of water contemplated by any such contract is completed, operable, or operating and notwithstanding any suspension, interruption, interference, reduction, or curtailment of the supply of water from such project. The contract may provide that, if one or more of the other purchasers defaults in the payment of its obligations under such contract or similar contract made with the supplier of the water, the remaining purchasers party to such contract or such similar contract shall be required to pay for all or a portion of the obligations of the defaulting purchaser. Each municipal corporation or political subdivision that enters into such a contract shall be obligated and have the duty to include an amount sufficient to pay the annual amount of its obligation each year in the next succeeding appropriation ordinances. No prior appropriation shall be required for a municipality or political subdivision to authorize the payments, advances, or obligations provided for in such contracts or this subsection. Any such contract shall not be a debt within the meaning of any statutory or constitutional limitations.
    (e) Additional powers. In addition to any other powers set forth in this Division and in the agreement, a commission has the following powers:
        (1) The power to enter into intergovernmental
    
police assistance agreements with any municipality or county.
        (2) The power to enter into intergovernmental
    
agreements with any unit of local government or other governmental entity in order to carry out the purposes for which the commission was formed.
(Source: P.A. 102-684, eff. 12-16-21.)