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65 ILCS 5/11-135.5-35

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135.5-35)
    Sec. 11-135.5-35. Revenues; rates; costs; construction contracts.
    (a) Revenue fund. Whenever bonds are issued under this Division, the revenue received from the operation of the properties under the control of the commission shall be set aside as collected and deposited in a separate fund to be used only (1) in paying the cost of the operation and maintenance of those properties, (2) in providing an adequate depreciation fund, (3) in paying the principal of and interest upon the revenue bonds issued by the commission, as provided by this Division, (4) to comply with the covenants of the ordinance or resolution, or the master trust indenture or any applicable supplemental trust indenture or both, authorizing the issuance of such bonds, and (5) to carry out the corporate purposes and powers of the commission.
    (b) Rates and charges for waterworks system. If the commission has charge of the operation of a complete waterworks system, including the distribution mains, the commission shall establish rates and charges for water and the use of commission waterworks system facilities, which shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to provide an adequate depreciation fund, to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued as provided by this Division, to comply with the covenants of the ordinance or resolution, or the master trust indenture or any applicable supplemental trust indenture or both, authorizing the issuance of such bonds, and to carry out the corporate purposes and powers of the commission. Charges and rates shall be established, revised, and maintained by ordinance and become payable as the commission may determine by ordinance.
    (c) Rates and charges for water source of supply. If the commission has charge of the operation of a common source of supply of water, the municipalities represented by the commission shall contract with the commission for water. These municipalities shall establish such charges and rates for water supplied by them to consumers as will be sufficient at all times (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the respective waterworks systems (or combined waterworks and sewerage systems) of the municipalities, (2) to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor, (3) to pay the principal of and interest on all revenue bonds of the municipalities payable from the revenues of the waterworks system (or combined waterworks and sewerage system), and (4) to pay the charges and rates established by the commission for the sale of water by the commission to, and the use of commission waterworks system facilities by, those municipalities. The commission shall establish such charges and rates for water supplied to those municipalities and the use of commission waterworks system facilities as will be sufficient at all times (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the common source of supply of water, (2) to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor, (3) to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds issued by the commission, (4) to comply with the covenants of the ordinance or resolution, or the master trust indenture or any applicable supplemental trust indenture or both, authorizing the issuance of such bonds, and (5) to carry out the corporate purposes and powers of the commission, under the provisions of this Division. Contracts entered into between the commission and the specified municipalities shall include covenants for the establishment of rates and charges as provided in this Section.
    (d) Pension costs. Contributions to a retirement fund or other pension alternative authorized by the Illinois Pension Code, including, without limitation, the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, by commissions created under this Division which have been included under the retirement fund or other pension alternative shall be considered a cost of operation and maintenance for the purposes of this Section.
    (e) Enforcement of obligations. A holder of a bond or of any of its coupons issued under this Division, in a civil action, mandamus, or other proceeding, may enforce and compel performance of all duties required by this Division to be performed by such a commission or by any of the municipalities, including the making of rates and charges, the collecting of sufficient revenue, and the application thereof, as provided in this Division.
    (f) Construction contracts. All or any portion of a waterworks system or other public improvement of such a commission, when the expense thereof will exceed the greater of (i) $25,000 or (ii) the amount of expense above which a work or public improvement by a municipality must be let to the lowest responsible bidder after advertising for bids under Section 8-9-1 of this Code, shall be constructed, maintained, or repaired either: (1) by a contract let to the lowest responsible bidder after advertising for bids, in the manner prescribed by the commission's bylaws, rules, and regulations and by the vote required as established in the intergovernmental agreement pursuant to Section 11-135.5-25; or (2) without advertising for bids, if authorized by a vote of greater than a majority of all the commissioners as established in the intergovernmental agreement pursuant to Section 11-135.5-25. The commission's bylaws, rules, and regulations shall provide for an alternative procedure for emergency procurement if an emergency makes it impracticable to follow the procedures in this subsection.
    (g) Project labor agreement. In connection with a contract by a commission for the construction of all or any portion of a waterworks system or other public improvement of the commission, the commission must enter into a project labor agreement with the applicable local building trades council prior to the commencement of any and all construction, building, renovation, demolition, or any material change to the structure or land.
(Source: P.A. 102-684, eff. 12-16-21.)