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(65 ILCS 5/3.1-10-65)
(from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-10-65)
Referendum to reduce terms.
(a) In any municipality of less than 500,000 inhabitants, a
proposition to reduce the terms of the elective officers of the
municipality from 4 years to 2 years may be submitted, within the discretion of
the corporate authorities, to the electors of the municipality. The
proposition shall also be submitted if a petition requesting that action is
signed by electors of the municipality numbering not less than 10% of
the total vote cast at the last election for mayor or president of the
municipality and the petition is filed with the municipal clerk and
certified in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be
substantially in the following form:
Shall the term of the elective officers of (name of
municipality) be reduced from 4 years to 2 years?
(b) If a majority of the electors voting on the proposition vote
against it, the terms of the officers shall remain 4 years. If, however,
a majority of those voting on the proposition vote in favor of it, the
officers elected at the next regular election for officers in the
municipality shall hold their offices for a term of 2 years and until
their successors are elected and have qualified, except in the case of
trustees and aldermen. In the case of aldermen and trustees:
(i) at the first election of aldermen or trustees that occurs in
an odd numbered year following the vote to reduce the length of terms,
successors to aldermen or trustees whose terms expire in that year shall
be elected for a term of one year and until their successors are elected
and have qualified and (ii) thereafter, one-half of the aldermen or
trustees shall be elected each year for terms of 2 years and until their
successors are elected and have qualified.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)