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(70 ILCS 1205/2-12a)
(from Ch. 105, par. 2-12a)
Any district may provide, either by resolution of the board
or by referendum, that the term of commissioners shall be 4 years rather
than 6 years. Any such referendum shall be initiated and held in the same
manner as is provided by the general election law for public questions
authorized by Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
If a majority of the votes cast on the proposition is in favor of a 4-year
term for commissioners, or if the Board adopts a resolution stating that
it is acting pursuant to this Section to change the term of office from
6 years to 4 years, commissioners thereafter elected, commencing with the
first regular park district election at least 197 days after the date on
which the proposition for 4-year terms was approved at referendum or by
resolution, shall be elected for a term of 4 years. In order to provide
for the transition from 6-year terms to 4-year terms:
(1) If 2 commissioners on a 5-member board are to be
elected at the first such election and if the term of only one commissioner is scheduled to expire in the year of the next election at which commissioners are elected, of the 2 commissioners elected, one shall serve a 2-year term and one a 4-year term, to be determined by lot between the 2 persons elected within 30 days after the election.
(2) On a 7-member board under Section 2-10a, if the
terms of only 2 commissioners are scheduled to expire in the year of the second election at which commissioners are elected after the first regular park district election at least 197 days after the date on which the proposition for 4-year terms was approved at referendum or by resolution, then:
(A) if 3 commissioners are elected at the first
regular election, 2 of the commissioners elected shall serve a 2-year term and one shall serve a 4-year term to be determined by lot between persons elected within 30 days after the first election; or
(B) if 2 commissioners are elected at the first
regular election, those 2 commissioners elected shall serve a 2-year term.
In any district where the board has created 4-year terms pursuant to
this Section, whether by referendum or by resolution, the length of terms
may later be increased to 6 years, but only by a referendum initiated and
held in the same manner as prescribed in this Section for creating 4-year
terms. No proposition to increase the terms of commissioners shall affect
any commissioner holding office at the time of the referendum or to be
elected within 197 days after the referendum.
(Source: P.A. 103-467, eff. 8-4-23.)