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60 ILCS 1/Art. 40

    (60 ILCS 1/Art. 40 heading)

60 ILCS 1/40-5

    (60 ILCS 1/40-5)
    Sec. 40-5. Time of township meeting; moderator.
    (a) The annual township meeting and any special township meeting shall not be held earlier than 6 p.m., unless the time is changed by the electors at a duly convened meeting.
    (b) At an hour fixed by the electors, but no earlier than 6 p.m. on the day of an annual or special meeting, the electors present shall be called to order by the township clerk, if there is a clerk and he or she is present. If there is no township clerk or if the township clerk is not present, the electors may elect by acclamation one of their number as chairman. The chairman shall, if there are electors desiring admittance to the meeting who cannot be admitted because of the size of the meeting hall, immediately recess the meeting to a time as soon as practicable and to a place sufficiently large to accommodate at least the number of electors present at that time within the meeting hall and those outside the meeting hall desiring to be admitted.
    Electors at the meeting shall be verified as voters registered within the township by the township clerk, or a designee of the township clerk, through the use of township voter registration lists obtained by the township clerk from the election authority having jurisdiction over the township and updated to include voters registered no less than 28 days before the day of the meeting.
    (c) The electors present shall choose one of their number to preside as moderator of the meeting. Before entering upon the duties of the office, the moderator shall take an oath, administered by the township clerk or chairman or some other officer authorized to administer oaths, to faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office. The moderator of the meeting shall preside at the meeting, announce the business before the meeting, preserve order, and decide all questions of order. The moderator shall have the same power and be subject to the same penalties, in connection with his conduct as moderator, as judges of election under the provisions of the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 88-62; incorporates 88-360; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94; 89-331, eff. 8-17-95.)

60 ILCS 1/40-10

    (60 ILCS 1/40-10)
    Sec. 40-10. Clerk of the meeting.
    (a) The township clerk, if there is one and he or she is present, shall act as clerk of the meeting and shall keep faithful minutes of the proceedings in a book to be known as the township record. The clerk shall enter at length in the township record every order or direction and all rules and regulations made by the meeting. The entry shall be signed by the clerk and the moderator of the meeting.
    (b) This Section is subject to the Local Records Act.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-15

    (60 ILCS 1/40-15)
    Sec. 40-15. Voting.
    (a) All questions upon motions made at township meetings shall be determined by a majority of the electors present and voting, and the moderator shall ascertain and declare the result of the vote upon each question.
    (b) When the result of any vote shall, upon the moderator's declaration, be questioned by one or more of the electors present, the moderator shall make the vote certain by causing the voters to rise and be counted or by a division of the voters.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-20

    (60 ILCS 1/40-20)
    Sec. 40-20. Conclusion of business. When the business of the meeting is concluded, the moderator shall announce that fact. After the announcement is made, all miscellaneous business shall be deemed concluded for that day unless the electors shall, at the time of the announcement, order otherwise. In no event, however, shall any question which has been disposed of before the announcement be thereafter reconsidered unless the motion for reconsideration is sustained by a number of votes equal to at least a majority of all the names entered on the poll list on that day up to the time the motion is made.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-25

    (60 ILCS 1/40-25)
    Sec. 40-25. Disorderly conduct. If any person acts in a disorderly manner at any meeting and, after notice from the moderator, persists in that conduct, the moderator may order the person to withdraw from the meeting. If the person refuses to withdraw, the moderator may order any police officer or other person to take the disorderly person from the meeting and confine him or her in some convenient place until the meeting is adjourned. The person refusing to withdraw shall, for that offense, forfeit a sum not exceeding $10 for the use of the township to be recovered in a civil action in the name of the township in the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

60 ILCS 1/40-30

    (60 ILCS 1/40-30)
    Sec. 40-30. Notice of township regulations. The township clerk shall cause all by-laws, rules, and regulations of the township to be published within 20 days after their adoption by posting them in 3 public places in the town. The clerk also shall cause the by-laws, rules, and regulations to be inserted once in a newspaper published in the township if there is such a newspaper. All by-laws, rules, and regulations shall take effect and be in force from the date of their adoption unless otherwise directed by the electors.
(Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)