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(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/6-3-11

    (65 ILCS 5/6-3-11) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-3-11)
    Sec. 6-3-11. Primary elections. A primary election shall be held to nominate 2 candidates for each office. Primary and general elections shall otherwise be conducted at such times and in such manner as is provided in the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 6 Div. 4

    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 6 Div. 4 heading)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-1

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-1)
    Sec. 6-4-1. Mayor.
    The mayor shall be recognized as the official head of the city or village by the courts for the purpose of serving civil process and by the governor for all legal purposes.
    The mayor of any city or village which adopts this Article 6 shall have veto power as provided in Sections 6-4-2 through 6-4-4 and ordinances or measures may be passed over his veto as therein provided. Such mayor shall have the power to vote as provided in Section 6-4-5.
    If any other act or any article of this Code other than Article 3 or Article 4 provides for the appointment of a board, commission or other agency by the mayor and the corporate authorities establish such board, commission or agency, such appointments shall be made in manner so provided.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-2

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-2)
    Sec. 6-4-2. Ordinances - Approval - Veto.
    All ordinances passed by the council shall be deposited with the city or village clerk. If the mayor approves of them, he shall sign them. Those of which he disapproves he shall return to the council, with his written objections, at the next regular meeting of the council occurring not less than 5 days after their passage. The mayor may disapprove of any one or more sums appropriated in any ordinance, resolution, or motion making an appropriation, and, if so, the remainder shall be effective. However, the mayor may disapprove entirely of an ordinance, resolution, or motion making an appropriation. If the mayor fails to return any ordinance or any specified resolution or motion with his written objections, within the designated time, it shall become effective despite the absence of his signature. The vote on every ordinance shall be by yeas and nays, and shall be recorded in the journal.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-3

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-3)
    Sec. 6-4-3. Reconsideration - passage over veto. Every ordinance, which is returned to the council by the mayor shall be reconsidered by the council. If, after such reconsideration, three-fifths of all the alderpersons then holding office on the city council agree to pass an ordinance, resolution, or motion, notwithstanding the mayor's refusal to approve it, then it shall be effective.
(Source: P.A. 102-15, eff. 6-17-21.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-4

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-4)
    Sec. 6-4-4. Vote of city council - reconsideration. No vote of the city council shall be reconsidered or rescinded at a special meeting, unless there are present at the special meeting as many alderpersons as were present when the vote was taken.
(Source: P.A. 102-15, eff. 6-17-21.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-5

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-5)
    Sec. 6-4-5. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 87-1119.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-6

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-6)
    Sec. 6-4-6. Powers of council.
    The powers of the council shall be purely legislative, except as may be otherwise specifically provided by any other act or by any article of this Code. The council shall approve for payment of all expenses and liabilities of the municipality.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-7

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-7)
    Sec. 6-4-7. Mayor - Powers and duties.
    The powers and duties of the mayor shall be:
    (1) To enforce the laws and ordinances within the municipality;
    (2) To appoint and remove his administrative assistants, budget and finance director, heads of all departments, and to appoint and remove all other officers of the municipality, commissions, boards and agencies, except those covered by the civil service act in municipalities which have adopted said act and except as provided in Section 6-4-14. No appointment shall be made upon any basis other than that of merit and fitness and in compliance with provisions of this act and with qualifications established by the city council.
    (3) To exercise control of all departments and divisions thereof created in this Article 6, or that may be created by the council;
    (4) To attend all meetings of the council with the right to take part in the discussions, but with no right to vote, except as authorized in Section 6-4-5;
    (5) To recommend to the council for adoption such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient;
    (6) To perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Article 6 or may be required of him by ordinance.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-8

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-8)
    Sec. 6-4-8. Departments and officers.
    Under the general supervision and administrative control of the mayor, there shall be such departments as the council may prescribe by ordinance.
    All officers of any city or village shall take and subscribe the oath required by Section 6-4-9.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-9

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-9) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-9)
    Sec. 6-4-9. Oaths.
    Before entering upon the duties of their respective offices all officers, whether elected or appointed, shall take and subscribe the following oath:
    I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of .... according to the best of my ability.
    This oath, so subscribed, shall be filed in the office of the city or village clerk.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-10

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-10) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-10)
    Sec. 6-4-10. First council-General ordinance.
    At the first meeting of the council after this Article 6 becomes effective in any city or village, it shall pass a general ordinance (1) amplifying the powers and duties of the mayor in conformity with this Article 6, (2) defining the scope of each department and of each division thereunder, (3) defining and prescribing the qualifications, powers and duties of appointive officers and employees, (4) fixing the salaries of all appointive officers and employees, (5) providing for independent audits of all accounts of the city or village, which audits shall be conducted independently of the mayor by some person selected by the council, (6) repealing all city ordinances in conflict with the provisions of this statute. Full reports of such audits shall be filed in the public records of the city or village. The power with respect to such audits shall not be construed to limit the responsibility of the mayor for the proper expenditure of city or village funds.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-11

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-11) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-11)
    Sec. 6-4-11. Board of local improvements.
    In any city or village adopting the strong mayor form of municipal government, if such city or village has heretofore adopted or hereafter adopts Division 2 of Article 9, the council shall by ordinance provide that the board of local improvements be composed of the mayor and not less than 2 nor more than 4 members appointed by the mayor, which board shall have all powers conferred and all duties imposed by Division 2 of Article 9. Such members may be appointed from persons holding other offices or positions in the government of the city or village.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-12

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-12) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-12)
    Sec. 6-4-12. Administrative assistant to mayor.
    The mayor shall appoint one or more administrative assistants to assist him in the direction of the operations of the various city departments and agencies in cities of 50,000 or more population. Said administrative assistant shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor, and shall have qualifications equivalent to those of a city manager, which qualifications shall be specified by ordinance by the city council and shall include professional training and/or experience in the management and direction of a wide range of administrative affairs of municipal government. The administrative assistant to the mayor shall be solely answerable to the mayor.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-13

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-13) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-13)
    Sec. 6-4-13. Budget and finance director. The mayor in cities of 50,000 or more population shall appoint a budget and finance director whose functions shall include the preparation, under the direction of the mayor, of the annual municipal budget, the general duties of budget director as provided by ordinance, and any other financial duties allocated to the budget and finance director by order of the mayor or by city council ordinance. The budget and finance director shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The qualifications of a budget and finance director shall be outlined in an ordinance by the city council and must include a broad background in accounting (preferably municipal accounting), the ability to evaluate and establish systems and procedures, and administrative ability.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-14

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-14) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-14)
    Sec. 6-4-14. Board of fire and police commissioners.
    The mayor shall appoint a board of fire and police commissioners who shall have all the powers and duties enumerated in Sections 10-2.1-1 through 10-2.1-28 of this Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 76-746.)

65 ILCS 5/6-4-15

    (65 ILCS 5/6-4-15) (from Ch. 24, par. 6-4-15)
    Sec. 6-4-15. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 87-1119.)