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ROADS AND BRIDGES
(605 ILCS 5/) Illinois Highway Code.

605 ILCS 5/Art. 6 Div. 1

 
    (605 ILCS 5/Art. 6 Div. 1 heading)
DIVISION 1. DISTRICT ORGANIZATION AND POWERS

605 ILCS 5/6-101

    (605 ILCS 5/6-101) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-101)
    Sec. 6-101. Roads which are part of the township and district road system are under the jurisdiction of the several road districts in which they are located, subject to such supervision by the county and the Department as is provided in this Code. A road district comprises either a township, township district, road district or county unit road district in existence immediately prior to the effective date of this Code or any area created a road district under the provisions of this Code.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-102

    (605 ILCS 5/6-102) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-102)
    Sec. 6-102. Each township of the several counties under township organization, for the purposes of this Code, shall be considered and is called a road district for all purposes relating to the construction, repair, maintenance, financing and supervision of township roads unless under prior law it has been or pursuant to this Code is consolidated into a consolidated township road district or into a county unit road district.
    Consolidated township districts and county unit road districts in existence under the provisions of law immediately prior to the effective date of this Code shall continue in existence as road districts under this Code until changed in the manner provided by this Code.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-103

    (605 ILCS 5/6-103) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-103)
    Sec. 6-103. In counties not under township organization the road districts in existence under the provisions of law immediately prior to the effective date of this Code shall be continued in existence until the same shall be altered in the manner provided in Sections 6-104, 6-105, or 6-111 of this Code or as otherwise provided by law.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-104

    (605 ILCS 5/6-104) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-104)
    Sec. 6-104. Whenever the territory of any municipality is a part of a road district in a county not under township organization, and shall by resolution of its council or its president and board of trustees request the county board to organize it into a separate road district and designate the name thereof, the county board shall comply with such request, and provide for such organization of such municipality into a new road district under the name designated in such resolution of such city council, or president and board of trustees, if any be designated therein.
    Whenever a road district shall have been or shall hereafter be organized as provided in this Section and any of the territory of such municipality shall be disconnected from such municipality, the county board, upon receipt of a certified copy of the resolution or ordinance of the municipality disconnecting such territory, by resolution, shall disconnect such territory from such road district and annex it to an adjacent road district or districts. Whenever such municipality, at any one time shall have annexed or shall hereafter annex any territory, the county board, by resolution, shall disconnect such territory from the road district or districts in which it may be situated and annex the same to the road district in which such municipality is situated.
    All the powers vested in a road district organized out of the territory embraced within any municipality, including all the powers vested by law in the highway commissioner of a road district, shall be vested in and exercised by the city council, or president and board of trustees of such municipality, including the power to levy a tax for the proper construction, maintenance and repair of roads in such district as provided in Section 6--501 of this Code. Any such tax whether heretofore or hereafter levied shall be in addition to all other taxes levied in such municipality and in addition to the taxes for general purposes authorized in Section 8-3-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
    All of the powers vested by law in the district clerk of a road district shall be vested in and exercised by the city, town or village clerk of such municipality.
    After a road district has been organized out of the territory embraced within a municipality, the offices and election of highway commissioner and district clerk shall be discontinued.
(Source: P.A. 97-908, eff. 8-7-12.)

605 ILCS 5/6-105

    (605 ILCS 5/6-105) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-105)
    Sec. 6-105. The county board in counties not under township organization shall have full and complete power and jurisdiction to alter the boundaries of road districts, create new road districts and to consolidate road districts in their respective counties to suit the convenience of the inhabitants residing therein, but no such change shall be made or new road district created under the provisions of this Code unless at least 20 of the legal voters of such road district petition for such alteration or creation of a new road district or 20 legal voters from each of the districts to be consolidated petition for such consolidation; nor shall such alteration or creation of a new road district or consolidation be made by such county board without notice thereof having been given by posting up notices in not less than 5 of the most public places in each of the several road districts interested in such proposed alteration or creation of a new road district or for the consolidation of road districts. Provided, however, that where a city council or board of trustees of a municipality has, by resolution as above provided in Section 6-104, requested that the county board organize the territory embraced within such municipality into a road district or where the territory embraced in a municipality has been heretofore or may hereafter be organized into a road district and territory is disconnected from or added to such road district as provided in Section 6-104, a petition signed by the legal voters of such road district shall not be required and no notice of such proposed alteration or creation need be given but changes in boundaries shall be made by the county board as provided in Section 6-104.
    When a new road district is created or a new district is created by consolidation as provided in this Section, such new districts from creation or the time of consolidation become districts for the purpose of nominating and electing officers at the next regular election held for election of road district officers, and after said election and election of officers, become districts for all purposes. Until such election and the qualification of the officers elected, the officers of the districts consolidated into one district shall hold office, and perform their respective duties as to each district. When a new district is created, not being a consolidated district, the officers of the district or districts, from parts of which the new district is formed, shall perform their respective duties as to the territory in the new district, taken from their district, until the next regular election for officers of road districts and the election and qualification of officers for the new district.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

605 ILCS 5/6-106

    (605 ILCS 5/6-106) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-106)
    Sec. 6-106. The corporate name of each road district in counties not under township organization shall be "Road District No. .... of .... County" and all actions by or against such district shall be in its corporate name.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-107

    (605 ILCS 5/6-107) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-107)
    Sec. 6-107. Road districts have corporate capacity to exercise the powers granted thereto, or necessarily implied and no others. They have power: (1) to sue and be sued, (2) to acquire by purchase, gift or legacy, and to hold property, both real and personal, for the use of its inhabitants, and again to sell and convey the same, (3) to make all such contracts as may be necessary in the exercise of the powers of the district.
(Source: P.A. 96-996, eff. 1-1-11.)

605 ILCS 5/6-107.1

    (605 ILCS 5/6-107.1) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-107.1)
    Sec. 6-107.1. Road districts may borrow money from any bank or other financial institution or, in a township road district and with the approval of the town board of trustees, from the town fund, provided such money shall be repaid within 10 years from the time the money is borrowed. "Financial institution" means any bank subject to the Illinois Banking Act, any savings and loan association subject to the Illinois Savings and Loan Act of 1985, and any federally chartered commercial bank or savings and loan association organized and operated in this State pursuant to the laws of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 93-743, eff. 7-15-04.)

605 ILCS 5/6-108

    (605 ILCS 5/6-108) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-108)
    Sec. 6-108. Any two or more townships in any county under township organization may be consolidated into a consolidated township road district for all purposes relating to the construction, repair, maintenance and supervision of roads in the manner hereinafter provided.
    A petition shall be filed with the circuit court for the county, signed by at least 50 or 5% of the legal voters, whichever is fewer, of each of the townships involved, requesting the court to order a referendum in such townships, naming them, for the purpose of voting for or against the proposition to consolidate such townships into a single road district for all road purposes.
    Upon the filing of such petition, the court shall consider the petition and enter appropriate orders in accordance with the general election law. If the court orders a referendum on such proposition to be held, it shall be held at a regular election in such townships. Such referendum shall be conducted and notice given in accordance with the general election law of the State.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

605 ILCS 5/6-109

    (605 ILCS 5/6-109) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-109)
    Sec. 6-109. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall.... Township and....
Township of.... County, Illinois,       YES
be consolidated into a consolidated  -------------------------
township road district for road         NO
purposes?
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    The votes upon such proposition in each township involved shall be separately counted and tabulated. Such proposition shall not be deemed to have been approved unless a majority of the votes cast thereon in each township involved shall be in favor thereof. If a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition in each township involved shall be in favor of the consolidation of such townships for road purposes then such townships shall be consolidated into a consolidated township road district for road purposes, effective on the date of the next regularly scheduled election of road district officers following the referendum. The court shall file a certificate of the results of any referendum in which the consolidation of townships is so approved with the county clerk of the county.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

605 ILCS 5/6-110

    (605 ILCS 5/6-110) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-110)
    Sec. 6-110. For all purposes relating to the construction, repair, maintenance and supervision of roads in all counties, other than counties in which a county unit road district has been established, the several types of road districts provided for in this Code shall, as near as may be, and subject to the provisions of this Code, be regarded as analogous in corporate authority and the powers and duties of the highway officers thereof shall be similar in extent and effect.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-111

    (605 ILCS 5/6-111) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-111)
    Sec. 6-111. The territory within any county having less than 500,000 inhabitants may be organized into a county unit road district for all purposes relating to the construction, repair, maintenance and supervision of district roads in the county in the manner hereinafter provided. A petition signed by not less than 5% of the legal voters or 50 legal voters, whichever is fewer, in each of at least a majority of the townships in a county under township organization or road districts in a county not under township organization shall be filed with the county clerk of the county requesting the county clerk to submit to referendum in such county to establish a county unit road district in such county for all district road purposes. The petition shall request that such proposition be submitted at the general election in the next succeeding November of an even-numbered year.
    Upon the filing of such petition, the county clerk shall submit such proposition at the general election in the next succeeding November of an even-numbered year in accordance with the general election law. Notice of the referendum shall be given, and the election shall be held in the manner provided by the general election laws of the State. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall a county unit road             YES
district in.... County,           ----------------------------
Illinois be established?                 NO
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    Whenever in a county under township organization a majority of the voters voting on such proposition in at least a majority of the townships in such county and a majority of the voters voting on such proposition in the entire county vote in favor of the proposition, and whenever in a county not under township organization a majority of the voters voting on such proposition in the entire county vote in favor of the proposition, a county unit road district shall be established in such county for all purposes relating to the construction, repair, maintenance and supervision of district roads in such county which theretofore had been under the jurisdiction of a highway commissioner, effective at the time provided in Section 6-125 of this Act.
    Any county unit road district established under this Section shall be an independent county agency and any taxes levied for the county unit road district under Section 6-512 of this Act shall be levied and collected as other county taxes, but the county unit road district taxes shall not be included in any constitutional or statutory tax limitation for county purposes, but shall be in addition thereto and in excess thereof.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

605 ILCS 5/6-112

    (605 ILCS 5/6-112) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-112)
    Sec. 6-112. In each road district, except in a county unit road district and except in municipalities that have been created a road district, there shall be elected a highway commissioner in the manner provided in this Code.
    The highway commissioner of each road district comprised of a single township is an officer of that township.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-113

    (605 ILCS 5/6-113) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-113)
    Sec. 6-113. In each road district comprised of a single township, the township clerk shall be ex-officio the clerk for the highway commissioner.
    In each consolidated township road district the road district clerk shall be selected by the highway board of auditors of such district from its membership.
    In each other road district there shall be elected a road district clerk except as is provided in this Code for county unit road districts and for municipalities that have been created a road district.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-114

    (605 ILCS 5/6-114) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-114)
    Sec. 6-114. In each road district comprised of a single township, the supervisor of such township shall be ex-officio treasurer for the road district. In each consolidated township road district the treasurer shall be selected by the highway board of auditors of such district from its membership. In each other road district the district clerk shall be ex-officio treasurer for the road district, except as is provided in this Code for county unit road districts and for municipalities that are created a road district.
    Each such treasurer before becoming entitled to act as treasurer and within 10 days after his election or selection, shall execute a bond in double the amount of moneys likely to come into his hands by virtue of such office, if individuals act as sureties on such bond, or in the amount only of such moneys if a surety company authorized to do business in this State acts as surety on such bond, conditioned that he will faithfully discharge his duties as such treasurer, that he will honestly and faithfully account for and pay over, upon the proper orders, all moneys coming into his hands as treasurer, and the balance, if any, to his successor in office. Such bond shall be payable to the district, and shall be in such sum as the highway commissioner shall determine. Such bond shall be approved by the highway commissioner and shall be filed in the office of the county clerk with such approval endorsed thereon. The highway commissioner shall have the power to require the giving of additional bond, to increase or decrease the amount of such bond, or require the giving of a new bond whenever in his opinion such action is desirable. The highway commissioner shall have power to bring suit upon such bond for any loss or damage accruing to the district by reason of any non-performance of duty, or defalcation on the part of the treasurer.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-114.5

    (605 ILCS 5/6-114.5)
    Sec. 6-114.5. Attestation to funds endorsed by the treasurer. If a road district treasurer issues a payout from the road district's treasury or the township treasury, the road district clerk shall attest to all moneys paid out.
(Source: P.A. 100-983, eff. 1-1-19.)

605 ILCS 5/6-115

    (605 ILCS 5/6-115) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-115)
    Sec. 6-115. (a) Except as provided in Section 10-20 of the Township Code or subsection (b), no person shall be eligible to the office of highway commissioner unless he shall be a legal voter and has been one year a resident of the district. In road districts that elect a clerk, the same limitation shall apply to the district clerk.
    (b) A board of trustees may (i) appoint a non-resident or a resident that has not resided in the district for one year to be a highway commissioner, or (ii) contract with a neighboring township to provide highway commissioner services if:
        (1) the district is within a township with no
    
incorporated town;
        (2) the township has a population of less than 500;
    
and
        (3) no qualified candidate who has resided in the
    
township for at least one year is willing to serve as highway commissioner.
(Source: P.A. 101-197, eff. 1-1-20; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

605 ILCS 5/6-116

    (605 ILCS 5/6-116) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-116)
    Sec. 6-116. Except as otherwise provided in this Section with respect to highway commissioners of township and consolidated township road districts, at the election provided by the general election law in 1985 and every 4 years thereafter in all counties, other than counties in which a county unit road district has been established and other than in Cook County, the highway commissioner of each road district and the district clerk of each road district having an elected clerk, shall be elected to hold office for a term of 4 years, and until his successor is elected and qualified. The highway commissioner of each road district and the district clerk of each road district elected in 1979 shall hold office for an additional 2 years and until his successor is elected and has qualified.
    In each township and consolidated township road district outside Cook County, highway commissioners shall be elected at the election provided for such commissioners by the general election law in 1981 and every 4 years thereafter to hold office for a term of 4 years and until his successor is elected and qualified. The highway commissioner of each road district in Cook County shall be elected at the election provided for said commissioner by the general election law in 1981 and every 4 years thereafter for a term of 4 years, and until his successor is elected and qualified.
    Each highway commissioner shall enter upon the duties of his office on the third Monday in May after his election.
    In road districts comprised of a single township, the highway commissioner shall be elected at the election provided for said commissioner by the general election law. All elections as are provided in this Section shall be conducted in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 94-273, eff. 1-1-06; 94-645, eff. 8-22-05.)

605 ILCS 5/6-117

    (605 ILCS 5/6-117) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-117)
    Sec. 6-117. In all counties not under township organization the election shall be held at the election provided by the general election law for road district clerks and highway commissioners. Said election shall be held in accordance with the general election law.
    A statement of the results of the election shall be entered at large by the district clerk in the minutes of the proceedings, to be kept by him as required by this Code, which shall be publicly read by him to the electors present, and such reading shall be deemed notice of the result of the election.
    In case 2 or more persons shall have an equal number of votes for the same office, the question of which shall be entitled to the office shall be decided by lot, under direction of the district clerk, but he shall give each party at least 5 days notice of the time and place of drawing lots.
    The district clerk, within 10 days after receiving the results of the election from the appropriate election authorities as hereinbefore provided in this section, shall transmit to each person elected to any district office, a notice of his election.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

605 ILCS 5/6-118

    (605 ILCS 5/6-118) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-118)
    Sec. 6-118. Every person elected or appointed to the office of highway commissioner, and to consolidated township road district clerk in counties under township organization and to district clerk in counties not under township organization, before he enters upon the duties of his office, and within 10 days after he is notified of his election or appointment, shall take and subscribe, before some judicial officer of the circuit court or district or town clerk, the oath or affirmation of office prescribed by the Constitution, which oath or affirmation shall, within 5 days thereafter, be filed with the district or town clerk.
    In counties under township organization no additional oath shall be required of the town clerk to enable him to enter upon the discharge of the duties of his office as ex-officio clerk for the highway commissioner.
    If any person elected or appointed to either of the offices above named neglects to take and subscribe such oath, and cause the same to be filed as above required, such neglect shall be deemed a refusal to serve.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 4041.)

605 ILCS 5/6-119

    (605 ILCS 5/6-119) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-119)
    Sec. 6-119. When the term of any highway commissioner or clerk shall expire, and other persons shall be elected or appointed to such office, it shall be the duty of such successor, immediately after he shall have entered upon the duties of his office, to demand of his predecessor all the books, papers, moneys and other property belonging to such office.
    Whenever either of the officers above named shall resign, or the office become vacant in any way, and another person shall be elected or appointed in his stead, the person so elected or appointed shall make such demand of his predecessor, or of any person having charge of such books, papers, moneys or other property.
    It shall be the duty of every person so going out of office, whenever thereto required pursuant to the foregoing provisions, to deliver upon oath, all the records, books, papers, moneys and other property in his possession or in his control belonging to the office held by him; which oath may be administered by the officer to whom such delivery shall be made.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-120

    (605 ILCS 5/6-120) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-120)
    Sec. 6-120. In counties under township organization the provisions of law applicable to resignations from township offices and the filling of vacancies therein, and the making of a temporary appointment in case a township officer is incapacitated, shall apply to highway officers in townships not consolidated into township road districts in the same manner as to other township officers.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 1726.)

605 ILCS 5/6-121

    (605 ILCS 5/6-121) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-121)
    Sec. 6-121. In counties not under township organization the following provisions shall be applicable relating to vacancies in road district offices:
    Whenever any district fails to elect the proper number of district officers to which such district may be entitled by law, or when any person elected to any district office fails to qualify, or whenever any vacancy happens in any district, from death, resignation, removal from the district or other cause, the presiding officer of the county board, with the advice and consent of the county board, shall fill such vacancy by certificate under the signature and seal of the county clerk; and the persons so appointed shall hold their respective offices until the next regular election, and until their successors are elected and qualified; and shall have the same powers and be subject to the same duties and penalties as if they had been duly elected by the electors.
    When any appointment is made, as above stated, the county clerk shall cause the certificate of appointment to be forthwith filed in the office of the district clerk, who shall immediately give notice to each person appointed.
    Any judicial officer of the circuit court residing in such district, or if there be no judicial officer of the circuit court residing in such district, then any judicial officer of the circuit court in the county, may, for sufficient cause shown to him, accept the resignation of any district officer of his district, and whenever he accepts any such resignation, he shall forthwith give notice thereof to the district clerk of the district, or in his absence, to the highway commissioner, who shall make a minute thereof in the district records. He shall also immediately give notice to the county clerk of any vacancy that may exist in any district office.
(Source: P.A. 84-550.)

605 ILCS 5/6-122

    (605 ILCS 5/6-122) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-122)
    Sec. 6-122. When the electors in any townships have voted for the consolidation of such townships into a consolidated township road district for road purposes the county clerk of such county shall conduct an election for the selection of a highway commissioner of such township road district. Such election shall be held at the next regular election for township offices. Such election shall be held in accordance with the provisions of the general election law.
    The highway commissioner of such consolidated township road district so elected and his successors in office shall have the powers and perform the duties of highway commissioners in other road districts.
    Any vacancy in such office at any time shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term by appointment by a majority of the members of the highway board of auditors.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

605 ILCS 5/6-123

    (605 ILCS 5/6-123) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-123)
    Sec. 6-123. When the electors in any townships have voted for the consolidation of such townships into a consolidated township road district for road purposes, the supervisors and township clerks in the respective townships so consolidated shall, ex-officio, constitute a highway board of auditors for such township road district. Such highway board of auditors shall organize and select one of their number as chairman, another as clerk and another as treasurer of the consolidated township road district. The officers of each such newly organized consolidated township road district so elected shall hold office until the first Tuesday in April, 1959 or until the first Tuesday of each succeeding fourth year thereafter, and their successors shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until their respective successors are selected and qualified; except that no person shall be a member of such highway board of auditors or such an officer of such consolidated township road district after the expiration of his term as supervisor or township clerk. Vacancies in such consolidated township road district offices shall be filled by the highway board of auditors. Such highway board of auditors shall have the same powers and duties with respect to road matters as have the board of town auditors in townships and such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by law.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-124

    (605 ILCS 5/6-124) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-124)
    Sec. 6-124. Upon the election or selection and qualification of the first highway commissioner, clerk and treasurer of a consolidated township road district the highway commissioners of the respective townships so consolidated shall deliver to such consolidated township district highway commissioner all property and equipment of their respective districts taking his receipt therefor and the several township treasurers shall transfer and deliver to such consolidated township road district treasurer, all funds of their respective districts which they may hold, taking his receipt therefor. Any accounts or tax moneys for road purposes thereafter payable to any township so consolidated shall be paid to the treasurer of such consolidated township road district. Such consolidated township road district shall succeed to and assume all obligations and contracts of each of the townships consolidated into it other than bonded indebtedness.
    With respect to bonded indebtedness for road purposes of any township so consolidated the county clerk shall annually extend taxes against all of the taxable property in such township so long as any of such road bonds are outstanding, sufficient to pay the maturing principal and interest of such bonds as the same become due, such tax to be in addition to all other taxes for road purposes and without limitation as to rate or amount. The proceeds of such tax when collected shall be used for payment of the principal and interest on such bonds.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)

605 ILCS 5/6-125

    (605 ILCS 5/6-125) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-125)
    Sec. 6-125. In any county under the commission form of government in which a county unit road district is established, as of the first Tuesday in April after the holding of such election, the county superintendent of highways shall take over and be responsible, subject to the direction of the county board, for the construction, maintenance and repair of all roads in such county for which the several highway commissioners had theretofore been responsible. Such construction, maintenance and repair shall be undertaken uniformly throughout the county without granting any special consideration toward any part or parts thereof except for traffic and safety needs.
    After the establishment of a county unit road district, the roads for which the county thereby becomes so responsible shall remain a part of the district road system as defined by this Code and shall not be considered as part of the county highway system as defined by this Code. However, any such district road may thereafter be made a part of the county highway system in the manner provided by this Code.
    As of such date, the offices of highway commissioner, clerk and treasurer in each road district in such county are abolished, except that such officers may complete the affairs of their respective offices as herein provided and as needed for the transition. Upon release by the county superintendent such road districts shall have no further powers or duties relating to the construction, repair, maintenance and supervision of roads.
    As of such date, the several highway commissioners shall deliver to the county superintendent of highways all property and equipment of their respective districts, taking his receipt therefor. Road district property used exclusively for road maintenance and related purposes shall also be delivered to the county superintendent, taking his receipt therefor. The several district clerks shall deliver the books, records and papers pertaining to such office to the county clerk, taking his receipt therefor. The several district treasurers shall transfer and deliver to the county treasurer all funds of their respective districts which they hold, taking his receipt therefor. Any accounts or tax moneys thereafter payable to any road district in such county shall be paid into a special county unit road district fund which shall be maintained separate and apart from the general county fund. The county treasurer shall be custodian of the county unit road district fund and any performance bond executed by the county treasurer shall be applicable to the moneys in the special fund. Receipts for these transfers shall be filed with the county clerk.
    The county unit road district so established shall succeed to and assume all obligations and contracts of each of such road districts in such county, other than bonded indebtedness. With respect to the bonded indebtedness for road purposes of any former district in a county in which a county unit road district is so established, the county clerk annually shall extend taxes against all of the taxable property in the former road district so long as any of such bonds are outstanding, sufficient to pay the maturing principal and interest of such bonds as they become due, such tax to be in addition to all other taxes for road purposes and without limitation as to rate or amount. The proceeds of such tax, when collected, shall be used for the payment of the principal and interest on such bonds.
    All county unit road districts established under this Act shall be independent county agencies administered by the respective county superintendents of highways, under the general supervision of the county board. The county unit road districts shall maintain separate books showing receipts and expenditures, and shall issue such financial and other reports as the county board may from time to time require.
(Source: P.A. 78-543.)

605 ILCS 5/6-126

    (605 ILCS 5/6-126) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-126)
    Sec. 6-126. The property and equipment delivered to the county superintendent of highways in conjunction with the establishment of a county unit road district shall be appraised and its fair value determined by the county superintendent of highways and the highway commissioner of the former district. Disputes as to the value of transferred property shall be arbitrated by qualified appraisers approved by both the district highway commissioner and the county superintendent of highways. Such property and equipment may be retained and used by the county or may be disposed of and sold, with the funds so derived deposited in the county unit district account, as the county board may determine. In case a road district has outstanding road bonds or road improvement bonds, an amount equal to the appraised or sale value of such property and equipment, less the amount of any indebtedness of the former district assumed by the county unit road district, shall be set up to the credit of such road district by the county treasurer from any funds available therefor and shall be used to pay the principal and interest on such bonds, to the extent such credit may be available, and the tax levied for the payment of the principal and interest upon such road bonds or road improvement bonds shall be abated by the amount so applied. In case the road district had no such bonds or road improvement bonds outstanding, an amount equal to the appraised or sale value of such property and equipment, less the amount of any indebtedness of the former district assumed by the county unit road district, shall be used for the maintenance, repair and improvement of roads in the particular area that was included in such former district, as the funds become available therefor but without sacrificing normal necessary roadwork in any other area.
(Source: P.A. 76-174.)

605 ILCS 5/6-127

    (605 ILCS 5/6-127) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-127)
    Sec. 6-127. In any county in which a county unit road district is established, the county unit district roads shall be constructed, maintained and repaired by the county superintendent of highways, subject to the direction of the county board; and with the respect to the laying out, construction, repair and maintenance of such roads, the county superintendent of highways shall have the powers and perform the duties of the highway commissioners under the provisions of this Code.
    The county unit road district shall be administered as a separate county agency by the county superintendent of highways, but the presiding officer of the county board, with the advice and consent of the county board, may appoint a committee from its membership representative of the territory in such county and delegate to such committee such authority as the county board may deem proper. The county superintendent of highways may divide the territory of the county into maintenance or operational units and may employ the necessary personnel in each such unit.
(Source: P.A. 78-1128.)

605 ILCS 5/6-129

    (605 ILCS 5/6-129) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-129)
    Sec. 6-129. The county superintendent of highways shall prepare a separate annual budget for the county unit road district and submit the budget to the county board not later than the date provided by law for publication of the annual county budget, except the first budget for a county unit road district shall be submitted within 90 days after the take-over date. The county board may approve or disapprove of the budget submitted by the superintendent of highways, but the board shall specify in writing the reasons for disapproval and shall recommend the necessary changes for the road district budget. Within 90 days after the close of the county's fiscal year, the county superintendent of highways shall make and file with the county clerk a report of the funds available for county unit district roads and bridges and the expenditures therefrom and a resume of the work done upon county unit district roads during such year.
(Source: P.A. 76-174.)

605 ILCS 5/6-130

    (605 ILCS 5/6-130) (from Ch. 121, par. 6-130)
    Sec. 6-130. Road district abolishment. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code to the contrary, no township road district may continue in existence if the roads forming a part of the district do not exceed a total of 4 centerline miles in length as determined by the county engineer or county superintendent of highways. On the first Tuesday in April of 1975, or of any subsequent year next succeeding the reduction of a township road system to a total mileage of 4 centerline miles or less, each such township road district shall, by operation of law, be abolished. The roads comprising that district at that time shall thereafter be administered by the township board of trustees by contracting with the county, a municipality or a private contractor. The township board of trustees shall assume all taxing authority of a township road district abolished under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-106, eff. 1-1-18; 100-107, eff. 1-1-18; 100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)

605 ILCS 5/6-131

    (605 ILCS 5/6-131)
    Sec. 6-131. Senior citizen transportation and mass transit programs; district road fund. A road district may use money in its district road fund to pay for all or part of the direct costs of senior citizen transportation programs or senior citizen mass transit programs, or both.
(Source: P.A. 90-183, eff. 1-1-98.)

605 ILCS 5/6-132

    (605 ILCS 5/6-132)
    Sec. 6-132. Recycling; tree maintenance.
    (a) A road district may organize, administer, or participate in one or more recycling programs.
    (b) Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a road district may deliver wood chips, mulch, and other products generated in the act of tree maintenance by the district to the residents of the district on a first come, first serve basis or other method of random selection. The road district shall provide adequate notice to the resident prior to the product being available and prior to the delivery of the product, which shall include the amount of the product being delivered.
(Source: P.A. 100-54, eff. 8-11-17.)

605 ILCS 5/6-133

    (605 ILCS 5/6-133)
    Sec. 6-133. Abolishing a road district in Cook County. By resolution, the board of trustees of any township located in Cook County, Illinois, may submit a proposition to abolish the road district of that township to the electors of that township at a general election or consolidated election in accordance with the general election law. The ballot shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the Road District of the Township of
........... be abolished with all the rights,YES
powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities,
obligations, and responsibilities being assumed ------
by the Township of ........... ? NO
------
    In the event that a majority of the electors voting on such proposition are in favor thereof, then the road district shall be abolished by operation of law effective on January 1 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the proposition was approved by the electors or on the date the term of the highway commissioner in office at the time the proposition was approved by the electors expires, whichever is later.
    On that date, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the road district shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the township. On that date, the township board of trustees shall assume all taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section. On that date, any highway commissioner of the abolished road district shall cease to hold office, such term having been terminated. Thereafter, the township shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code. The township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads under its jurisdiction. For purposes of distribution of revenue, the township shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district.
(Source: P.A. 100-106, eff. 1-1-18; 100-107, eff. 1-1-18.)

605 ILCS 5/6-134

    (605 ILCS 5/6-134)
    Sec. 6-134. Abolishing a road district.
    (a) By resolution, the board of trustees of any township located in a county with less than 3,000,000 inhabitants may submit a proposition to abolish the road district of that township to the electors of that township at a general election or consolidated election in accordance with the general election law. The ballot shall be in substantially the following form:
 
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    Shall the Road District of the Township of
........... be abolished with all the rights,YES
powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities,
obligations, and responsibilities being assumed ------
by the Township of ........... ? NO
------

 
    In the event that a majority of the electors voting on such proposition are in favor thereof, then the road district shall be abolished by operation of law effective 90 days after vote certification by the governing election authority or on the date the term of the highway commissioner in office at the time the proposition was approved by the electors expires, whichever is later.
    On that date, all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the road district shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the township. On that date, the township board of trustees shall assume all taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section. On that date, any highway commissioner of the abolished road district shall cease to hold office, such term having been terminated. Thereafter, the township shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code. The township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads under its jurisdiction. The township board of trustees shall assume all taxing authority of a township road district abolished under this subsection. For purposes of distribution of revenue, the township shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district. Distribution of revenue by the township to the treasurer of a municipality under Section 6-507 shall be only paid from moneys levied for road purposes pursuant to Division 5 of Article 6 of this Code.
    (b) If a referendum passed under subsection (a) at the November 6, 2018 election and a road district has not been abolished as provided in subsection (a) by August 23, 2019 (the effective date of Public Act 101-519):
        (1) the township board shall have the sole
    
authority relating to the following duties and powers of the road district until the date of abolition:
            (A) creating and approving the budget of the
        
road district;
            (B) levying taxes (the township board of trustees
        
assumes all taxing authority of the township road district);
            (C) entering into contracts for the road
        
district;
            (D) employing and fixing the compensation of
        
road district employees that the township board deems necessary; and
            (E) setting and adopting rules concerning all
        
benefits available to employees of the road district;
        (2) the road district or the highway commissioner
    
may not commence or maintain litigation against the township to resolve any dispute related to the road district regarding powers of the office of the highway commissioner, the powers of the supervisor, or the powers of the township board.
    (c) If a township has approved a consolidated road district after a referendum under Section 6-109 and the consolidation is not yet effective and if the township subsequently approves a referendum under this Section, then the consolidation under Section 6-109 is void and shall not occur.
(Source: P.A. 101-519, eff. 8-23-19; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)

605 ILCS 5/6-135

    (605 ILCS 5/6-135)
    Sec. 6-135. Abolishing a road district with less than 15 miles of roads.
    (a) Any township in a county with a population less than 3,000,000 may abolish a road district of that township if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length, as determined by the county engineer or county superintendent of highways, by resolution of a majority of the board of trustees to submit a referendum to abolish the road district of that township. The referendum shall be submitted to the electors of that township at the next general election or consolidated election in accordance with the general election law. The ballot shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the Road District of the Township of
........... be abolished with all the rights,YES
powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities,
obligations, and responsibilities being assumed -----
by the Township of ........... ?NO
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    (b) If a majority of the electors voting on the referendum under subsection (a) of this Section are in favor of abolishing the township road district, then the road district is abolished on the January 1 following the approval of the referendum or on the date the term of the highway commissioner in office at the time the referendum was approved expires, whichever is later.
    On the date of abolition: all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the road district shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the township; the township board of trustees shall assume all taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section; any highway commissioner of the abolished road district shall cease to hold office; the township shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in the Illinois Highway Code; and for purposes of distribution of revenue, the township shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district. The township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads added to its jurisdiction under this Section.
    If a township has approved a consolidated road district after a referendum under Section 6-109 and the consolidation is not yet effective and if the township subsequently approves a referendum under this Section, then the consolidation under Section 6-109 is void and shall not occur.
(Source: P.A. 100-107, eff. 1-1-18; 101-519, eff. 8-23-19.)

605 ILCS 5/6-140

    (605 ILCS 5/6-140)
    Sec. 6-140. Abolishing a road district within Lake County or McHenry County with less than 15 miles of roads. Any township in Lake County or McHenry County shall abolish a road district of that township if the roads of the road district are less than 15 centerline miles in length, as determined by the county engineer or county superintendent of highways. A road district is abolished on the expiration of the term of office of the highway commissioner of the road district facing abolition following the determination by the county engineer or county superintendent of highways of the length, in centerline mileage, of the roads within the road district to be abolished.
    On the date of abolition: all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the road district shall by operation of law vest in and be assumed by the township; the township board of trustees shall assume all taxing authority of a road district abolished under this Section and shall exercise all duties and responsibilities of the highway commissioner as provided in this Code; and for purposes of distribution of revenue, the township shall assume the powers, duties, and obligations of the road district. The township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads added to its jurisdiction under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 101-230, eff. 8-9-19.)