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Contracts the following: For printing paper and stationery, the sum of twenty-six thousand dollars ($26,000) [ ;] for public printing, the sum of thirty-eight thousand dollars ($38,000)[:] for public binding, the sum of twenty-one thousand dollars ($21,000). Total eighty-five thousand dollars ($85,000).

$ 2. The Auditor of Public Accounts is hereby authorized and directed to draw his warrants upon the State Treasurer for the sums herein appropriated, said warrants to be drawn only on itemized bills, signed by said Board of Commissioners of State Contracts, and the State Treasurer is hereby directed to pay said warrants, drawn as aforesaid, out of any funds in the State treasury not otherwise appropriated.

§ 3. WHEREAS, an emergency exists, therefore, this Act shall be in force from and after its passage and approval.

APPROVED June 3, 1915.

ILLINOIS WATERWAY.

§ 1. Illinois Waterway-route-cost-bonds. § 11. Police powers-sanitary regulations-health

officer § 2. Construction-Board of Commissioners appointment-term-oath-bond.

$ 12. Appropriation-þond issues-denominations

-sale--date-interest-payment. & 3. Officer and employees-treasurer-bond

compensation of appointees--powers of $ 13. Expenditures-manner of payment-funds cominission--meetings.

under control of commission. $ 4. Salaries of commissioners.

§ 14. Annual report-audit of books. § 5. Secretary-bond-dutiescontracts by com- $15. Annual tax to pay priacipal and interest mission.

on bonds-sinking fund. $ 6. Route-divisions of canal described-water $ 16. Lease of water power. rights.

§ 17. Tolls-disbursement of sinking sund-free 8 7. Damnages to drainage or sewer systems or

use of canal by United States. private property-reconstruction-bridges -paving approaches-dykes at Ottawa. $ 18. Channel to be tendered to United States

government when bonds are paid. $ 8. Right to enter upon and use private property.

$ 19. Act not to interfere with Rivers and Lakes

Commission. § 9. Eminent domain-damages from overflowpayment--attorney fees.

$ 20. Illinois and Michigan Canal not to be dis

turbed until waterway completed. $ 10. Purchase of property and supplies--award

of contracts-piece work-purchase of ma- $ 21. Repeal.
chinery-insurance of employees.

§ 22. Validity. (HOUSE BILL No. 914. APPROVED JUNE 18, 1915.) An Act to provide for the construction of a deep waterway or canal to

be known as the Illinois Waterway, from the water power plant of the Sanitary District of Chicago, at or near Lockport, in Will County, Illinois, to a point in the Illinois River at or near Utica, in LaSalle County, Illinois, to provide for the issuance of bonds to pay for said deep waterway, to provide for the development and utilization of the water power that may be generated from the water flowing through said waterway, to create a commission to be known as the Illinois Waterway Commission and to make an appropriation to carry out the provisions of this Act.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That a deep waterway or canal be constructed by the State of Illinois as soon as practicable, to be known as the Illinois Waterway, from the water power plant of the Sanitary District of Chicago, at or near Lockport, in the township of Lockport, in the county of Will, to a point in the Illinois River at or near Utica, in the county of LaSalle, and that there shall be erected, equipped and maintained by the State of Illinois, power plants, locks, bridges, dams and appliances sufficient and suitable for the development and utilization of the water power of said waterway or canal, and that the cost of constructing, erecting and equipping the aforesaid public works shall be paid out of the proceeds of bonds of the State of Illinois to be issued and sold as hereinafter provided.

§ 2. The construction, management and operation of said waterway or canal, power plants, locks, bridges, dams and appliances shall be under the control of a board of five (5) commissioners (at least one of whom shall be a civil engineer), to be known as the Illinois Waterway Commission; no more than three (3) of which said commissioners shall belong to or be affiliated with the same political party.

The said commissioners shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. If appointed while the Senate is not in session, their tenure of office shall nevertheless begin from the date of their appointment. The Governor shall each year designate one of said commissioners to be the chairman of said commission.

Of the commissioners first appointed, two shall hold office until the first day of July in the year 1917; two shall hold office until the first day of July in the year 1919, and one shall hold office until the first day of July in the year 1921. The successors in office of the commissioners first appointed as aforesaid, shall also be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and each successor in office thus appointed shall hold office for a term of six (6) years from the date of the expiration of the term of his predecessor and until his successor is duly appointed and qualified, except that members who shall be appointed to fill vacancies occurring otherwise than by lapse of time, shall hold office only for the unexpired term of the member in whose place the new member shall be appointed.

The said commission shall adopt an official seal and may authenticate all its official acts with the same.

For all legal purposes the said commissioners shall be deemed officers of the State and all business, contracts, writing and acts shall be done and made and suits prosecuted by them or against them in the name of the Illinois Waterway Commission. Before entering upon the duties of his office, each commissioner shall take and subscribe the following oath :

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) 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 member of the Illinois Waterway Commission according to the best of my ability; I do further affirm that I do not own land on or adjoining the route of the Illinois Waterway or Canal, and that I am in no manner, either directly or indirectly, interested in any land within five (5) miles of center line of said contemplated waterway or canal which will be directly affected by its construction other than a common interest as a citizen of this State, and that I will not buy or trade in any land which will be so directly affected on the route or within five (5) miles of center line of the same, during the time that I act as commissioner under this Act."

Each commissioner shall also give an official bond, payable to the People of the State of Illinois, in the sum of fifty thousand (50,000.00) dollars, with at least two sufficient surities, to be approved by the Governor, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of his office and for a faithful accounting for moneys entrusted to him as such commissioner whenever and as often as he shall be lawfully required. Such oath and bond shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State.

§ 3. The said commission may by and with the approval of the Governor, appoint a secretary, a chief engineer, an attorney, and such additional accountants, engineers, experts, inspectors and other employees as it may deem necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act and perform the duties and exercise the powers conferred by law upon the commission,

The positions of secretary, chief engineer, attorneys, private secretary, and experts temporarily employed shall be exempt from the classified civil service of this State.

The commission shall each year select one of their number to act as the treasurer of the commission, and the total bond of the member acting as such treasurer shall be seventy-five thousand ($75,000.00) dollars, or such larger sum as the commission shall fix. The chairman shall be the executive officer of said commission, and shall sign all official documents emanating from or authorized by said commission. All appointees of said commission shall hold their respective employments during the pleasure of the commission and said commission shall prescribe the duties and with the consent of the Governor fix the compensation of all its appointees, agents and employees.

Said commission shall have power to pass all ordinances, rules and regulations, which may in the opinion of said commission be necessary for the proper management and conduct of its business and to accomplish the objects for which it is created.

All business of said commission shall be transacted at regular meetings of the commission or at meetings held in accordance with its rules.

The affirmative vote of at least three (3) members of said commission shall in all cases be necessary to transact business and to authorize the making of any contract or appropriation or expenditure of money.

§ 4. Each of the aforesaid commissioners shall receive a salary of five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars per year, payable in equal monthly installments, and that one of the said commissioners who shall be designated as chairman of the commission shall, in addition to his annual salary of five thousand ($5,000.00) dollars, as commissioner, receive the further sum of one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars per year, making his salary six thousand ($6,000.00 dollars per year, so long as he shall be chairman of said commission.

§ 5. The secretary shall furnish such bonds as the commission shall prescribe and he shall be the custodian of the records of said commission and shall enter upon a permanent record the official minutes of all meetings of said commission, in which shall be entered all the official acts of said commission and the record of the votes of the several members of the commission upon all ordinances, acts or resolutions authorizing the making of contracts or the expenditure or appropriation of moneys.

The said commission before entering into any contract for the construction of any part of said waterway or canal, or any other of the said public works connected therewith, shall cause to be made plans and specifications for said public works, together with reliable and carefully prepared detailed estimates of the cost of constructing, completing and installing all of said public works. No change of plan which shall materially increase the expense of any such work or create any claim against the State for damage arising therefrom shall be made unless a written statement, setting forth the object of the change and the expense thereof, is submitted to the commission and its assent thereto be obtained at a meeting when at least four members of the commission are present. The commissioners may at any time suspend any contract while the work is in progress if in their judgment the work is not being performed to the best interests of the State, and may complete the same in such manner as will be to the best advantage of the State, and the cost of completing the said contract shall be paid by the bondsman for contractor or by the contractor failing to perform the work.

§ 6. “A.” The route adopted for said waterway or canal shall be through and along the Sanitary District channel or tail race from the water power plant at Lockport, where the existing lock twenty-two (22) feet in width and one hundred thirty (130) feet in length, between the upper and lower gates, shall be reconstructed to a width of not less than fifty-five (55) feet, and in length between the upper and lower gates, not less than three hundred (300) feet, or an additional lock alongside of the existing lock shall be constructed not less than fifty-five (55) feet wide, and not less than three hundred (300) feet long. The existing drop under normal conditions of flow shall be maintained; such lock to connect said Illinois Waterway with the main channel of the Sanitary District of Chicago.

"B." The channel of the tail race of the Sanitary District of Chicago's power plant from the aforesaid lock to its junction with the upper basin at Joliet, a distance of about two (2) miles, shall be used substantially as it now exists.

CFrom the junction of the aforesaid tail race to the State dam at Jackson Street, Joliet, the basin shall be improved by the removal of existing sediment and obstructions so that a channel of not less than eight (8) feet in depth and two hundred (200) feet in width shall be obtained.

C-1Provided, if the Sanitary District of Chicago at any time develops water power in the Desplaines River below Joliet and destroys thereby all or any part of the water power at said Jackson Street dam, said district shall restore to the State at said point in electrical energy ten thousand horse power now existing at said dam, or as much thereof as shall be destroyed, and the State shall have the rental therefrom.

DThe existing lock at the lower end of said upper basin and at the entrance to the Illinois and Michigan Canal shall be rebuilt or a new lock constructed to a width of not less than forty-five (45) feet, and in length, of not less than two hundred fifty (250) feet. The lift shall remain substantially as at present. This lock shall be designated as Lock “A.”

EFrom Lock “A” to Lock "B,” which last mentioned lock is to be constructed immediately north of DuPage River, the channel shall follow and occupy the present Illinois and Michigan Canal, and said canal shall be enlarged so as to obtain a minimum depth of eight (8) feet, and a minimum width of thirty-six (36) feet on the bottom and minimum width of sixty (60) feet at the water line.

FThe said Lock “B” shall have a width of not less than fortyfive (45) feet and a length of not less than two hundred fifty (250) feet, and a lift of about twelve (12) feet.

GFrom Lock “B” to Lock “C” (which said Lock “C” is hereinafter provided for) a distance of about fifteen hundred (1500) feet, the channel of the Illinois and Michigan Canal is to be followed and utilized. This section of the channel is to be deepened so as to have a depth of not less than eight (8) feet and a bottom width of not less than thirty-six (36) feet and a water surface width of not less than sixty (60) feet. This is the section of the channel crossing the DuPage River.

HLock “C” shall be constructed at or near the present Lock Number Seven (7) of the Illinois and Michigan Canal and shall have a width of not less than forty-five (45) feet and a length of not less than two hundred fifty (250) feet, and a lift of about four and one-half (412) feet.

"IFrom Lock "C" to Lock "D" (which said Lock "D” is hereinafter provided for), a distance of about six (6) miles, the channel shall follow and utilize the channel of said canal, deepened to not less than eight (8) feet. The width of the surface of the water shall be maintained at not less than sixty (60) feet and the width upon the bottom shall be not less than thirty-six (36) feet.

JAt or near a point opposite the upper end of Dresden Island, Lock “D” shall be built connecting the Illinois and Michigan Canal with Illinois River and shall be of the following dimensions: Width of not less than forty-five (45) feet, length not less than two hundred fifty (250) feet.

Provided, however, that if the alleged rights now claimed by the Economy Light & Power Company to a dam and water power in the Desplaines River near its junction with the Kankakee River shall be finally declared invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction or shall in any manner be terminated or in any manner acquired by the State so as to permit the use for such waterway of the Desplaines River between Brandon Road and Dresden Heights, then, and in that case, the commission shall, with the written approval of the Governor, change the route of the waterway from a point at or near Brandon Road in the Illinois and Michigan Canal, where a lock not less than forty-five (45) feet wide

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