« PreviousContinue »
successive weeks, the first publication to be made at least twenty-one days prior to the date of election. The judges and clerks at such election shall be selected and the votes canvassed in the same way and by the same authority as such election offices are appointed, and such election canvassed in elections for State and county officers in said town, and the ballots to be used at said election shall be prepared under the same authority.
$ 3. The ballots at the election hereby authorized shall be a separate ballot, and in substantially the following form:
OFFICIAL BALLOT. Instructions to voters: To cast a ballot in favor of the proposition submitted upon this ballot, place a cross (X) mark in the square opposite the word “yes”; to vote against the proposition submitted upon this ballot, place a cross (X) mark opposite the word “no."
Shall the following be adopted:
Proposition to issue Park Bonds of the town of..... ...county of...
.Illinois, to the amount of......
.dollars, for the purpose of procuring and improving one or more small parks.
§ 4. In case a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition so submitted shall be in favor of the issuance of bonds, it shall thereupon be the duty of the corporate authorities of said town, to-wit, the supervisor and town clerk, to issue the bonds of said town not exceeding the amount voted upon at said election, which said bonds shall become due not more than twenty years after their date, shall be in denominations of one hundred dollars or any multiple thereof, and shall bear interest, evidenced by coupons, at the rate of not exceeding five (5) per centum per annum, payable semi-annually.
§ 5. Said bonds shall be sold and the proceeds thereof used solely for the purpose of procuring and improving one or more parks in said township, and at or before the time of the delivery of said bonds for value, said supervisor and clerk shall file with the county clerk of the county in which said township is situated their certificate in writing under their hands, stating the amount of bonds to be issued, their denomination, rate of interest and where payable, and including therein a form of bond to be issued, and in addition thereto said supervisor and clerk shall levy a direct annual tax upon all of the taxable property in the township sufficient to pay the principal and interest of said bonds as and when the same respectively mature, and said certificate so filed with said county clerk shall be full and complete authority to said county clerk to extend the tax named in such certificate, upon all the taxable property in the township, the same to be in addition to all other taxes authorized by law.
Wherever there shall at the time be in existence a board of park commissioners invested by law with control over any park which lies
wholly or in part in said township the duties required of the supervisor and town clerk by sections four (4) and five (5) of this Act shall be performed by said board of park commissioners or under its authority.
Š 6. The proceeds of said bonds shall be received and held by the town supervisor, but shall be expended under the direction and upon the wariant of the highway commissioners or a majority of them, of said township: Provided, that wherever there shall at the time be in existence a board of park commissioners invested by law with control over any park which lies wholly or in part in said township, the proceeds of said bonds shall be expended upon the warrants of said board of park commissioners, or a majority of them; and such highway commissioners or board of park commissioners, aforesaid, shall have full power and authority to designate, choose and select the parcel or parcels of land or property so to be utilized for the purchase of such parks, and to determine the character, time and manner of improving, developing, maintaining and adorning the same.
8 7. This Act shall not operate to repeal any Acts heretofore passed by the General Assembly regarding the issuance of bonds for park purposes but shall be held to grant additional and supplementary power in relation thereto.
§ 8. Whereas, an emergency exists for the immediate taking effect of this Act, therefore it shall be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED June 23d, 1915.
LANDS FOR PARK PURPOSES. 1. Townships authorized to acquire land for $ 3. Annual tax for maintenance-Act not to public parks.
apply to municipalities of less than 100,000
population § 2. May purchase or acquire under laws of emi. nent domain.
$ 4. Emergency. (HOUSE BILL No. 417. APPROVED JUNE 23, 1915.) An Act authorizing townships to acquire and maintain lands for park
purposes. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That the several townships of this State are hereby authorized, acting through their representative corporate authorities (meaning thereby the town supervisor and the town clerk of such township), to acquire lands (not exceeding for any one park ten acres in extent) to be set apart and forever held and maintained and improved as public parks for the free use of the public.
$ 2. That any township in this State desiring to procure lands for park purposes, as in the preceding section provided, may purchase the same from the owner or owners thereof, or in the discretion of its corporate authorities such township may acquire such lands by the exercise of the power of eminent domain in the manner now or hereafter provided by the laws of the State of Illinois for the taking or damaging of private property for public purposes.
§ 3. For the purpose of providing a fund for the maintenance of said park or parks, the township authorities (meaning thereby the town supervisor and the town clerk of said township) are hereby authorized to levy annual taxes not exceeding one mill upon each dollar of the valuation of the property in said township as assessed for taxation in any one year, which shall be levied and collected at the time and in the manner that other township taxes are required to be levied and collected. Said maintenance tax, when levied and collected, shall be kept separate and distinct from all other township funds and shall be applied exclusively to the expenses of maintenance and up-keep, adornment and development of any park or parks theretofore acquired by such township, or the acquisition of other lands to be used for public park purposes.
Provided, this Act shall have no application to any municipality in the State of Illinois having a population of less than one hundred thousand (100,000).
$ 4. WHEREAS, An emergency exists for the immediate taking effect of this Act, therefore, it shall be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED June 23d, 1913.
MONUMENTS IN HONOR OF SOLDIERS AND SAILORS. § 1. Townships may erect-submission to vote-payment.
(HOUSE BILL No. 43. APPROVED JUNE 25, 1915.) An Act to authorize townships to erect monuments or memorials in
honor of their soldiers and sailors. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That upon the petition of one hundred or more legal voters of a township being filed with the township clerk thirty days prior to any township election praying that the proposition of erecting or completing a monument or memorial in honor of its soldiers and sailors or other notable persons buried in the township at a place to be designated in the petition, be submitted to a vote of the people of such township, such proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the people of such township at the next ensuing township election.
Such proposition shall be clearly indicated upon the ballot, and two spaces left upon the margin, one for votes favoring the proposition, to be indicated by the word "yes", and one for votes opposing the proposition, to be indicated by the word “no”, as in the form herein given.
Proposition for the erection of a monument
or memorial in honor of the soldiers and
The elector shall designate his vote by a cross mark, thus (x), and no ballot which has not a cross opposite the word “yes” or “no” shall be counted either for or against the proposition.
If a majority of all the votes cast upon such proposition are in favor thereof it shall be the duty of the township supervisor, township clerk, and township treasurer, within one year after such election to purchase or procure a site and erect such monument or memorial.
Provisions for the payment for such monument or memorial shall be made by the proper taxing and financial officers in like manner as for other township expenditures.
APPROVED June 25th, 1915.
TOWNSHIP OFFICERS-SUPERVISORS IN COOK COUNTY. § 1. Term of supervisors in Cook County fixed. $ 2. Repeal.
(HOUSE BILL NO. 537. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1915.) An Act to provide for the election of supervisors in the county of Cook,
and to fix their term of office. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ilinois represented in the General Assembly: That the supervisors elected in their respective towns in the county of Cook on the first Tuesday of April, 1916, and biennially thereafter, shall hold their offices for two years, and until their successors are elected and qualified, and the term of said office, beginning with the election to be held in the year 1916, is hereby fixed at two years.
§ 2. All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.
APPROVED June 29th, 1915.
TOWNS WHOLLY WITHIN LIMITS OF CITY-TRANSFER OF FUNDS. § 1. Amends section 3 of Article IV, Act of 1874.
$ 3. As amended, adds paragraph giving
electors at town meeting power to transfer any money in the town treasury to the city treasury for use
in road building. (SENATE BILL No. 198. APPROVED JUNE 23, 1915.) An Act to amend section 3 of Article IV of an Act entitled, “An Act to
revise the law in relation to township organization," approved and in force March 4, 1874.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 3 of Article IV of an Act entitled, “An Act to revise the law in relation to township organization," approved and in force March 4, 1874, be amended to read as follows:
§ 3. POWERS OF TOWN MEETING.] The electors present at the annual town meetings shall have power:
1. To make all orders for the sale, conveyance, regulation or use of its corporate property that may be deemed conducive to the interests of its inhabitants.
2. To take all necessary measures and give directions for the exercise of their corporate powers.
3. To direct the raising of money by taxation for the following purposes :
First-For constructing or repairing roads, bridges or causeways within the town, to the extent allowed by law.
Second-For the prosecution or defense of suits by or against the town, or in which it is interested.
Third-For any other purpose required by law.
Fourth-For the purpose of building or repairing bridges or causeways in any other town in the same county or in another county: Provided, that notice is given by posting notices describing the location of the bridge or causeway, and the probable amount required therefor, in at least three public places, at least ten days before the meeting in the town in which the taxes are proposed to be levied: And, provided, also, that the tax, when collected, shall be paid only on the joint order of the commissioners of highways of the town in which the bridge or causeway to be built or repaired is situated, and those of the town in which the tax is collected.
4. To provide for the institution, defense or disposition of suits at law or in equity, in all controversies between the town and any other town, or any individual or corporation, in which the town is interested.
5. To prevent the introduction, growing or dissemination of Canada thistles or noxious weeds, and to allow rewards for their destruction, and to raise money therefor.
6. To offer premiums, and to take such action as shall induce the planting and cultivating of trees along the highways in such towns, and to protect and preserve trees standing along or on highways.
7. To make rules and regulations for ascertaining the sufficiency of all fences in such town, and to determine what shall be a lawful fence within the town, except as otherwise provided by law.
8. To restrain, regulate, or prohibit the running at large of cattle, horses, mules, asses, swine, sheep or goats and to determine the time and manner in which such animals may go at large, unless the same are restrained from running at large in some manner provided by law.
9. To establish and maintain pounds at such places within the town as may be deemed necessary and convenient, and discontinue any pounds therein. When any such pound is erected, it shall be under the care and direction of a pound master.
10. To determine the number of pound masters, to prescribe their duties, and to elect pound masters, either by ballot or in such manner as they may determine, or provide for their appointment.
11. To authorize the distraining, impounding and sale of cattle, horses, mules, asses, swine, sheep or goats for penalties incurred and costs of the proceeding: Provided, that the sale of animals distrained or impounded shall be conducted, as near as may be, according to the law regulating sales of property by constables under execution: And, provided, also, the owner of such animals shall have the right to redeem the same from the purchaser thereof at any time within three months from the date of the sale, by paying the amount of the purchaser's bid, with reasonable costs for their keeping, and interest upon the amount bid at the rate of ten per cent per annum.
12. To construct and keep in repair public wells or other watering places, and regulate the use thereof.
13. To prevent the deposit of night-soil or other offensive substances within the limits of the town.
14. To make all such by-laws, rules and regulations as may be deemed necessary to carry into effect the powers herein granted and to impose such fines as shall be deemed proper, except when a fine or penalty is already allowed by law: Provided, no fine or penalty shall exceed $50.00 for one offense.
15. To apply all penalties, when collected, in such manner as may be deemed most to the interests of the town.
16. In towns wholly within the limits of an incorporated city or village, the electors shall have power to transfer any money in the