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SPECIAL DISTRICTS
(70 ILCS 3715/) Water Authorities Act.

70 ILCS 3715/0.01

    (70 ILCS 3715/0.01) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 222.9)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Water Authorities Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1324.)

70 ILCS 3715/1

    (70 ILCS 3715/1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 223)
    Sec. 1. Any area of contiguous territory may be incorporated as a water authority in the following manner: Not less than 500 legal voters of the proposed authority shall petition the circuit court for the county in which the proposed authority, or the major portion thereof, is located defining the boundaries of the proposed authority, stating its name and requesting that the question of whether the proposed territory shall be organized as a water authority be submitted to the legal voters of the proposed authority.
    Upon the filing of such petition, the court shall set a day for a public hearing thereon. Notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be given by publication in a newspaper having a general circulation in said proposed authority not less than 15 days prior to such hearing and if there is no such newspaper then such notice shall be posted in at least 10 public places within such proposed authority not less than 15 days before such hearing.
    The court shall preside at such hearing and all persons residing within such proposed authority shall be given an opportunity to be heard concerning the location and boundaries thereof and to make suggestions regarding the same. The petitioners may authorize and designate one or more persons to represent them at such hearing with authority to amend, dismiss or withdraw the petition. Such hearing may be continued from time to time and the court may modify or amend the petition.
    The court shall enter an order fixing and determining the boundaries of such proposed authority and shall certify the proposition to the proper election officials, who shall submit to the legal voters thereof at an election thereafter the question of whether the proposed authority be organized and established as a water authority pursuant to the provisions of this Act. Notice of such election shall be given and the election conducted in the manner provided by the general election law. Such notice shall state a description of the territory to be included. The proposition shall be substantially as follows:
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    For organization of water authority
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    Against organization of water authority
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(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3715/2

    (70 ILCS 3715/2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 224)
    Sec. 2. The court shall canvass the returns of the election and by written order shall determine and declare the result thereof within the territory that shall be described in the order, which order shall be entered of record in the court. If a majority of the votes cast upon the question shall be in favor of the same, the order shall declare the territory a duly organized water authority and a body corporate and politic. In case the territory of the proposed authority is situated in more than one county, then the court shall cause a certified copy of the order to be filed with the circuit clerk of each of the counties, who shall cause the same to be filed of record in their respective courts.
(Source: P.A. 90-655, eff. 7-30-98.)

70 ILCS 3715/3

    (70 ILCS 3715/3) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 225)
    Sec. 3. Every water authority so established shall be governed by a board of 3 trustees. Such number shall be increased by one for each county, or part thereof, in excess of 3 included within the boundaries of the authority. The board of trustees for the authority shall be created in the following manner:
    (1) If the authority lies wholly within a single township but does not also lie wholly within a municipality, the board of trustees of that township shall appoint the trustees for the authority but no township official is eligible for such appointment;
    (2) If the authority is wholly contained within a municipality, the governing body of the municipality shall appoint the trustees for the authority;
    (3) If the authority is wholly contained within a single county, the trustees for the authority shall be appointed by the presiding officer of the county board with the advice and consent of the county board;
    (4) If the authority is located in more than one county, the number of trustees who are residents of a county shall be in proportion, as nearly as practicable to the number of residents of the authority who reside in that county in relation to the total population of the authority.
    Upon the expiration of the term of a trustee who is in office on the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1975, the successor shall be a resident of whichever county is entitled to such representation in order to bring about the proportional representation required herein, and he shall be appointed by the county board of that county, or in the case of a home rule county as defined by Article VII, Section 6 of the Constitution of 1970, the chief executive officer of that county, with the advice and consent of the county board.
    Thereafter, each trustee shall be succeeded by a resident of the same county who shall be appointed by the same appointing authority; however, the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply to the appointment of the successor to each trustee who is in office at the time of the publication of each decennial Federal census of population.
    Within 60 days after the entry of the order of the circuit court declaring such water authority duly organized, the appropriate appointing authority shall appoint the board of trustees, one of whom shall be appointed to serve for a term of one year, one for a term of 2 years and one for a term of 3 years. If any water authority is required to have more than 3 trustees, the excess trustees shall be appointed originally for terms of one year. Upon the expiration of the term of each of such trustees, the appointing authority shall, unless the water authority has determined to elect trustees as provided in Section 5.1, appoint his successor, who shall serve for a term of 3 years. The appointing authority shall also have the authority to fill any vacancy which may occur in the board of trustees. The trustees shall be legal voters residing within the authority, and in case the territory thereof is located in more than one county, at least one of such trustees shall be a resident of each of the counties.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 3715/4

    (70 ILCS 3715/4) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 226)
    Sec. 4. Such board of trustees shall, within thirty days after appointment, organize by selecting one of its members as chairman and one thereof as secretary. They shall also select a treasurer, an engineer, an attorney and such other employees as they deem expedient who shall serve during the pleasure of the board. Salaries of all employees shall be fixed by the trustees but no trustee shall receive compensation in excess of $500.00 per year. All costs and expenses of the court proceedings and the election in connection with the organization of the authority shall be borne by such authority. The trustees shall have power to adopt all such rules and regulations and to enact all such ordinances as may be deemed necessary or expedient to carry out the purposes of this act and to exercise their powers as herein defined.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1964.)

70 ILCS 3715/5

    (70 ILCS 3715/5) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 227)
    Sec. 5.
    Each trustee shall furnish a bond to be approved by the appointing authority, as defined in Section 3 of this Act, in the amount of $5,000 for the faithful performance of his duties and the faithful accounting for all moneys that may come into his hands, and all officers and employees authorized to receive or retain money or to disburse the same shall furnish bond for the faithful performance of their duties and the faithful accounting for all moneys that may come into their hands, in an amount to be fixed and in a form to be approved by the board of trustees. If trustees are elected as provided in Section 5.1, their bond shall be approved by the circuit court.
(Source: P.A. 77-255.)

70 ILCS 3715/5.1

    (70 ILCS 3715/5.1) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 227.1)
    Sec. 5.1. Any water authority organized under this Act may determine, in the manner provided in this Section, to have an elected, rather than an appointed, board of trustees.
    Upon presentation to the board of trustees of a petition, signed by not less than 10% of the electors of the authority, requesting that a proposition for the election of trustees be submitted to the electors of the authority, the secretary of the board of trustees shall certify the question to the appropriate election authorities who shall submit the question at an election in accordance with the general election law. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the trustees of........       YES
Water Authority be elected,       ----------------------------
rather than appointed?                  NO
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    If a majority of the votes cast on such proposition are in the affirmative, the trustees of the authority shall thereafter be elected as provided by this Section.
    At the first ensuing election for trustees of water authorities as provided by the general election law, 3 trustees shall be elected. The 3 trustees so elected shall serve for terms of 2, 4 and 6 years, respectively, commencing on the first day of the month following the month of their election and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. The length of the terms of the trustees first elected shall be determined by lot at their first meeting. Thereafter one trustee shall be elected at the election provided by the general election law for a term of 6 years commencing on the first Monday of the month following the month of his election and until his successor is elected and qualified.
    Nominations of candidates for trustee shall be made in the manner provided for independent candidates by the general election law. No party designation shall appear on such ballot. The provisions of the general election law shall apply to and govern the nomination and election of trustees.
    The provisions of this Act relating to eligibility, powers and disabilities of trustees shall apply equally to elected trustees.
    Whenever a water authority determines to elect trustees as provided in this Section, the trustees appointed pursuant to Section 3 shall continue to constitute the board of trustees until the first Monday of the month following the month of the first election of trustees. If the term of office of any appointed trustees expires before the first election and qualification of trustees, the appointing authority shall appoint a successor to serve until the elected successor takes office. The terms of all appointed trustees in such district shall expire on the first Monday of the month following the month of the first election of trustees under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

70 ILCS 3715/5.2

    (70 ILCS 3715/5.2) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 227.2)
    Sec. 5.2. Any water authority, that has determined to have an elected rather than an appointed board of trustees pursuant to Section 5.1, may, in the manner provided in this Section, revert to an appointed board of trustees.
    Upon presentation to the board of trustees of a petition, signed by not less than 10% of the electors of the authority, requesting that a proposition for the appointment of trustees be submitted to the electors of the authority, the board of trustees shall certify that proposition to the proper election officials, who shall, at an election conducted in accordance with the general election law, submit such proposition to the electors of the district. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the trustees of........       YES
Water Authority be appointed,      ---------------------------
rather than elected?                    NO
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    If a majority of the votes cast on such proposition are in the affirmative, the trustees of the authority shall thereafter be appointed as provided in Section 3.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

70 ILCS 3715/6

    (70 ILCS 3715/6) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 228)
    Sec. 6. Such board of trustees shall have the following powers:
    1. To make inspections of wells or other withdrawal facilities and to require information and data from the owners or operators thereof concerning the supply, withdrawal and use of water.
    2. To require the registration with them of all wells or other withdrawal facilities in accordance with such form or forms as they deem advisable.
    3. To require permits from them for all additional wells or withdrawal facilities or for the deepening, extending or enlarging existing wells or withdrawal facilities.
    4. To require the plugging of abandoned wells or the repair of any well or withdrawal facility to prevent loss of water or contamination of supply.
    5. To reasonably regulate the use of water and during any period of actual or threatened shortage to establish limits upon or priorities as to the use of water. In issuing any such regulation, limitation, or priority, such board shall seek to promote the common welfare by considering the public interest, the average amount of present withdrawals, relative benefits or importance of use, economy or efficiency of use and any other reasonable differentiation. Appropriate consideration shall also be given to any user, who has theretofore reduced the volume of ground water previously consumed by such user or who has taken care of increased requirements by installing and using equipment and facilities permitting the use of surface water by such user.
    6. To supplement the existing water supply or provide additional water supply by such means as may be practicable or feasible. They may acquire property or property rights either within or without the boundaries of the authority by purchase, lease, condemnation proceedings or otherwise, and they may construct, maintain and operate wells, reservoirs, pumping stations, purification plants, infiltration pits, recharging wells and such other facilities as may be necessary to insure an adequate supply of water for the present and future needs of the authority. They shall have the right to sell water to municipalities or public utilities operating water distribution systems either within or without the authority.
    7. To levy and collect a general tax on all of the taxable property within the corporate limits of the authority, the aggregate amount of which for one year, exclusive of the amount levied for bonded indebtedness or interest thereon, shall not exceed .08 per cent of the value as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue. For the purpose of acquiring necessary property or facilities, to issue general obligation bonds bearing interest at the rate of not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, and payable over a period of not to exceed 20 years, the aggregate principal amount of which at any one time outstanding shall not exceed one-half of 1% of the value as equalized or assessed by the Department of Revenue of all taxable property located within the corporate limits of the authority and to levy and collect a further or additional direct annual tax upon all the taxable property within the corporate limits of such authority sufficient to meet the principal and interest of such bonds as the same mature. They shall also have authority to issue revenue bonds payable solely out of anticipated revenues.
    8. To consult with and receive available information concerning their duties and responsibilities from the State Water Survey, the State Geological Survey, the Board of Natural Resources and Conservation, the Water Resources and Flood Control Board and any other board or commission of the State. Before constructing any facility for providing additional water supply, the plans therefor shall be submitted to and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or its successor and all operations of such facilities shall be conducted in accordance with such rules and regulations as may from time to time be prescribed by the Pollution Control Board.
    9. To have the right by appropriate action in the circuit court of any county in which such authority, or any part thereof, is located to restrain any violation or threatened violation of any of their orders, rules, regulations or ordinances.
    10. To provide by ordinance that the violation of any provision of any rule, regulation or ordinance adopted by them shall constitute a misdemeanor subject to a fine by the circuit court of not to exceed $50 for each act of violation and that each day's violation shall constitute a separate offense.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

70 ILCS 3715/6.5

    (70 ILCS 3715/6.5)
    Sec. 6.5. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

70 ILCS 3715/6a

    (70 ILCS 3715/6a) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 229)
    Sec. 6a. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act any person, firm, corporation, or agency of the public diverting or obtaining water at the time of the establishment of a Water Authority pursuant to this Act from any water source shall have the right of continuing to take from the same source, the quantity of water which is the rated capacity of the equipment used to divert or obtain water at the time of the establishment of the Water Authority having jurisdiction over the water source.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1964.)

70 ILCS 3715/6b

    (70 ILCS 3715/6b) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 229.1)
    Sec. 6b. Purchases made pursuant to this Act shall be made in compliance with the "Local Government Prompt Payment Act", approved by the Eighty-fourth General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-731.)

70 ILCS 3715/6c

    (70 ILCS 3715/6c)
    Sec. 6c. Boil order; notification of certified local health department required. If a water authority issues a boil order, then the authority must notify any certified local public health department that serves an area subject to the boil order as soon as is practical, but no later than 2 hours after issuing the order. In addition to the initial notice, the authority must provide, to any affected certified local public health department, a written notification within 24 hours after issuing the boil order. The written notification must include the estimated duration of the order or warning and the geographic area covered by the order or warning.
(Source: P.A. 93-1020, eff. 8-24-04.)

70 ILCS 3715/7

    (70 ILCS 3715/7) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 230)
    Sec. 7. All final administrative decisions of any board of trustees organized pursuant to this act shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

70 ILCS 3715/8

    (70 ILCS 3715/8) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 231)
    Sec. 8. Provisions of this act shall not apply to water used for agricultural purposes, farm irrigation, or water used for domestic purposes where not to exceed 4 families are supplied from the same well or other immediate source.
(Source: Laws 1951, p. 1964.)

70 ILCS 3715/9

    (70 ILCS 3715/9) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 232)
    Sec. 9. Any adjoining territory may be annexed to such water authority in the following manner: A written petition requesting such annexation and signed by a majority in numbers and in area owned of the owners of record of land in such adjoining territory shall be filed with the court in which such authority was created. A public hearing shall be had upon such petition after giving such notice by publication or posting, as the court may direct. At such hearing, any interested person shall be given an opportunity to be heard. If the court finds that the petition has been signed by the required number of landowners and there is no valid objection to such annexation, it shall enter an order annexing such territory.
    Any territory within any such water authority which is upon the border thereof and which contains not less than twenty acres and which, if disconnected, will not result in the isolation of any part of such authority from the remainder thereof may be disconnected in the following manner: A written petition requesting such disconnection and signed by all the owners of record of land in such territory shall be filed with the court in which such authority was created. The water authority from which disconnection is sought shall be made a defendant and it or any taxpayer residing therein may appear and defend against said petition. If the court finds that the allegations of the petition are true and that the area of land is entitled to disconnection, it shall order the same disconnected. The disconnection of any such land shall not exempt it from taxation for the purpose of paying any indebtedness contracted by the authority prior to the filing of the petition.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3987.)

70 ILCS 3715/10

    (70 ILCS 3715/10) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 233)
    Sec. 10. For the purpose of paying the cost of the acquisition by condemnation, purchase or otherwise and of the construction of any water supply or other water properties of the authority and the improvement or extension thereof from time to time, including engineering and all other expenses, and also for reimbursing or paying the cost and expense of creating the authority, the board of trustees of any such authority is authorized to issue and sell revenue bonds of the authority, payable solely from the income and revenue derived from the operation of the water supply or other waterworks properties of the authority.
    All such bonds shall be authorized by ordinance or resolution to be adopted by the board of trustees, shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or times not exceeding 40 years from their respective dates, may bear interest at such rate or rates not exceeding the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, may be in such form, may carry such registration privileges, may be executed in such manner, may be payable at such place or places, may be subject to redemption in such manner, and upon such terms with or without premium as is stated on the face thereof, and may be executed in such manner by such officers of the authority, and may contain such terms and covenants, all as provided by the ordinance or resolution authorizing their issue.
    Such bonds shall be sold in such manner as the board of trustees shall determine, and if issued to bear interest at the rate of the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest; provided, however, the selling price of any bonds bearing less than the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, shall be such that the interest cost of the money received from the sale of said bonds shall not exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, computed to absolute maturity, according to standard tables of bond values.
    Notwithstanding the form or tenure thereof, and in the absence of expressed recitals on the face thereof that said bonds are nonnegotiable, all such bonds shall be negotiable instruments.
    To secure payment of any and all of such bonds such ordinance or resolution shall set forth the covenants and undertakings of the authority in connection with the issuance thereof and the issuance of additional bonds payable from the revenues or income to be derived from the operation of the water supply or the waterworks properties of such authority, as well as the use and operation thereof.
    In case any officer whose signature appears on said bonds or coupons attached thereto shall cease to be such officer before the delivery of the bonds to the purchaser, such signature shall nevertheless be valid and sufficient for all purposes to the same effect as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds and the signature of any officer holding office at the time any bond was signed shall be valid, regardless of whether or not said officer held such office on the day on which the bonds are dated.
    Under no circumstances shall any bonds issued pursuant to the provisions of this Act be or become an indebtedness or an obligation of the authority payable from taxes and shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of such authority within the meaning of the constitutional provisions or limitations, and such fact shall be plainly stated on the face of each bond.
    With respect to instruments for the payment of money issued under this Section either before, on, or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1989, it is and always has been the intention of the General Assembly (i) that the Omnibus Bond Acts are and always have been supplementary grants of power to issue instruments in accordance with the Omnibus Bond Acts, regardless of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts, (ii) that the provisions of this Section are not a limitation on the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts, and (iii) that instruments issued under this Section within the supplementary authority granted by the Omnibus Bond Acts are not invalid because of any provision of this Act that may appear to be or to have been more restrictive than those Acts.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

70 ILCS 3715/11

    (70 ILCS 3715/11) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 234)
    Sec. 11. Any ordinance or resolution authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds as provided in this Act shall describe in a general way the contemplated project, but it shall not be necessary to refer to plans and specifications prepared for any construction work and such ordinance or resolution may be passed prior to the preparation of plans or specifications for construction work to be done.
    Such ordinance or resolution shall also set out the total estimated cost of the project, fix the amount of bonds proposed to be issued, the maturity or maturities, the interest rate and all details in respect thereof, and the covenants and undertakings of the authority in connection with the application of the income and revenue and the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for assurance of the payment of the bonds thereby authorized, and as may thereafter be issued.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 1801.)

70 ILCS 3715/12

    (70 ILCS 3715/12) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 235)
    Sec. 12. Any ordinance or resolution authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds under this Act may in the discretion of the authority provide that the bonds be secured by a trust agreement or depository agreement by and between the authority and a corporate trustee, which may be a trust company, or a bank having the powers of a trust company, within the state of Illinois, containing such provisions for directing and supervising the rights and remedies of the bondholders as may be deemed reasonable and proper, including the terms upon which the trustee under such trust agreement or depository agreement and the bondholders, or either of them, may enforce their rights; but no such trust agreement or depository agreement shall convey, mortgage or create any lien upon the waterworks properties of such authority.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 1801.)

70 ILCS 3715/13

    (70 ILCS 3715/13) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 236)
    Sec. 13. Whenever revenue bonds are issued under this Act the income and revenue derived from the operation of the water supply or other waterworks properties of the authority shall be used only to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the waterworks properties, to pay principal of and interest on any revenue bonds issued hereunder and to provide an adequate depreciation fund, which fund is hereby defined to be for such replacements as may be necessary from time to time for the continued, effective and efficient operation of the waterworks properties of such authority, which such fund shall not be allowed to accumulate beyond a reasonable amount necessary for that purpose, the terms and provisions of which shall be incorporated in the ordinance or resolution authorizing the issuance of the bonds.
    However, the board of trustees shall have power to agree and covenant in the ordinance or resolution authorizing such revenue bonds that the cost of operation and maintenance of such waterworks properties shall be defrayed from the tax authorized by Section 6 of this Act to the extent that the proceeds of such tax will suffice to meet such cost of operation and maintenance.
(Source: Laws 1955, p. 1801.)

70 ILCS 3715/14

    (70 ILCS 3715/14) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 237)
    Sec. 14. With respect to any area acquired by a water authority for reservoir purposes, whether within or without the corporate boundaries of the authority, the authority has the powers enumerated in Sections 15 to 23, inclusive, which are in addition to any other powers of an authority.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/15

    (70 ILCS 3715/15) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 238)
    Sec. 15. To police such area and to exercise police power with respect thereto and to employ and commission policemen. Such policemen and trustees of the authority are authorized to enforce all ordinances of the authority, to act as conservators of the peace and to arrest, with or without process, any person who breaks the peace or is found violating any ordinance of the authority or any criminal law of this State; and to commit arrested persons for examination without unnecessary delay. All warrants for the violation of ordinances of the authority, or the State criminal law, to whomsoever directed, may be served and executed within the limits of an authority by any policemen thereof. For this purpose policemen have all the common law and statutory power of sheriffs.
(Source: P.A. 76-1383.)

70 ILCS 3715/16

    (70 ILCS 3715/16) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 239)
    Sec. 16. In all actions for the violation of any ordinance of the authority, the first process shall be a summons or a warrant. A warrant for the arrest of an accused person may issue upon the affidavit of any person that an ordinance has been violated, and that the person making the complaint has reasonable grounds to believe that the party charged is guilty thereof. Every person arrested upon a warrant shall be taken, without unnecessary delay, before the proper officer for examination.
    The person upon whom any fine or penalty is imposed, upon the order of the court may be committed to any place lawfully provided by ordinance for the incarceration of offenders until the fine, penalty, and costs are fully paid where failure to pay is wilful. No imprisonment, however, shall exceed 30 days if the fine is imposed for a petty offense, business offense, or misdemeanor, or 6 months if the fine is imposed for a felony.
(Source: P.A. 84-551.)

70 ILCS 3715/17

    (70 ILCS 3715/17) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 240)
    Sec. 17. Any sheriff may serve any process, or make any arrest in an authority, or the part thereof, located in the county in which he was elected, which any officer of that authority is authorized to make under this Act or any ordinance passed in pursuance thereof.
(Source: Laws 1965, p. 346.)

70 ILCS 3715/18

    (70 ILCS 3715/18) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 241)
    Sec. 18. To regulate or prohibit fishing, boating, swimming and other sporting activities.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/19

    (70 ILCS 3715/19) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 242)
    Sec. 19. To license and regulate or prohibit water craft, boat docks, wharves, boat houses and other structures in or on or on the shore of the reservoir.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/20

    (70 ILCS 3715/20) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 243)
    Sec. 20. To lay out, establish, open, alter, widen, extend, grade, pave or otherwise improve, and vacate roads, parking areas, wharves, parks, picnic areas and swimming pools for public use.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/21

    (70 ILCS 3715/21) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 244)
    Sec. 21. If the trustees determine that the leasing of the zone of land adjacent to the reservoir will aid in the protection from pollution or other injury to the reservoir by promoting forestation and other desirable vegetation and the improvement, maintenance and care of the premises, to zone such area for residential and business purposes and to lease its real estate for not more than 99 years to proper custodians for such uses and upon such terms and conditions as it determines are for the best interests of the authority and the purposes for which it was created.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/22

    (70 ILCS 3715/22) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 245)
    Sec. 22. To sell and dispose of property, real or personal, that is no longer needed for its purposes.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/23

    (70 ILCS 3715/23) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 246)
    Sec. 23. To grant easements and rights of way.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/24

    (70 ILCS 3715/24) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 247)
    Sec. 24. To make such regulations as it deems necessary to protect public health, welfare and safety and to prevent pollution of its water supply.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/25

    (70 ILCS 3715/25) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 248)
    Sec. 25. If it leases its property for residential or business purposes, to construct, and operate a water distribution and sewage system, require the use thereof and make reasonable charges therefor to such residents and businesses.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/26

    (70 ILCS 3715/26) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 249)
    Sec. 26. With respect to territory outside its corporate limits which is not held by it for reservoir purposes but which territory is within the watershed that feeds a reservoir of the authority, the authority may, by ordinance, prevent pollution of waters which feed its reservoir for a distance of 5 miles upstream from the headwaters of its reservoir and may abate any cause of pollution within that area as a nuisance.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)

70 ILCS 3715/27

    (70 ILCS 3715/27) (from Ch. 111 2/3, par. 250)
    Sec. 27. An authority may acquire easements and rights of way for ingress to and egress from any of its real property by purchase, gift, condemnation or otherwise and may dedicate such easements and rights of way to public use.
(Source: Laws 1957, p. 1599.)