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SCHOOLS
(105 ILCS 5/) School Code.

105 ILCS 5/4-5

    (105 ILCS 5/4-5) (from Ch. 122, par. 4-5)
    Sec. 4-5. Audit of bills.
    Audit at the regular meeting in September, and as near quarterly thereafter as it may have regular or special meetings, the itemized bills of the county superintendent of schools for his office and traveling expenses.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/4-6

    (105 ILCS 5/4-6) (from Ch. 122, par. 4-6)
    Sec. 4-6. Employment of assistants. Authorize the county superintendent of schools to employ such assistants as he needs for the discharge of his duties and fix the compensation thereof, which compensation shall be paid out of the county treasury.
    On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this Section shall have no application in any county having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 87-654; 87-1251.)

105 ILCS 5/4-7

    (105 ILCS 5/4-7) (from Ch. 122, par. 4-7)
    Sec. 4-7. Examination of financial statements.
    (a) Examine the financial statements of the county superintendent of schools required by Section 15-21 and compare them with vouchers.
    (b) The county board, or so many thereof as are present at its meeting, shall be liable individually to the fund injured and to the sureties of the county superintendent, if judgment is recovered from the sureties, for all damages occasioned by neglect of the duties, or any of them, required of the board by this section; but nothing herein shall be construed to exempt the sureties and they shall remain liable to the fund injured the same as if the members of the county board were not liable to them for neglect of their duty. On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this subsection (b) shall have no application in any county having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 87-654; 87-1251.)

105 ILCS 5/4-8

    (105 ILCS 5/4-8) (from Ch. 122, par. 4-8)
    Sec. 4-8. Bond -- approval -- increase. Approve the bond of the county superintendent of schools, and increase the penalty thereof if, in its judgment the penalty should be increased.
    On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this Section shall have no application in any county having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 87-654; 87-1251.)

105 ILCS 5/4-9

    (105 ILCS 5/4-9) (from Ch. 122, par. 4-9)
    Sec. 4-9. New bond. Require the county superintendent of schools, after notice given, to execute a new bond, conditioned and approved as the first bond, whenever it deems a new bond necessary, but the execution of such new bond shall not affect the old bond or the liability of the sureties thereon.
    On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this Section shall have no application in any county having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 87-654; 87-1251.)

105 ILCS 5/4-10

    (105 ILCS 5/4-10) (from Ch. 122, par. 4-10)
    Sec. 4-10. Reports -- Removal from office.
    (a) Require the county superintendent of schools to make the reports to it provided for by law.
    (b) Remove the county superintendent of schools from office in case of neglect or refusal so to do, or for any palpable violation of law or omission of duty. On and after July 1, 1994, the provisions of this subsection (b) shall have no application in any county having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants.
(Source: P.A. 87-654; 87-1251.)

105 ILCS 5/4-10.5

    (105 ILCS 5/4-10.5)
    Sec. 4-10.5. Expenses for life-skills programs. Allow, when the county board deems it proper, reasonable expenses of the regional superintendent of schools to administer life-skills programs related to the healthy social and emotional development of children.
(Source: P.A. 95-391, eff. 8-23-07.)

105 ILCS 5/4-11

    (105 ILCS 5/4-11) (from Ch. 122, par. 4-11)
    Sec. 4-11. Depositories. The county board, when requested by the county superintendent of schools, shall designate one or more banks or savings and loan associations in which the funds and moneys received by him by virtue of his office may be deposited. When a bank or savings and loan association has been designated as a depository, it shall continue as such until 10 days have elapsed after a new depository is designated and qualified by furnishing the statement of resources and liabilities required by this Section. When a new depository is designated, the county board shall notify the sureties of the county superintendent of that fact, in writing, at least 5 days before the transfer of funds. The county superintendent of schools shall be discharged from responsibility for all funds and moneys deposited in the banks or savings and loan association so designated while such funds and moneys are so deposited.
    No bank or savings and loan association shall receive public funds as permitted by this Section, unless it has complied with the requirements established pursuant to Section 6 of "An Act relating to certain investments of public funds by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 83-541.)

105 ILCS 5/4-12

    (105 ILCS 5/4-12)
    Sec. 4-12. Educational service center support. Notwithstanding Sections 4-2, 4-4, 4-6, 4-7, 4-8, 4-9, and 4-10 of this Code, a county having a population of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants may provide financial or in-kind support to the educational service centers serving that county.
(Source: P.A. 96-893, eff. 7-1-10.)

105 ILCS 5/Art. 5

 
    (105 ILCS 5/Art. 5 heading)
ARTICLE 5. TRUSTEES OF SCHOOLS

105 ILCS 5/5-1

    (105 ILCS 5/5-1) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-1)
    Sec. 5-1. County school units.
    (a) The territory in each county, exclusive of any school district governed by any special act which requires the district to appoint its own school treasurer, shall constitute a county school unit. County school units of less than 2,000,000 inhabitants shall be known as Class I county school units and the office of township trustees, where existing on July 1, 1962, in such units shall be abolished on that date and all books and records of such former township trustees shall be forthwith thereafter transferred to the county board of school trustees. County school units of 2,000,000 or more inhabitants shall be known as Class II county school units and shall retain the office of township trustees unless otherwise provided in subsection (b) or (c).
    (b) Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (c), the school board of any elementary school district having a fall, 1989 aggregate enrollment of at least 2,500 but less than 6,500 pupils and having boundaries that are coterminous with the boundaries of a high school district, and the school board of any high school district having a fall, 1989 aggregate enrollment of at least 2,500 but less than 6,500 pupils and having boundaries that are coterminous with the boundaries of an elementary school district, may, whenever the territory of such school district forms a part of a Class II county school unit, by proper resolution withdraw such school district from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools of the township in which such school district is located and from the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer in such Class II county school unit; provided that the school board of any such school district shall, upon the adoption and passage of such resolution, thereupon elect or appoint its own school treasurer as provided in Section 8-1. Upon the adoption and passage of such resolution and the election or appointment by the school board of its own school treasurer: (1) the trustees of schools in such township shall no longer have or exercise any powers and duties with respect to the school district governed by such school board or with respect to the school business, operations or assets of such school district; and (2) all books and records of the township trustees relating to the school business and affairs of such school district shall be transferred and delivered to the school board of such school district. Upon the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1993, the legal title to, and all right, title and interest formerly held by the township trustees in any school buildings and school sites used and occupied by the school board of such school district for school purposes, that legal title, right, title and interest thereafter having been transferred to and vested in the regional board of school trustees under P.A. 87-473 until the abolition of that regional board of school trustees by P.A. 87-969, shall be deemed transferred by operation of law to and shall vest in the school board of that school district.
    Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (c), the school boards of Oak Park & River Forest District 200, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, and River Forest School District 90 may, by proper resolution, withdraw from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools of Proviso and Cicero Townships and the township treasurer, provided that the school board shall, upon the adoption and passage of the resolution, elect or appoint its own school treasurer as provided in Section 8-1 of this Code. Upon the adoption and passage of the resolution and the election or appointment by the school board of its own school treasurer: (1) the trustees of schools in the township or townships shall no longer have or exercise any powers or duties with respect to the school district or with respect to the school business, operations, or assets of the school district; (2) all books and records of the trustees of schools and all moneys, securities, loanable funds, and other assets relating to the school business and affairs of the school district shall be transferred and delivered to the school board; and (3) all legal title to and all right, title, and interest formerly held by the trustees of schools in any common school lands, school buildings, or school sites used and occupied by the school board and all rights of property and causes of action pertaining to or constituting a part of the common school lands, buildings, or sites shall be deemed transferred by operation of law to and shall vest in the school board.
    Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (c), the respective school boards of Berwyn North School District 98, Berwyn South School District 100, Cicero School District 99, and J.S. Morton High School District 201 may, by proper resolution, withdraw from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools of Cicero Township and the township treasurer, provided that the school board shall, upon the adoption and passage of the resolution, elect or appoint its own school treasurer as provided in Section 8-1 of this Code. Upon the adoption and passage of the resolution and the election or appointment by the school board of its own school treasurer: (1) the trustees of schools in the township shall no longer have or exercise any powers or duties with respect to the school district or with respect to the school business, operations, or assets of the school district; (2) all books and records of the trustees of schools and all moneys, securities, loanable funds, and other assets relating to the school business and affairs of the school district shall be transferred and delivered to the school board; and (3) all legal title to and all right, title, and interest formerly held by the trustees of schools in any common school lands, school buildings, or school sites used and occupied by the school board and all rights of property and causes of action pertaining to or constituting a part of the common school lands, buildings, or sites shall be deemed transferred by operation of law to and shall vest in the school board.
    (c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a), the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of any township located in a Class II county school unit shall be abolished as provided in this subsection if all of the following conditions are met:
        (1) During the same 30 day period, each school board
    
of each elementary and unit school district that is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township in which those offices are sought to be abolished gives written notice by certified mail, return receipt requested to the township treasurer and trustees of schools of that township of the date of a meeting of the school board, to be held not more than 90 nor less than 60 days after the date when the notice is given, at which meeting the school board is to consider and vote upon the question of whether there shall be submitted to the electors of the school district a proposition to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of that township. None of the notices given under this paragraph to the township treasurer and trustees of schools of a township shall be deemed sufficient or in compliance with the requirements of this paragraph unless all of those notices are given within the same 30 day period.
        (2) Each school board of each elementary and unit
    
school district that is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township in which those offices are sought to be abolished, by the affirmative vote of at least 5 members of the school board at a school board meeting of which notice is given as required by paragraph (1) of this subsection, adopts a resolution requiring the secretary of the school board to certify to the proper election authorities for submission to the electors of the school district at the next consolidated election in accordance with the general election law a proposition to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of that township. None of the resolutions adopted under this paragraph by any elementary or unit school districts that are subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township in which those offices are sought to be abolished shall be deemed in compliance with the requirements of this paragraph or sufficient to authorize submission of the proposition to abolish those offices to a referendum of the electors in any such school district unless all of the school boards of all of the elementary and unit school districts that are subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of that township adopt such a resolution in accordance with the provisions of this paragraph.
        (3) The school boards of all of the elementary and
    
unit school districts that are subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township in which those offices are sought to be abolished submit a proposition to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of that township to the electors of their respective school districts at the same consolidated election in accordance with the general election law, the ballot in each such district to be in substantially the following form:
    ----------------------------------------------------------
OFFICIAL BALLOT
            Shall the offices of township
            treasurer and                       YES
            trustee of                      ------------------
            schools of Township .....           NO
            Range ..... be abolished?
    ----------------------------------------------------------
        (4) At the consolidated election at which the
    
proposition to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of a township is submitted to the electors of each elementary and unit school district that is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustee of schools of that township, a majority of the electors voting on the proposition in each such elementary and unit school district votes in favor of the proposition as submitted to them.
    If in each elementary and unit school district that is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township in which those offices are sought to be abolished a majority of the electors in each such district voting at the consolidated election on the proposition to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of that township votes in favor of the proposition as submitted to them, the proposition shall be deemed to have passed; but if in any such elementary or unit school district a majority of the electors voting on that proposition in that district fails to vote in favor of the proposition as submitted to them, then notwithstanding the vote of the electors in any other such elementary or unit school district on that proposition the proposition shall not be deemed to have passed in any of those elementary or unit school districts, and the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of the township in which those offices were sought to be abolished shall not be abolished, unless in each of those elementary and unit school districts remaining subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of that township proceedings are again initiated to abolish those offices and all of the proceedings and conditions prescribed in paragraphs (1) through (4) of this subsection are repeated and met in each of those elementary and unit school districts.
    Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section or any other provision of the School Code, the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of a township that has a population of less than 200,000 and that contains a unit school district and is located in a Class II county school unit shall also be abolished as provided in this subsection if all of the conditions set forth in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of this subsection are met and if the following additional condition is met:
        The electors in all of the school districts subject
    
to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township in which those offices are sought to be abolished shall vote at the consolidated election on the proposition to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of that township. If a majority of the electors in all of the school districts combined voting on the proposition vote in favor of the proposition, then the proposition shall be deemed to have passed; but if a majority of the electors voting on the proposition in all of the school district fails to vote in favor of the proposition as submitted to them, then the proposition shall not be deemed to have passed and the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of the township in which those offices were sought to be abolished shall not be abolished, unless and until the proceedings detailed in paragraphs (1) through (3) of this subsection and the conditions set forth in this paragraph are met.
    If the proposition to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of a township is deemed to have passed at the consolidated election as provided in this subsection, those offices shall be deemed abolished by operation of law effective on January 1 of the calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which that consolidated election is held, provided that if after the election, the trustees of schools by resolution elect to abolish the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools effective on July 1 immediately following the election, then the offices shall be abolished on July 1 immediately following the election. On the date that the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of a township are deemed abolished by operation of law, the school board of each elementary and unit school district and the school board of each high school district that is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of that township at the time those offices are abolished: (i) shall appoint its own school treasurer as provided in Section 8-1; and (ii) unless the term of the contract of a township treasurer expires on the date that the office of township treasurer is abolished, shall pay to the former township treasurer its proportionate share of any aggregate compensation that, were the office of township treasurer not abolished at that time, would have been payable to the former township treasurer after that date over the remainder of the term of the contract of the former township treasurer that began prior to but ends after that date. In addition, on the date that the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of a township are deemed abolished as provided in this subsection, the school board of each elementary school, high school and unit school district that until that date is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of that township shall be deemed by operation of law to have agreed and assumed to pay and, when determined, shall pay to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund a proportionate share of the unfunded liability existing in that Fund at the time these offices are abolished in that calendar year for all annuities or other benefits then or thereafter to become payable from that Fund with respect to all periods of service performed prior to that date as a participating employee in that Fund by persons serving during those periods of service as a trustee of schools, township treasurer or regular employee in the office of the township treasurer of that township. That unfunded liability shall be actuarially determined by the board of trustees of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, and the board of trustees shall thereupon notify each school board required to pay a proportionate share of that unfunded liability of the aggregate amount of the unfunded liability so determined. The amount so paid to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund by each of those school districts shall be credited to the account of the township in that Fund. For each elementary school, high school and unit school district under the jurisdiction and authority of a township treasurer and trustees of schools of a township in which those offices are abolished as provided in this subsection, each such district's proportionate share of the aggregate compensation payable to the former township treasurer as provided in this paragraph and each such district's proportionate share of the aggregate amount of the unfunded liability payable to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund as provided in this paragraph shall be computed in accordance with the ratio that the number of pupils in average daily attendance in each such district for the school year last ending prior to the date on which the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of that township are abolished bears to the aggregate number of pupils in average daily attendance in all of those districts as so reported for that school year.
    Upon abolition of the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools of a township as provided in this subsection: (i) the regional board of school trustees, in its corporate capacity, shall be deemed the successor in interest to the former trustees of schools of that township with respect to the common school lands and township loanable funds of the township; (ii) all right, title and interest existing or vested in the former trustees of schools of that township in the common school lands and township loanable funds of the township, and all records, moneys, securities and other assets, rights of property and causes of action pertaining to or constituting a part of those common school lands or township loanable funds, shall be transferred to and deemed vested by operation of law in the regional board of school trustees, which shall hold legal title to, manage and operate all common school lands and township loanable funds of the township, receive the rents, issues and profits therefrom, and have and exercise with respect thereto the same powers and duties as are provided by this Code to be exercised by regional boards of school trustees when acting as township land commissioners in counties having at least 220,000 but fewer than 2,000,000 inhabitants; (iii) the regional board of school trustees shall select to serve as its treasurer with respect to the common school lands and township loanable funds of the township a person from time to time also serving as the appointed school treasurer of any school district that was subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of that township at the time those offices were abolished, and the person selected to also serve as treasurer of the regional board of school trustees shall have his compensation for services in that capacity fixed by the regional board of school trustees, to be paid from the township loanable funds, and shall make to the regional board of school trustees the reports required to be made by treasurers of township land commissioners, give bond as required by treasurers of township land commissioners, and perform the duties and exercise the powers of treasurers of township land commissioners; (iv) the regional board of school trustees shall designate in the manner provided by Section 8-7, insofar as applicable, a depositary for its treasurer, and the proceeds of all rents, issues and profits from the common school lands and township loanable funds of that township shall be deposited and held in the account maintained for those purposes with that depositary and shall be expended and distributed therefrom as provided in Section 15-24 and other applicable provisions of this Code; and (v) whenever there is vested in the trustees of schools of a township at the time that office is abolished under this subsection the legal title to any school buildings or school sites used or occupied for school purposes by any elementary school, high school or unit school district subject to the jurisdiction and authority of those trustees of school at the time that office is abolished, the legal title to those school buildings and school sites shall be deemed transferred by operation of law to and invested in the school board of that school district, in its corporate capacity under Section 10-22.35B of this Code, the same to be held, sold, exchanged leased or otherwise transferred in accordance with applicable provisions of this Code.
    Notwithstanding Section 2-3.25g of this Code, a waiver of a mandate established under this Section may not be requested.
(Source: P.A. 100-374, eff. 8-25-17.)

105 ILCS 5/5-1a

    (105 ILCS 5/5-1a) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-1a)
    Sec. 5-1a. High school districts. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Article or the School Code, the school board of any high school district that is located in a Class II county school unit and that on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1991 is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of a township treasurer and trustees of schools of a township in which all or any part of that school district is located may not withdraw from the jurisdiction and authority of that township treasurer and those trustees of schools and transfer or otherwise submit to the jurisdiction and authority of a township treasurer or trustees of school of another township, unless the school board of each underlying elementary school district whose territory includes all or any part of the territory included within that high school district, by resolution, consents to the proposed withdrawal by the school board of that high school district from the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of the township to which that high school district is subject and the transfer or other submission by the school board of that high school district to the jurisdiction and authority of a township treasurer or trustees of schools of another township.
    A high school district that is subject to the jurisdiction and authority of the township treasurer and trustees of schools of a township in which those offices are abolished as provided in subsection (c) of Section 5-1 shall thereupon be required to appoint its own school treasurer as provided in paragraph (4) of subsection (c) of Section 5-1 and subsection (c) of Section 8-1, and shall be subject to and governed by the other changes made to the School Code by this amendatory Act of 1991, insofar as the same are applicable to a high school district.
(Source: P.A. 87-473.)

105 ILCS 5/5-1b

    (105 ILCS 5/5-1b)
    Sec. 5-1b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 94-432, eff. 8-2-05. Repealed internally, eff. 1-1-10.)

105 ILCS 5/5-2

    (105 ILCS 5/5-2) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-2)
    Sec. 5-2. Governing board.
    The school business of all school townships having school trustees shall be transacted by three trustees, to be elected by the qualified voters of the township, as hereinafter provided. The trustees shall be a body politic and corporate, by the name of "trustees of schools of township No. ...., range No. ....," according to the number, or in case of school townships created from two or more congressional townships, such name shall be "trustees of .... township .... county, Illinois." Such corporation shall have perpetual existence, with power to sue and be sued, and to plead and be impleaded, in all courts and places where judicial proceedings are had.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/5-2.1

    (105 ILCS 5/5-2.1) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-2.1)
    Sec. 5-2.1. Eligible Voters: For the purposes of this Article persons who are qualified to vote in school elections shall be eligible to vote for the trustees of schools who have jurisdiction over the elementary school district or unit school district in which the person resides.
    If the application of this Section results in an elector voting for trustees of a school township in which he does not reside because the elementary or unit school district crosses township boundaries and has been assigned to the jurisdiction of the trustees of an adjoining township, that elector shall also be eligible to vote for the trustees of the township within which he resides. Moreover, an elector who resides in a high school district that crosses township boundaries and has been assigned to the jurisdiction of the trustees of an adjoining township shall be eligible to vote for both the trustees of the township in which he or she resides and the trustees of the township having jurisdiction over the high school district in which he or she resides.
(Source: P.A. 94-432, eff. 8-2-05.)

105 ILCS 5/5-2.2

    (105 ILCS 5/5-2.2)
    Sec. 5-2.2. Designation of trustees; Township 36 North, Range 13 East. After the April 5, 2011 consolidated election, the trustees of schools in Township 36 North, Range 13 East shall no longer be elected pursuant to the provisions of Sections 5-2, 5-2.1, 5-3, 5-4, 5-12, and 5-13 of this Code. Any such trustees elected before such date may complete the term to which that trustee was elected, but shall not be succeeded by election. Instead, the board of education or board of school directors of each of the elementary and high school districts that are subject to the jurisdiction of Township 36 North, Range 13 East shall appoint one of the members to serve as trustee of schools. The trustees of schools shall be appointed by each board of education or board of school directors within 60 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly and shall reorganize within 30 days after all the trustees of schools have been appointed or within 30 days after all the trustees of schools were due to have been appointed, whichever is sooner. Trustees of schools so appointed shall serve at the pleasure of the board of education or board of school directors appointing them, but in no event longer than 2 years unless reappointed.
    A majority of members of the trustees of schools shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The trustees shall organize by appointing one of their number president, who shall hold the office for 2 years. If the president is absent from any meeting, or refuses to perform any of the duties of the office, a president pro-tempore may be appointed. Trustees who serve on the board as a result of appointment or election at the time of the reorganization shall continue to serve as a member of the trustees of schools, with no greater or lesser authority than any other trustee, until such time as their elected term expires.
    Each trustee of schools appointed by a board of education or board of school directors shall be entitled to indemnification and protection against claims and suits by the board that appointed that trustee of schools for acts or omissions as a trustee of schools in the same manner and to the same extent as the trustee of schools is entitled to indemnification and protection for acts or omissions as a member of the board of education or board of school directors under Section 10-20.20 of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

105 ILCS 5/5-3

    (105 ILCS 5/5-3) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-3)
    Sec. 5-3. Eligibility of trustees. No person shall be eligible to the office of trustee of schools who is not a resident of the township and at least 18 years of age. If there are 3 or more school districts in a township which are subject to the jurisdiction of the trustees of schools of that township, no 2 trustees shall reside, when elected, in the same school district; except that in townships in which at least 90% of the electors reside in one school district which is subject to the jurisdiction of the trustees of schools of that township, this restriction shall not apply. No person shall be eligible to the office of trustee of schools and school director or school board member at the same time.
(Source: P.A. 86-1441.)

105 ILCS 5/5-4

    (105 ILCS 5/5-4) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-4)
    Sec. 5-4. Election of trustees. The election of trustees of schools shall be held in odd-numbered years at the election specified in the general election law. In townships in which no election for school trustees has been held, or in townships in which from any cause there are no trustees of schools and the law requires that there be school trustees, the election of trustees of schools shall be held at the same time.
    No person shall be nominated for the office of trustee of schools, in townships containing 20,000 inhabitants or over, except by petition signed by at least twenty-five voters of the school township in which he is seeking nomination and election filed with the township treasurer, or, in case of a first election, with the county clerk.
    A candidate for election as a school trustee, who has petitioned for nomination to fill a full term and to fill a vacant term to be voted upon at the same election, must withdraw his or her petition for nomination from either the full term or the vacant term by written declaration, which shall be signed and acknowledged by an officer authorized to take such acknowledgments and which is filed with the township treasurer in the township in which he or she is a candidate within the time provided by the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 80-1469.)

105 ILCS 5/5-12

    (105 ILCS 5/5-12) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-12)
    Sec. 5-12. Trustees' names and townships to regional superintendent. The returns of an election for trustees of schools shall be made to the county clerk. He shall furnish to the regional superintendent of schools, within 7 days after the returns have been made, the names of the trustees so returned to him, and shall specify the townships in which they have been elected.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/5-13

    (105 ILCS 5/5-13) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-13)
    Sec. 5-13. Term of office of trustees. In townships already organized, the school trustee shall be elected in each odd numbered year for a term of 6 years to succeed the trustee whose term expires in such odd numbered year.
    The first-elected trustees in a newly organized township shall at their first meeting cast lots for their respective terms of office, for 2, 4 and 6 years; and thereafter 1 trustee shall be elected in each odd-numbered year.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/5-14

    (105 ILCS 5/5-14) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-14)
    Sec. 5-14. Term of office of successors - Vacancies. Successors to the trustees whose terms of office expire at the time prescribed in Section 5-13, and their successors, shall hold their offices for 6 years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. Trustees of schools shall enter upon the duties of their office on the third Monday of the month following their election.
    Whenever a vacancy occurs, the remaining trustees shall fill the vacancy until the next regular school election, at which election a successor shall be elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. However, if the vacancy occurs with less than 28 months remaining in the term, or if the vacancy occurs less than 88 days before the next regularly scheduled election for this office then the person so appointed shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term, and no election to fill the vacancy shall be held. The successor shall have the same residential qualifications as his predecessor. Should they fail so to act, within 30 days after the vacancy occurs, the regional superintendent of the region in which the township lies, or if the township is divided by a county line or lines, the regional superintendent of the region in which a majority of the children, who reside in districts subject to the jurisdiction of the trustees of schools of such township, attend school, shall within 15 days after the remaining trustees have failed to fill the vacancy, fill the vacancy as provided for herein. The successor shall have the same type of residential qualifications as his predecessor.
(Source: P.A. 93-847, eff. 7-30-04.)

105 ILCS 5/5-15

    (105 ILCS 5/5-15) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-15)
    Sec. 5-15. Organization. Within 10 days following commencement of their terms, the trustees shall organize by appointing 1 of their number president, who shall hold his office for 2 years. The president shall preside at all meetings of the board and shall sign the proceedings thereof when recorded. If the president is absent from any meeting, or refuses to perform any of the duties of his office, a president pro tempore may be appointed. The president may be removed by the trustees of schools for sufficient cause.
(Source: P.A. 81-1490.)

105 ILCS 5/5-16

    (105 ILCS 5/5-16) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-16)
    Sec. 5-16. Meetings - Quorum. The trustees of school shall hold regular meetings on the first Monday of each calendar quarter or if such Monday falls on a holiday, then on the following Monday. Special meetings may be called at any time by the president or by two members. Two members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.
(Source: P.A. 81-338.)

105 ILCS 5/5-17

    (105 ILCS 5/5-17) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-17)
    Sec. 5-17. Payment of claims - Apportionment and distribution of funds. At the regular meetings, the trustees shall appropriate and pay from the income of the permanent township fund, if it is sufficient, all valid claims for the following:
        1. The compensation of the treasurer.
        2. The cost of publishing the annual statement.
        3. The cost of a record book, if any.
        4. The cost of dividing school lands and making
    
plats.
    If the income of the permanent township fund is not sufficient to meet such items the additional amount needed may be taken from the total of other funds subject to distribution, each district -- exclusive of any district which has withdrawn from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools of the township and which has elected or appointed its own school treasurer as provided in subsection (b) of Section 5-1 -- being charged as its share of such items the proportion which the amount of school funds of the district handled by the township treasurer bears to the total amount of all school funds handled by such treasurer.
    In Class II county school units (excluding therefrom, however, any township therein in which the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools have been abolished as provided in subsection (c) of Section 5-1) if any balance of the income from the permanent township fund in any township remains after paying such items, such balance shall be apportioned and distributed to the districts and parts of districts in the township -- including any district which has withdrawn from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools of the township and which has elected or appointed its own school treasurer as provided in subsection (b) of Section 5-1 -- in which schools have been kept as required by law during the preceding year ending June 30, according to the number of pupils in average daily attendance in grades one to eight inclusive. At the semi-annual meetings in all such townships all remaining funds subject to distribution shall be apportioned and distributed to the districts and parts of districts in the township in which schools have been kept as required by law during the preceding year ending June 30, in the manner and subject to the limitations prescribed in Sections 18-2 through 18-11 for the distribution of the common school fund among the counties, provided that -- except for any balance of the income from the permanent township fund remaining after payment of the items set forth in subparagraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 of this Section -- no funds shall be apportioned or distributed to any school district which has withdrawn from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of schools and appointed its own school treasurer pursuant to Section 5-1; and the trustees shall direct the treasurer to make a regular monthly apportionment and distribution between semi-annual meetings, in the manner prescribed by those sections, of any available funds on hand from the common school fund. The funds distributed shall be credited to the respective districts and parts of districts.
    In Class I county school units and in any township forming a part of a Class II county school unit in which township the offices of township treasurer and trustee of schools have been abolished as provided in subsection (c) of Section 5-1, if any balance of income from the permanent township fund in any township remains after paying such items, such balance or a part thereof equal to but not greater than the then current tax levy or tax levies for common school purposes by all the school districts or parts of school districts in said township on property in said township in process of collection in the county wherein the township having such fund is located, shall, upon an order drawn by the treasurer and signed by the president and secretary of the township land commissioners or regional board of school trustees, be paid annually on or before February 1 to the County Treasurer of the county in which such township is situated. It shall then be the duty of the County Treasurer to apply and credit the sum so received upon all tax bills for school purposes of the taxpayers in the township, said sum to be applied and credited proportionately upon the basis of the value of assessed property represented by each such tax bill. Any sum received by the County Treasurer in excess of the amount required to discharge in full the amount of all taxes for school purposes so extended against taxable property within the township shall be held by the County Treasurer and applied to taxes subsequently extended for such purposes: Provided, that if a petition, signed by at least 5% of the legal voters of the township, is presented to the regional superintendent of schools of the educational service region in which the township is located requesting a vote on the proposition that such balance of the income from the permanent township fund shall be apportioned and distributed to the districts and parts of districts in the township in which schools have been kept as required by law during the preceding year ending June 30, according to the number of pupils in average daily attendance in grades one to eight, inclusive, upon an order drawn by the treasurer and signed by the president and secretary of the township land commissioners or regional board of school trustees, to be paid annually on or before February 1, the regional superintendent of schools shall certify to the proper election authority the proposition for submission to the voters of the township in accordance with the general election law. The treasurer shall cause a copy of the order to be published in one or more newspapers published in the county school unit within 10 days after the order is drawn. If no newspaper is published in the county school unit, the order shall be published in a newspaper having general circulation within the county school unit. The publication of the order shall include a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting that the proposition to apportion and distribute to the several school districts the excess of the income from the permanent township fund be submitted to the voters of the township; (2) the time within which the petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The treasurer shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. If the proposition receives a majority of the votes cast thereon, it shall supersede the preceding provisions for the distribution of such balance.
(Source: P.A. 94-1105, eff. 6-1-07.)

105 ILCS 5/5-18

    (105 ILCS 5/5-18) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-18)
    Sec. 5-18. Statements of conditions of schools. Trustees of schools shall prepare, or cause to be prepared, by the township treasurer, the directors or board members of the several districts or other person, and forwarded to the regional superintendent of the region in which the township lies, on or before July 15 annually, and at such other times as may be required by the regional superintendent of schools or by the State Board of Education, a statement exhibiting the condition of the schools subject to the jurisdiction and authority of such trustees in the respective townships for the preceding year, commencing on July 1 and ending June 30 which statement shall be in the form, and shall contain the information required by the State Board of Education. Any township from which such report is not so received shall forfeit its portion of the distributive fund for the next ensuing year.
(Source: P.A. 86-1441.)

105 ILCS 5/5-19

    (105 ILCS 5/5-19) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-19)
    Sec. 5-19. Township divided by county lines - Statistics and information. If a township is divided by a county line or lines, the trustees of schools shall make, or cause to be made, separate enumerations of all statistics and other information required by the State Board of Education, and report them separately to the several regional superintendents. All parts of such statistical information which cannot practically be reported separately shall be reported to the regional superintendent of the county in which the sixteenth section of such township is situated.
(Source: P.A. 81-1508.)

105 ILCS 5/5-20

    (105 ILCS 5/5-20) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-20)
    Sec. 5-20. Examination of books, securities and effects - Accounts and vouchers. At each regular meeting, and at such other meetings as they may think proper, the trustees of schools shall examine all books, notes, mortgages, securities, papers, moneys and effects of the corporation, and the accounts and vouchers of the township treasurer or other township school officer, and shall make such order for their security, preservation, collection, correction of errors, if any, and for their proper disposition, as may be necessary.
(Source: P.A. 81-338.)

105 ILCS 5/5-21

    (105 ILCS 5/5-21) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-21)
    Sec. 5-21. Gifts, grants, donations, legacies - Title to property. The trustees of schools in townships in which that office has not been abolished as provided in subsection (c) of Section 5-1 may receive any gift, grant, donation or legacy made for the use of any school or library or for any other school purpose within their jurisdiction. They are invested in their corporate capacity with the title of all school buildings and school sites, except as otherwise provided by clause (3) of subsection (b) of Section 5-1 with respect to school districts which have withdrawn from the jurisdiction and authority of the trustees of school. All conveyances of real estate made to the trustees of schools shall be made to them in their corporate name and to their successors in office. School districts may take and convey title to real estate to be improved by buildings or other structures for vocational or other educational training of pupils as provided in Section 10-23.3. If legal title to the real estate to be so improved for vocational or other educational training of pupils as provided in Section 10-23.3 is not held by the school board of the school district, the trustees of schools or other school officials having legal title to those school sites or other school property shall convey to the school district the title to any such school site or other school property or portion thereof held for such district, to be used as provided in Section 10-23.3, upon being presented with a resolution adopted by at least 2/3 of the members of such board requesting such conveyance.
    If the trustees of schools for a township are no longer in existence, the school district shall take and convey title to all school buildings and school sites to be acquired within such township. If the trustees of schools had previously taken title to a school building or a school site and such trustees are no longer in existence, the school district shall by operation of law automatically be vested with title to all school buildings and school sites within such township and shall have authority to convey title thereto.
(Source: P.A. 87-473; 88-155.)

105 ILCS 5/5-22

    (105 ILCS 5/5-22) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-22)
    Sec. 5-22. Sales of school sites, buildings or other real estate. When, in the opinion of the school board, a school site, or portion thereof, building, or site with building thereon or any other real estate of the district has become unnecessary, unsuitable, or inconvenient for a school or unnecessary for the uses of the district, the school board, by a resolution adopted by at least two-thirds of the board members, may sell or direct that the property be sold in the manner provided in the Local Government Property Transfer Act or in the manner herein provided or, in the case of residential property constructed or renovated by students as part of a curricular program, may engage the services of a licensed real estate broker to sell the property for a commission not to exceed 7%, contingent on the public listing of the property on a multiple listing service for a minimum of 14 calendar days and the sale of the property within 120 days.
    Unless legal title to the land is held by the school board, the school board shall forthwith notify the trustees of schools or other school officials having legal title to such land of the terms upon which they desire the property to be sold. If the property is to be sold to another unit of local government or school district, the school board, trustees of schools, or other school officials having legal title to the land shall proceed in the manner provided in the Local Government Property Transfer Act. In all other cases, except if the property is to be sold to a tenant that has leased the property for 10 or more years and that tenant is a non-profit agency, the school board, trustees of schools, or other school officials having legal title to the land shall, within 60 days after adoption of the resolution (if the school board holds legal title to the land), or within 60 days after the trustees of school or other school officials having legal title receive the notice (if the school board does not hold legal title to the land), sell the property at public sale, by auction or sealed bids, after first giving notice of the time, place, and terms thereof by notice published once each week for 3 successive weeks prior to the date of the sale if sale is by auction, or prior to the final date of acceptance of bids if sale is by sealed bids, in a newspaper published in the district or, if no such newspaper is published in the district, then in a newspaper published in the county and having a general circulation in the district; however, if territory containing a school site, building, or site with building thereon, is detached from the school district of which it is a part after proceedings have been commenced under this Section for the sale of that school site, building, or site with building thereon, but before the sale is held, then the school board, trustees of schools, or other school officials having legal title shall not advertise or sell that school site, building, or site with building thereon, pursuant to those proceedings. The notices may be in the following form:
NOTICE OF SALE
    Notice is hereby given that on (insert date), the (here insert title of the school board, trustees of school, or other school officials holding legal title) of (county) (Township No. ...., Range No. .... P.M. ....) will sell at public sale (use applicable alternative) (at ......... (state location of sale which shall be within the district), at .... ..M.,) (by taking sealed bids which shall be accepted until .... ..M., on (insert date), at (here insert location where bids will be accepted which shall be within the district) which bids will be opened at .... ..M. on (insert date) at (here insert location where bids will be opened which shall be within the district)) the following described property: (here describe the property), which sale will be made on the following terms to-wit: (here insert terms of sale)
....
....
....
(Here insert title of school
officials holding legal title)

    For purposes of determining "terms of sale" under this Section, the General Assembly declares by this clarifying and amendatory Act of 1983 that "terms of sale" are not limited to sales for cash only but include contracts for deed, mortgages, and such other seller financed terms as may be specified by the school board.
    If a school board specifies a reasonable minimum selling price and that price is not met or if no bids are received, the school board may adopt a resolution determining or directing that the services of a licensed real estate broker be engaged to sell the property for a commission not to exceed 7%, contingent on the sale of the property within 120 days. If legal title to the property is not held by the school board, the trustees of schools or other school officials having legal title shall, upon receipt of the resolution, engage the services of a licensed real estate broker as directed in the resolution. The board may accept a written offer equal to or greater than the established minimum selling price for the described property. The services of a licensed real estate broker may be utilized to seek a buyer. If the board lowers the minimum selling price on the described property, the public sale procedures set forth in this Section must be followed. The board may raise the minimum selling price without repeating the public sale procedures.
    In the case of a sale of property to a tenant that has leased the property for 10 or more years and that is a non-profit agency, an appraisal is required prior to the sale. If the non-profit agency purchases the property for less than the appraised value and subsequently sells the property, the agency may retain only a percentage of the profits that is proportional to the percentage of the appraisal, plus any improvements made by the agency while the agency was the owner, that the agency paid in the initial sale. The remaining portion of the profits made by the non-profit agency shall revert to the school district.
    The deed of conveyance shall be executed by the president and clerk or secretary of the school board, trustees of schools, or other school officials having legal title to the land, and the proceeds paid to the school treasurer for the benefit of the district; provided, that the proceeds of any such sale on the island of Kaskaskia shall be paid to the State Treasurer for the use of the district and shall be disbursed by him in the same manner as income from the Kaskaskia Commons permanent school fund. The school board shall use the proceeds from the sale first to pay the principal and interest on any outstanding bonds on the property being sold, and after all such bonds have been retired, the remaining proceeds from the sale next shall be used by the school board to meet any urgent district needs as determined under Sections 2-3.12 and 17-2.11 and then for any other authorized purpose and for deposit into any district fund. But whenever the school board of any school district determines that any schoolhouse site with or without a building thereon is of no further use to the district, and agrees with the school board of any other school district within the boundaries of which the site is situated, upon the sale thereof to that district, and agrees upon the price to be paid therefor, and the site is selected by the purchasing district in the manner required by law, then after the payment of the compensation the school board, township trustees, or other school officials having legal title to the land of the schools shall, by proper instrument in writing, convey the legal title of the site to the school board of the purchasing district, or to the trustees of schools for the use of the purchasing district, in accordance with law. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any sale made pursuant to Section 5-23 or Section 5-24 or Section 32-4.
(Source: P.A. 99-794, eff. 1-1-17.)

105 ILCS 5/5-23

    (105 ILCS 5/5-23) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-23)
    Sec. 5-23. Exchange of properties.
    Whenever the school board, by a two-thirds majority of its members shall find and declare the following propositions and shall cause to be recorded in the Recorder's Office a certificate embodying such findings and declarations duly signed by its president and attested by its secretary or clerk, then said school board may cause the exchange of a present school site or site with building thereon for a substitutional site without a referendum approving such exchange. The above findings and declarations shall establish the following: (1) That in the opinion of the school board a school site or site with building thereon has become unsuitable or inconvenient for a school; (2) that a substitutional school site has been offered in exchange for the present site which is a suitable, convenient and desirable site for a school and (3) that the value of the substitutional site is equal to or exceeds the value of the present site for which it is to be exchanged, the criterion of value to be that of a fair market value. When such certificate has been recorded as aforesaid, the school board shall transmit a copy of said certificate to the trustees of schools or other school officials having legal title to such land and shall request the execution of a deed of conveyance by the president and clerk, or secretary, as the case may be, to be delivered upon the receipt of a good and sufficient deed conveying to the trustees of schools or other school officials entitled under the statute to hold legal title to lands in the particular school district a good title to the substitutional site; and such president and clerk, or secretary, as the case may be, shall comply with such request. If the school board of a school district holds legal title to any lands to be exchanged under this Section, the certificate shall be recorded by the school board, and the deed of conveyance shall be executed by the president and by the secretary or clerk of the school board, as the case may be, and shall be delivered when a good and sufficient deed conveying the legal title of the substitutional site to the school board is delivered to the school board. The certificate provided for shall set forth an accurate legal description of the present school site and of the substitutional site offered as aforesaid.
(Source: P.A. 88-155.)

105 ILCS 5/5-24

    (105 ILCS 5/5-24) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-24)
    Sec. 5-24. Sale to another school district or municipality. Whenever a petition is presented to the school board of a school district requesting the sale of school grounds and buildings to another school district or other municipality, which petition is signed by 10% of the voters of the district, the school board of the district shall adopt a resolution for the sale of such school grounds and buildings, and fix the price therefor, and shall thereupon order the secretary to certify to the proper election authorities the proposition for submission to the voters of the district in accordance with the general election law; and if a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition are in favor of the sale, then the school board, trustees of schools of the township in which the school district is located, or other school officials having legal title shall convey by its president and clerk or secretary, upon receipt of the purchase price, the property so to be sold; and the purchase price thereof shall be placed with the proper treasurer for the benefit of the school district so selling the property. The proposition shall be substantially in the following form:
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    Shall School District Number
...., of.... County, Illinois,           YES
sell to School District
Number...., (or other municipality)  -------------------------
of.... County, Illinois,
the following described property
(here describe the ground)                NO
for the sum of.... Dollars?
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(Source: P.A. 88-155.)

105 ILCS 5/5-25

    (105 ILCS 5/5-25) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-25)
    Sec. 5-25. Moneys paid to treasurer.
    The trustees of schools or township land commissioners shall cause all moneys for the use of the school districts to be paid to the proper treasurer thereof.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)

105 ILCS 5/5-26

    (105 ILCS 5/5-26) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-26)
    Sec. 5-26. Purchase of real estate in satisfaction of judgment. The trustees of schools or township land commissioners may purchase real estate in satisfaction of any judgment in any action wherein the trustees or township land commissioners or the county superintendent of schools are parties, if, in their opinion the interests of the township fund will be promoted thereby.
(Source: P.A. 79-1366.)

105 ILCS 5/5-27

    (105 ILCS 5/5-27) (from Ch. 122, par. 5-27)
    Sec. 5-27. Compromise, settlements and cancellations.
    The trustees of schools or township land commissioners may: make all settlements with persons indebted to them in their official capacity; receive deeds to real estate in compromise; and may cancel notes, bonds, mortgages, and judgments for the benefit of any school township or district.
(Source: P.A. 84-452.)