(65 ILCS 5/3.1-25-90) (from Ch. 24, par. 3.1-25-90)
    Sec. 3.1-25-90. Election or appointment of clerk; term; vacancy.
    (a) Any village of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants may, by resolution adopted by not less than two-thirds of the village board, choose to have a clerk appointed by the village president with the concurrence of the village board. Otherwise, at the election for trustees in each village and incorporated town, whether incorporated under a general or special Act (other than a village that was incorporated under a special Act and that adopts Section 3.1-30-25), a clerk of the village or incorporated town shall be elected who shall hold office for a term of the same length of time as provided in this Article 3.1 for the mayor in a city, except that any such village or incorporated town that, before January 1, 1942, has adopted a 2 year term for village clerk shall continue to elect a village clerk for a term of 2 years. Whenever a vacancy in the office of a clerk elected under this Section occurs during the term, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the term at the next general municipal election as provided by Section 3.1-10-50. During the period from the time the vacancy occurs until a clerk is elected as provided in this Section and has qualified, the vacancy may be filled by the appointment of an acting clerk by the president with the advice and consent of the trustees.
    (b) In any village where the clerk is appointed as provided in this Section, the clerk may later be elected, but only after a referendum initiated and held as provided in this Section. The question of whether the village clerk shall be elected, rather than appointed, shall be submitted to the electors of the village upon the filing of a petition with the village clerk signed by electors equal in number to at least 10% of the highest number of votes cast for any candidate for village office at the last preceding municipal election. The question shall be certified by the village clerk to the proper election authorities, who shall submit the proposition at an election in accordance with the general election law. The question shall be in substantially the following form:
        Shall the clerk in (name of village) be elected,
rather than appointed?
    If a majority of the electors in the village voting on the question vote in the affirmative, the village clerk shall thereafter be elected. If a majority of the electors voting on the question vote in the negative, the village clerk shall continue to be appointed.
(Source: P.A. 87-1119.)