(65 ILCS 5/7-1-11)
(from Ch. 24, par. 7-1-11)
The following is an optional method of annexing any
territory which, (1) is not less than one square mile in area; (2)
contains at least 500 inhabitants; (3) is not included within any
municipality; and (4) is contiguous to a municipality having not more
than 100,000 inhabitants. Such territory may be annexed to a
municipality of the specified sort as follows:
A petition, signed by not less than 100 of the electors of the
territory sought to be annexed and by the owners of record of more than
50% of such territory, shall be filed with the circuit court for the
county in which the territory is situated. The petition shall request
that the question of annexation of the territory described therein be
submitted to the electors of the territory.
No tract of land in excess of 10 acres in area shall be included in
the annexation petition without the express consent of the owner thereof
unless the tract is
(1) subdivided into lots or blocks; or
(2) bounded on at least 3 sides by lands subdivided into lots or
The owner of record of land comprising any part of the perimeter of
the territory sought to be annexed may apply to the court for the
exclusion of his land from the territory described in such petition. The
court shall grant such application if the exclusion of such land will
not destroy the contiguity of the land sought to be annexed with the
After considering any such application, the court shall order the question
submitted within the territory at an election in accordance
with the general election law. The clerk of the circuit court shall certify
the question to the proper election authority for submission.
The result of the election shall be entered of record in the court.
If a majority of the votes cast on the question
favor annexation, the
court shall then give notice thereof to the corporate authorities of the
proposed annexing municipality. The corporate authorities shall then
vote on the question of such annexation and if a majority of their
membership, by a vote recorded in the minutes, vote in favor of the
annexation, an ordinance shall be passed annexing the territory. The
clerk of the annexing municipality shall certify and file a copy of the
annexation ordinance with a map showing the boundary lines of the
territory annexed, with the recorder of the county in which the
municipality is located and a document of annexation shall be filed with
the county clerk and County Election Authority.
If the question of such annexation does not receive the requisite
majority vote of the corporate authorities, the municipal clerk
shall certify the question at an election in accordance with the general election law.
If a majority of persons voting upon the question vote for
annexation, the described territory is annexed to the annexing
municipality. The clerk of the annexing municipality shall certify and
file a statement of the annexation proceeding with a map showing the
boundary lines of the territory annexed, as provided in this section.
If a majority of persons voting on the question vote against
annexation, no further proceedings shall be had on the question for at
least 22 months from the date of such election.
(Source: P.A. 83-1362.)