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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/11-122-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-122-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-122-4)
    Sec. 11-122-4. In lieu of issuing bonds pledging the faith and credit of the city, as provided for in Section 11-122-3, any city may issue and dispose of interest bearing certificates, to be known as "street railway certificates," which, under no circumstances, shall be or become an obligation or liability of the city or payable out of any general fund thereof, but shall be payable solely out of a specified portion of the income to be derived from the street railway property for the acquisition of which they were issued. These certificates shall not be issued and secured by any street railway property in an amount in excess of the cost to the city of that property, as provided in this Division 122, and 10% of that cost in addition thereto.
    In order to secure the payment of these street railway certificates and the interest thereon, the city may convey, by way of mortgage or deed of trust, any or all of the street railway property acquired or to be acquired through the issuance thereof. This mortgage or deed of trust shall be executed in such manner as may be directed by the city council and acknowledged and recorded in the manner provided by law for the acknowledgment and recording of mortgages of real estate, and may contain such provisions and conditions not in conflict with the provisions of this Division 122 as may be deemed necessary to fully secure the payment of the street railway certificates described therein. The mortgage or deed of trust may contain the grant of a privilege or right to maintain and operate the street railway property covered thereby, for a period not exceeding 20 years from the date that that property may come into the possession of any person as the result of foreclosure proceedings. This privilege or right may fix the rates of fare which the person securing the privilege or right as the result of foreclosure proceedings shall be entitled to charge in the operation of the property for a period not exceeding 20 years.
    Whenever, and as often as, default is made in the payment of any street railway certificate issued and secured by a mortgage or deed of trust, as provided in this section, or in the payment of the interest thereon when due, and that default has continued for the space of 12 months, after notice thereof has been given to the mayor and the financial officer of the city issuing the certificates, it is lawful for the mortgagee or trustee, upon the request of the holders of a majority in amount of the certificates issued and outstanding under the mortgage or deed of trust, to declare the whole of the principal of all such certificates as may be outstanding, to be at once due and payable, and to proceed to foreclose the mortgage or deed of trust in any court of competent jurisdiction.
    At a foreclosure sale, the mortgagee, or trustee, or the holders of the certificates may become the purchaser or purchasers of the property and the rights and privileges sold, if he or they be the highest bidders. Any street railway acquired under such a foreclosure shall be subject to regulation by the corporate authorities of the city to the same extent as if the right to construct, maintain, and operate that property had been acquired through a direct grant without the intervention of foreclosure proceedings.
    However, no street railway certificates, mortgage, or deed of trust shall ever be issued by any city under the provisions of this Division 122 until the question of the adoption of the ordinance making provision for the issuance thereof has been submitted to a popular vote and approved by a majority of the electors of the city voting upon that question.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-122-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-122-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-122-5)
    Sec. 11-122-5. Every city owning, or owning and operating, street railways, shall keep the books of account for these street railways distinct from other city accounts and in such manner as to show the true and complete financial results of the city ownership, or ownership and operation, as the case may be. These accounts shall be so kept as to show: (1) the actual cost to the city of street railways owned, (2) all costs of maintenance, extension, and improvement, (3) all operating expenses of every description, in case of city operation, (4) the amount set aside for sinking fund purposes, (5) if water or other service is furnished for the use of the street railways without charge, as nearly as possible, the value of this service, and also the value of any similar service rendered by the street railways to any other city department without charge, (6) reasonable allowances for interest, depreciation, and insurance, and (7) estimates of the amount of taxes that would be chargeable against the property if owned by a private corporation. The city council shall print annually for public distribution, a report showing the financial results, in the form specified in this section, of the city ownership, or ownership and operation.
    The accounts of those street railways, shall be examined at least once a year by a licensed Certified Public Accountant permitted to perform audits under the Illinois Public Accounting Act, who shall report to the city council the results of his examination. This accountant shall be selected in such manner as the city council may direct, and he shall receive for his services such compensation, to be paid out of the income from those street railways, as the city council may prescribe.
(Source: P.A. 94-465, eff. 8-4-05.)

65 ILCS 5/11-122-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-122-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-122-6)
    Sec. 11-122-6. This Division 122 shall be in force in every city in which "An Act to authorize cities to acquire, construct, own, operate and lease street railways, to provide the means therefor, and to provide for the discontinuance of such operation and ownership," approved May 18, 1903, as amended, has been heretofore adopted and was in force immediately prior to January 1, 1942. This Division 122 shall not be in force in any other city until the question of its adoption in such other city has been submitted to the electors of the city and approved by a majority of those voting thereon.
    If the city council in any city has heretofore incorporated or hereafter incorporates in any grant to a private company of the right to construct or operate street railways a provision reserving to the city the right to take over the street railways at or before the expiration of the grant, in case the city later adopted "An Act to authorize cities to acquire, construct, own, operate and lease street railways, to provide the means therefor, and to provide for the discontinuance of such operation and ownership," approved May 18, 1903, as amended, or adopts this Division 122, as the case may be, that provision shall be as valid and effective for all purposes, in case the city later adopts this Division 122 as provided in this section, as if the provision were made a part of a grant after the adoption of this Division 122 by the city.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-122-7

    (65 ILCS 5/11-122-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-122-7)
    Sec. 11-122-7. In all cases provided in Sections 11-122-1 through 11-122-6 for the submission of questions or propositions to popular vote, the city council shall pass an ordinance stating the substance of the proposition or question to be voted upon and designating the election at which the question or proposition is to be submitted. The city clerk of the city shall promptly certify the ordinance and the proposition for submission at an election in accordance with the general election law.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

65 ILCS 5/11-122-8

    (65 ILCS 5/11-122-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-122-8)
    Sec. 11-122-8. Any city having a population of less than 500,000 which has constructed, acquired, or purchased street railways under "An Act to authorize cities to acquire, construct, own, operate and lease street railways, to provide the means therefor, and to provide for the discontinuance of such operation and ownership," approved May 18, 1903, as amended, or under this Division 122, by ordinance of the city council may provide for the discontinuance of their operation and maintenance and may provide for the sale or disposal, in such manner as the city council may determine, of the property and equipment so constructed, acquired, or purchased.
    This ordinance shall not become effective until the question of its adoption is certified by the clerk and submitted to a referendum vote of the electors of the city at an election designated in the ordinance. At that election, the ordinance shall be submitted without alteration to the vote of the electors of the city.
    The question shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the ordinance (stating       YES
the nature of the proposed        ----------------------------
ordinance) be adopted?                 NO
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    If a majority of the electors voting on the question of the adoption of the proposed ordinance vote in favor thereof, the ordinance shall thereupon become a valid and binding ordinance of the city.
    Prior to the election upon this ordinance, the city clerk shall have the ordinance published at least once in one or more newspapers published in the city, or, if no newspaper is published therein, then in one or more newspapers with a general circulation within the city. This publication shall be not more than 30 nor less than 15 days in advance of the election.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)