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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/11-128-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-128-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-128-3)
    Sec. 11-128-3. Before they shall be valid and binding, the specified contract and tax, after action by the corporate authorities, shall be certified by the clerk and submitted for ratification to the electors of the municipality. The notice shall specify the character of the waterworks proposed to be purchased, constructed, or enlarged and the amount of the tax to be levied. For 3 weeks preceding the election there shall be on file in some public place, convenient of access, a full description of the waterworks and a copy of the contract and of the report of the engineer, for the inspection of the electors. Notice of where the documents are on file shall be included in the notice of the election.
    If 3/4 of all the electors voting on the proposition vote in favor thereof, the contract and tax shall be binding and the tax shall be duly levied. The proposition shall be in substantially the following form:
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    Shall the city (or village) of
.... construct, purchase, or enlarge         YES
(as the case may be) waterworks         ----------------------
and levy a tax of .... annually              NO
for .... years?
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    Whenever the electors of a city or village have ratified a contract to purchase, construct, or enlarge waterworks and to levy a tax therefor as provided in "An Act to enable cities and villages to provide, construct, or enlarge waterworks and to provide for the management thereof, and giving them authority to levy an annual tax and to pledge the same in payment therefor," approved April 19, 1899, as amended, the city or village may proceed or continue to exercise the power specified in this Division 128 without again submitting the proposition to the electors for approval.
(Source: P.A. 81-1489.)

65 ILCS 5/11-128-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-128-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-128-4)
    Sec. 11-128-4. The corporate authorities have the power to carry into execution the contract for the purchase, construction, or enlargement of waterworks when ratified by the electors, as directed in Section 11-128-3, and to employ a superintendent and such other employees as may be necessary and proper for the operation of the waterworks, for the collection of water rentals, and for the conduct of the business necessary to the operation thereof.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-128-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-128-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-128-5)
    Sec. 11-128-5. The corporate authorities may issue bonds against the taxes levied, but the bonds shall be payable only out of the special tax when collected and out of the net revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks.
    These bonds shall be made to mature in as nearly as possible equal installments of $100, or multiples thereof. The first installment shall be payable one or 2 years from the date of issue, and the last installment within one year after the date of the last tax levy provided by the vote authorizing a levy. The bonds shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, payable annually or semi-annually. They shall be sold for not less than par, or they may be paid out at not less than par for the construction, purchase, and/or enlargement of the waterworks.
    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.)

65 ILCS 5/11-128-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-128-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-128-6)
    Sec. 11-128-6. The specified bonds shall be substantially in the following form:
    The city (or village) of ...., county of ...., State of Illinois, for value received hereby promises to pay the bearer .... hundred dollars, lawful money of the United States of America, on the .... day of .... A.D. ...., together with interest thereon at the rate of ....% annually, payable annually (or semi-annually) on the .... day of ...., ..... Both principal and interest are payable at the .....
    This bond is one of a series of bonds amounting to .... dollars, issued under an ordinance of the city (or village) of .... and is payable solely out of funds derived from a special tax levy and the net revenue of the waterworks of the city (or village) of .... and out of no other funds. The construction, purchase, or enlargement of the waterworks and levy of the tax were authorized at an election legally called and held on the .... day of ...., ..... And it is asserted that all acts, conditions, and things precedent to and in the issuance of this bond have occurred and have been performed in regular and due form as required by law.
    In testimony whereof the corporate authorities have caused this bond to be signed by the mayor (or president) and countersigned by the clerk, and have caused the seal of the city (or village) to be affixed this .... day of ...., ....
.... Mayor
.... Clerk
    Coupons representing the interest shall be attached to the bond, and they may be signed or bear the lithographed signature of the clerk of the city or village.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-128-7

    (65 ILCS 5/11-128-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-128-7)
    Sec. 11-128-7. The corporate authorities from time to time shall fix the water rentals or rates to be charged for the furnishing of water. These rentals or rates shall be made sufficient, together with the proceeds of the special tax provided in this Division 128, to pay at maturity the interest and principal of bonds issued under the provisions of this article, and also for the proper maintenance and operation of the waterworks, and for all repairs thereon.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-128-8

    (65 ILCS 5/11-128-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-128-8)
    Sec. 11-128-8. Any 2 or more cities or villages adjacent to each other by an ordinance adopted by each of them may create a water district. This water district shall be governed by a board of trustees jointly composed of the corporate authorities of each of the cities and villages, which created the district. This board of trustees shall have the powers given to the corporate authorities in this article, and the water district shall be a body corporate to carry out the provisions of this Division 128. But notice of any election held by such a water district under this Division 128 shall be given in each city and village combining into the district, and if the proposition does not carry by three-fourths of all electors voting on the proposition in each city or village constituting the district, then the proposed contract and tax have failed of ratification and are void.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 129

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 129 heading)
DIVISION 129. WATERWORKS SYSTEMS IN
MUNICIPALITIES OF LESS THAN 500,000

65 ILCS 5/11-129-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-129-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-129-1)
    Sec. 11-129-1. Any municipality with a population of less than 500,000 is authorized, as provided in this Division 129, to build, or purchase, and to operate a waterworks system or water supply system either within or without the corporate limits thereof, and also to improve or extend that system.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-129-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-129-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-129-2)
    Sec. 11-129-2. A specified municipality is authorized to pay the cost of a purchase, construction, improvement, or extension of a waterworks or water supply system by the issuance and sale of revenue bonds of the municipality, payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks or water supply system. These revenue bonds shall bear interest at a rate not to exceed the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, payable semi-annually, and shall mature within the period of usefulness of the project, to be determined by the corporate authorities, but in no event more than 40 years from the date of the completion of the project. The bonds shall be sold in such manner as the corporate authorities shall determine except that, if issued to bear interest at the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract, the bonds shall be sold for not less than par and accrued interest, and except that the selling price of 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 to the municipality of the money received from the bond sale 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 maturity according to standard tables of bond values.
    In case any officer, whose signature appears on these revenue bonds or the coupons attached thereto, ceases to hold that office before the delivery of the bonds to the purchaser, his signature nevertheless shall be valid and sufficient for all purposes, to the same effect as if he had remained in office until the delivery of the bonds. The bonds shall have all the qualities of negotiable instruments under the law merchant and the "Uniform Commercial Code", approved May 28, 1965, as amended.
    However, upon the effective date of the Acts of 1971, 1972 and 1973, the maximum interest rate and interest cost on bonds issued under this Section is the maximum rate authorized by the Bond Authorization Act, as amended at the time of the making of the contract.
    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.
    The amendatory Acts of 1971, 1972 and 1973 are not a limit upon any municipality which is a home rule unit.
(Source: P.A. 86-4.)

65 ILCS 5/11-129-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-129-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-129-3)
    Sec. 11-129-3. The corporate authorities of any municipality availing itself of the provisions of this Division 129 shall adopt an ordinance describing in a general way the contemplated project. If it is intended to purchase an existing waterworks or water supply system, the ordinance shall describe in a general way the system to be purchased. If it is intended to build a waterworks or water supply system or to improve or extend a waterworks or water supply system owned and operated by the municipality, the ordinance shall describe in a general way the waterworks or water supply system to be constructed or the improvements or extensions to be made. It shall not be necessary that the ordinance refer to plans and specifications nor that there be on file for public inspection prior to the adoption of such ordinance detailed plans and specifications of the project. The ordinance shall set out the estimated cost of the project, determine its period of usefulness, and fix the amount and maturities of water revenue bonds proposed to be issued, the interest rate, and all details in respect thereof. The ordinance may contain such covenants and restrictions upon the issuance of additional revenue bonds thereafter as may be deemed necessary or advisable for the assurance of payment of the bonds thereby authorized and as may be thereafter issued.
    Revenue bonds issued under this Division 129 shall be payable solely from the revenue derived from the operation of the waterworks or water supply system on account of which the bonds are issued; provided, that bonds issued under this Division 129 may also be payable from funds pledged by the municipality issuing such bonds pursuant to the Illinois Finance Authority Act. Notwithstanding any such pledge or any other matter, these bonds shall not in any event constitute an indebtedness of the municipality within the meaning of any constitutional or statutory limitation and it shall be so stated on the face of each bond.
(Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04.)

65 ILCS 5/11-129-4

    (65 ILCS 5/11-129-4) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-129-4)
    Sec. 11-129-4. Within 10 days after an ordinance for any project under this Division 129 has been passed, it shall be published at least once in one or more newspapers published in the municipality, or, if no newspaper is published therein, then in one or more newspapers with a general circulation within the municipality. In municipalities with less than 500 population in which no newspaper is published, publication may instead be made by posting a notice in 3 prominent places within the municipality.
    If the ordinance authorizes the issuance of revenue bonds for the purpose of purchasing an existing waterworks system and if the revenue thereof (after proper adjustments and elimination of nonrecurring charges under public ownership based upon the average annual receipts and expenditures for the 3 calendar years next preceding the date of the adoption of the ordinance as shown by the annual reports for those years made by the owners to the Illinois Commerce Commission) is sufficient (1) to pay all operating and maintenance expenses, (2) to pay into a depreciation fund a reasonable amount as a depreciation reserve, and (3) to provide for the payment when due of the principal of and interest upon the bonds proposed to be issued to purchase the waterworks system, the ordinance authorizing the issuance of those revenue bonds shall be in effect immediately upon its adoption and publication, or posting, as provided in this section, notwithstanding any provision in this Code or any other law to the contrary.
    If the ordinance authorizes the issuance of revenue bonds for the purpose of extending or improving an existing waterworks system, after its acquisition, or a presently municipally owned and operated waterworks system, and if the ordinance specifies that those extensions or improvements are to be paid for, either in whole or in part, by a loan or grant, or both, from any federal agency, the ordinance authorizing the issuance of those revenue bonds shall be in effect immediately upon its adoption and publication, or posting, as provided in this section, notwithstanding any provision in this Code or any other law to the contrary.
    The fact as to the sufficiency of the revenue in case of the purchase of an existing waterworks system, or of the intention of the corporate authorities to pay the cost of the proposed extensions or improvements to an existing system proposed to be purchased, or to a presently municipally owned system, by a loan or grant, or both, from a federal agency shall be determined by the ordinance authorizing the revenue bonds and that determination when so expressed in that ordinance shall be conclusive.
    In all other cases, if no petition is filed with the municipal clerk, as provided in this section, within 30 days after the publication, or posting, of the ordinance, then, after the expiration of those 30 days, the ordinance shall be in effect. The publication or posting of an ordinance which does not take effect immediately shall be accompanied by a notice of (1) the specific number of voters required to sign a petition requesting the question of authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for the purpose of building, purchasing, improving or extending the waterworks or water supply system to be submitted to the electors; (2) the time in which such petition must be filed; and (3) the date of the prospective referendum. The municipal clerk shall provide a petition form to any individual requesting one. But if within this period of 30 days a petition is filed with the municipal clerk signed by electors of the municipality numbering 10% or more of the number of registered voters in the municipality, asking that the question of building, purchasing, improving, or extending the waterworks or water supply system and the issuance of revenue bonds therefor, as provided in the ordinance, be submitted to the electors of the municipality, the clerk shall certify the proposition for submission at an election in accordance with the general election law.
    If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor thereof, the ordinance shall be in effect. But if a majority of the votes cast on the question are unfavorable, the municipality shall proceed no further and the ordinance shall not take effect.
(Source: P.A. 87-767.)

65 ILCS 5/11-129-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-129-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-129-5)
    Sec. 11-129-5. Whenever revenue bonds are issued under this Division 129, sufficient revenue received from the operation of such a waterworks or water-supply system shall be deposited in a separate fund designated as the water fund of the municipality. It shall be used only (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the system, (2) to provide an adequate depreciation fund, and (3) to pay the principal of and interest upon the revenue bonds of the municipality issued under this Division 129.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)