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MUNICIPALITIES
(65 ILCS 5/) Illinois Municipal Code.

65 ILCS 5/11-135-5

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135-5) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-135-5)
    Sec. 11-135-5. Whenever bonds are issued under this Division 135 the revenue received from the operation of the properties under the control of the commission shall be set aside as collected and deposited in a separate fund to be used only (1) in paying the cost of the operation and maintenance of those properties, (2) in providing an adequate depreciation fund, (3) in paying the principal of and interest upon the revenue bonds issued by the commission, as provided by this Division 135, (4) to comply with the covenants of the ordinance or resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds, and (5) to carry out the corporate purposes and powers of the commission.
    In case the commission has charge of the operation of a complete waterworks system, including the distribution mains, the commission shall establish rates and charges for water which shall be sufficient at all times to pay the cost of operation and maintenance, to provide an adequate depreciation fund, to pay the principal of and interest upon all revenue bonds issued as provided by this Division 135, to comply with the covenants of the ordinance or resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds, and to carry out the corporate purposes and powers of the commission. Charges and rates shall be established, revised, and maintained by ordinance and become payable as the commission may determine by ordinance.
    In case the commission has charge of the operation of a common source of supply of water, the municipalities represented by the commission shall contract with the commission for water. These municipalities shall establish such charges and rates for water supplied by them to consumers as will be sufficient at all times (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the respective waterworks systems (or waterworks and sewerage systems, where combined) of the municipalities, (2) to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor, (3) to pay the principal of and interest on all revenue bonds of the municipalities payable from the revenues of the waterworks system (or combined waterworks and sewerage system), and (4) to pay the charges and rates established by the commission for the sale of water by the commission to those municipalities. The commission shall establish such charges and rates for water supplied to those municipalities as will be sufficient at all times (1) to pay the cost of operation and maintenance of the common source of supply of water, (2) to provide an adequate depreciation fund therefor, (3) to pay the principal of and interest on the revenue bonds issued by the commission, (4) to comply with the covenants of the ordinance or resolution authorizing the issuance of such bonds, and (5) to carry out the corporate purposes and powers of the commission, under the provisions of this Division 135. Contracts entered into between the commission and the specified municipalities shall include covenants for the establishment of rates and charges as provided in this section.
    Municipality contributions to the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, by commissions created under this Division 135 which have been included under that Fund, shall be considered a cost of operation and maintenance for the purposes of this Section.
    Any holder of a bond or of any of its coupons, issued under this Division 135, in any civil action, mandamus, or other proceeding, may enforce and compel performance of all duties required by this Division 135 to be performed by such a commission or by any of the municipalities, including the making of rates and charges, the collecting of sufficient revenue, and the application thereof, as provided in this Division 135.
    All contracts for the construction of a waterworks system or of a common source of supply of water, or both, to be let by such a commission, shall be entered into only after advertising for bids, pursuant to a resolution to be adopted for that purpose by the commission. A notice inviting bids shall be published in a newspaper published and having a general circulation in the county or counties in which the municipalities represented by the commission are located, not more than 30 nor less than 15 days in advance of the receipt of the bids. The notice shall be published at least twice. In the resolution directing the advertising for bids the commission also shall establish all requirements necessary for the bidding, for the awarding of contracts, and for the approval of contractors' faithful performance bonds.
(Source: P.A. 82-641.)

65 ILCS 5/11-135-6

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135-6) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-135-6)
    Sec. 11-135-6. Whenever such commission shall pass an ordinance for the construction or acquisition of any waterworks properties, or improvements or extension or mains, pumping stations, reservoirs or other appurtenances thereto, which such commission is authorized to make, the making of which will require that private property be taken or damaged, such commission may cause compensation therefor to be ascertained and may condemn and acquire possession thereof in the same manner as nearly as may be, as provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act. However, proceedings to ascertain the compensation to be paid for taking or damaging private property shall in all cases be instituted in the circuit court of the county where the property sought to be taken or damaged is situated.
    In addition, when a Water Commission created under the Water Commission Act of 1985, as amended, requires that public property be taken or damaged for the purposes specified above, such commission may condemn and acquire possession of public property and cause compensation for such public property to be ascertained in the same manner provided for the exercise of the right of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain Act, during such time as the Commission has the power to initiate action in the manner provided by Article 20 of the Eminent Domain Act (quick-take procedure).
    In the event a Commission created under the Water Commission Act of 1985 shall determine that negotiations for the acquisition of property or easements for making any improvement which such Commission is authorized to make have proven unsuccessful and the Commission shall have by resolution adopted a schedule or plan of operation for the execution of the project and therein made a finding that it is necessary to take such property or easements immediately or at some specified later date in order to comply with the schedule, the Commission may commence proceedings to acquire such property or easements in the same manner provided in Article 20 of the Eminent Domain Act (quick-take procedure); except that if the property or easement is located in a municipality having more than 2,000,000 inhabitants, the Commission may not commence such proceedings until the acquisition has been approved by ordinance of the corporate authorities of the municipality.
    Any commission has the power to acquire, hold, sell, lease as lessor or lessee, transfer or dispose of real or personal property, or interest therein, as it deems appropriate in the exercise of its powers for its lawful purposes. When, in the opinion of a commission, real estate owned by it, however acquired, is no longer necessary, appropriate, required for the use of, profitable to, or for best interest of the commission, such commission may, by resolution, lease such surplus real estate for a period not to exceed 99 years, or sell such surplus real estate, in accordance with procedures adopted by resolution by such commission.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)

65 ILCS 5/11-135-7

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135-7) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-135-7)
    Sec. 11-135-7. Such commission may construct, maintain, alter and extend its water mains as a proper use of highways along, upon, under and across any highway, street, alley or public ground in the state, including highways within a municipality, but so as not to inconvenience the public use thereof, and such commission may construct, maintain and operate any conduit or conduits, water pipe or pipes, wholly or partially buried or otherwise in, upon and along any of the lands owned by the State of Illinois and under any of the public waters therein. However, the right, permission and authority hereby created shall be subject to all public rights of commerce and navigation and the authority of the United States in behalf of such public rights and also the laws of the State of Illinois to regulate and control the same. Notice shall be given to the highway authorities of any municipality, county, township, road district or township district in which such highway, street or public way may be situated at least 60 days before any construction or installation work in such highway or street shall commence. All laws and ordinances pertaining to such work for the protection of the public and of public property shall be complied with except that no fee may be charged such commission for the construction or installation of such facilities in such public places.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-135-8

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135-8) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-135-8)
    Sec. 11-135-8. Such commission shall have the right to supply water to any municipality, political subdivision, private person or corporation, in addition to the municipalities which have formed the commission, and to construct water transmission and distribution lines within a radius of 25 miles outside the corporate limits of member municipalities for the purpose of furnishing water to any additional entities which contract with the commission for a supply of water, upon such payment, terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon. In addition to the foregoing powers, if there is any municipality within a radius of 25 miles of the corporate limits of the commission which desires not to own or operate a waterworks system, and such municipality adopts an ordinance requesting the Commission to supply water for public and domestic use within such municipality, then any such commission may, when determined by the Commissioners to be in the public interest and necessary for the protection of the public health or in the best interest of the Commission or its environs, enter into and perform contracts, whether long term or short term, with any such municipality, to acquire, construct and operate and maintain its waterworks properties within the corporate limits of such municipality for the purpose of supplying water for public and domestic use to the inhabitants thereof.
    Such commission shall have the power to contract with any person, corporation or political subdivision or any municipal corporation or other agency for a supply of water, or to supply water to such person, corporation, municipal corporation or political subdivision. Any such contract made by a commission for a supply of water may contain provisions whereby the commission is obligated to pay for such supply of water without setoff or counterclaim and irrespective of whether such supply of water is ever furnished, made available or delivered to the commission or whether any project for the supply of water contemplated by any such contract is completed, operable or operating and notwithstanding any suspension, interruption, interference, reduction or curtailment of the supply of water from such project. Any such contract may provide that if one or more of the other purchasers defaults in the payment of its obligations under such contract or similar contract made with the supplier of the water, one or more of the remaining purchasers party to such contract or such similar contract shall be required to pay for all or a portion of the obligations of the defaulting purchasers. Any such contract entered into to supply water to a municipal corporation or political subdivision shall provide that the payments to be made thereunder shall be solely from the revenues to be derived by such municipality or political subdivision from the operation of the waterworks system of such municipality or political subdivision, and said contract shall be a continuing, valid and binding obligation of the municipality or political subdivision, payable from such revenues for such period of years, not to exceed 40, as may be provided in such contract. Any such contract shall not be a debt within the meaning of any statutory or constitutional limitations.
    No prior appropriation shall be required before entering into such contract, and no appropriation shall be required to authorize payments to be made under the terms of any such contract, notwithstanding any provision of this Code to the contrary.
    The changes in this Section made by this amendatory Act of 1984 are intended to be declarative of existing law.
(Source: P.A. 83-1123.)

65 ILCS 5/11-135-9

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135-9) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-135-9)
    Sec. 11-135-9. Whenever a water commission has been constituted pursuant to this Division 135, was functioning as such on July 21, 1959, and thereafter continued to exercise the powers conferred on it at the time it was so constituted, such commission is a valid public corporation, and all acts performed by or on behalf of such commission, or its officers or employees are valid.
    In all cases where a municipality which has adopted a resolution or ordinance to acquire and operate jointly a waterworks system or a common source of supply of water, or both, as the case may be, under the provisions of this Division 135, thereby becoming a member of a water commission, has heretofore adopted an ordinance repealing the aforesaid resolution or ordinance and declaring the termination of membership and withdrawal of such municipality from said water commission; and the said water commission has not at the time of such ordinance acquired a waterworks system or common source of supply of water, as the case may be; and the said water commission duly adopts a resolution finding that the withdrawal of such municipality will not burden or adversely affect the remaining members of said water commission in their efforts to acquire and operate jointly a waterworks system or a common source of supply of water or both, as the case may be, and consenting to the withdrawal of such municipality, each such resolution is hereby made a legal and valid consent to the withdrawal of such municipality from the said water commission and such withdrawal is hereby declared legal and valid and effective, and such municipality is hereby declared legally and validly withdrawn from the said water commission and no longer a member or a part of the system and all such water commissions are hereby declared legally and validly organized and established water commissions, and valid and existing water commissions and public corporations under the provisions of Division 135, notwithstanding any such withdrawal.
    All actions taken prior to the effective date of this Act by any water commission which has heretofore consented to the withdrawal of one or more of its members in accordance with the procedures described herein, which actions were otherwise valid but for the invalidating effect of the membership or withdrawal from membership of the withdrawing community or communities upon any quorum, voting or other requirement based upon the number of commissioners or commission members, are hereby declared effective, legal and valid, notwithstanding any lack of compliance with any such quorum, voting or other requirement imposed by law or by the rules of the said commission.
(Source: P.A. 82-641.)

65 ILCS 5/11-135-10

    (65 ILCS 5/11-135-10) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-135-10)
    Sec. 11-135-10. The provisions of this Division 135 are subject to the terms and provisions of the Water Commission Act of 1985, as now or hereafter amended.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 136

 
    (65 ILCS 5/Art. 11 Div. 136 heading)
DIVISION 136. JOINT ACQUISITION AND OPERATION
OF WATER AND SEWAGE SYSTEMS

65 ILCS 5/11-136-1

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-1) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-1)
    Sec. 11-136-1. Any 2 or more municipalities, except cities of 500,000 or more inhabitants, may acquire either by purchase or construction a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, and may operate jointly a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, and improve and extend the same, as provided in this Division 136. The corporate authorities of such municipalities desiring to avail themselves of the provisions of this Division 136 shall adopt a resolution or ordinance determining and electing to acquire and operate jointly a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, as the case may be. This Division 136 shall not be construed as limiting, amending or repealing any other laws with respect to joint acquisition and operation of a waterworks system or sources of supply of water or sewer systems, or any combination thereof, but shall be considered as an additional grant of power for the purposes herein set out.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-2

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-2) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-2)
    Sec. 11-136-2. Upon the adoption of such an ordinance or resolution by the corporate authorities of any such municipality, the mayor or president, with the approval of the corporate authorities, shall appoint one commissioner for each 5,000 population, or part thereof. The commissioners so appointed by each of such municipalities, together with a like commissioner appointed by the chairman of the county board of the county in which the municipality having the greatest population is situated, shall constitute a commission and public corporation with the powers and duties specified in this Division 136. The corporate name of the commission shall be "(here insert appropriate name indicative of the area) Water Commission" or "Water and Sewer Commission" and as such the commission may contract and be contracted with, and sue and be sued.
    The commissioners so appointed shall serve for a term of 6 years, or until their successors have been appointed and have qualified. Each commissioner shall be an elector of the municipality for which he acts as commissioner. However, no person shall be eligible for appointment, if he has held an elective office in the state, county or municipality, until one year after the expiration of the term for which he was elected. A commissioner is eligible for reappointment upon the expiration of his term. A vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as that prescribed for the appointment of the person who has ceased to hold office. Each commissioner shall receive the same compensation which shall not be more than $1,000 per year. Each commissioner shall furnish a bond for the faithful performance of his official duties. This bond shall not be less than $5,000 and its costs shall be paid by the commission.
    Each commissioner may be removed for any cause for which any other municipal officer may be removed. No commissioner, or employee of the commission, and no mayor, or president, or other member of the corporate authorities, or any employee of any of the municipalities, shall be interested directly or indirectly in any contractor-job of work or materials, or the profits thereof, or services to be performed for or by the commission.
    A violation of any of the foregoing provisions of this section is a Class C misdemeanor. A conviction is cause for the removal of a person from his office or employment. Any member of the commission or any employee thereof who in any manner contributes money, labor, or other valuable thing to any person for election purposes in any election for office in any of the municipalities which are furnished water by the commission is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)

65 ILCS 5/11-136-3

    (65 ILCS 5/11-136-3) (from Ch. 24, par. 11-136-3)
    Sec. 11-136-3. Such a commission shall organize by appointing a chairman from its own members and a clerk and treasurer, who need not be commissioners. It shall adopt its own rules of procedure and provide for its meetings. The commission has full and complete supervision, management, and control of the waterworks system, or sources of supply of water, or sewer systems, or combination thereof, as provided in the ordinances or resolutions for acquiring and operating the same, and in their maintenance, operation, and extension. The commission is authorized to contract with the municipalities which established the commission or with any other person, firm or corporation for a supply of water, a sewage treatment plant or any other facilities useful in conducting a water supply and sewage disposal system for a period not exceeding 50 years, and the corporate authorities of those municipalities are authorized to enter into contracts with the commission. The commission is authorized to purchase from any person, firm or corporation or municipal corporation including those making up the commission, any sewer or water properties or sources of supplies and municipalities are hereby authorized to sell such facilities to the commission.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 576.)