State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1        AN ACT concerning townships.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  Township  Code  is amended by changing
 5    Sections 45-10 and 45-55 as follows:

 6        (60 ILCS 1/45-10)
 7        Sec. 45-10.  Political party caucus in township; notice.
 8        (a) On the second Tuesday in January preceding  the  date
 9    of  the  regular township election, a caucus shall be held by
10    the voters of each established political party in a  township
11    to  nominate  its  candidates  for  the various offices to be
12    filled at the election. Notice of the caucus shall  be  given
13    at  least  10  days  before it is held by publication in some
14    newspaper having a general circulation in the township.   Not
15    less than 30 days before the caucus, the township clerk shall
16    notify  the  chairman  or membership of each township central
17    committee  by  first-class  mail   of   the   chairman's   or
18    membership's  obligation  to  report the time and location of
19    the political party's caucus.  Not less than 20  days  before
20    the  caucus,  each chairman of the township central committee
21    shall notify the township clerk by first-class  mail  of  the
22    time  and  location  of the political party's caucus.  If the
23    time and location of  2  or  more  political  party  caucuses
24    conflict,  the  township clerk shall establish, by a fair and
25    impartial public lottery, the  time  and  location  for  each
26    caucus.
27        (b)  Except  as  provided  in  this Section, the township
28    board shall cause notices  of the caucuses to  be  published.
29    The  notice  shall  state the time and place where the caucus
30    for each political party will be held. The board shall fix  a
31    place  within  the  township  for holding the caucus for each
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 1    established political party. When a  new  township  has  been
 2    established under Section 10-25, the county board shall cause
 3    notice  of  the  caucuses to be published as required by this
 4    Section and shall fix the place within the new  township  for
 5    holding the caucuses.
 6        (c)  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a caucus
 7    may not be held if the township central committee has filed a
 8    statement of determination with the county clerk or board  of
 9    election  commissioners,  as  the  case may be, under Section
10    45-55 of this Code.
11    (Source: P.A. 85-694; 88-62)

12        (60 ILCS 1/45-55)
13        Sec.  45-55.  Nomination  by  primary  election.  In  (i)
14    counties having a population  of  more  than  3,000,000,  the
15    township  central  committee of a political party composed of
16    the elected township committeeman and his  or  her  appointed
17    precinct committeemen and (ii) townships with a population of
18    more  than  15,000 in counties with a population of 3,000,000
19    or less, the township central committee of a political  party
20    composed  of  the  precinct committeemen may, with respect to
21    any regular township election, determine that its  candidates
22    for  township  offices  shall  be  nominated  by  primary  in
23    accordance  with the general election law, rather than in the
24    manner provided  in  Sections  45-5  through  45-45.  If  the
25    township  central committee makes that determination, it must
26    file a statement of the determination with the  county  clerk
27    and  the  township  clerk no later than November 15 preceding
28    the township election. If the township or  any  part  of  the
29    township  is  within  the jurisdiction of a board of election
30    commissioners, the township central committee shall  promptly
31    notify   the   board   of   election   commissioners  of  the
32    determination. Within 10 days after receiving  the  statement
33    of  determination,  the  township  clerk  must  publish, in a
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 1    newspaper having general circulation within the  township,  a
 2    notice stating that the township central committee has chosen
 3    to  hold  a  primary  election  to  nominate  candidates  for
 4    township  office  instead  of holding a township caucus. Upon
 5    the filing of  the  determination  by  the  township  central
 6    committee of a political party, the provisions of the general
 7    election  law  shall  govern  the nomination of candidates of
 8    that political party for township offices  for  the  election
 9    with respect to which the determination was made.
10    (Source: P.A. 82-783; 88-62.)

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