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to another incorporated city, village or town, under and in pursuance of section two of an Act entitled, “An Act to provide for annexing and excluding territory to and from cities, towns and villages, and to unite cities, towns and villagess,”] approved April 10, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, and having complied with all the requirements of said section two, although the said incorporated city, village or town so annexed may not be lawfully organized as such city, village or town, in part or in its entirety, by reason of defective prior annexation proceedings or otherwise, such incorporated city, village or town, and the territory comprising such city, village or town in its entirety is hereby declared to have been legally and validly annexed to the other incorporated city, village or town. APPROVED June 24th, 1915.
ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY-PROCEEDINGS LEGALIZED.
§ 1. Proceedings for annexation of tracts of land $ 2. Emergency.
(House BIll No. 284. APPRoved APRIL 16, 1915.)
AN ACT to legalize and validate the anneration of tracts of land to cities, villages and incorporated towns in certain cases.
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That whenever the owner or owners of any tract or tracts of land, contiguous to any city, village, or incorporated town in this State, has, by petition in writing and signed by said owner, and filed with the city council of such city, or the board of trustees of such village or incorporated town, petitioned to have such tract or tracts of land taken into and included within the corporate limits of such city, village or incorporated town, and the city council, or board of trustees, as the case may be, has acted on such petition and has passed an ordinance annexing the tract or tracts of land so petitioned for to such city, village or incorporated town, and thereafter such tract or tracts of land so annexed have been assessed for city, village or incorporated town taxes, or special assessments, or both, then such proceeding for annexation is hereby legalized, validated and made effective from and after the passage of such ordinance.
§ 2. WHEREAs, an emergency exists; therefore, this Act shall be in force from and after its passage.
APPROVED April 16th, 1915.
ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY-WHOLLY WITHIN ENLARGED MUNICIPALITY. § 1. Jurisdiction of enlarged municipality shall extend over territory surrounded. (House BILL No. 472. APPRov ED JUNE 25, 1915.)
AN ACT to provide for the annexation of unincorporated territory which is entirely surrounded by a city having a population of more than two hundred thousand inhabitants to such city so surrounding it. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That whenever as the result of the annexation of the whole of a city, village or incorporated town to another city having a population of more than two hundred thousand (200,000) inhabitants, unincorporated territory not a part of either of said municipalities has been heretofore or shall be hereafter wholly surrounded by the enlarged municipality, the jurisdiction of the city to which such annexation was made shall extend over said territory so surrounded to the same extent as if such unincorporated territory had been annexed at the same time as the city, village or incorporated town whose annexation caused such unincorporated territory to be so surrounded. APPROVED June 25th, 1915.
ART COMMISSIONS.–ACT OF 1899 AMENDED.
§ 1. Amends sections 2, 3, 4 and 6, Act of 1899. - § 4. As amended, provides commissioners
shall serve without compensation,
§ 2. As amended, provides who shall con- for election of officers, rules and stitute commission. quorum.
§ 3. As amended, fixes term of members $ 6. As amended, provides works of art
and provides for the filling of vacan- shall be approved by commission
cies. before being located or removed—
powers and duties of commission.
(SENATE BILL No. 131. APPRoved JUNE 25, 1915.)
AN ACT to amend sections 2, 3, 4 and 6 of an Act entitled, “An Act to provide for the creation of art commissions in cities and to define their powers,” approved April 24, 1899, in force July 1, 1899. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That sections 2, 3, 4 and 6 of an Act entitled, “An Act to provide for the creation of art commissions in cities and to define their powers,” approved April 24, 1899, in force July 1, 1899, be and the same are hereby amended to read as follows: § 2. Such commissions shall consist of the mayor of such city by virtue of his office and six other members to be appointed by the mayor. Three of said six members shall be appointed from one or more of the professions of painting, sculpture, architecture and landscape gardening, and of the three other members none shall be appointed from the professions from which such appointments have been made. If any art commission shall have been already created under the provisions of “An Act to provide for the creation of art commissions in cities and to define their powers,” approved April 24, 1899, before this amendatory Act shall have become effective, the terms of office of the members of such commission shall terminate as soon as this amendatory Act shall become effective, and the mayor of such city shall forthwith appoint new commissioners, as herein provided, who shall have the powers and duties hereinafter specified. § 3. The three members of the commission required under section 2 of this Act to be appointed from among the professions therein enumerated shall be appointed in the first instance for one, two and three year terms of office respectively, as the mayor may determine. The other appointed members of the commission shall also be appointed in the first instance for one, two and three year terms of office respectively; and after the expiration of said terms of office of all said members respectively, their successors shall be appointed for a term of three years in each case. All appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired term.
In case any vacancies shall occur in the commission for any reason, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the mayor. § 4. The commission shall serve without compensation as such, and shall elect a president and secretary from its own members, whose term of office shall be for one year, and until their successors are elected and qualified. The commission shall have power to adopt its own rules of procedure. Four commissioners shall constitute a quorum. § 6. Hereafter no work of art shall be erected or placed in, over or upon or allowed to extend in, over or upon any street, alley, avenue, square, common, boulevard, park, grounds used for schools or other public purposes, municipal building, school building or other public building or public place under the control of such city, or any department or officer thereof, unless such work of art or a design of the same, together with a statement of the proposed location of such work of art shall first have been submitted to and approved by the commission. The commission may, when they deem proper, also require a complete model of the proposed work of art to be submitted. The term “work of art” as used in this connection shall apply to and include all paintings, mural decorations, stained glass, statues, bas reliefs, sculptures, monuments. ornaments, fountains, arches, ornamental gateways or other structures of a permanent character intended for ornament or commemoration. No existing work of art in the possession of the city, or in any parks, boulewards, public grounds, school buildings or school grounds aforesaid, shall be removed, relocated, or altered in any way without the simila approval of the commission, except as provided in section 8 of this Act. The commission shall act in the same capacity and shall have the same powers in respect to designs of buildings, bridges, approaches. gates, fences, lamps or other structures erected or to be erected upon land belonging to and occupied by the city or a part of any of the parks public grounds or boulevards under the jurisdiction of such city, and in respect of the lines, grades and platting of the public ways and grounds, and in respect of the arches, bridges, structures and approaches which are the property of any corporation or private individual, and which shall extend over or upon any street, avenue, highway, boulevard, park or other public place belonging to or under the jurisdiction of such city, and said commission shall so act, and its approval shall be require' for every such structure which shall hereafter be contracted for, erected or altered, except that in case of any such structure (not including works of art) which shall hereafter be contracted for, erected, or altered at a total expense not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars, the approval of said commission shall not be required if the common council shall so direct. The commission may offer advice or suggestion to the owners of private property in relation to the beautification of the same; and any person or citizen, who may be about to erect any building or make any improvement, may submit the plans and designs thereof to the art commission for advice and suggestion. The art commission may receive and act upon the complaints and suggestions of citizens or voluntary associations having such objects and purposes in view as are
aforesaid. The commission shall record its proceedings and make a report thereof in writing annually to the Mayor of the city.
APPROVED June 25th, 1915.
CHICAGO-CONSOLIDATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. Article I.-Consolidation.
§ 2. City's powers of acquisition. $ 1. Local governments consolidated with the $ 3. City may extend park system. city.
$ 4. May create or discontinue boulevards. § 2. Consolidation of local governments upon annexation of territory.
$ 5. City may discontinue parks. § 3. Rights and liabilities preserved-causes § 6. May erect city buildings on lands and perto be prosecuted by or against the city.
mit county, State or Federal buildings
thereon. § 4. City substituted in contracts of local governments consolidated.
§ 7. City council may pass ordinances for
government of parks. § 5. Fines and penalties to be collected by the city.
$ 8. Ordinances shall be published in book
form and rules posted. $ 6. Taxes and assessments already levied to be collected by city.
$ 9. Park commissioners shall have full control
over parks. $ 7. Powers of taxation preserved to protect rights of creditors.
§ 10. Cost of new park may be met by general
or special taxation or by both. $ 8. Present ordinances to be continued in force until repealed.
f 11. City may do certain work by day labor or
contract. § 9. Trust funds to continue subject to same trust.
$ 12. Museum, art institute or library in parks. § 10. Retiring officer shall deliver records and § 13. Appropriations and bond issues. property to the city comptroller.
$ 14. Public monuments. § 11. Official and employees of local governments consolidated.
$ 15. Private property thrown open to public
-places of historic interest. Article II.-Revenue. § 1. Rate of tax levy for city purposes.
Article V.-Public Library. § 2. Report of receipts, expenditures and oper
$1. Management of public library.
§ 2. Appropriations and bond issues. $ 3. City council may create board of estimate.
$ 3. Who may use library.
§ 4. Ordinances imposing penalties. Article III.-Indebtedness.
$ 5. Donations. $ 1. Limit of city's indebtedness.
$ 6. Pension fund. $ 2. City's proportionate share of Cook county's indebtedness.
Article VI.-House of Correction. § 3. City's proportionate share of sanitary district's indebtedness.
§ 1. Management of house correction. $ 4. Bonds.
§ 2. Appropriations and bond issues. § 5. Provision for payment of bonds and interest.
§ 3. May permit use of house of correction by
other government agencies. § 6. City funds may be invested in city bonds or tax warrants.
§ 4. Powers when house of correction located
outside of city. & 7. Issue of new bonds to be submitted to voters.
$ 5. Pension fund. $ 8. Irregularity not to invalidate bonds in hands of holder for value.
Article VII.-General Provisions. 8 9. Assumption of indebtedness by acceptance of Act.
$ 1. Definitions.
§ 2. Construction of Act.
§ 1. City to succeed to all powers of park boards
not inconsistent with this Act.
$ 3. Act not to be affected by any subsequent
general law relating to cities.
CHICAGO-CONSOLIDATION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.–Concluded.
§ 4. Act a public Act. § 7. Act o: to be affected by invalidity of any part. $ 5. Acts in conflict with this Act not to apply
to city of Chicago. Article VIII.-Submission of Act to legal voters. $ 5. Act deemed enacted at time of adoption by voters. § 1. Act to be submitted to legal voters.
(House BILL No. 162. APPROVED JUNE 29, 1915.)
AN ACT to consolidate in the government of the city of Chicago the powers and functions now vested in local governments and authorities within the territory of said city and to make provisions concerning the same.
SECTION 1. Local GoverNMENTs consolid ATED WITH THE CITY..] Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That all powers and functions not specifically abrogated by this Act which are now vested in the city, town, township, park, park district or other local governments and authorities having jurisdiction confined to or within the territory of the city of Chicago, or any part thereof, shall be vested and consolidated in the municipal government of the city of Chicago, and for that purpose all municipal corporations and quasi-municipal corporations other than the city of Chicago whose jurisdiction is confined as aforesaid, and their corporate authorities, shall be dissolved and abrogated and shall be merged in and consolidated with the city of Chicago, except that towns or townships shall be deemed to continue in existence only in so far as their continual existence may be necessary to the collection of taxes; and the city of Chicago shall be the successor of said municipal corporations and quasi-municipal corporations, and shall succeed to all their property and corporate rights and powers and be subject to all their lawful debts, obligations and liabilities, whether such rights or liabilities be accrued or contingent. No town or park district shall hereafter be formed under general laws now in force so as to be located entirely or partly within the limits of the city of Chicago. The present park commissioners, boards of park commissioners and park boards hereby consolidated in the municipal government of Chicago, shall continue to perform their official functions until the appointment and qualification of the board of park commissioners hereinafter provided for; and the present board of directors of the public library and board of inspectors of the house of correction hereby consolidated in the municipal government of Chicago, shall continue to perform their official functions until the city council of Chicago shall provide for the government and control of such library and house of correction respectively; and thereupon the official functions of such park commissioners, boards of park commissioners, park boards, board of directors, and board of inspectors shall terminate, and their respective offices shall be abolished. Within thirty (30) days after the adoption of this Act in the manner hereinafter provided for, a board of park commissioners, consisting of nine (9) members, shall be appointed by the mayor, by and with the advice and consent of the