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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 The commission shall record its proceedings and make a
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 city council. Three of the members of said board of park commissioners, so appointed by the mayor, shall be residents of that portion of the city lying north of the Chicago River; three (3) members shall be residents of that portion of the city lying south of the Chicago River, and the three (3) remaining members shall be residents of that portion of the city lying west of the north and south branches of the Chicago River, at the time of their appointment and during their term of office. Of the commissioners first appointed, one of the members from each of said portions of the city shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years, another for a term of four (4) years, and the third for a term of six (6) years, and upon the expiration of the term of each member his successor shall be appointed for a term of six (6) years. The park commissioners shall serve without compensation, and no park commissioner shall, at the same time, hold any other office under the city government. The board of park commissioners so appointed shall elect a president from their own number who shall hold office for a term of one (1) year. Such board of park commissioners shall keep records of their official transactions and doings. The yeas and nays shall be taken and entered on the records of the proceedings of the said board on all questions involving the expenditure of money. The board of park commissioners shall annually, or oftener, as required, make a report to the city council of the physical and financial condition of the parks. Nothing in this section contained shall be construed to apply to or to affect in any manner the sanitary drainage or improvement districts or public tuberculosis sanitarium or the board of education of the city of Chicago. § 2. CoNSOLIDATION OF LOCAL GoverNMENTS UPoN ANNExATION of TERRITORY..] Upon the annexation hereafter to the city of Chicago of any territory containing within its boundaries the whole of any town or township, park, park district or other municipal corporation or quasimunicipal corporation, or any part of any such municipal corporation or quasi-municipal corporation, the remaining portion of which is already situated within the territory of the city, the powers and functions of such town or township, park, park district or other municipal corporation or quasi-municipal corporation thus becoming included entirely within the city shall, if a majority of the legal voters of such municipal corporation or quasi-municipal corporation voting upon the question consent to such annexation, be vested and consolidated in the municipal government of the city of Chicago, and such municipal corporation or quasi-municipal corporation and its corporate authorities shall thereupon be dissolved and abrogated and shall be merged in and consolidated with the city of Chicago, subject in every respect to the provisions of this article. Whenever, after such annexation, it shall be necessary to take a vote in such annexed territory or jurisdiction of the legal voters therein on any question upon which their votes shall be separately counted and returned, the board of election commissioners shall furnish separate ballot boxes, in which the votes of the legal voters residing within the territory of any such annexed municipal corporation or quasimunicipal corporation may be received in order that they may be so separately counted and returned. Nothing in this section contained shall be construed as applying to or affecting in any manner the public
tuberculosis sanitarium or board of education of the city of Chicago, or any school district, or part thereof, annexed to the city of Chicago. § 3. RIGHTS AND LIABILITIES PRESERVED–CAUSEs To BE PROSECUTED BY or AGAINST THE CITY..] The city of Chicago, upon its reorganization under this Act, with the enlarged powers and jurisdiction vested therein by this Act shall be deemed to be the same corporation and be subject to all laws now in force not abrogated or modified by this or any other Act especially relating to said city, and in addition to the rights, powers and property and the duties, obligations and liabilities conferred and imposed upon it by this Act shall continue to be vested with the same rights, powers and property of every description, and to be subject to the duties, obligations and liabilities, accrued or contingent, of the city of Chicago as at present organized, and no legal proceeding or suit to which the city is a party shall be affected by the change of organization, and all legal proceedings or suits instituted by or in the name of or against any of the corporations or corporate authorities hereby abrogated shall be continued without abatement by or against the city of Chicago, either in the name of the city of Chicago or in the name by which they were instituted. All causes of action accrued before this Act takes effect in favor of or against any of the municipal corporations or quasi-municipal corporations or corporate authorities hereby abrogated may be prosecuted by or against the city of Chicago. When a different remedy is given by this Act which may properly be made applicable to any right existing at the time this Act takes effect, the same shall be deemed cumulative to the remedies before provided and may be used accordingly. § 4. CITY SUBSTITUTED IN CoNTRACTs of LoCAL Gover NMENTs consolid ATFD.] All legal acts lawfully done by or in favor of any of the municipal corporations, quasi-municipal corporations or corporate authorities hereby consolidated shall be and remain as valid as though this Act had not been passed, and in all cases shall be binding upon the respective parties affected by such acts, except that the city of Chicago shall be, and it is hereby substituted in lieu of such town or township, park, park district, or local government or authority hereby consolidated with said city. This provision shall apply, among other things, to contracts, grants, licenses, warrants, orders, notices, anpointment and official bonds, but shall not effect anv existing or contingent rights to modify, revoke or rescind such acts of said municipal corporations. Quasi-municipal corporations or corporate authorities. § 5. FINES AND PENALTIFs To BE collectPD BY THE CITY..] All fines, penalties and forfeitures incurred or imposed before this Act takes effect for violation of the ordinances, by-laws or rules of any of the municipal corporations, quasi-municipal corporations, corporate or local authorities herebv consolidated shall be enforced or collected by or under the authority of the city of Chicago. § 6. TAXES AND AssEssMENTs ALREADY LEVIED To BE collectPD BY city.] The taxes and special assessments lawfully levied before this Act takes effect by any of the corporate authorities hereby consolidated shall be collected as if they had been lawfully levied by or under the authority of the city of Chicago.