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a petition signed by such legal voters within the jurisdiction of the respective towns or townships, parks or park districts, or other local governments and authorities failing to adopt this Act, equal in number to at least 5 per cent, of such legal voters within the jurisdiction of said respective towns or townships, parks or park districts, or other local governments and authorities voting at the last preceding election for mayor of the city of Chicago, the procedure for such resubmission to be in all other respects the same as when first submitted.

If a majority of such legal voters, voting thereon, of any such town or township, park or park district, or other local government and authority, shall vote for the adoption of this Act it shall thereby and thereupon be adopted by and be in force and effect in such town or township, park or park district, or other local government and authority, thus voting for the adoption of this Act.

If this section, or any subdivision, sentence or clause thereof, is for any reason held invalid or to be unconstitutional, such decision or holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Act or the remaining portions of this section which can be given effect without such invalid part.

APPROVED June 29th, 1915.

CIVIL SERVICE–SALARIES OF COMMISSIONERS AND CHIEF EXAMINER.

§ 1. Amends section 18, Act of 1895. § 18. As amended, fixes salaries of commissioners and chief examiner and amount of expenses which may be incurred—how commissioners apointed in cities having commission orm of government—appropriations for commission authorized and approved.

(House BIll No. 937. APPRoved JUNE 22, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend section 18 of an Act entitled, “An Act to regulate the civil service of cities,” approved and in force March 20, 1895, as amended by an Act approved June 13, 1895, and in force July 1, 1895. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 18 of an Act entitled, “An Act to regulate the civil service of cities,” approved and in force March 20, 1895, as amended by an Act approved June 13, 1895 and in force July 1, 1895, be amended to read as follows: § 18. In cities having a population of one hundred thousand inhabitants or more, each of said commissioners and the chief examiner of said commission, shall receive a salary of three thousand dollars a year: Provided, however, that the president of any such commission may receive such additional compensation as the city council of the city wherein said commission exists may appropriate. Any person not at the time in the official service of the city, serving as a member of the board of examiners or of a trial board, shall receive compensation for every day actually and necessarily spent in the discharge of his duty as an examiner or a member of the trial board at the rate of five dollars per day, and said commission may, in such city, also incur expenses not exceeding the amount appropriated therefor by the city council of the city wherein said commission exists. In cities having a population of fifty thousand inhabitants and less than one hundred thousand, such commissioners shall receive an annual salary of one thousand dollars each, the chief examiner shall receive an annual salary of one thousand dollars. Any person not at the time in the official service of the city, serving as a member of the board of examiners or of a trial board shall receive compensation for every day actually and necessarily spent in the discharge of his duty as an examiner or member of the trial board at the rate of three dollars per day, and said commission may, in such city, also incur expenses not exceeding two thousand dollars a year for clerk hire, printing, stationery and other incidental matters: Provided, that in cities having the commission form of government the appointment of Civil Service Commissioners shall be made by the city council. In cities having a population of twenty-five thousand and less than fifty thousand inhabitants such commissioners shall receive an annual salary of one hundred dollars each, and the chief examiner shall receive an annual salary of five hundred dollars.

In cities having a population of less than twenty-five thousand inhabitants such commissioners shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the city council of such cities, not to exceed fifty dollars each; the chief examiner shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the city council of such cities not to exceed one hundred dollars. In cities having a population of less than fifty thousand inhabitants any person not at the time in the official service of the city, serving as a member of the board of examiners or of a trial board shall receive compensation for every day actually and necessarily spent in the discharge of his duty as an examiner or member of the trial board at the rate of two dollars per day, and said commission may, in such city, also incur expenses not exceeding two hundred dollars per year, for clerk hire, printing, stationery and other incidental matters.

Any appropriation heretofore made for the current fiscal year by the city council of any city for expenses of any civil service commission existing in such city is hereby authorized, ratified, confirmed and approved.

APPROVED June 22nd, 1915.

COMMISSION FORM OF GOVERMENT—ABANDONMENT.

§ 1. Amends section 49 of Act of 1872 and all § 49. As amended, F. after three amendatory Acts. years, upon filing of petition with city clerk, the city council shall submit the proposition of abandonment at a special election to be held within sixty days—proposition must not be submitted oftener than once in two years— election of officers.

(House BIll No 900. APPRoved JUNE 23, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend section 49 of an Act entitled, “An Act to provide for the incorporation of cities and villages,” approved April 10, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, and all Acts amendatory thereto by adding thereto article XIII. As amended by Acts approved April 17, 1911, and May 12, 1911. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That the Act entitled, “An Act to provide for the incorporation of cities and villages,” approved April

10, 1872, in force July 1, 1872, and all amendatory Acts thereof be amended so as to read as follows:

... § 49. ABANDONMENT of oRGANIZATION.—PETITION.] Any city or Village which shall have operated for more than three (3) years under the provisions of this Act may abandon such organization hereunder and accept the provisions of the general law of the State then applicable to cities and villages, by proceeding as follows: Upon the petition of not less than twenty-five per cent of the electors of such city filed with the city clerk, the city council shall submit to the electors of such city or village at a special municipal election to be held within sixty (60) days after the filing of said petition with the city clerk the following proposition, to-wit: “Shall the city of... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (or the village of * * * * * * * - - - - - - - - ) abandon its organization under the commission form of municipal government and become a city (or village) under the general law:[”] Provided that such proposition shall not be submitted oftener than once in two years. If a majority of the votes cast at such election be in favor of such proposition, the officers elected at the next succeeding annual city or village election shall be those then prescribed by the Act to which this Act is an amendment, and upon the qualifications of such officers, such municipality shall become a city or village but such change shall not in any manner or degree affect the property rights or liabilities of any nature of such municipality but shall merely extend to such change in its form of government. The first set of aldermen or board of trustees so elected shall be the same number as provided for in such municipality at the time of its adoption of this Act, with the same ward and precinct boundaries, and shall have the same elective officers as before. If the election for city and village officers after the proposition to abandon its organization under the commission form of municipal government and to become a city (or village) under the general law shall have carried at such election, shall be held in an even numbered year, the persons elected to the office of mayor, village president, city clerk and such other two year offices as the law or ordinances shall provide for any such city or village, shall hold their offices for the term of one year and at the next annual election the persons elected to the offices, of mayor, or village president, city clerk and such other two year offices as the laws or ordinances shall provide for any such city or village shall hold their offices for the term of two years. One-half of the aldermen elected in cities at said election shall hold their office for the term of one year and the other one-half for the term of two years. The aldermen elected in each ward shall by lots determine which alderman shall serve for two years and which for one year.

The petition contemplated by this section shall be the same, the election ordered and conducted and the results declared generally as provided for in section 42 of this Act, in so far as the provisions thereof may be applicable. APPROVED June 23d, 1915.

FIRE DEPARTMENT—TAX ON FOREIGN INSURANCE COMPANIES.

§ 1. Amends section 1 of Act of 1895, as amended § 1. As amended, provides that all of by Act of 1909. the tax collected under this Act, in any city or town where a firemen's pension fund is, or may be §lished, shall be paid to said

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(House BILL No. 534. APPRoved JUNE 29, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend section 1 of an Act entitled, “An Act to enable cities, towns, villages, organized under any general or special law, to levy and collect a tar or license fee from foreign insurance companies for the benefit of organized fire departments,” which Act became a law May 31, 1895, in force July 1, 1895, and is amended by an Act approved June 19, 1909, in force July 1, 1909. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 1 of an Act entitled, “An Act to enable cities, towns, villages, organized under any general or special law to levy and collect a tax or license fee from foreign insurance companies for the benefit of organized fire departments,” which Act became a law May 31, 1895, in force July 1, 1895, and is amended by an Act approved June 19, 1909, in force July 1, 1909, be and the same is hereby amended so that section 1 shall read as follows: § 1. ForeIGN FIRE INSURANCE companies To PAY TAx or LICENSE FEE.] All corporations, companies and associations not incorporated under the laws of this State, and which are engaged in any city, town or village organized under any general or special law of this State, in affecting fire insurance, shall pay to the treasurer of the city, town or village for the maintenance, use and benefit of the fire department thereof, a sum not exceeding two per cent of the gross receipts received by their agency in such city, town or village; and any city, town or . village of less than fifty thousand inhabitants, having an organized fire department, shall cause to be passed an ordinance providing for the election of officers of such organized fire department, by the department, which shall include a treasurer, and make all such rules and regulations in respect thereof and the management of said fund as may be needful; that in all such cities, towns or villages the treasurer shall pay such sum received from insurance companies to the treasurer of the fire department of the city, town or village in which it is collected. The treasurer of such fire department shall give a sufficient bond to the city, town or village in which such fire department is organized, to be approved by the president of the village or mayor, as the case may be, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties under the ordinance passed as aforesaid by said city, town or village; and the treasurer of the fire department shall receive the money so collected and shall pay out the same upon the order of the said fire department for the purposes of the maintenance, use and benefit of such department: Provided, that in any city, town or village where a firemen's pension fund is or may be established under other laws of this State all of the amount so collected may be set apart and appropriated by the city, town or village to the fund for the pensioning of disabled and superannuated members of the fire department, and of the widows and orphans of deceased members of the fire department of cities, towns and villages having an organized

fire department. Cities, towns and villages are hereby empowered to prescribe by ordinance the amount of tax of license fee to be fixed, not in excess of the above rate, and at that rate such corporations, companies and associations shall pay upon the amount of all premiums which, during the year ending on every first day of July, shall have been received for any insurance effected or agreed to be effected in the city, town or villages, by or with such corporation, companies or association respectively. Every person who shall act in any city, town or village as agent or otherwise, for or on behalf of such corporation, company or association, shall, on or before the fifteenth day of July of each and every year, render to the city, town or village clerk a full, true and just account verified by his oath of all the premiums which, during the year ending on every first day of July preceding such report, shall have been received by him, or any other person for him in behalf of any such corporation, company or association, and shall specify in said report the amounts received for fire insurance. Such agents shall also pay to the treasurer of any such city, town or village, at the time of rendering the aforesaid report, the amount of rates fixed by the ordinance of the said cities, towns or villages, for which the companies, corporations or associations represented by them are severally chargeable by virtue of this Act, and the ordinance passed in pursuance thereof. If such account be not rendered on or before the day herein designated for that purpose, or if the said rates shall remain unpaid after that day, it shall be unlawful for any corporation, company or association so in default to transact any business or insurance in any such city, town or village until the said requisition shall have been fully complied with ; but this provision shall not relieve any company, corporation or association from the payment of any risk that may be taken in violation hereof. APPROVED June 29th, 1915.

GARBAGE PLANTS. § 1. City council may establish and maintain garbage plants—tax. - (House BILL No. 123. APPRov ED JUNE 25, 1915.)

AN ACT to authorize cities and villages, having a population of less than 100,000 to levy a taa: for the purpose of collecting and disposing of garbage. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That the city council of each incorporated city in this State, whether organized under the general law or special charter, having a population of less than 100,000 and the president and board of trustees of each village in the State of Illinois having a population of less than 100,000 shall have power to establish and maintain garbage systems or plants for the collection and disposal of garbage in such city or village and may levy a tax not to exceed two mills on the dollar on all the taxable property in the city or village according to the valuation of the same as made for the purpose of State and county taxation by the last assessment, in said city or village for such purposes. Said annual garbage tax shall be in addition to the amount authorized to be levied for general purposes as provided by section 1 of Article 8 of “An Act for the incorporation

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