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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 fire men's pension fund is, or may be established, shall be paid to said fund.

(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 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.

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 § cities and villages,” approved April 10, 1872, and all amendments thereto. APPROVED June 25th, 1915.

CITY OF JACKSON VILLE. § 1. Repeals article XI of Act to incorporate—when Act shall take effect. (SENATE BILL No. 450. APPRoved JUNE 25, 1915.)

AN ACT to repeal Article XI of an Act entitled, “An Act to incorporate the City of Jacksonville in the County of Morgan and State of Illinois,” approved February 15, 1867, as amended by an Act approved March 29, 1869. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That Article XI of an Act entitled, “An Act to incorporate the city of Jacksonville, in the county of Morgan, and State of Illinois,” approved February 15, 1867, as amended by an Act approved March 29, 1869, be and the same is hereby repealed. This Act shall not take effect and be in force until the first day of March A. D. 1916. APPROVED June 25th, 1915.

LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS-BOARD OF, IN CITIES UNDER COMMISSION FORM.

§ 1. Amends section 6, Act of 1897, as subse- § 6. As amended, adds provision for

quently amended. board of local improvements in cities having commission form of government.

(House BIll No. 876. APPRoved JUNE 29, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend section sia (6) of an Act entitled, “An Act concerning local improvements,” approved June 14, 1897, in force July 1, 1897, as amended by an Act approved and in force May 9, 1901, as amended by an Act approved and in force May 25, 1908, as amended by an Act approved June 28, 1913, in force July 1, 1913. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section six (6) of an Act entitled, “An Act concerning local improvements,” approved June 14, 1897, in force July 1, 1897, as amended by an Act approved and in force May 9, 1901, as amended by an Act approved and in force May 25, 1908, as amended by an Act approved June 28, 1913, in force July 1, 1913, be amended to read as follows: § 6. BoARD of Local IMPROVEMENTs.] In cities within the terms of this Act, having a population of one hundred thousand (100,000) or more, by the last preceding census of the United States, or of this State, there is hereby created a board of local improvements consisting of the superintendent of special assessments and five other members; such five members shall be nominated by the mayor and shall be confirmed by the council or board of trustees of such city; and no one of which, except such superintendent of special assessments, shall be the head of any department of the government of such city, or hold any other office or position therein. Said board shall elect from its members a president, a vice president, and an assistant secretary. The superintendent of special assessments shall be ea officio secretary of

the board. In the absence or the inability of the president or secretary to act, the vice-president for the president and the assistant secretary for the secretary, are hereby given full power to sign and execute contracts, vouchers, bonds, pay-rolls and all other papers, documents and instruments necessary to carry this Act and all proceedings hereunder into full force and effect. Said board shall hold daily sessions for the transaction of all business in rooms accessible to the public, to be provided by the city council. The city council or board of trustees of such city shall provide for salaries for said board of local improvements. In cities within the terms of this Act having a population of more than fifty thousand (50,000) and less than one hundred thousand (100,000) by the last preceding census of the United States, or of this State, there is hereby created a board of local improvements, consisting of five members, of which board the commissioner of public works shall be the president. The other members of said board shall be the superintendent of streets, the superintendent of sewers, and superintendent of special assessments and the city engineer. In cities having a population of less than fifty thousand (50,000) and in villages and incorporated towns, the board of local improvements shall consist of the mayor of said city, or the president of such village or town, who shall be president of such board, and the public engineer and the superintendent of streets of such municipality, where such officers shall be provided for by ordinance; but if at any time no such officers shall be provided for, then the city council or the board of trustees, as the case may be, shall by ordinance designate two or more members of such body who shall, with such mayor or president of such village or town, until otherwise provided by ordinance, constitute the members of the board: Provided, however, that in cities having a population of less than fifty thousand (50,000) and in villages and incorporated towns which have heretofore adopted or shall adopt an Act known as “The Commission Form of Municipal Government” Act, it shall be lawful for the council of said city, village or incorporated town to provide by ordinance that the board of local improvements shall consist of the mayor and any two or more of the commissioners, regardless of whether or not said offices of public engineer and superintendent of streets are provided for by ordinance. APPROVED June 29th, 1915.

LOCAL IMPROVEMENTS_JUDGMENT LIENS.

§ 1. Amends section, 56, Act of 1897 as subse- $ 56. As amended, provides judgments quently amended. shall be lien upon property until such judgments are paid—is petitioner dismisses proceedings before collection of assessment the court shall vacate such judgments on motion of petitioner, such vacation shall not be a bar to another improvement.

(SENATE BILL No. 394. Approved JUNE 29, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend section fifty-six of an Act entitled, “An Act concerning local improvements,” approved June 14, 1897, in force July 1, 1897, as subsequently amended. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section fifty-six (56) of an Act entitled, “An Act Concerning Local Improvements,” approved June 14, 1897 and in force July 1, 1897 be and it is hereby amended to read as follows: $ 56. The judgments of the court shall be final as to all the issues involved, and the proceedings in said cause shall be subject to review by appeal or writ of error as hereinafter provided, and not otherwise: Provided, however, that by mutual consent the same may be vacated or modified at a subsequent term, except as hereinafter provided. Such judgments shall have the effect of several judgments as to each tract or parcel of land assessed, and no appeal from any such judgment or writ of error shall invalidate or delay the judgments, except as to the property concerning which the appeal or writ of error is taken. Such judgments shall be liens on behalf of the municipality making the improvement, for the payment of which said special tax or special assessment is levied, on the property assessed from the date thereof, to the same extent and of equal force and validity as a lien for the general taxes until such judgments are paid or the property against which any such judgment is entered is sold to pay the same. Nothing in this section contained shall interfere with the right of the petitioner to dismiss its proceedings, and for that purpose to vacate such judgment at its election at any time before commencing the actual collection of such assessment, and the court in which the judgment is rendered shall enter an order vacating or annulling said judgment of confirmation on motion of petitioner entered at any time after the expiration of the term at which judgment of confirmation was entered upon a showing by petitioner that no contract was let or entered into for the making of said improvement within the time fixed by law, for the letting of the contract or that the making of such improvement under the original proceeding was never commenced, or that the making of said improvement under the prior proceedings was abandoned by petitioner, and no judgment entered in such proceeding so dismissed and vacated shall be a bar to another like or different improvement: Provided, that after the contract for the work shall have been entered into, or the bonds mentioned in this Act issued, no judgment shall be vacated or modified or any petition dismissed at a term subsequent to that at which the judgment was rendered, nor the collection of the assessment be in any way stayed or delayed by the council or board of trustees, or board of local improvements, or any officer of the municipality, without the consent of the contractor and bondholder. The municipality on behalf of which such lien is created may sell and assign the same and either the municipality or the assignee of such judgment lien may at any time in its or his own name, file a bill to foreclose said lien in the same manner that foreclosures are by law permitted in case of delinquent general taxes: Provided, however, that no forfeiture of the property sought to be foreclosed shall have been as a prerequisite to such foreclosure. APPROVED June 29th, 1915.

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