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Fifth. To compel witnesses to attend and testify before it, upon all matters connected with the operation of this Act, in the same manner as is or may be provided by law for the taking of testimony before masters in chancery, and its president, or any member of said board, Inay administer oaths to such witnesses. Sixth. To appoint a clerk and define his duties. Seventh. To provide for the payment from said funds of all its necessary expenses, including clerk hire, printing and witness fees: Provided, that no compensation or emolument shall be paid to any member of said board for any duty required or performed under this Act: And, provided, further, that the interest on said fund or any portion thereof shall be credited thereto and no portion thereof shall be retained by the treasurer of said board. Eighth. To make all necessary rules and regulations for its guidance, in conformity with the provisions of this Act. § 11. On the second Tuesday in May of each year, the treasurer and all other officials of such city, who have had the custody or possession of any of such pension fund herein provided, shall make a sworn statement to the board of trustees of such Police Pension Fund and to the mayor of such city, of all moneys received and paid out by such official on account of said pension fund during the year, and of the amount of said funds then on hand and owing to said pension fund. All surplus then remaining on said official’s hands shall be paid by him to the treasurer of said pension board: And, provided, further, any such official shall at any and all times, upon demand by said pension board, furnish to said board, statements or information of any kind relating to said official’s method of collection or handling of said pension funds: And, provided, further, that all books and records of such official shall be produced at any time by said official for examination and inspection by said board of pension trustees, for the purposes herein provided. § 12. All persons, who, upon the taking effect of this Act, are entitled to or receiving pensions under an Act entitled: “An Act to provide for the setting apart, formation and disbursement of a police pension fund in cities, villages and incorporated tâwns” (approved April 29, 1887, in force July 1, 1887), as subsequently amended, shall receive no further payment under said Act, but shall in lieu thereof be entitled to the benefits provided for in this Act, the intention being that this Act, in cities within its terms, shall supersede the aforesaid Act, but that neither pensions granted thereunder nor the amount thereof shall in any wise be effected. No allowance or order of the board herein established shall be held to create any liability against any such city, except upon the funds so set apart, as aforesaid, for the payment thereof. All pensions granted under this Act and every portion thereof shall be exempt from attachment or garnishment processes and shall not be seized, taken, subjected to, detained or levied upon by virtue of any execution or any processes or proceedings whatsoever issued out of or by any court in this State for the payment and satisfaction, in whole or in part, of any debt, claim, damage, demand or judgment against any pensioner hereunder, and no pensioner shall have the right to transfer or assign his or her pension, or any part thereof, either by way of mortgage or otherwise. § 13. If any section, subdivision, sentence or clause of this Act is for any reason held invalid or to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portion of this Act, or any section or part thereof. APPROVED June 29th, 1915.
PUBLIC PLAY GROUNDS–CITIES UNDER 150,000.
§ 1. Petitions for submission to vote—what to § 4. How play grounds fitted and conducted. contain—date of filing.
5. Powers of cities adopting Act to uire real § 2. Form of ballot. § estate. pting acq
§ 3. Council to pass ordinance—play ground $ 6. Power to levy two mill “playground tax.” board—appointment—term—duties.
$ 7. How expenses paid—limitation. (House BIll No. 63. Approved JUNE 24, 1915.)
AN ACT to provide for the acquisition, equipment, conduct and maintenance of public playgrounds in and by cities having a population of
less than one hundred fifty thousand (150,000).
SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: Whenever a petition signed by at least two per cent (2%) of the voters resident in each city, town or village having a population of less than one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) people shall be filed in the office of the clerk of such city, village or town, it shall be the duty of the corporate officers having charge thereof to cause the question of the acquisition and equipment, or acquisition or equipments, of public playgrounds to be submitted to the voters to be voted upon at the next general city, town or village election.
Such petition shall describe the location and fix the maximum of expenditure from public funds for the acquisition and equipment or acquisition or equipment of the same; provided, however, that the question shall not be voted upon at the next general city election unless such petition be filed at least thirty (30) days prior to such election.
§ 2. The proposition to be voted upon shall be prepared and provided for in a separate and distinct ballot in substantially the following form :
For the adoption of an ordinance to acquire, | Yes equip, conduct and maintain a playground located
at. . . . . . . . . . . to cost not to exceed. . . . . . . . . . . . No
or the same may be changed from time to time to conform with the question to be submitted, if such question be either the acquisition, equipment, conduct or maintenance of a playground or playgrounds, or any one or more of such questions, as the case may be. If a majority of the votes cast on the question in such city, town or village at such election shall vote “Yes” on such proposition, then the proposition shall be considered carried and adopted.
§ 3. Upon the adoption of said proposition, the city council, village board, or commissioners in cities under the commission form of government, shall pass an ordinance providing either for the acquisition, equipment, conduct or maintenance, or any one or all of such propositions, of such playground, or playgrounds, and shall provide for the manner of such acquisition, and shall likewise provide for the creation of a playground board of three (3) members to be appointed by the mayor or president, by and with the consent of the council, board or commission, the term of office of each commissioner to be two (2) years; such commissioners shall serve without pay and such playground board so designated and appointed shall be vested with the control and management of such playground or playgrounds, and shall direct the equipment, maintenance and conduct thereof and shall make suitable rules and regulations for the proper and orderly direction and management of the same; such playground board may employ a superintendent and other person or persons as may be necessary. Such playground board shall have jurisdiction over all playgrounds in any city, town or village created under the provisions of this statute, or separate boards may be appointed for each playground as may be provided by ordinances adopted under the provisions of this act. § 4. Such playgrounds shall, in the discretion of the playground board or boards, be fitted with suitable appliances and instrumentalities, games and exercises; and shall be so conducted as to be most conducive to the moral, intellectual and physical welfare of the children using the same; and their use shall be free under such rules and regulations as will best enable the largest number of users to receive substantial benefit therefrom. § 5. All cities, villages and towns voting to adopt the provisions of this act are hereby vested with power and authority to purchase, accept by gift, or condemn by the exercise of the right of eminent domain of such real estate as the voters may elect to acquire as herein provided. § 6. All cities, towns or villages electing to adopt the provisions of this act shall have power to levy and collect annually a tax of not exceeding two mills ($.002) on each dollar of assessed valuation of all taxable property within the corporate limits of such city, village or town which tax shall be designated as “playground tax” and shall be levied and collected in like manner with the general tax of such municipalities, but same shall be in addition to and exclusive of all other taxes such municipalities may or hereafter shall be authorized to collect, nor shall said tax be scaled down under any existing law. § 7. The cost and expense of acquiring, equipping, conducting and maintaining such playgrounds shall be paid out of taxes raised as hereinbefore in section 6 provided, and the same shall be expended under the direction of such playground board or boards, and shall be paid out upon warrants drawn out of the city treasury upon order of such playground board or boards but such expenditure shall not exceed the amount annually provided for unless such excess be donated or otherwise contributed, the right being hereby conferred upon such playground boards to receive and expend upon and for such playgrounds voluntary donations made therefor. APPROVED June 24th, 1915.
SUBMERGED AND SHORE LANDS—RELEASE TO PARK COMMISSIONERS. § 1. City may grant, convey or release to park commissioners shore lands for park purposes.
(House BILL No. 781. Approved JUNE 29, 1915.)
AN ACT to enable cities, towns and villages having control of lands bordering upon public waters and riparian rights appurtenant thereto, to grant, convey or release the same for park purposes to park commissioners, park boards or boards of park commissioners, and to make agreements with park commissioners, park boards or boards of park commissioners for the reclamation of submerged lands under such public waters for park purposes. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That any city, town or village which has heretofore acquired or shall hereafter acquire control over any lands bordering upon any public waters in this State, and the riparian rights appurtenant thereto, may grant, convey or release any of such lands or rights for park purposes to any park commissioners, park board or board of park commissioners having control of any park within the territorial limits of such city, town or village, and may make agreements with any such park commissioners, park board or board of park commissioners for the reclamation by such park commissioners, park board or board of park commissioners for park purposes of submerged lands under the public waters adjacent to the lands controlled by such city, town or village: Provided, however, that no such park commissioners, park board or board of park commissioners, may grant, convey, lease or release any lands so acquired or the riparian rights appurtenant thereto to any private person or corporation. APPROVED June 29th, 1915.
TUBERCULOSIS SANITARIUMS-DISCONTINUANCE. § 1. Amends Act of 1908 by adding sections 12, § 13. Submission of ordinance to voters.
13, 14 and 15.
(House Bill No. 828. APPRov ED JUNE 28, 1915.)
AN ACT to amend an Act entitled, “An Act to enable cities and villages to establish and maintain public tuberculosis sanitariums,” approved March 7, 1908, in force July 1, 1908, as subsequently amended, by adding to said Act four (4) new sections to be numbered 12, 13, 14, and 15 respectively. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That an Act entitled, “An Act to enable cities and villages to establish and maintain public tuberculosis sanitariums,” approved March 7, 1908, in force July 1, 1908, as subsequently amended be and the same is hereby amended by adding to said Act four (4) new sections to be numbered 12, 13, 14, and 15 respectively, which sections when amended shall read as follows: § 12. Whenever the board of directors of any public tuberculosis sanitarium, established and maintained under this Act, shall recommend, in writing, to the city council or board of trustees, as the case may be, the discontinuance of any public tuberculosis sanitarium, stating in said report the reasons therefor, the said city council or board of trustees, may pass an ordinance for the discontinuance of such public tuberculosis sanitarium. § 13. Whenever such ordinance is passed for the discontinuance of any such sanitarium, the said ordinance shall be submitted to the voters of such city or village, as the case may be, at the next succeeding general or special election, or at any special election called for that purpose, and the said ordinance shall become operative, effective and valid if approved by a majority of such voters voting upon the question. § 14. Such ordinance shall be printed on a ballot in full, which shall be separate and distinct from the ballot for candidates for office. The ballot to be used for any such election in voting, under this Act, shall be substantially in the following form :
FOR the abolition of the public Tuberculosis Sani
| | - | tarium of the city (or village, as the case may || Yes be) of . . . . . . . . . . . . . as provided in Ordinance Number. . . . . . --AGAINST the abolition of the public Tuberculosis Sanitarium of the city (or village as the case | No
may be) of . . . . . . . . . . . . , as provided in Ordi-
§ 15. Whenever such ordinance shall have been ratified, and made effective, operative and valid by vote, as provided in the last preceding section, the city council or board of trustees of such city or village, may after having discharged all financial obligations of such tuberculosis Sanitarium by appropriate ordinance, transfer any moneys then in the “tuberculosis sanitarium fund” from such fund into any other lawful appropriation or appropriations of such city or village.
APPROVED June 28th, 1915.