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STREET RAILROADS.

LOCATION AND EXTENSION OF LINES.

i 1. Amends section 3, Act of 1899. § 3. As amended, adds paragraph providing city may grant consent for extension of lines without a petition being filed by the street railway company, by giving ten days public notice.

(House Bill No. 126. Approv ED JUNE 24, 1915.)

AN ACT to amend section 3 of an Act entitled, “An Act entitled an Act in regard to street railroads, and to repeal certain Acts herein referred to,” approved and in force March 7, 1899. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That section 3 of an Act entitled, “An Act entitled an Act in regard to street railroads, and to repeal certain Acts herein referred to,” approved and in force March 7, 1899, be and the same is hereby amended so as to read as follows: § 3. No such company shall have the right to locate or construct its road upon or along any street or alley, or over any public ground in any incorporated city, town or village without the consent of the corporate authorities of such city, town or village, nor upon or along any road or highway, or upon any public ground without any incorporated city, town or village, except upon the consent of the county board. Such consent may be granted for any period not longer than twenty years, on the petition of the company, upon such terms and conditions not inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, as such corporate authorities or county board, as the case may be, shall deem for the best interests of the public: Provided, no such consent shall be granted unless at least ten days’ public notice of the time and place of presenting such petition shall have been first given by publication in some newspaper published in the city or county where such road is to be constructed, and except upon the condition that the company will pay all damages to owners of property abutting upon the street, alley, road, highway or public ground, upon or over which such road is to be constructed, which they may sustain by reason of the location or construction of the road; the same to be ascertained and paid in the manner provided by law for the exercise of the right of eminent domain. Where, however, any company is now operating or may hereafter operate lines of street railway in any incorporated city, town or village, under ordinances or grants, obligating such street railway company to construct specified mileage of extensions or additional lines of street railway upon the order of such incorporated city, town or village, the consent of such incorporated city, town or village, for the construction of such specified mileage of extensions or additional lines of street railway may be granted, without a petition of the street railway company: Provided, however, that in such case the incorporated city, town or village shall give at least ten (10) days’ public notice by publication in some newspaper published in the city, town or village where such road is to be constructed, of its intention to require the construction of such specified mileage or additional lines of street railway. In case such incor—46 L

porated city, town or village shall give public notice as herein provided, no further public notice need be given, but the company shall pay all damages to owners of property abutting upon the streets, alleys, roads, highways or upon grades upon or over which such road is to be constructed, which they may sustain by reason of the location or construction of the road, as in other cases; such damages to be ascertained and paid in the manner provided by law for the exercise of the right of eminent domain. APPROVED June 24th, 1915.

TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION.

BOND ISSUES AUTHORIZED FOR PARK PURPOSES.

§ 1. Top may issue park bonds—park area § 5. Sale of bonds—certificate to county clerk

limited. annual tax levy—where board of park com--- - missioners. § 2. Petition for election for submission to vote— notice of election. § 6. How proceeds expended. § 3. Form of ballot. § 7. Act not to repeal other acts. $ 4. Supervisor and town clerk to issue bonds— $ 8. Emergency.

denomination—interest.

(House BILL No. 8. Approv ED JUNE 23, 1915.)

AN ACT authorizing townships to issue bonds for park purposes, and providing for the payment thereof. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That for the purpose of promoting the health and welfare of its citizens, any township may issue bonds for the purpose of procuring and improving lands to be set apart and forever held as one or more public parks, the same to be kept and maintained for the free use of the public, but no such park shall exceed ten (10) acres in extent. § 2. Whenever one hundred legal voters of any township in the State of Illinois shall file a petition in writing in the office of the county clerk, asking that an election be held to authorize the issuance of bonds for the purpose of providing funds for the purchase and improvement of one or more public parks, in said township, which said petition shall designate, the amount of bonds proposed to be issued for the acquirement and improvement thereof upon the filing of such petition, it shall be the duty of the county court of the county wherein said town is located to submit the question of issuing bonds for the purpose and to the amount named in the petition at a general or special election to be held in said township to the legally qualified voters of said township, and that for said purpose said court shall appoint a day upon which said election shall be held, and thereupon said county clerk shall prepare a notice of such election which shall state the date upon which such election will be held and the polling places and state the amount of bonds which it is proposed to issue, which said notice of election shall by the county clerk, or under his authority, be posted in at least ten public places in the township at least twenty-one days prior to the election, and such notice shall be published in a newspaper published in such town, or having a general circulation therein, at least once in each week for three successive weeks, the first publication to be made at least twenty-one days prior to the date of election. The judges and clerks at such election shall be selected and the votes canvassed in the same way and by the same authority as such election offices are appointed, and such election canvassed in elections for State and county officers in said town, and the ballots to be used at said election shall be prepared under the same authority. § 3. The ballots at the election hereby authorized shall be a separate ballot, and in substantially the following form:

OFFICIAL BALLOT.

Instructions to voters: To cast a ballot in favor of the proposition submitted upon this ballot, place a cross (X) mark in the square opposite the word “yes”; to vote against the proposition submitted upon this ballot, place a cross (X) mark opposite the word “no.” Shall the following be adopted:

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§ 4. In case a majority of the votes cast upon the proposition so submitted shall be in favor of the issuance of bonds, it shall thereupon be the duty of the corporate authorities of said town, to-wit, the supervisor and town clerk, to issue the bonds of said town not exceeding the amount voted upon at said election, which said bonds shall become due not more than twenty years after their date, shall be in denominations of one hundred dollars or any multiple thereof, and shall bear interest, evidenced by coupons, at the rate of not exceeding five (5) per centum per annum, payable semi-annually.

§ 5. Said bonds shall be sold and the proceeds thereof used solely for the purpose of procuring and improving one or more parks in said township, and at or before the time of the delivery of said bonds for value, said supervisor and clerk shall file with the county clerk of the county in which said township is situated their certificate in writing under their hands, stating the amount of bonds to be issued, their denomination, rate of interest and where payable, and including therein a form of bond to be issued, and in addition thereto said supervisor and clerk shall levy a direct annual tax upon all of the taxable property in the township sufficient to pay the principal and interest of said bonds as and when the same respectively mature, and said certificate so filed with said county clerk shall be full and complete authority to said county clerk to extend the tax named in such certificate, upon all the taxable property in the township, the same to be in addition to all other taxes authorized by law.

Wherever there shall at the time be in existence a board of park commissioners invested by law with control over any park which lies

wholly or in part in said township the duties required of the supervisor and town clerk by sections four (4) and five (5) of this Act shall be performed by said board of park commissioners or under its authority. § 6. The proceeds of said bonds shall be received and held by the town supervisor, but shall be expended under the direction and upon the warrant of the highway commissioners or a majority of them, of said township: Provided, that wherever there shall at the time be in existence a board of park commissioners invested by law with control over any park which lies wholly or in part in said township, the proceeds of said bonds shall be expended upon the warrants of said board of park commissioners, or a majority of them; and such highway commissioners or board of park commissioners, aforesaid, shall have full power and authority to designate, choose and select the parcel or parcels of land or property so to be utilized for the purchase of such parks, and to determine the character, time and manner of improving, developing, maintaining and adorning the same. § 7. This Act shall not operate to repeal any Acts heretofore passed by the General Assembly regarding the issuance of bonds for park purposes but shall be held to grant additional and supplementary power in relation thereto. § 8. Whereas, an emergency exists for the immediate taking effect of this Act, therefore it shall be in force from and after its passage. APPROVED June 23d, 1915.

LANDS FOR PARK PURPOSES.

$ 1. Townships authorized to acquire land for $ 3. Annual tax for maintenance—Act not to

public parks. apply to municipalities of less than 100,000 population. § 2. May purchase or acquire under laws of eminent domain. § 4. Emergency.

(House BILL No. 417. APPROVED JUNE 23, 1915.)

AN ACT authorizing townships to acquire and maintain lands for park purposes. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That the several townships of this State are hereby authorized, acting through their representative corporate authorities (meaning thereby the town supervisor and the town clerk of such township), to acquire lands (not exceeding for any one park ten acres in extent) to be set apart and forever held and maintained and improved as public parks for the free use of the public. § 2. That any township in this State desiring to procure lands for park purposes, as in the preceding section provided, may purchase the same from the owner or owners thereof, or in the discretion of its corporate authorities such township may acquire such lands by the exercise of the power of eminent domain in the manner now or hereafter provided by the laws of the State of Illinois for the taking or damaging of private property for public purposes. § 3. For the purpose of providing a fund for the maintenance of said park or parks, the township authorities (meaning thereby the town supervisor and the town clerk of said township) are hereby authorized to levy annual taxes not exceeding one mill upon each dollar of the valuation of the property in said township as assessed for taxation in any one year, which shall be levied and collected at the time and in the manner that other township taxes are required to be levied and collected. Said maintenance tax, when levied and collected, shall be kept separate and distinct from all other township funds and shall be applied exclusively to the expenses of maintenance and up-keep, adornment and development of any park or parks theretofore acquired by such township, or the acquisition of other lands to be used for public park purposes. Provided, this Act shall have no application to any municipality in the State of Illinois having a population of less than one hundred thousand (100,000). § 4. WHEREAs, An emergency exists for the immediate taking effect of this Act, therefore, it shall be in force from and after its passage. APPROVED June 23d, 1913.

MONUMENTS IN HONOR OF SOLDIERS AND SAILORS. § 1. Townships may erect—submission to vote—payment. (House Bill No. 43. Approv Ed JUNE 25, 1915.)

AN ACT to authorize townships to erect monuments or memorials in honor of their soldiers and sailors. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: That upon the petition of one hundred or more legal voters of a township being filed with the township clerk thirty days prior to any township election praying that the proposition of erecting or completing a monument or memorial in honor of its soldiers and sailors or other notable persons buried in the township at a place to be designated in the petition, be submitted to a vote of the people of such township, such proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the people of such township at the next ensuing township election. Such proposition shall be clearly indicated upon the ballot, and two spaces left upon the margin, one for votes favoring the proposition, to be indicated by the word “yes”, and one for votes opposing the proposition, to be indicated by the word “no”, as in the form herein given.

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sailors of the township. No | The elector shall designate his vote by a cross mark, thus (x), and no ballot which has not a cross opposite the word “yes” or “no” shall be counted either for or against the proposition. If a majority of all the votes cast upon such proposition are in favor. thereof it shall be the duty of the township supervisor, township clerk, and township treasurer, within one year after such election to purchase or procure a site and erect such monument or memorial. Provisions for the payment for such monument or memorial shall be made by the proper taxing and financial officers in like manner as for other township expenditures. APPROVED June 25th, 1915.

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