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the basis of which payment shall be made upon the late census of Warren county.

Sec. 10. All officers elected under and pursuant to the provisions of this act shall be required to take such oath or Officers to affirmation, and give such bond and security, as are, or may be take oath and required of like officers in other counties, and for a failure so give bond. to do, the same penalties and forfcitures shall apply as in similar cases under the laws of this State.

Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the county commissioners' court of the county of Henderson, at their first meeting on the third Monday of April next, as is provided in the fifth section of this act, to proceed to levy a tax for State and county Tax for State purposes, as is required by the laws in relation to the public on

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purposes. revenue, in the same manner as though they had met on the first Monday in March as now required, and shall also do and perform all other things necessary and lawful to insure the collection of the State and county revenue in said county of Henderson.

Approved, January 20, 1811.

An ACT for the formation of the County of Mason.

In force, Jan.

20, 1841 Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That all that part of the counties of Menard and Tazewell, included within the following boundaries, to-wit:

Beginning at the mouth of the Sangamon river, running Boundaries of thence with the channel of said river, to the mouth of Salt the county of

| Mason. creek; running thence with the channel of said creek, until it intersects the range line, between ranges four and five; thence north with said range line, to the north line of Logan county; thence west six miles; thence north to the centre of township twenty-three north, range six, west of the third principal meridian; thence west to the Illinuis river; thence with the channel of the said Illinois river to the place of beginning, which shall constitute a county to be called the county of Mason.

Sec. 2. All justices of the peace and constables hereto- All officers in fore duly elected and qualified in and for the county fof] Me-said bound

(ries to hold nard and Tazewell, and who now reside within the aforesaid their offices. boundaries of the county of Mason, shall hold their offices in and for the said county of Mason, the same as if no division had taken place.

Sec. 3. The legal voters residing within the limits of said county of Mason, shall meet at the town of Havana, in said county, on the first Monday in April next, appoint judges and Election for clerks of election and proceed to elect a sheriff, coroner, clerk of the county commissioners' court, recorder, treasurer, probate justice of the peace, school commissioner, and three county commissioners for said county, and any other county officers pro

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Returns of vided by law, to be elected for counties, and the returns of election.

said election shall be made by said judges and clerks, to the justices of the peace in said county of Mason, and any two or more of said justices shall meet at Havana at any time within five days after said election, and proceed to open said returns, make out abstracts of the same, and transmit one to the Secretary of State, and file one with the clerk of the county commissioners' court of said county of Mason, and to do and perform all other duties now required by law, in like cases of the clerks of the county commissioners' courts, and

justices of the peace. Election for Sec. 4. The legal voters of said county of Mason shall county seat. also, at the time and place, and in the manner specified in

the third section of this act, vote for sites or places at which to locate and establish the permanent seat of justice of said county of Mason, and the site or place which shall receive the greatest number of votes, shall be and forever remain the permanent seat of justice or county seat of said county of Mason; and the judges and clerks of said election, are hereby autho. rized to open columns in their poll books, and receive votes for the same, said election to be conducted in all res. pects, and returns thereof made in the same manner as pro

vided for in the third section of this act, and of the laws of this Proviso. State in relation to elections: Provided however, That the judges

and clerks of said election are not authorized to open columns or receive votes for any site or sites, place or places for said county seat, unless the proprietors or friends of said site or place shall first place in the hands of the judges of said election their promissory note drawn to the county commissioners of Mason county, or their successors in office, for the use of said county of Mason, for the sum of one thousand dollars payable three months after date, with good and sufficient security for the payment of the same, to be approved by the judges of said election, and shall also place in the hands of said judges a bond conditioned for a donation of real estate for the use of said county, on which to erect the public build. ings; which donation shall not be less than one block of lots, if the county seat is located at a town already laid off, and not less than twenty acres if on land not heretofore laid off in town lots.

Sec. 5. The judges of the aforesaid election shall deposit

with the county coinmissioners of said county of Mason, as Notes and soon as said court shall be organized, the notes and bonds bonds, where which may come into their hands in the manner specified in filed.

the proviso to the fourth section of this act, and said commissioners after the returns of said election shall have been made agreeable to the provisions of this act, and it shall have been finally decided which point has received the highest number of votes for the county seat, all the aforesaid notes and bonds shall be returned to the persons from whom they were received, except those received from the friends or proprietors of that point, at which the county seat has been located.

Sec. 6. The school commissioner of the county of Mason Duty of as soon as he shall be duly elected, qualified, and commission- school com’r. ed, according to law, shall call upon the school commissioners of the counties of Menard and Tazewell, and demand of, and receive from them all notes, bonds, mortgages, or other writings or obligations, which may belong or be coming to said county of Mason; also, the distributive share of the school, college, and seminary fund which said county of Mason shall be entitled to.

SEC. 7. The said county of Mason shall constitute a part of the judicial circuit, and a circuit court shall be

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"in said county held for said county at some convenient house in the village of Havana until the public buildings shall be erected; the time of holding said court shall be appointed by the judge presiding on said circuit. This act to take effect from its passage.

Approved, January 20, 1841.

An ACT for the formation of the County of Piatt.

In force Jan. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 27, 1841. represented in the General Assembly, That all that part of Macon and De Witt counties included within the following Boundaries boundaries, to-wit: Beginning where the north line of town fifteen north intersects the middle of range four east, and running thence north through the middle of range four to the middle of town nineteen; thence east to the west line of range five; thence north to the north-west corner of town nineteen north, range five east; thence by a direct line to the south-west corner of section seven, town lwenty-one north, range six; thence east to the east line of range six; thence south along the east line of range six to the north line of town fifteen north; thence west along the north line of town fifteen to the place of beginning, shall constitute a new county to be called the county of Piatt.

SEC. 2. Until said county shall be organized all elections Place of holdtherein shall be held at John Madden's and in Monticello, ing elections and the present judges of elections in those precincts shall hold their offices until the county commissioners of Piatt county shall appoint others.

SEC. 3. An election shall be held at the above named Election of places on the first Monday in April one thousand eight hun-county offi dred and forty-one, for the purpose of electing all county officers cers, and the election shall be conducted in all respects as other elections are conducted in this State.

Sec. 4. The poll books of said election shall be carried to Election reMonticello, on the Tuesday following the first Monday in turns. April, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one, and John Hughes, Abraham Marquis, John P. Tinbrook and James Reber, four regular acting justices of the peace in said county,

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(or so many of them as shall then be present) shall open said
poll books and count the votes given for each candidate, and
cause the result to be proclaimed aloud, naming the persons

elected, and the offices to which they were elected, and shall Notice of e- make returns of said election to the Secretary of State, and lection

shall do and perform all other duties in relation to said elec-
tion as are required of clerks of county commissioners' courts
in similar cases; and the officers so elected shall continue in
office until the next ensuing regular election for such officers,
and as soon as said officers shall have been qualified according

to law, the county shall be considered as legally organized. Daty of clerk SEC. 5. As soon as the clerk of the county commissioners'

court shall have given his bond to the acceptance of the
county commissioners, he shall inform the judge of the judi-

cial circuit thereof, who shall thereupon appoint a clerk, und Proviso. hold courts in Monticello, until a county seat shall be perma

nently established in said county of Piatt: Provided, That all
suits commenced in Macon or De Witt county, before the
county of Piatt is organized as aforesaid, shall be decided in the
respective counties in which they were commenced: And
provided further, That all justices of the peace, constables,
and other officers within the bounds of Piatt county shall act
in their respective offices until the same shall expire.

Sec. 6. As soon as a school commissioner shall be ap-
Duty of school pointed for said county, and given his bond according to law,

he shall demand and receive from the school commissioners
of Macon and De Witt counties, all moneys, notes, bonds,
mortgages, and other writings pertaining to said county of
Piatt, and likewise its distributive share of all unexpended

State and county school funds.
Temporary Sec. 7. All county business shall be done in Monticello,
county seat in said county, until a county seat shall be permanently lo-

cated.
Location of Sec. 8. An election shall be held in said county on the
county seat. first Monday in April, one thousand eight hundred and forty-

two, for the permanent location of a county seat, and the
place receiving the majority of all the legal votes given shall
be the county seat; but if no one place shall have received a
majority of such votes, the county commissioners shall direct
the sheriff of the county to notify the legal voters of said
county to meet again on the first Monday in May, one thou-
sand eight hundred and forty-two, to vote for one of the two
places forinerly voted for, and having the two highest num-
ber of votes formerly given, but no other place shall then be
voted for, and the place then having the highest number of

votes shall be the county seat.
Donation of Sec. 9. Before such county seat shall be so recorded, the
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owner or owners of the land upon which the same is to be
located, shall within thirty days after the election execute a
good warranty deed for twenty-five acres of land for the ben-
efit of the county, and the county commissioners shall cause

the same to be laid off into town lots, in the centre of which shall be lạid off one entire block for a public square; but if the highest number of votes be given for any town already laid off, the proprietor or proprietors shall within thirty days after the election aforesaid, inake to the county commissioners a good warranty deed to forty lots in said town, at an average value with the rest of the lots in said town, sold and unsold, or in lieu thereof, twenty acres of land adjoining said town, at the option of the proprietor or proprietors aforesaid: Provided, That if the county commissioners cannot within Proviso. the time herein specified, select the lots so given to the coun. ty, they may name any subsequent day, and the aforesaid deed shall be made in accordance thereto.

Sec. 10. The county commissioners shall meet on the Duty of Counfirst Monday in June, and shall perform all the duties requir- ty com’rs. ed of other county commissioners, and shall levy a tax, which shall be equal on all parts of said county according to the laws of this State. "Sec. II. And whereas Macon county is involved in a Debt of Ma

con county heavy debt, incurred by the erection of a court house in De-ar

e apportioned catur, and have consented by their petition to the formation of said county of Piatt, upon certain conditions specified in their petition: Be it therefore further enacted, First, That William Barnes, George A. Patterson, and N. H. Devore, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners on the part of Piatt county, to meet with the county commissioners of Macon county, at their regular session in June, one thousand eight hundred and forty-one, at which time the before named commissioners shall proceed to ascertain what amount of said court house debt remained unpaid at the close of the year one thousand eight hundred forty, and after deducting therefrom the funds on hand at that time and the debts then owed to Macon county, viz:, at the close of the year one thousand eight hundred and forty, they shall afterwards apportion the balance of said court house debt between the parts of Macon county included in Piatt county, and the remaining part of Macon county, according to the tax list of Macon county in one thousand eignt hundred and forty. Second, The part of Macon county included in said Piatt county shall be held bound to pay to Macon county its said proportion of said court house debt, and the interest thereon, on the same conditions that Macon county is bound, and the county commissioners of Piatt county shall order the treasurer of said county to pay the treasurer of Macon county, out of the monies collected from the part of Piatt so taken from Macon county,such sum or sums of money as they shall think proper, not less in any one year than the annual dividend due, as aforesaid and the interest thereon. Third, Provided further,

That the commissioners of Piatt county may at any time order the whole of the debt due to Macon county, as aforesaid, to be paid, whenever the funds arising from that part of

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