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SEC. 5. Said county of Richland shall make a part of the Richland Co.

on to form fourth judicial circuit, and so soon as said county shall be or to

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.; of 4ih judicial ganized, the clerk of the county commissioners' court of said circuit county shall notify the judge of the said circuit, and it shall be his duty to appoint a clerk and hold courts in said county, at such times as said judge shall appoint, or shall be pro-Judge to apvided by law; said courts to be held at such place as the point time of

holding court county commissioners of said county shall provide, until pub-" lic buildings shall be erected.

Sec. 6. The school funds belonging to the several town-School funds ships in said county, and all notes and mortgages pertaining to be to the same, shall be paid and delivered over to the school commis’rs of

ver by school commissioner of the courty of Richland, by the school com- Lawrence & missioners of the councies of Lawrence and Clay, so soon as Clay counties the said county of Richland shall be organized, and the commissioner of school lands shall be appointed and qualified according to law; together with all interest arising out of said money that may not have been expended.

Sec. 7. That, until otherwise provided by law, that por-Election for tion of Richland county taken off Lawrence, and that por. senator &

presentative... tion taken off Clay, shall continue to vote with the counties they were taken off of, for senator and representatives to the General Assembly. .

Sec. 8. That the passage of this act shall in no wise al- Taxes ter or affect the assessment of property, or the collection of taxes in the counties of Lawrence and Clay, as the same are now, organized for the year one thousand eight hundred and forty one. But should the said county of Richland be or- Duty of counganized in pursuance to the provisions of this act, the coun- ty commiss'rs ty commissioners' courts of the counties of Lawrence and

rence & Clay Clay, shall immediately, after the settlement of the collec- as to taxes. tors of their respective counties, order that portion of taxes collected from citizens residing in that portion of Richland county taken off their respective counties after deducting a proportionate amount for the assessment and collection of the same, to be paid into the county treasury of Richland county.

Sec. 9. The returns of the election for county officers Returns to be held on the first Monday in August next, and the re- lection how turns of the election for the purpose of fixing the permanent made seat of justice of said county, shall be made to Samuel R. Lowry, James Laws, and Joshua L. Johnston, who are hereby authorized and required to open the same and make returns thereof, in the same manner as clerks of county commissioners' courts and justices of the peace, called to their assistance in ordinary cases, are required to do.

Approved, February 24, 1841.

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An ACT to extend the limits of Bond County. 19, 1841.

Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,re

presented in the General Assembly, That all that tract of Townships country included within the following boundaries, namely: added to Bond commencing at the north-west corner of township six north, county

range four west, of the third principal meridian; thence west, three miles on the township line, between six and seven north, to the north-west corner of section three, township six north, range five west; thence south, on that section. al line, to the south-west corner of section thirty-four, township four north, range five west; thence east to the southwest corner of Bond county, be attached to, and form a part

of the county of Bond. To be decided

Sec. 2. That there shall be an election held at the louse by vote of in- of John Charter, in said boundaries, on the first Monday of habitants of April next, and if a majority of the votes given by the legal townships hips voters in said boundaries, shall be given in favor of being

attached to Bond county, then and in that case it shall be so Judges of e- attached, otherwise it shall remain a part of Madison county; lection how the election shall be conducted by three judges to be ap

pointed by the voters of the boundaries on the day of said election; the judges when chosen by vote shall be qualified by some person authorized to administer oaths, and when so

qualified, shall conduct the election according to the election Returns of e. laws of this State; said judges shall make separate returns lection

to the clerks of the county commissioners' courts of the counties of Madison and Bond.

Approved, February 19, 1841.

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In force, Feb.

An ACT to establish the County of Okaw. 24, 1841.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Ilinois, represented in the General Assembly, That all that tract of

country lying within the following boundaries, to-wit: BeginBoundaries of ning at the north-east corner of town fifteen north, range six, the county of east of the third principal meridian; thence west to the north

west corner of section three, town fifteen north, range four east; thence south to the south-west corner of section fifteen, in township fifteen north, range four east; thence west to the north-west corner of section nineteen, of own fifteen north, range four east; thence south to the south-west corner of town. ship fifteen north, range four east; thence west to the northwest corner of section three, of town fourteen north, range three east; thence south, to the south-west corner of the north-west quarter of section ten, township thirteen, range three east; thence east to the south-west corner of the northwest quarter of section ten, in town thirteen, range four; thence south one half mile; thence east one mile; thence south one mile; thence east two miles to the range line between

ranges four and five east; thence south one mile to the southwest corner of section nineteen, town thirteen, range five; thence, by a direct line south-eastwardly, to the south-west corner of section twenty-two, town twelve, range six east; thence east to the range line, between ranges six and seven east; thence north to the place of beginning, shall constitute a new county to be called Okaw.

Sec. 2. The legal voters residing within the aforesaid Election of boundaries, shall meet at the usual places of holding elections co. officers. on the first Monday in September next, and proceed to elect one sheriff, one coroner, one recorder, one county surveyor, one probate justice, one clerk of the county commissioners' court, one treasurer, and three county commissioners. The person receiving the highest number of votes for county com- Term of office missioner shall remain in office for two years from the first of.co. com’rs. Monday in August next; the person receiving the second highest vote for commissioner shall remain in office for one year from the first Monday in August next, and the person receiving the lowest vote for commissioner shall remain in office until the first Monday in August next. The other county officers shall hold their offices until the next succeeding general election, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

SEC. 3. For the purpose of permanently locating the seat to vote for of justice of said county, the legal voters thereof shall at the county seat. same time and places named in the preceding section, proceed to vote for a place or places whereat to locate the same, and the place receiving a majority of all the votes given, shall be the permanent seat of justice of said county: Provi. Proviso. ded, That if more than two places shall be voted for, and no one place shall receive a majority of all the votes given at said election, a new election shall be held within thirty days after the first, and none other than the two places receiving the highest number at the first election shall be voted for at such second election, and the place receiving a majority of all the votes given at the second election shall be the permanent seat of justice of said county.'

Sec. 4. The judges of election residing within the boundaries of the county of Okaw, shall conduct the elections provided for by this act in all respects agreeable to the laws regulating elections, and shall make return of the poll books of Return

"Returns of their respective precincts, within five days after the election, elections. to Abraham H. Keller, Wm. Thomason, David Patterson, and James Elder, acting justices of the peace, and the said justices, or a majority of them, shall meet at the house of James Camfield, within ten days after the said election; and it shall be the duty of the said justices of the peace, to open and compare the poll books, to make out and deliver certificates Certificate of to the persons elected, and to return an abstract to the Secretary of State, in the same manner as is now required of the clerks of county commissioners' courts in like cases.

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Donation to Sec. 5. Should the seat of justice be located at the village be made at co. of Glascow, the proprietor or proprietors shall donate not less seat.

than one half the unsold lots in said village, and in such manner as to embrace one entire block, towards the west side of the town plat, and on which the public buildings shall be erected, and forty acres of land in a square form adjoining the town plat on the west side thercof, to be selected by the county commissioners, and for which town lots and land a deed of general warranty shall be made to the county commissioners and their successors in office; but should the seat of justice be located on land not laid off into town lots the owner shall donate to the county, not less than forty acres in a square form, and on which the public. buildings shall be

erected. Notice of sale Sec. 6. The county commissioners shall, so soon as may of town lots. be, after receiving a title to donations of land as aforesaid,

proceed to lay off the same into town lots, and sell the sanie, or any town lots that may be donated, either at public or at private sale at such times and in such numbers as to them may appear for the best interest of the county, always giving at least six weeks' notice of any public sale; the sales may be made on a credit, payable in equal instalments of six, twelve, and eighteen months, by the commissioners taking bond with approved security and a mortgage on the premises sold. The money arising from the sales of town lots, shall be appropri. ated to the erection of public buildings and defraying the ne

cessary expenses of surveying and making sales. County build.

. SEC. 7. It shall be the duty of the county commissioners inge. to erect suitable public buildings as soon as may be after mak

ing sales of town lots, as provided for in the preceding section, and until such buildings are erected, the said courts for said county shall be held at the house of James Camfield, un. · less the commissioners should otherwise direct.

SEC. 8. The county commissioners shall meet as a court to meet and

within twenty days after their election, shall proceed to lay lay off town off their county into justices' districts, appoint a school com

missioner for the county, and transact such other county bu

siness as may be deemed necessary. Notice of time Sec. 9. it shall be the duty of the justices of the peace and place of named in this act, to give at least twenty days' public notice

of the time and places of holding the election provided for in this act, by posting up notices in at least six public places in said county.

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fund ships in said county, together with all interest arising from to com'r of said monies, and now in the hands of the school commission

ers of Shelby and Macon counties, and all notes and mortga ges appertaining to the same, shall be paid and delivered over to the school commissioner of said county of Okaw, as soon

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as the county shall be organized and a school commissioner appointed and qualified according to law.

Sec. 11. It shall be the duty of the clerk of the county Time of holdcommissioners' court, as soon as may be after the election of ing circuit

courts. county officers, to inform the judge of the eighth judicial circuit, that the county is organized, and the said judge shall ap. point a clerk, and fix the time for holding the circuit court, Okaw in 8th and said county shall form a part of the eighth judicial circuit, circuit. and shall vote for senators and representatives for the General choll Assembly with the counties of Shelby and Macon, the sanie as with Shelby & if no division of said counties had taken place, and the clerk Macon for of the county commissioners' court shall return abstracts of me

Rep’s. said elections to the clerks of the county commissioners' courts of Shelby and Macon counties until otherwise provided by law.

Sec. 12. The county commissioners' court of the county pam. of Okaw, shall, at their first term, appoint one or more suita- coure house ble persons to meet with the county commissioners of Macon debt of Maoon county, at their June term, one thousand eight hundred and co. how paid. forty-one, and ascertain the proportion of the court house debt of Macon county, which, the inhabitants taken from Macon and forming a part of Okaw county have agreed by their petition to pay, and in the apportionment and payment of the said money the commissioners of Macon and Okaw counties shall be governed in all respects according to the provisions of the eleventh section of the act entitled "An act for the formation of Piatt county." Sec. 13. The money to be paid by the counties of Piatt Money to be

espaid by co's. and Okaw to the county commissioners of Macon county, pipi shall be raised by additional assessment on the inhabitants Okaw, how within the boundaries taken from the county of Macon, so raised that the inhabitants taken from De Witt and Shelby counties, and forming a part of the counties of Piatt and Okaw, shall not be required to pay any portion of the said indebtedness to the county of Macon, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

Sec. 14. It shall be the duty of the clerk of the county commissioners' court of Shelby county to enter of record the Votes for and highest number of votes given on the first Monday in August against for. next in said county, and if a majority of all the votes given, mation of co. shall be given against the formation of the county of Okaw, then the provisions of this act shall not take effect, otherwise to remain in full force.

- Approved, February 21, 1841.

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