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· An ACT to amend an act entitled "An act to create the county of Bureau In force, Feb. 25, 1841. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,

represented in the General Assembly, That the corporate auTrustees of thorities of the town of Princeton, in the county of Bureau, Princeton is hereby authorized to extend the time of levying a tax may extend

of levy- upon real estate within the corporate limits of the town ing tax of Princeton for the term of two years beyond the time con.

templated in the first section of the act to which this is an amendment, any thing in the said first section to the contrary notwithstanding.

Approved, February 25, 1841.

An ACT for the formation of the county of Woodford. In force Feb. 27, 1841. SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,

represented in the General Assembly, That all that section of Boundaries.

country situated within the following boundaries, to-wit: Beginning at the south-west corner of Livingston county, thence on a straight line to the north-west corner of the south-west quarter of section twenty, townships twenty-five north, range one east of the third principal meridian; thence south to the north-west corner of the south-west quarter of section twenty-nine, township and range aforesaid; thence west to the Tazewell county line; thence north one and a half miles; thence west to the centre of township twenty-five north, range two west, of the third principal meridian; thence north to the line between townships twenty-six and twenty-seven; thence west to the Ilinois river; thence with said river to the north-west corner of Tazewell county; thence with the northern boundary of Tazewell and McLean counties to Livingston county; thence south to the place of beginning; which shall constitute a county to be called

Woodford. Election of Sec. 2. There shall be an election held on the second officers. Monday in April next, at the town of Versailles, and at each

of the places of voting for justices of the peace and copsta. bles in the limits of the said county of Woodford. The election shall be conducted by the present judges of elections in said county, who have been appointed by the counties of Tazewell and McLean, in accordance with the election laws of this State, at which election the legal voters of the said county of Woodford, shall elect all county officers for said county, who shall be qualified and commissioned as similar officers are of other counties of this State. Said officers, so elected and qualified, shall hold their offices until the nex ensuing general election for such officers now provided by lar and shall have the same jurisdiction and discharge all the du ties within the limits of the said county of Woodford, that ar

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required by law of similar officers of other counties of this State.

Sec. 3. Within five days after said election, the judges Poll books of elections at the different places of voting, shall return the when returnpoll books of said election to the town of Versailles, in said ed. county, directed to Matthew Bracken, John W. Brown, and Morgan Buckingham, three acting justices of the peace within the limits of said county; and the said justices shall meet in the said town of Versailles, within seven days after said election, and proceed to open said election returns, and do and perform all the duties in relation to said returns that now are required of clerks of county commissioners' courts by law in relation to similar returns.

Sec. 4. As soon as the county officers shall have been Judge of 8th elected and qualified as provided for in this act, the county circuit to ap

point clk. &c. shall be considered organized, and the clerk of the county conimissioners' court shall give notice of the same to the judge of the eighth judicial circuit, who shall appoint a clerk of the circuit court, and hold courts in the said county, at the town of Versailles, until the county seat of said county shall be located as hereinafter provided for. Said county of Woodford shall form a part of the eighth judicial circuit until otherwise provided by law.

Sec. 5. Suits and indictments that have been commenced Suits comor inay hereafter be commenced, in the circuit courts of mence

- disposed of. Tazewell or McLean counties, by any of the citizens living in the limits of the county of Woodford, before the organization thereof, shall not be affected by this act; but all suits, so commenced, shall be decided in the circuit courts of the counties of Tazewell or McLean, where they originated. Sec. 6. all justices of the peace and constables elected All officers

heretofore e in the counties of Tazewell or McLean, who reside in the le limits of the county of Woodford, shall hold their offices and their offices. have jurisdiction in the said county of Woodford, as though they had been originally elected in said county. .

SEC. 7. The school funds belonging to the several town- School fund ships in said county, and all notes and mortgages pertaining of county to the same, shall be paid and delivered over to the school commissioner of the county of Woodford, by the school commissioners of the counties of Tazewell and McLean, so suon as said county shall be organized, and the commissioner of school lands appointed and qualified according to law; together with all interest arising out of said money that has not been heretofore expended for school purposes in those parts of Tazewell and McLean counties, now included in the county of Woodford.

Sec. 8. The seat of justice of said county shall be tempo- Temporary rarily located in the town of Versailles for the term of two location of years from and after the organization of said county: Provi. Provice

i county seat ded, The inhabitants of said town furnish a good and suitable house for holding courts and for other public business, free of

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charge to said county; but on their failing to comply with said condition, the county commissioners may remove the same to such place where suitable buildings can be procured.

It shall be the duty of the clerk of the county commissioners' Notice of el-court to issue w.rits of election to the judges of elections in the ection by clk. several precincts of said county to hold an election, to be

governed in all respects by the laws of this State in relation to the election of members of the General Assembly, within

thirty days from and after the expiration of the above said

of two years, to locate and establish the seat of justice. The county seat.

place receiving a majority of all the votes polled shall be the permanent seat of justice of Woodford county; but if more than one place shall have been voted for, and no one having received a majority of all the legal votes polled, the clerk aforesaid shall issue writs of election, as in the first case, for a sccond election, within twenty days froin the first election, but no place or places shall be voted for but the two having received the greatest number of votes at the first election; nor shall any place be voted for in either case, unless the propri

etor or proprietors shall have first deposited a bond or bonds,

, for at least fifteen hundred dollars, with good and sufficient county seat

security, in the office of the clerk of the county commissioners' court, for the payment and discharge of such donations as may be offered, which shall be collected by the county com

missioners and applied to the erection of public buildings. Debt of Mc- Sec. 9. The county commissioners of the county of Lean county Woodford, shall at their December term, in the year one how paid

thousand eight hundred and forty-one, and at their December term annually thereafter, pay out of the county treasury the sum of ninety-five dollars, which sum shall be paid as their portion of the interest due by the county of McLean on the court house debt, and the county commissioners shall also pay after the year one thousand eight hundred and for. ty-four, in two equal annual instalments, the sum of twelve hundred dollars, as their respective portion of the principal of the aforesaid debt; and when the provisions of this section are fully complied with, the said county of Woodford shall be

exempt from a'l further liabilities to the county of McLean: Proviso

Provided, however, That the revenue necessary to pay the above principal and interest shall be collected from the inhabitants within that part of Woodford county which is set

off from the county of McLean. Woodford to Sec. 10. The legal voters residing within the boundaries vote with Mc- of the county of Woodford, shall continue to ro well for sena-tors and representatives with the counties' of McLean and tor and repre- Tazewell, the same as if no division of said counties had taken sentatives

place; and the returns of said elections shall be made to the clerks of the county commissioners' courts of Tazewell and McLean respectively. The circuit court shall be held in said county, at such times as the judge of the eighth judicial

circuit may hereafter appoint, until otherwise provided by ·law.

Approved, February 27, 1841.

An ACT for the formation of the County of Allen.

In force Feb.

27, 1841. SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That all that tract of

Boundaries. country lying within the following boundaries, to wit: Beginning at the north-west corner of Macoupin county, running due south, six miles, to the south-west corner of section thirty-one, township twelve north, range nine west; thence due east, twenty miles to the south-east corner of section thirty-two, township twelve north, range six west; thence due north, six miles, to the south-east corner of section thirty-two, township thirteen north, range six west; thence due west, to the south-east corner of section thirtysix, township thirteen north, range seven west; thence due north on the range line, between ranges six and seven, to the middle of township fifteen north, on the range line between ranges six and seven; thence twelve miles due west, to the north-east corner of section twenty-four, township fifteen north, range nine west; thence due south five miles, to the north-east corner of section thirteen, township fourteen north, range nine west; thence due west, two miles; thence due south, one mile; thence west, one mile; thence south, three miles; thence west, three miles, to the northwest corner of section six, township thirteen north, range nine west; thence due south six miles, to the place of beginning, all west of the third principal meridian, shall form and constitute the county of Allen. . · Sec. 2. There shall be an election held at the different Election for places of voting for justices of the peace and constables, in county offi

cers the limits of said county of Allen; the election shall be conducted by the present judges of election in said county, who have been appointed by the counties of Morgan, Macoupin, and Sangamon, according to the election laws of this State; at which election, the legal voters of the county of Allen shall elect all county officers for the county, who shall be qualified and commissioned as similar officers are in other counties of this State; said officers so selected and qualified, shall hold their offices until the next ensuing regular election Term of office for such officers, now provided by law, and shall have the same jurisdiction and discharge all the duties in the limits of the county of Allen, that are required by law of similar officers in other counties of this State, said election to be held on the first Monday in September next.

Sec. 3. Within five days after said election, the judges Election reof election, at the different places of voting, shall return the turns to whom

made poll books of said election to the town of Waverly, direct-" ed to John T. Webb, F. R. Starr, and John Scott, three acting justices of the peace in the limits of said county; and the said justices shall meet in the town of Waverly, within seven days after said election, and proceed to open said election returns, and to do and perform all the duties in relation

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to said returns that are required by law of the clerks of

county commissioners' courts in relation to similar returns. When eonsid. SEC. 4. As soon as the county officers shall have been ered organi- elected and qualified, as provided for in this act, the county

shall be considered organized, and the clerk of the county

commissioners' court shall give notice of the same to the Judge of Ist judge of the first judicial circuit, who shall appoint a clerk circuit to ap of the circuit court, and shall hold courts in the said county point clk. &c.

at such place as may be provided and designated by the county commissioners of said county, until the county seat of said county shall be located as hereinafter provided for; said county of Allen shall form a part of the first judicial cir

cuit until otherwise directed by !aw. Suits hereto. Sec. 5. Suits and indictments that have been commenommen- ced, or may hereafter be commenced in the circuit courts of

the counties of Sangamon, Morgan or Macoupin, by any of the citizens living in the limits of the county of Allen, before the organization thereof, shall not be effected by this act, but all such suits so commenced, shall be decided in the cir

cuit court in the county where they were commenced. Officers here Sec. 6. All justices of the peace and constables elected tofore elected in to hold office."

ed in the counties of Sangamon, Morgan or Macoupin, who re

side in the limits of Allen, shall hold their offices and have jurisdiction in the said county of Allen, as though they had

been originally elected in the said county. School fund SEC. 7. The school funds belonging to the several town. of Allen Co.

ships in the said county of Allen, and all notes and mortgages pertaining to the same, shall be paid and delivered over to the school commissioner of the county of Allen, by the school commişsioners of the counties of Sangamon, Morgan and Macoupin, so soon as the said county shall be organized, and the commissioner of school lands appointed and qualified according to law, together with all interest arising out of said money that has not been heretofore expended for school purposes in those parts of the counties of Sangamon,

Morgan and Macoupin, now included in the county of Allen. Election for SEC. 8. At the time and places of voting for county ofcounty seat ficers, as provided for in this act, the judges of election shall

cause three columns to be ruled on the poll books of said election; at the head of each of said columns, a separate place shall be entered as a candidate for the county seat of the said county of Allen, the places to be agreed upon by the voters of said county in any number they njay see proper to decide upon that question previous to the mote being taken for said county seat; all the legal voters of the county of Allen shall be allowed to vote for one of the places designated on the poll books as a caisdidate for the county seat, and after the poll books shall have been opened and counted, as provided in the second section of this act, if it shall appear that either of the three points has received a majority of all the votes given for the location of the county scat, the place so re

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