Code of Ordinances

of Union County, Illinois.

Ordinance Chapter: Article III - County Board

The Chair­man of the Coun­ty Board of Com­mis­sion­ers shall be des­ig­nat­ed as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the­Coun­ty­Board at any con­ven­tion or any out­-of‑­­­Coun­­­ty meet­ing. The Chair­man may select any Coun­ty offi­cial or employ­ee and/or mem­bers of the Coun­ty Board to assist him in the trans­ac­tion of offi­cial Coun­ty busi­ness at such con­ven­tion or meet­ing.

Any Board mem­bers attend­ing meet­ings of any asso­ci­a­tion as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Coun­ty is to obtain autho­riza­tion from the Coun­ty Board, if the Board mem­ber expects to have his expense paid by the Coun­ty.

 (A) Ordi­nances.  The style of all ordi­nances shall be:  “BE IT ORDAINED by the­Coun­ty­Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of Union Coun­ty….”.

(B) Res­o­lu­tions.  The style of all res­o­lu­tions shall be:  “BE IT RESOLVED by the­Coun­ty­Board of Com­mis­sion­ers of Union Coun­ty….”.

(C) “Yea” and “Nay” Vote. The yeas and nays shall be tak­en upon the pas­sage of all ordi­nances and res­o­lu­tions to cre­ate any lia­bil­i­ty against the Coun­ty, or for the expen­di­ture or appro­pri­a­tion of its mon­ey, and in all oth­er cas­es, at the request of any Com­mis­sion­er; and such vote shall be entered on the jour­nal of the pro­ceed­ings, as is pro­vid­ed by statute.

(D) Dis­tri­b­u­tion.  All ordi­nances and res­o­lu­tions amend­ing this “Revised Code of Ordi­nances” shall be dis­trib­uted to the Com­mis­sion­ers at least forty‑eight (48) hours pri­or to the meet­ing at which they are to be con­sid­ered.

(E) Read­ing ‑ Approval.  All ordi­nances and/or res­o­lu­tions shall be read one (1) time at the Board meet­ing.  They shall be con­sid­ered, unless oth­er­wise pro­vid­ed for, approved by a major­i­ty vote of the Coun­ty Com­mis­sion­ers.

(F) Record of Ordinances/Resolutions.  The Coun­ty Clerk shall keep a record of all ordi­nances and res­o­lu­tions passed in appro­pri­ate books for such pur­pose.

(G) Pub­li­ca­tion.  All ordi­nances impos­ing any penal­ty for a vio­la­tion there­of or mak­ing any appro­pri­a­tion shall be pub­lished in pam­phlet form and dis­played for a rea­son­able peri­od in the Coun­ty Clerk’s office in the Court House.

The Coun­ty Clerk shall keep and main­tain on file all res­o­lu­tions, ordi­nances, poli­cies and oth­er records adopt­ed by the Board in his office or the Board office.

All per­sons appoint­ed by the Chair­man of the Union Coun­ty Board or hired as depart­ment head by any oth­er Board shall be res­i­dents of the Coun­ty.  All per­sons appoint­ed by the Chair­man or hired as a depart­ment head by some oth­er Board who are not res­i­dents of the Coun­ty shall be approved by the Coun­ty Board.  Upon appoint­ment, such indi­vid­u­als shall become res­i­dents of Union Coun­ty with­in nine­ty (90) days.

A major­i­ty of the Coun­ty Board mem­bers shall con­sti­tute a quo­rum for the trans­ac­tion of busi­ness at any reg­u­lar or any duly called spe­cial meet­ing, and all ques­tions which shall arise at meet­ings shall be deter­mined by the vote of the major­i­ty of the Coun­ty Board mem­bers present, except as oth­er­wise pro­vid­ed.

Spe­cial meet­ings of the Board shall be held only when request­ed by at least one-third (1/3) of the mem­bers of the Board or by the Chair­man of the Coun­ty Board, which request shall be in writ­ing, and spec­i­fy­ing the time and place of such meet­ing, upon recep­tion of which the Clerk shall imme­di­ate­ly trans­mit notice, in writ­ing, of such meet­ing, to each of the mem­bers of the Board.  The Clerk shall also cause notice of such meet­ing to be pub­lished in some news­pa­per print­ed in the Coun­ty and pre­sent­ed to the Clerk of the Board at least four (4) days pri­or to the date of said meet­ing.  (See 55 ILCS 5/2–1001 and 55 ILCS 5/2–1002).

Six (6) meet­ings of the Coun­ty Board shall be held each quar­ter, or twen­­­ty-four (24) meet­ings annu­al­ly.  Reg­u­lar meet­ings shall be held the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tues­days of each month at 9:00 A.M. in the Coun­ty Board Room in theCountyGovernmentBuilding,Jonesboro, unless oth­er­wise ordered.

If a vacan­cy occurs on the Coun­ty Board, the Chair­man of the Coun­ty Board, with the advice and con­sent of the Coun­ty Board, shall, with­in six­ty (60) days of the date the vacan­cy occurs, appoint some per­son, pos­sess­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tions of a Board Mem­ber, to serve until the next elec­tion of Coun­ty Board mem­bers in the Coun­ty at which time an elec­tion shall be held to fill the vacan­cy for the unex­pired term.  (See 55 ILCS 5/2–3009)

Com­mis­sion­ers shall be com­posed of five (5) Board Mem­bers pur­suant to the law and here­inafter shall be referred to as the “Coun­ty Board.”  In the event of any vacan­cy caused by death, res­ig­na­tion, removal or for any oth­er cause, such vacan­cy shall be filled accord­ing to the Statute in such case made and pro­vid­ed.

(A)  2012 Elec­tion.

  1. At the 2012 Gen­er­al Elec­tion, coun­ty com­mis­sion­ers shall be elect­ed in the fol­low­ing man­ner:
    • A coun­ty com­mis­sion­er shall be elect­ed to a six (6) yearterm to fill the seat of the coun­ty com­mis­sion­er elect­ed to a four (4) year term at the 2008 Gen­er­al Elec­tion to fill an unex­pired six (6) year term;
    •  A coun­ty com­mis­sion­er shall be elect­ed to a six (6) yearterm to fill a new seat;
    • A coun­ty com­mis­sion­er shall be elect­ed to a four (4) yearterm to fill a new seat.
  2. After the 2012 Gen­er­al Elec­tion, coun­ty com­mis­sion­ers shall be elect­ed to six (6) year terms at each gen­er­al elec­tion to fill expired terms.

(B) Peti­tions for Spe­cif­ic Term Required.

Where coun­ty com­mis­sion­ers are to be elect­ed to fill two (2) or more seats on the board of com­mis­sion­ers at the same gen­er­al elec­tion, can­di­dates for such posi­tion shall each file nom­i­na­tion papers for and be nom­i­nat­ed for and elect­ed to a spe­cif­ic office.  For the pur­pose of des­ig­nat­ing spe­cif­ic offices, the five (5) seats on the board of com­mis­sion­ers shall be des­ig­nat­ed as fol­lows:

  1. The seat of the com­mis­sion­er elect­ed to a four (4) year term at the 2008 Gen­er­al Elec­tion to fill an unex­pired term six (6) year term shall be des­ig­nat­ed as Seat A;
  2. The seat of the com­mis­sion­er elect­ed to a six (6) year term at the 2008 Gen­er­al Elec­tion shall be des­ig­nat­ed as Seat B;
  3. The seat of the com­mis­sion­er elect­ed to a six (6) year term at the 2010 Gen­er­al Elec­tion shall be des­ig­nat­ed as Seat C;
  4. The seat of the com­mis­sion­er elect­ed to a six (6) year term at the 2012 Gen­er­al Elec­tion shall be des­ig­nat­ed as Seat D;
  5. The seat of the com­mis­sion­er elect­ed to a four (4) year term at the 2012 Gen­er­al Elec­tion shall be des­ig­nat­ed as Seat E.

(R2010-31; 12–20–10)  (See 55 ILCS 5/2–4006(C-5))