A Bill to create the organize the County of Scott
Sec[Section]. 1 Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois Represented in the General assembly—The all that part of Country situate within the following boundary to wit, beginning in the center of the channel of the Illinois River, opposite the line between Townships Fifteen and sixteen North, thence running East on said line, to the line between Ranges [twelve?] and thirteen, thence south on said Range line two miles, thence East to the line between Ranges Eleven and Twelve, thence south with said Range line to the North west corner of section seven in Township fourteen North Range Eleven West, Thence East one mile, thence south one mile, thence East one mile, thence south one mile, thence East one mile, thence south one mile, thence East one mile, thence south to the North West corner of section Eleven in Township thirteen North, Range Eleven West, thence East to the line between Ranges ten and Eleven, thence south with said line to the line dividing Morgan and Green Counties, thence West with said line to the center of said the Illinois River, thence North with the channel of said River to the place of beginning, which shall Constitute a County to be called Scott
Sec 2 There shall be an Election held on the third Monday in March next in the Town of Winchester and at the different places of voting for justices of the peace and constables in the limits of the said County of Scott. The Election shall be conducted by the present Judges of Elections in said County who have been appointed by the County of Morgan according to the Election Laws of this state
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at which Election the legal voters of the County of Scott 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 Elected and qualified shall hold their offices until the next ensuing regular Election 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 Scott that are required by law of similar officers in the other Counties of this State.
Sec 3. Within five days after said Election the judges of Election at the different places of voting shall return the poll Books of said Election to the Town of Winchester directed to Ira Rowed[,] John Hanback[,] and Samuel Peak three acting Justices of the peace in the limits of said County. And the said justices shall meet in the Town of Winchester within seven days after said Election and procede[proceed] to open said Election Returns, and to do and perform all the duties in relation to said returns that are required by law of the Clerks of County Commissioners Courts in relation to similar Returns.
Sec 4 As soon as the County officers shall have shall have been 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 the first Judicial Circuit, who shall appoint an a Clerk of the Circuit Court and shall hol[d] Courts in the said county in the Town [of] Winchester
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Winchester
Said County of Scott shall form a part of the first Judicial Circuit till otherwise ordered by law
Sec 5 Suits ^and Enditements[Indictments]^ that have been commenced or may hereafter be commenced in the Circuit Court of Morgan County by any of the Citizens living in the limits of the County of Scott before the organization thereof shall not be affected by this act, but all such suits, so commenced shall be decided in the Circuit Court of Morgan County
Sec 6 The said County of Scott shall at the next regular Election for senators and Representatives to the General Assembly shall be entitled to elect one Representative to the General assembly and the County of Morgan four Representatives and the County of Scott shall vote with Morgan to elect one Senator untill the next apportionment of Representatives provided for by the Constitution of the State.
Sec 7. All Justices of the peace and Constables Elected in the County of Morgan who reside in the limits of the County of Scott shall hold there offices and have jurisdiction in the said County of Scott as though they had been originally Elected in said County.
Sec 8 The school funds belonging to the several Townships in said County, and all notes and Mortgages pertaining to the same shall be paid and delivered over to the school Commissioner of the County of Scott by the School Commissioner of the County of Morgan so soon as the said County shall be organized and the Commissioner
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and of School lands appointed and qualified acording to law, togeather with all Interest arising out of said money, that has not been heretofore expended for school purposes in that part of Morgan County now included in the County of Scott
Sec 9. The seat of Justice of said County shall be and permanently remain at Winchester upon the following condition, That the President and Trustees of said Town consent that the Courthouse of said County shall be upon the public square, or on a lot adjoining said square, at the option of said President and Trustees, said lot to be procured by said President and Trustees and a good title conveyed to said County, and shall Erect a courthouse thereon for the use of said County, upon a plan and with materials to be agreed on by the County Commissioners of said County within Three years from the time at which the said County Commissioners shall agree upon such plan, and materials, and notafy the President and Trustees thereof, provided the cost thereof shall not excede Three Thousand five hundred Dollars, and further that said president and Trustees will build a jail for the use of said County upon a lot or place procured by the County Commissioners aforesaid upon a plan agreed upon by them within Two years from the time said County Commissioners shall agree upon a plan and notafy said president and Trustees thereof, provided the cost thereof shall not excede One Thousand five hundred Dollars provided further that if the courthouse shall cost more than the sum ^herein^ specified
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the excess shall be deducted from the cost of the Jail, or if less, the difference to be added to the price of the Jail if necessary, it being the object of this section ^to^ require an Equinomicle[Economical] expenditure of five Thousand Dollars by the president and Trustees in the erection of the Courthous and Jail, and no more, and that sum may be used in building the Courthouse above, or may be divided in the Erection of both the buildings in such proportion as the County Commissioners of said County shall direct, and that the aforesaid Expenditure shall be maid[made] within the time agreed for the Erection of said building.
Sec 10. In case of failure on part of said Trustees to comply with the fourgoing Sections the County Commissioners Court of said County shall Locate the County seat of said County at some Eligible point at or near said the centre of said County, and shall make it a condition in the Location, that at at least Twenty acres of Land shall be conveyed to the County to be laid off into Town Lots[,] Streets [,] and Alleys, and the proceedes of the sails [sales]of said Lots to be appropriated to the Erection of publick buildings, for the use of said County
Sec 11 In order to ascertain the cost of [...?] the buildings Required by the presiding sections. TheCounty Commissioners. shall so soon as they agree upon the plan of said buildings apoint Two Compitent Mechanicst[Mechanics] to act with two to be appointed by the said President and Trustees and a fifth to be chosen by the
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four appointed as afforesaid, to make a full and definate bill of the work and materials required in the Erection of said buildings, and the cost or value of thereof, and the persons so selected shall make such Bill of work, and materials and the value the value thereof, and ^deliver^ direct one coppy of the same to the County Commissioners Court or to there Clerk, and one Copy to said President and Trustees, or there Clerk, which bill when so made by said Mechanics, shall be conclusive upon the parties, and shall regulate them in the application of the five Thousand Dollars provided However, that no Mechanics shall be chosen under the provisions of this act section who reside in the Town of Winchester The fourgoing Committee of Mechanics, shall before Entering on the duties assigned them by this section each take an oath or afformation[affirmation] on the faithfully and Impartialy and Impartialy to discharge the duties duties assigned them by this section
This act to take effect from and after its passage
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No 91
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A bill for an act to establish the County of Scott
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01/15/1839
sel. com.
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Henry
Allen
Holmes
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To be Engrossed, as Amended
Clk[Clerk] H R

Handwritten Document, 6 page(s), Folder 105, HB 123, GA Session: 11-1, Illinois State Archives (Springfield, IL),