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In force, Feb.[February] 21, 1839.
AN ACT to locate the county seat of Whiteside county, and provide for the election of county officers.
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To vote for county seat.
Proviso.
Sec.[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the legal voters of the county of Whiteside, shall meet at the respective places of holding elections in said county, on the first Monday in May next, and shall vote for a point or points for the permanent seat of justice of said county. In the event of more than one place receiving votes, it shall be lawful for the legal voters to meet againon the Monday four weeks next following the first Monday in May, and again vote for the
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location of the county seat: Provided, however, That the point receiving the lowest number of votes shall not be voted for again at any succeeding election; and the legal voters shall meet on the Monday of each succeeding four weeks and vote, until some one place shall receive a majority of all the votes given at any one election; and which place, so receiving a majority of all the votes given, shall be, and forever remain, the permanent seat of justice for said county.
Donations.
Proposals made binding.
Sec. 2. It shall be lawful for any individual of said county to offer donations in land to the said county of Whiteside, whereon to locate the seat of justice; and which offers or proposals, so made, shall be posted up at three public place in each precinct; and proposals so made shall be binding on the individuals making the same; and the person or persons offering such donation at the place selected by the legal voters, shall cause a good and sufficient deed to be made and executed to the county commissioners’ court of said county, within four weeks after the location shall be made.
Election of co.[county] officers.
Sec.3. The legal voters of the said county shall also, on the said first Monday in May next, proceed to vote for, and elect, all county officers for said county; and the county commissioners shall meet at the house of William D. Dudley, within ten days after the said election, and, after being duly qualified, shall proceed to levy a county tax for the present year, lay off road districts, appoint supervisors, and perform such other duties as shall be required by law.
Notice of election.
Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of Adam R. Hamilton, Esq.[Esquire], to give at least ten days’ notice of the election provided for by this act; and the said Adam R. Hamilton and C. R. Woodruff, justices of the peace for said county, shall meet at the house of William D. Dudley, within seven days after said election, and proceed to examine the poll-books; sha l make returns to the office of Secretary of State, and do any such duties as are required of clerks of county commissioners and justices of the peace in like cases.
Duty of justices of peace.
Sec. 5. It shall be the duty of the aforesaid justices of the peace to return the poll-b00ks containing the votes for the location of the county seat, to the clerk of the county commissioners’ court, who shall cause the said returns to be preserved in his office for the inspection of any person or persons concerned.
Courts, where held.
Sec. 6. The circuit and county courts shall be held at such places as the county commissioners shall designate, until suitable arrangements are made at the county seat; and the said county commissioners shall cause public buildings to be erected without unnecessary delay.
Term of office.
Sec. 7. The county officers elected under the provisions of this act shall hold their respective offices until the next general elections for such officers, respectively, and until their successors are elected and qualified. This act to be in force from and after its passage.
Approved, February 21, 1839.
1On January 21, 1839, Representative Germanicus Kent presented a petition from citizens of Whiteside County for the location of the county seat and the election of county officers. The House of Representatives then referred the petition to the Committee on Counties, which included Abraham Lincoln among its members. On January 24, Representative John Moore of the Committee on Counties introduced HB 189 in the House. On February 5, the House passed the bill. On February 19, the Senate passed the bill. On February 21, the Council of Revision approved the bill and the act became law.
Journal of the House of Representatives of the Eleventh General Assembly of the State of Illinois, at Their First Session, Begun and Held in the Town of Vandalia, December 3 1838 (Vandalia, IL: William Walters, 1838), 272, 280, 350, 453, 471, 475;Journal of the Senate of the Eleventh General Assembly of the State of Illinois, at Their First Session, Begun and Held in the Town of Vandalia, December 3, 1838 (Vandalia, IL: William Walters, 1838), 285, 328, 353, 381.

Printed Document, 2 page(s), Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Eleventh General Assembly (Vandalia, IL: William Walters, 1839), 143-44, GA Session: 11-1,