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Boundaries defined.
Sec.[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly;
That the boundaries of the town of Shelbyville, in Shelby County, be as follows, viz., one Square mile, laid out by lines, running due north and south, east and west; and that the south east corner of lot number one, in block number ten, in said town of Shelbyville, be the centre of said Square mile; and the inhabitants of said town, and all persons within said boundaries shall be, and are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of “the Trustees of the Town of Shelbyville,” and by that name, they and their successors shall be known in law, have perpetual succession, sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, defend and be defended in courts of law and equity, and in all actions and matters whatsoever, may grant, purchase and hold property, real and personal, within said town, and no other, (burial ground excepted) and may lease, sell and dispose of the same for the benefit of the town, and may do all other acts as natural persons, may have a common seal,

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and break and alter the same, at pleasure.
Sec. 2. The corporate powers and duties of said town, shall be vested in five Trustees, (to be chosen and appointed as hereinafter directed) who shall form a board for the transaction of business.
Sec. 3. The Trustees shall be elected for the term of one year, and untill their successors are elected, by residents of said town and incorporation, who are qualified to vote for representatives to the legislature; No person shall be a trustee, who is not twenty one years of age, a citizen of the United States, who has not resided within said incorporated limits six months previous to the election, and who is not a bona fide freeholder.
Sec. 4. That the board of trustees shall appoint their president, and all other officers of their board, and shall be judges of the qualifications, elections and returns of their own members; a majority shall constitute a board to do business, and in case of the refusal to serve, death or resignation, of any member of the board, may supply the vacancy, by appointing some other person instead.

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Sec. 5. That the said trustees shall have power ^by ordinance,^ to levy and collect a tax, not exceeding one per centum, on lots exclusive of improvements all real estate, within the town and limits of the corporation, exclusive of improvements, according to valuation, and one per cent. on all personal property, within the incorporated limits; to provide for licensing, taxing and regulating merchants, auctions, taverns, groceries and pedlars, and all shows and amusements; to restrain and prohibit gaming houses, bawdy houses, and other disorderly houses; to make regulations to secure the general health of the inhabitants; to prevent and remove nuisances; to establish and regulate markets; to open and keep in repair streets, alleys, drains and sewers; to provide for the prevention and extinguishment of fires; to dig wells and erect pumps in the streets; and from time to time to pass such ordinances, as to carry into effect the objects of this act, and the powers hereby granted, as the good of the inhabitants may require, and to impose fines and forfeitures for the breach of any ordinance, and provide for the collection of the same; and that in all cases arising under this act, or growing out of the byelaws

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and ordinances made in pursuance of this act, any justice of the Peace, within said corporation, shall have jurisdiction to hear and determine the same, and an appeal may be taken, and writs of certiorari allowed from any such decision, in the same manner as now is or hereafter, may be provided by law, for appealing from judgements of justices of the Peace.
Sec. 6. That upon the application of the owners of two-thirds of the front, of the lots on any street or parts of a street, it shall be lawful for the board of Trustees, to levy and collect a special tax on the owners of the lots on said street or parts of a street, according to their respective fronts, for the propose of grading and paving the side walks on said street.
Sec. 7. The board of trustees shall have power, to regulate, grade, pave and improve the streets, avenues, lanes and alleys, within the limits of said town and corporation, and to extend, open and widen the same, making the person or persons injured thereby adequate compensation; to ascertain which, the board shall cause to be summoned twelve good and lawful men, freeholders and inhabitants

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of said town, not directly interested, who (being first duly sworn, for that purpose, by any person, competent to administer an oath) shall inquire into, and take into consideration, as well the benefits as the injury which may accrue, and estimate and assess the damages, which would be sustained, by reason of the opening, extension or widening of any street, avenue, lane or alley, and shall moreover estimate the amount, which other persons will be benefitted thereby, and shall contribute towards compensating the person injured; all of which shall be returned to the board of trustees, under their hands and seals, and the persons who shall be benefitted, and thus assessed, shall pay the same, in such manner as shall be provided, and the residue, if any, shall be paid out of the town Treasury.
Sec. 8. That the board of trustees shall [have] power, by ordinance, to regulate and cause to be cleared off, all the timber, undergrowth, and rubbish, on such parts of the town as have been laid off into town lots, at the expense of the owners of said lots, and if the owners refuse to comply, to cause

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the timber and wood to be sold, to defray such expense.
Sec. 9. That the board of Trustees shall have power, to preserve good order and harmony, in said town, to punish open indecency, breaches of the peace, horse racing, shooting, riotous or noisy meetings, for which purpose, they may make such ordinances, as to them, may seem proper, and that are not inconsistent with any of the public laws of this State, and may impose fines, for the breach thereof; which fines shall be recoverable before any Justice of the peace, residing in said town; and all suits and judicial proceedings under this act, shall be brought in the name and style of “the president and board of trustees of the town of Shelbyville.”
Sec. 10. That the board of trustees may adopt such modes and means for the collection a assessment and collection of taxes, as they may, from time to time, fix upon and determine, and to prescribe the manner of selling property, when the tax levied upon it, is not paid; Provided, no sale of any town lots or other real property, shall be made, until public notice of the time

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and place shall be given, by advertisement in some newspaper, or at four public places, in said town, at least fifteen days previous thereto.
Sec. 11. That when any town lots or real estate, shall be sold for taxes, by virtue of this act, the same may be redeemed, at any time within two years, from the date of such sale, by the owner of said property, or his, or her, agent, executor or administrator, paying to the treasurer of said town, for the use of the purchaser of said property, the full amount of purchase money, with interest, at the rate of twenty five. per cent. per annum, together with the costs accruing thereon.
Sec. 12. That upon the sale of any town lots, or real estate, for taxes, a certificate of purchase shall be given to the purchaser, signed by the President of the board of trustees, describing the property sold, setting forth the amount bid, and that the purchaser will be entitled to a Deed, within two years from the date of the sale, if the property be not redeemed, as provided by this act, a copy of which certificate of purchase shall be left with the clerk of the

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board of trustees, by the president, within ten days, from the sale aforesaid; and if the town lots or real estate be not redeemed, as provided in this act, a Deed shall be made to the purchaser, signed by the president of the board of trustees, which deed shall be good and valid in law.
Sec. 13. It shall be the duty of the board of trustees, to cause to be paid to the purchasers of lots, all moneys which may have been paid to the treasurer, over the costs for selling the same.
Sec. 14. That all ordinances of the board of trustees, shall be written out, signed by the clerk, and published in a newspaper printed in said town, or posted up at four of the most public places, for two weeks, before taking effect, and within one month from their passage.
Sec. 15. That the board of trustees shall have power to appoint a town, constable, or constables, (and other necessary officers) who shall possess the same powers and perform the same duties, within said incorporated limits, as the constables in the different townships, possess, and shall be entitled to the same compensation.

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sec. 16. That the members of the board of Trustees, and every officer of the corporation, shall, before entering on the duties of their office, take an oath or affirmation, before some judge or justice of the peace, to support the Constition of the United States, and of this State, and faithfully to discharge their duties, and properly demean themselves in office.
Sec. 17. That the foregoing provisions of this act, shall take effect & be in force, So soon as they shall have been accepted, by the inhabitants of said town and incorporated limits, and not before, in manner as follows, Viz: An election shall be held, on the first Monday in March ^May^ next, at the Court house, by giving ten days notice of the same, by posting up advertisements in four of the most public places, in said town, at which election any two justices of the peace in said town may preside and appoint their clerk, and all voters, qualified as hereinbefore described, shall be entitled to vote for or against this charter; and if a majority of all the votes given, be for the charter, then the said justices shall determine the time

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and place of holding the first general election, which shall not be more than one month, nor less than two weeks, after the acceptance of the charter, and shall publish notice thereof, for ten days, before the day appointed for the election of trustees; and those elected trustees, at the general election, shall then proceed, as hereinbefore provided, and continue in office, for one year, and until their successors are duly elected and qualified.
Sec. 18. That the said justices of the peace, who may, ^be^ judges of the election, shall make a true return of both elections, and deliver it to the board of Trustees, who shall preserve the same; and the board of trustees, first elected, or any future board, may alter the time of holding elections for trustees, by ordinance, if to the board, it seems expedient.

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H. R. No 281.
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A Bill for An Act, to incorporate the Town of Shelbyville.
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to be Engrossed
Clk. H.R.

Handwritten Document, 12 page(s), Folder 268, HB 324, GA Session 11-1, Illinois State Archives [Springfield, IL]