In force, April 6, 1840.
AN ACT to incorporate the town of Jacksonville, and for other purposes.1
Body politic and corporate
Name and style
Sec.[Section] 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Aesembly, That Matthew Stacy, John Hurst, R. T. McNeely, W. Branson and E. T. Miller, citizens of the town of Jacksonville, in the county of Morgan, are hereby constituted a body politic and corporate, by the name and style of the “President and Trustees of the town of Jacksonville,” and by that name they and their successors may sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all actions in law and equity; may grant, purchase, receive and hold real and personal estate, and may lease, sell and dispose of the same for the benefit of said town; may do all other acts as natural persons may do, and may have a common seal, and change and alter the same at pleasure, and shall have perpetual succession.
Boundaries of town
Sec. 2. The boundaries of said town shall be one mile square, the centre of the public square in said town being the center of said (mile) square; and all the land within said limits shall be considered as the town of Jacksonville.
Annual elections for trustees
President how elected
Vacancies how filled
Sec. 3. The aforesaid corporators shall continue in office until the first Monday in April, 1840, and until their successors are elected and qualified. And on the first Monday in April, and forever thereafter, an election shall be held for five
<Page 2>trustees, who shall hold their offices for one year, and until their successors are elected and qualified. Said trustees shall elect one of their own body president of the board, and shall appoint all other officers for said corporation; they shall have power to fill all vacancies in the board, occasioned by death, resignation, or six months’ absence from said town. A majority shall constitute a board to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and compel the attendance of absent members, in such manner and under such penalties as the board may provide. The trustees of said town shall be at least twenty-one years old, a citizen of the United States, and shall be residents and citizens in said town. Those persons residing in said town shall be qualified to vote for trustees who possess the requisite qualifications to vote for State officers.
Officers of town
Officers may be removed
Sec. 4. The officers of said town shall consist of one clerk, one town constable, who shall have and perform all the duties of town constable, as required and authorized in the act, entitled “An act further defining the duty of trustees of incorporated towns,” approved January 31, 1835; one treasurer and such other officers as the said president and trustees of said town may see proper to appoint; and said officer shall give bond and security in such sum and in such manner as may be required by the board of trustees of said town. And said officers shall be removable at the pleasure of the board of trustees.
Parts of law applicable to town
Sec. 5. The sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth sections of an act, entitled “An act to incorporate the town of Upper Alton,” approved February 18, 1837, are hereby declared to be applicable to the president and trustees of the town of Jacksonville; and the tax mentioned in the sixth section of said act shall be in lieu of any county tax on the real estate in said town, and all the powers, duties and restrictions therein mentioned shall be applied to said president and trustees as fully as if the same were herein set forth.
Acts of trustees binding
Inspectors of elections
Sec. 6. The acts of the present president and trustees of the town of Jacksonville, shall be considered as binding and in full force until the first meeting of the board of trustees, to be elected under the provisions of this act. This act shall take effect on the first Monday in April next, and the present board of trustees shall give notice of the election to be held on said day, by having written notices thereof posted up in four public places in said town at least one week previous to said election; and one of the members of said board and the clerk of the board shall act as inspector and clerk of said election, and shall give certificates of election to the five persons receiving the greatest number of votes.
Sec. 7. That the name of the town of Greenfield, in the county of Bureau, be changed, and hereafter to be known and ealled by the name of Laymoile.
Sec. 8. That the name of the town of Indiantown and of Windsor, in Bureau county, be changed and both of said towns hereafter be known and called by the name of Tiskilwa.
Sec.[Section] 9. That the corporate limits of the town of Hennepin, in Putnam county, shall hereafter include the west half of the south-west quarter of section ten, and the east half of said quarter section shall hereafter be excluded from said corporation.2
Approved, February 3, 1840.
1John J. Hardin introduced HB 193 to the House of Representatives on January 20, 1840, and the House referred it to the Committee on the Judiciary. The committee reported back on January 29 and recommended a substitute for the original bill. The House concurred with the amendment the next day and passed an additional amendment adding the seventh, eighth, and ninth sections. The House passed the bill on February 1. The Senate passed the bill the same day. The Council of Revision approved the bill on February 3 and the act became law.
Journal of the House of Representatives (Vandalia, IL: William Walters, 1840), 215, 280, 291-92, 324, 328, 338, 339; Journal of the Senate (Vandalia, IL: William Walters, 1840), 235, 239-40.
2The House of Representatives passed an amendment on January 30, 1840, which added the last three sections of the bill.
Journal of the House of Representatives (Vandalia, IL: William Walters, 1840), 291-92.
Printed Document, 3 page(s),
Laws of the State of Illinois, Passed by the Eleventh General Assembly, at their Special Session (Springfield, IL: William Walters, 1840), 106-08, GA Session: 11-S,