State of Illinois
2015 and 2016


Introduced , by Rep. Elaine Nekritz


105 ILCS 5/3A-3  from Ch. 122, par. 3A-3

    Amends the School Code. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning educational service regions.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
53A-3 as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/3A-3)  (from Ch. 122, par. 3A-3)
7    Sec. 3A-3. Voluntary consolidation of educational service
8regions. Any 2 or more educational service regions may be
9consolidated into a single region in the the manner provided in
10this Section. All of the territory of any educational service
11region shall be determined by county boundaries, but
12supervision and control over school districts that are divided
13by a county line shall be determined under Section 3-14.2 of
14this Act.
15    Each regional superintendent of a region that does not
16conform to the population requirements of Section 3A-4 and
17seeks voluntary consolidation under this Section shall appoint
18a nonpartisan citizens committee consisting of 5 members to
19consider the advisability of such a consolidation. Such
20regional superintendent shall serve as ex officio secretary to
21the citizens committee. This citizens committee may petition
22the regional board of school trustees serving each of the
23regions involved for consolidation of those regions into a



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1single educational service region. When such a petition is
2filed, the regional board of school trustees shall conduct a
3hearing on the petition, after notice of the hearing has been
4published once, not more than 15 nor less than 10 days before
5the day of the hearing, in a newspaper having general
6circulation in the region. The secretary of the regional board
7of school trustees shall also notify the secretary of each
8school board affected by the proposed consolidation, the
9chairman of the county board of each county affected thereby
10and the State Board of Education that such petition has been
11filed. The notice shall state the date when the petition was
12filed, the prayer of the petition and the date, time and place
13of the hearing. Such hearing shall be held jointly by all of
14the regional boards of school trustees affected by such
15petition and the State Board of Education shall arrange for
16such joint hearing and pay the expenses thereof. Evidence
17admissible at the hearing shall include, but not be limited to,
18the school needs and conditions in the territory affected by
19the proposed consolidation, whether or not such area is compact
20and contiguous; and whether or not the proposed consolidation
21would be in the best interests of the schools of the area and
22the educational welfare of the pupils of such schools. At the
23hearing each resident of the region shall have the rights
24provided for residents under Section 7-6 and the final order of
25the regional board of school trustees shall be subject to
26review as provided in Sections 7-6 and 7-7.



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1    Within 10 days after the conclusion of the joint hearing
2each regional board of school trustees shall meet and render a
3decision with regard to the hearing on the petition. A copy of
4the final order of each regional board of school trustees shall
5be filed with the State Board of Education within 30 days after
6the conclusion of the joint hearing. If the regional board of
7school trustees in each of those regions enters an order
8approving the consolidation, those regions shall be
9consolidated into a single educational service region, and the
10State Board of Education shall authorize the establishment of
11such single educational service region and to notify all
12interested parties, including the county clerks of the counties
13affected thereby and the State Board of Elections.
14(Source: P.A. 88-89.)