Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Provides that in a municipality with a population under 1,000,000 that has approved an ordinance, resolution, or vote authorizing the annexation of contiguous territory, the annexation is subject to a backdoor referendum upon the filing of a petition for a referendum containing a total number of signatures equal in number to at least 10% of the entire vote cast for all candidates for mayor or president of the annexing municipality at the last preceding general municipal election. Provides petition and referendum requirements. If the voters do not approve the annexation of the territory, provides that the municipality may not attempt to annex the territory for a period of no less than 2 years from the date it approved the ordinance, resolution, or vote authorizing the annexation of the territory. Effective immediately.
House Committee Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Reinserts the provisions of the introduced bill with the following changes: limits referendums to actions on or after April 1, 2018 authorizing annexation; restricts the provisions to any annexing municipality located within 5 miles of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery (rather than a municipality with a population under 1,000,000) and contiguous territory of over 100 acres for a private development; provides that a petition for the backdoor referendum must contain signatures equal in number to at least 50% (rather than 10%) of the entire vote cast for all candidates for mayor or president of the annexing municipality; provides that the referendum shall occur at the general election or municipal election, whichever occurs first, next following the filing of a petition (rather than at the municipal election next following); and adds a January 1, 2023 repeal date. Effective immediately.