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92_SB0400 LRB9207500MWdv 1 AN ACT creating the Southwest Suburban Railroad 2 Redevelopment Authority. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 6 Southwest Suburban Railroad Redevelopment Authority Act. 7 Section 5. Legislative declaration. The General 8 Assembly declares that the welfare, health, prosperity, and 9 moral and general well-being of the people of the State are, 10 in large measure, dependent upon the sound and orderly 11 development of municipal areas. The Southwest Suburban area, 12 by reason of the location therein of vital roadways and their 13 use for vehicular travel in access to the entire southwest 14 metropolitan Chicago area, as well as commercial and 15 industrial growth patterns and accessibility to manufacturing 16 and freight-related facilities, have become and will 17 increasingly be the hub of transportation from all parts of 18 the region and throughout the southwest metropolitan area. 19 Motor vehicle traffic, pedestrian travel, and the safety of 20 both motorists and pedestrians are substantially aggravated 21 by the location of railroad grade crossings. Additionally, 22 certain development opportunities may exist in the project 23 area that would stabilize and enhance the tax base of 24 existing communities, maintain and revitalize existing 25 commerce and industry, and promote comprehensive planning 26 within and between communities. The presence of the railroad 27 grade crossings are detrimental to the orderly expansion of 28 industry and commerce and to progress of the region. To 29 alleviate this situation it is necessary to relocate the 30 railroad tracks, to separate the grades at crossing, to 31 acquire property for relocation or submergence of the 32 railroad or highways, to create an agency to facilitate and -2- LRB9207500MWdv 1 accomplish that relocation, and to direct infrastructure and 2 development improvements in the Southwest Suburban area. 3 Section 10. Creation; duration. There is created a body 4 politic and corporate, a unit of local government, named the 5 Southwest Suburban Railroad Redevelopment Authority, 6 embracing the municipalities of Chicago Ridge, Burbank, 7 Bedford Park, Worth, Lansing, Glenwood, Chicago Heights, 8 Robbins, Markham, Tinley Park, Orland Park, Palos Park, 9 Crestwood, Dolton, Riverdale, Harvey, Oak Lawn, Dixmoor, 10 Bridgeview, Alsip, Oak Forest, Midlothian, Palos Heights, 11 Evergreen Park, Posen, Blue Island, and Merrionette Park. 12 The Authority shall continue in existence until the 13 accomplishment of its objective, the relocation of railroad 14 tracks and roadways and the grade separation of railroads 15 from the right-of-way and at-grade crossing closures within 16 the Southwest Suburban area, or until the Authority 17 officially resolves that it is impossible or economically 18 unfeasible to fulfill that objective. 19 Section 15. Acquisition of property. The Authority has 20 the power to acquire by gift, purchase, or legacy the fee 21 simple title to real property located within the boundaries 22 of the Authority, including temporary and permanent 23 easements, as well as reversionary interests in the streets, 24 alleys, and other public places and personal property, 25 required for its purposes, and title thereto shall be taken 26 in the corporate name of the Authority. Any such property 27 that is already devoted to a public use may nevertheless be 28 acquired, provided that no property belonging to the United 29 States of America or the State of Illinois may be acquired 30 without the consent of that governmental unit. No property 31 devoted to a public use belonging to a corporation subject to 32 the jurisdiction of the Illinois Commerce Commission may be -3- LRB9207500MWdv 1 acquired without a prior finding by the Illinois Commerce 2 Commission that the taking would not result in the imposition 3 of an undue burden on intrastate commerce. All land and 4 appurtenances thereto, acquired or owned by the Authority, 5 are to be deemed acquired or owned for a public use or public 6 purpose. 7 Section 20. Sale or exchange of property. The Authority 8 has the power to sell, transfer, exchange, vacate, or assign 9 property acquired for the purposes of this Act as it deems 10 appropriate. 11 Section 25. Acceptance of grants, loans, and 12 appropriations. The Authority has the power to apply for and 13 accept grants, loans, advances, and appropriations from the 14 federal government and from the State of Illinois or any 15 agency or instrumentality thereof to be used for the purposes 16 of the Authority, and to enter into any agreement in relation 17 to the grants, loans, advances, and appropriations. The 18 Authority may also accept from the State, any State agency, 19 department, or commission, any county or other political 20 subdivision, any municipal corporation, any railroad, any 21 school authority, or jointly therefrom, grants of funds or 22 services for any of the purposes of this Act. The Authority 23 shall be treated as a rail carrier subject to the Illinois 24 Commerce Commission's jurisdiction and eligible to receive 25 money from the Grade Crossing Protection Fund or any fund of 26 the State or other source available for purposes of promoting 27 safety and separation of at-grade railroad crossings or 28 highway improvements. 29 Section 30. Taxing powers. The Authority may not levy 30 real property taxes for any purpose whatsoever. -4- LRB9207500MWdv 1 Section 35. Board; compensation and expenses. The 2 Authority shall be governed by a 28-member board consisting 3 of the mayors or village presidents, or their designees, of 4 Chicago Ridge, Dolton, Burbank, Bedford Park, Worth, Lansing, 5 Glenwood, Chicago Heights, Robbins, Markham, Tinley Park, 6 Orland Park, Palos Park, Crestwood, Riverdale, Harvey, Oak 7 Lawn, Dixmoor, Bridgeview, Alsip, Oak Forest, Midlothian, 8 Palos Heights, Evergreen Park, Posen, Blue Island, and 9 Merrionette Park and the Chairman of Commuter Rail Board 10 (created by the Regional Transportation Authority) or his or 11 her designee. The office of Chair shall rotate annually and 12 shall represent each of the participating municipalities 13 until each one has served as Chair, upon which time the 14 office of Chair shall rotate back to the original 15 representative member. Each representative member shall take 16 and subscribe the constitutional oath of office and file it 17 with the Secretary of State. The members of the board shall 18 serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for actual 19 expenses incurred by them in the performance of duties 20 prescribed by the Authority. However, any member of the 21 board who serves as secretary or treasurer may receive 22 compensation for services as that officer. Any of the 27 23 member municipalities may opt out of the Authority by a 24 majority vote of the corporate authorities of that 25 municipality. That municipality shall notify the Authority in 26 writing of its vote to opt out of the Authority. 27 Section 40. Organization; chair and temporary secretary. 28 As soon as possible after the effective date of this Act, the 29 board shall organize for the transaction of business, select 30 a Chair and a temporary Secretary from its own number, and 31 adopt bylaws to govern its proceedings. The initial Chair 32 and successors shall be elected by the board from time to 33 time from among members. The board may act through its -5- LRB9207500MWdv 1 members by entering into an agreement that a member act on 2 the board's behalf, in which instance the act or performance 3 directed shall be deemed to be exclusively of, for, and by 4 the board and not the individual act of the member or its 5 represented person. 6 Section 45. Meetings; quorum; resolutions. Regular 7 meetings of the board shall be held at least quarterly, the 8 time and place of those meetings to be fixed by the board. 9 Special meetings may be called by the Chair or by a majority 10 of the members of the board by giving notice thereof in 11 writing, stating the time, place, and purpose of the meeting. 12 The notice shall be served by special delivery letter 13 deposited in the mails at least 48 hours before the meeting. 14 A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a 15 quorum for the transaction of business. All action of the 16 board shall be by resolution and, except as otherwise 17 provided in this Act, the affirmative vote of at least a 18 majority shall be necessary for the adoption of any 19 resolution. The Chair shall be entitled to vote on any and 20 all matters coming before the board. 21 Section 50. Secretary and Treasurer; oaths; bond of 22 Treasurer. The board may appoint a Secretary and a 23 Treasurer, who need not be members of the board, to hold 24 office at the pleasure of the board, and fix their duties and 25 compensation. Before entering upon the duties of their 26 respective offices, they shall take and subscribe to the 27 constitutional oath of office, and the Treasurer shall 28 execute a bond with corporate sureties to be approved by the 29 board. The bond shall be payable to the Authority in 30 whatever penal sum may be directed by the board conditioned 31 upon the faithful performance of the duties of the office and 32 the payment of all money received by the Treasurer according -6- LRB9207500MWdv 1 to law and the orders of the board. The board may, at any 2 time, require a new bond for the Treasurer in any penal sum 3 that may then be determined by the board. 4 Section 55. Deposit and withdrawal of funds; signatures. 5 All funds deposited by the Treasurer in any bank or savings 6 and loan association shall be placed in the name of the 7 Authority and shall be withdrawn or paid out only by check or 8 draft upon the bank or savings and loan association, signed 9 by the Treasurer and countersigned by the Chair of the board. 10 Subject to prior approval of the designations by a majority 11 of the board, the Chair may designate any other member or any 12 officer of the Authority to affix the signature of the 13 Treasurer to any Authority check or draft for payment of 14 salaries or wages and for payment of any other obligation of 15 not more than $2,500. 16 No bank or savings and loan association shall receive 17 public funds as permitted by this Section unless it has 18 complied with the requirements established under Section 6 of 19 the Public Funds Investment Act. 20 Section 60. Delivery of check after executing officer 21 ceases to hold office. If any officer whose signature appears 22 upon any check or draft issued pursuant to this Act ceases to 23 hold office before the delivery of the check or draft to the 24 payee, the officer's signature nevertheless shall be valid 25 and sufficient for all purposes with the same effect as if 26 the officer had remained in office until delivery of the 27 check or draft. 28 Section 65. Rules. The board may make all rules and 29 regulations proper or necessary and to carry into effect the 30 powers granted to it. The rules and regulations shall be 31 consistent with the guidelines, objectives, and project scope -7- LRB9207500MWdv 1 as set out by the Illinois Commerce Commission. 2 Section 70. Fiscal year. The Authority shall designate 3 its fiscal year. 4 Section 75. Reports and financial statements. Within 60 5 days after the end of its fiscal year, the board shall cause 6 to be prepared by a certified public accountant a complete 7 and detailed report and financial statement of the operations 8 and assets and liabilities as relate to the projects 9 undertaken by the Authority. A reasonably sufficient number 10 of copies of the report shall be prepared for distribution to 11 persons interested, upon request, and a copy of the report 12 shall be filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission and with 13 the county clerk of Cook County. 14 Section 80. Construction. Nothing in this Act shall be 15 construed to confer upon the Authority the right, power, or 16 duty to order or enforce the abandonment of any present 17 property of the railroads or the use in substitution therefor 18 of any property acquired for the railroads in the absence of 19 a contract duly executed by the railroads and the Authority 20 setting forth the terms and conditions upon which relocation 21 of the right-of-way and physical facilities of the railroads 22 is to be accomplished. No such contract shall be or become 23 enforceable until the provisions of the contract have been 24 approved or authorized by the Illinois Commerce Commission. 25 Section 85. Existing contracts, obligations, and 26 liabilities. No contract, obligation, or liability whatever 27 of the railroads to pay any money into the State treasury, 28 nor any lien of the State upon or right to tax property of 29 the railroads, shall be released, suspended, modified, 30 altered, remitted, or in any manner diminished or impaired by -8- LRB9207500MWdv 1 the contract with the Authority, and any such charter 2 provisions applicable to the property on which the railroads 3 are now located shall be deemed in full force and effect with 4 respect to any property on which the railroads are relocated 5 in substitution therefor pursuant to the provisions of this 6 Act or any such contract with the Authority pursuant thereto. 7 Notwithstanding, upon order of the Illinois Commerce 8 Commission, the Authority shall succeed to and assume the 9 performance and actions of the represented persons under the 10 terms of the order and amending orders previously entered 11 relative to projects undertaken by the Authority and 12 consistent with the objectives of the Authority. 13 Section 90. Severability. The provisions of this Act 14 are severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes. 15 Section 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 16 becoming law.
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