The Illinois Governor signed P.A. 101-104 into law last week amending the Township Code relating to the process for filling vacancies in township office.
Under the new law, if there is a vacancy in the office of Township Supervisor, then a Township Board trustee must be appointed as deputy supervisor to perform the ministerial functions of the supervisor’s job until the vacancy is filled. Once the vacancy is filled, the deputy supervisor appointment is terminated.
The law also clarifies the duties of the temporarily appointed deputy for other vacant offices as well. If that vacancy is filled temporarily by a trustee, the law authorizes the deputy to vote on matters before the board if the deputy is a trustee at the time of the vote, but provides that the trustee compensation be suspended during the temporary appointment.