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(A) Order of business. The order of business for each regular meeting of the County Board shall be as follows:
(1) Call to order;
(2) Pledge of allegiance to the flag;
(4) Roll call;
(5) Determination of quorum;
(6) Motion to place on file certificate of publication;
(7) Approval of minutes;
(8) Citizens to be heard;
(9) Honorary resolutions/proclamations;
(10) Old business - executive vetoes;
(11) New business - committee reports and recommendations;
(12) Appointments by the County Executive;
(13) Announcements by the County Board Speaker, Legislative Democratic and Republican Caucus Chair;
(14) Executive session; and
(B) Time and place of regular and special meetings. The County Board shall meet for the purpose of transacting business at the hour of 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the County Board Room, 302 North Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois, 60432. Special meetings of the County Board not called by the Executive in accordance with his or her statutory authority may be called by a written direction signed by not less than nine members of the Board and delivered to the County Clerk. Such direction shall specify the date and time of the meeting, the business to be conducted, and shall be delivered with at least 24 hours notice to the residence of each Board member. All special meetings shall take place in the County Board Room, 302 North Chicago Street, Joliet, Illinois, 60432.
(C) Parliamentary procedure. In the absence of a County Board rule to the contrary, the parliamentary procedure of this Board shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order - Newly Revised.
(D) Board rules and amendments. At the Board reorganization meeting, which shall be held on the first Monday in December in even numbered years at the hour of 9:30 a.m. in the County Board Room, the County Clerk shall initially preside and call the meeting to order. After the invocation, pledge of allegiance and roll call, the newly elected County Executive, county-wide elected officials, if any, and newly elected County Board Members, shall take the oath of office and the meeting called to order. The only business that may be transacted at the reorganization meeting of the County Board is the adoption of the rules, selection of board leadership (as defined by the rules) and committee appointments. Board rules must be approved by a majority of the members of the Board at the reorganization meeting. Thereafter, no amendment shall be made to any of the rules of the Board except upon motion made in writing and approved by three-fifths of the members of the County Board at the next regular meeting of the Board, adjourned or otherwise occurring not less than 30 days from the date of the initial written motion.
(E) Suspension of rules. In a particular case, to avoid hardship or to promote the orderly transaction of county business, a rule or rules of the Board may be temporarily suspended by a voice vote of three-fifths of the members present.
(F) Right to address the Board. No person who is not a member of the Board, excepting the County Executive in the performance of his or her duties as Presiding Officer of the County Board meeting, shall be permitted to address the Board unless the purpose of the comment pertains to an item specifically placed on the agenda. Excepting public hearings, such person shall be allowed to address the Board for a period of three minutes only, but only after submitting a formal written request to the County Clerk's Office not less than 48 hours prior to the published starting time of the County Board meeting, or, upon a motion, second and affirmative vote to suspend the rules to allow a non-member to address the Board. However, when the County Board Speaker or Legislative Democratic or Republican Caucus Chair requests the opinion of the County Executive (unrelated to the conduct of the County Board meeting), State's Attorney or of a department head, it shall not be necessary to suspend the rules to allow such person to speak.
(G) Text amendments/map amendments, objections & protests. All written protests and written objections to proposed zoning ordinance text amendments and map amendments shall be submitted to the County Board in accordance with the rules of the Board and agencies of county government not in conflict with the laws of the state.
(H) Agenda. There shall be a written agenda prepared for every meeting of the County Board. The agenda shall be prepared by the Executive Committee, not less than seven days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of the County Board. Any elected official wishing to place an item on the agenda shall present it to the Executive Committee, through the County Board staff at the time the agenda is set. A copy of the agenda shall be made available to the members at least five days prior to the Board meeting, and shall also be placed on display in the Clerk's office and posted outside of the County Board room at least five days prior to the Board meeting. No matter not on the published agenda may be placed on the agenda at the meeting of the County Board, except as may be allowed by law and upon an affirmative vote of a majority of the members present, and such motion shall require a roll call vote. Notwithstanding the above, the County Board Speaker shall have the authority to place an item or items on the agenda after the Executive Committee has prepared the agenda but prior to 48 hours before the scheduled County Board meeting for any item or items which are of a time sensitive or critical nature. Said addition of an item or items shall be done in full compliance with the Open Meetings Act.
(I) Motions. Every motion shall be reduced to writing if requested by any member of the Board.
(J) Vote. Any member in attendance may vote “Yes”, “No”, “Present”, or “Abstain”, on any matter before the Board. A roll call vote may be requested by any member on any matter before the Board.
(K) Reconsideration of motions. When a question has been decided in the affirmative or the negative, it shall be in order for any member of the prevailing side who voted on such question to move reconsideration thereof, but no motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall be in order unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken. Such motion may be seconded by a member of either the prevailing or the losing side.
(L) Executive vetoes.
(1) Any ordinance, resolution, motion or item of appropriation vetoed by the County Executive shall be returned to the Board at its first meeting occurring not less than six days, Sundays excepted, after said ordinance, resolution, motion or item of appropriation has been presented to him. Each such vetoed ordinance, resolution, motion or item of appropriation shall be accompanied by a written statement of the objections of the County Executive, which objections shall be entered and spread upon the journal.
(ILCS Ch. 55, Act 5, § 2-5010)
(2) The Board shall proceed to reconsider all such ordinances, resolutions, motions or items of appropriation vetoed and returned to the Board by the County Executive as provided in the County Executive law. The County Executive shall take no part in the conduct of the debate. Upon the close of debate, the Clerk shall call the roll on a vote to reconsider as required by the County Executive law, and if three-fifths of the members of the Board vote affirmatively to reconsider (override) the veto, then the ordinance, resolution, motion or item of appropriation shall become effective on the date prescribed, but no earlier than the date of the override vote.
(ILCS Ch. 55, Act 5, § 2-5010)
(3) If any ordinance is not returned by the County Executive to the Board at its first meeting occurring not less than six days, Sundays excepted, after it has been presented to him or her, it shall become effective unless the Board has recessed or adjourned for a period in excess of 60 days, in which case it shall not become effective without his or her approval.
(ILCS Ch. 55, Act 5, § 2-5010)
[Format to be used by the County Executive in the event an ordinance, resolution, motion or item of appropriation is vetoed/disapproved by County Executive.]
I am hereby returning (Ordinance, Resolution, Motion or Item of Appropriation as appropriate) # to the County Board this day of 20 with the attached objections.
Will County Executive
[Format to be used by County Clerk when appropriate]
This (Ordinance, Resolution, Motion or Item of Appropriation as appropriate) not having been approved by the County Executive, nor returned to the County Board at its first meeting occurring not less than 6 (six) days, Sundays excepted, nor more than 60 (sixty) days since its adoption, by operation of law this (Ordinance, Resolution, Motion or Item of Appropriation as appropriate) is now deemed effective.
Signed this day of , 20 . (SEAL)
Will County Clerk
[Format to be used upon reconsideration of Executive veto/disapproval of ordinance, resolution, motion or item of appropriation]
On this day of 20 , the Will County Board reconsidered the above (Ordinance, Resolution, Motion or Item of Appropriation as appropriate). The vote was Aye Nay Pass Abstain. Three-fifths of the County Board having voted to approve the (Ordinance, Resolution, Motion or Item of Appropriation as appropriate) it is adopted over the Executive's veto.
On this day of 20 , the Will County Board reconsidered the above (Ordinance, Resolution, Motion or Item of Appropriation as appropriate). The vote was Aye Nay Pass Abstain. Three-fifths of the County Board not having voted to approve the (Ordinance, Resolution, Motion or Item of Appropriation as appropriate), the reconsideration fails.
(N) Committee reports. Committee reports shall be made by the Chair of each respective committee, or in his or her absence by the Vice-Chair of the committee. In the event of the absence of both the Chair and Vice-Chair of a committee at a regular Board meeting, the committee report may be made by any other member of said committee.
(1980 Code, § 30.03) (Ord. adopted 12-3-1990; Ord. adopted 12-7-1992; Ord. adopted 12-5-1994; Ord. adopted 12-2-1996; Ord. adopted 12-4-2000; Ord. adopted 12-20-2001; Res. 02-555, passed 12-2-2002; Res. 03-187, passed 4-17-2003; Res. 03-534, passed 11-20-2003; Res. 06-503, passed 12-4-2006; Res. 08-480, passed 12-1-2008; Res. 10-406, passed 12-6-2010; Res. 12-378, passed 12-3-2012)