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By-Laws of the Board of Trustees

By-Laws of the Board of Trustees of the Cook Memorial Public Library District, Lake County, Illinois


Article I: Name

Article II: Board of Trustees
Section 1 Name
Section 2 Membership
Section 3 Statement of Economic Interest
Section 4 Powers of the Board
Section 5 Compensation

Article III: Meetings
Section 1 Regular Meetings
Section 2 Changing Regular Meeting Arrangements
Section 3 Rescheduling a Regularly Scheduled Meeting
Section 4 Reconvened Meetings
Section 5 Special Meetings
Section 6 Quorum
Section 7 Participation by Electronic Means
Section 8 President Pro-Tem
Section 9 Voting
Section 10 Executive Session
Section 11 E-Mail Communications
Section 12 Addressing the Board
Section 13 Order of Business
Section 14 Roberts Rules of Order

Article IV: Fiscal Year

Article V: Officers
Section 1 Election and Terms of Office
Section 2 President
Section 3 Vice President
Section 4 Secretary
Section 5 Treasurer

Article VI: Committees and Representatives
Section 1 Appointments and Terms of Appointments
Section 2 Powers
Section 3 Standing Committees
Section 4 Audit Committees
Section 5 Appointed Representatives
Section 6 Special Committees and Representatives

Article VII: Library Director

Article VIII Library Attorney

Article IX: Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society

Article X: Amendments

Article XI: Acknowledgement of Applicable Law

Article I: Name.

The name of the District shall be the “Cook Memorial Public Library District.” (Circuit Court of Lake County, Illinois, General No. 73MC13)


Article II: Board of Library Trustees.

Section 1 Name.

The governing body of the Library shall be known as “The Board of Library Trustees of the Cook Memorial Public Library District, Lake County, Illinois,”hereinafter referred to as the “Board.” (75 ILCS 16/30-35)

Section 2 Membership.

Seven trustees constitute the Board. Trustees serve four year terms. Trustees must be residents of the Library District. They must be at least 18 years of age at the time of election. Three or four trustees are elected in each odd-numbered year April, in accordance with the Election Code. Nomination of candidates for election as Trustees shall be by petition, signed by at least fifty voters residing within the District, and shall be filed with the Secretary within the time provided by the Election Code. No party affiliation may appear on such petition or on the ballot. Terms of elected office commence on or after the third Monday of the month next following the election and extend until a successor is elected and qualified. The oath of office may be administered by the Secretary of the Board or by a notary public. Vacancies declared by the Board shall be filled by appointment by the remaining Trustees until the next Trustee election as provided by law. (75 ILCS 16/30-10, 16/30-20, 16/30-25, 16/30-30, 16/30-35 and 16/30-40)

Section 3 Statement of Economic Interest.

All Library District Trustees are required to file a “Statement of Economic Interest” with the County Clerk on or before May 1 each year. Candidates for the office of Trustee must also file such a statement. (5 ILCS 420/4A-101 et seq.)

Section 4 Powers of the Board.

A district library “shall be forever for the use of residents and tax payers of the district in which it is located, subject to reasonable rules and regulations as the board adopts to render the use of the library of the greatest benefit to the greatest number of those residents and taxpayers.” (75 ILCS 16/1-10). The Board has powers set forth in 75 ILCS 16/30-55. Among the powers conferred upon the Board by statute are the following:

A. To enact ordinances and to make and adopt such By-Laws, rules, and resolutions for their own guidance and for the government of the Library as may be expedient. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.5) Any person who violates any ordinance of the District which provides for a penalty is guilty of a petty offense and shall be fined not less than $25.00 nor more than $100.00 for such offense. (75 ILCS 16/1-20) B. To have the exclusive control of the expenditure of all moneys collected for the Library and deposited to the credit of the appropriate funds. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.10) C. To have the exclusive control of the construction of any library building and of the supervision, care and custody of the grounds, rooms, or buildings constructed, leased or set apart for that purpose. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.15) D. To purchase or lease real or personal property to construct an appropriate building or buildings for the use of the Library. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.20) E. To remodel or reconstruct a building erected or purchased by the Board, when such building is in need thereof or is not adapted to its purposes and needs. 75 ILCS 16/30-55.25) F. To sell or otherwise dispose of real or personal property that it deems no longer necessary or useful for Library purposes, and to lease to others any real property not immediately useful to the District but for which plans for ultimate use have been adopted. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.30) G. To appoint and fix the compensation of a qualified librarian to act as administrator of the District’s daily operation and to retain legal counsel and professional consultants as needed. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.35) H. To contract with any public or private entity for the purpose of providing or receiving library services. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.40) I. To join with the board or boards of one or more public libraries within this State, in maintaining libraries, or for the maintenance of a common library or common library services for the participants upon such terms and conditions agreed upon by the participating library boards. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.45) J. To enter into contracts and may take title to any property acquired by it for library purposes. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.50) K. To exclude from the use of the Library any person who willfully violates an ordinance or regulation prescribed by the Board. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.55) L. To extend the privileges and use of the Library to persons residing outside of the District, upon such terms and conditions as the Board may from time to time by its regulations prescribe, and to impose a non-resident fee according to a formula prepared by the State Library in accordance with law for such service. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.60 and 75 ILCS 16/30-55.65) M. To provide by ordinance, fines and penalties for persons committing injury to any book or other library material or to any real or personal property belonging to or in custody of the Library and for failure to return any book or material or personal property belonging to the Library. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.70) N. To invest funds pursuant to the Public Funds Investment Act (75 ILCS 16/30-55.75) O. To exercise the power of eminent domain. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.80) P. To reserve funds for self-insurance. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.85) Q. To join associations for the benefit of the Library. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.90) R. To levy for the maintenance and support of the Library. (75 ILCS 16/35-5) S. To dissolve the District if so ordered by the court. Such an order would be the result of a dissolution referendum passing by a simple majority that had been initiated by petition of 25% of the voters.(75 ILCS 16/25-5 et seq.) T. To participate in the maintenance of a historical museum. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.100) U. To enact such other ordinances, perform such other duties and have such other powers as may be provided by law.”

Section 5 Compensation.

Trustees shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. (5 ILCS 16/30-30)


Article III: Meetings.

Section 1 Regular Meetings.

Meetings shall be open to the public and conducted in accordance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act. (5 ILCS 120/1 et seq.)The Board shall call not less than five regular meetings in each fiscal year. The time, day, date and place of all regular meetings shall be established by ordinance at the May meeting of the Board for the ensuing fiscal year. A certified copy of the ordinance shall be posted in the Library and supplied to any local radio or television station or newspaper or general circulation that has filed an annual request for such notice. In the absence of such a request, a certified copy of the ordinance shall be supplied to a newspaper of general circulation in the District. (75 ILCS 16/30-50a), (5 ILCS 120/2.02)

Section 2 Changing Regular Meeting Arrangements.

If a change is made in the date, time or place of regular meetings as set forth in the annual meeting ordinance by Board action after the original schedule of meetings is published, then at least ten days notice of the change must be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the District and by posting the change in the Library. A copy of the notice shall be delivered to any local news media requesting such notice.

Section 3 Rescheduling a Regularly Scheduled Meeting.

If a previously scheduled meeting is rescheduled, a notice of the change and a meeting agenda shall be posted in the Library and provided to local media requesting such notice 48 hours before the meeting.

Section 4 Reconvened Meetings.

If a meeting is to be reconvened within 24 hours, and if oral notice of the date, time and place is given at the original meeting and there is no change in the agenda, no other notice is required. Otherwise, 48 hour notice of the reconvened meeting, along with an agenda, shall be posted in the Library and supplied to local news media requesting such notices. (75 ILCS 120/2.02a)

Section 5 Special Meetings.

Special meetings may be called by the President or the Secretary, or by any four Trustees. Notice of the special meeting and an agenda shall be posted in the Library and delivered to local news media requesting such notice no later than 48 hours preceding the special meeting. The best notice possible will be given in the case of a stated emergency.

Section 6 Quorum.

A quorum shall consist of four Trustees. (75 ILCS 16/30-50b)

Section 7 Participation by Electronic Means.

Participation by electronic means is permitted in accordance with the Electronic Participation in Board/Committee Meetings Policy.

Section 8 President Pro-Tem.

In the absence of the President and Vice President, any trustee may call the meeting to order. The trustees present shall elect one of their number to be President pro-tem for the meeting.

Section 9 Voting.

A majority of those Trustees present and constituting a quorum shall determine the passage of any motion, resolution or ordinance unless a larger majority is required by law. All voting shall be by ayes and nays. Absences and abstains shall be noted but shall not be counted for or against the question being voted upon.The expenditure of money requires a roll call vote. The names and votes of each Trustee voting and the vote shall be recorded. (75 ILCS 16/30-50 (b),(c))

Section 10 Closed Session.

Closed sessions of the Board may be called by majority vote of Trustees present to deliberate matters as permitted by law. No final action may be taken in closed session. (5 ILCS 120/2(e)) The Board shall review the minutes of closed sessions semi-annually to determine the continued need to keep minutes of closed meetings confidential. Audio tape recordings shall be made of closed sessions which shall be kept for 18 months and are subject to judicial review. Closed session tapes may be erased after 18 months pursuant to Board action, provided minutes of the closed sessions have been approved.(5 ILCS 120/2.06)

Section 11 Email Communications.

Use of email by trustees shall be in accordance with the Board of Trustees’ Email Communications Policy and Administrative Procedures.

Section 12 Addressing the Board.

Persons attending a public meeting of the Board may not address the Board unless invited to do so by the President except as provided for on the agenda. The President may establish rules under which the public may address the Board.

Section 13 Order of Business.

The normal order of business at regular meetings of the Board shall be as follows:

    • Call to order
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Roll call
    • Public comment
    • Approval of the minutes
    • Approval of the bills
    • Report of the Librarian
    • Report of the President
    • Reports of the committees
    • Other business
    • Closed Session if necessary
    • Communication
    • Public QuestionsAdjournment

The President shall have complete authority over the order of business.

Section 14 Robert’s Rules.

The President shall decide all questions of order in accordance with this article and otherwise by rules set down in Robert’s Rules of Order, the current revision. Failure to follow Robert’s Rules of Order shall not invalidate an otherwise valid decision.


Article IV: Fiscal Year.

The fiscal year for the Library extends from July 1 through June 30.


Article V: Officers.

Section 1 Election and Term of Office.

Within 60 days after the Trustee election, the incumbent and new Trustees shall elect from among the members of the new Board a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. This will normally be the first item of business at the meeting of the Board in May. Officers shall serve for 2-year terms ending on the third Monday in May of each odd-numbered year or until their successors are duly elected by the Board, normally in May. Election will be by majority of Trustees present. A vacancy in any office shall be filled by the Board for the unexpired term. (75 ILCS 16/30-40e) (75 ILCS 16/30-25)

Section 2 President.

The President shall preside over all meetings, appoint members of committees, appoint representatives to other entities and perform other duties specified by the District’s regulations, ordinances or other appropriate action. The President shall not have or exercise veto powers. (75 ILCS 16/30-45b)

Section 3 Vice President.

In the President’s absence, the Vice President shall preside at meetings. (75 ILCS 16/30-45b)

Section 4 Secretary.

The Secretary shall keep and maintain appropriate records of the District during his or her term of office and shall include in those records the minutes of all meetings, including the date, time and place of the meetings,the names of those in attendance, the ordinances enacted, there solutions, and regulations adopted, a summary of discussion on all matters proposed, deliberated or decided, a record of any votes taken and all other pertinent written matter affecting the operation of the District. (75 ILCS 30-45g) (75 ILCS 120/20.6) (75 ILCS 30-65d)The Secretary may administer oaths and affirmations. The Secretary shall act as the Local Election Official.

Section 5 Treasurer.

The Treasurer shall be responsible for the maintenance of accounts and records of the District during the Treasurer’s term of office. Indicated in those records shall be a record of all receipts and disbursements and balance in any funds. The records of the Treasurer shall be audited at the end of each fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the receipt of all tax distributions. The Treasurer shall be bonded for faithfully discharging the duties of the office and to account to the District for all District funds be coming into the Treasurer’s hands. The minimum amount of the bond shall be 1/2 of the total funds received by the District in the previous year. The Treasurer shall be responsible for the investment of Library funds within the limitations of the Illinois Statutes.

(75 ILCS 16/30-45 d,e) (50 ILCS 310/1 et. seq.)


Article VI: Committees and Representatives.

Section 1 Appointments and Terms of Appointments.

The President shall appoint all Board committee members and chairmen with the exception of the Chairman of the Finance and Employee Practices Committee, who will always be the Treasurer. The President shall also appoint all official representatives of the Board to other organizations. Appointments will normally be made at the regular meeting of the Board in June. Appointments of committee members will be for two year terms expiring at the June meeting. Committee members may be replaced at any time by the President.

Section 2 Powers.

No committee or representative shall have other than advisory powers unless granted specific power by suitable Board action.

Section 3 Standing Committees.

The standing committees of the Board shall be as follows:

“A. Finance and Employee Practices. The Committee shall establish and review the bookkeeping and other financial practices of the Library. The Committee shall review and revise the operating budget, the Budget and Appropriation Ordinance and the Levy Ordinance after preparation by the Library Director. It shall periodically review the salary schedule and employee practices of the Library. B. Resources and Services/Long Range Planning. The Committee shall continuously evaluate existing Library services in relation to community needs. The Committee shall keep abreast of developing patterns of land use, population, transportation and political incorporation in order to present recommendations to the Board regarding annexation of land to the District and the extension of services within the District. The Committee shall keep abreast of developments in library services and the service needs of District patrons.The Committee shall present needed changes in the service pattern to the Board. C. Building and Grounds. The Committee shall have charge of matters relating to the maintenance, repair, improvement and insurance of the library building, its furnishings and surrounding grounds. D. Policy Review Committee. The Committee shall establish a schedule for reviewing the By-Laws and all policies and shall be responsible for the review and revision of said policies, as detailed in the schedule and in accordance with the Policies and Procedures Policy.”

Section 4 Audit Committees.

The President shall appoint two Trustees to the Secretary’s Audit Committee at the June Meeting each year to carry out their duties as established by law. This committee shall be dissolved upon the acceptance of the audit report by the Board. (75 ILCS16/30-65c)

Section 5 Appointed Representatives.

Representatives shall represent the Library at regular meetings of the governing body of the organization to which they are appointed. The representatives communicate the policies and services of the Library to these organizations and are expected to keep the Board regularly informed.

Representatives shall be appointed by the President to the following organizations:

 “A. The Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society. The Library Director and one appointed member of the Board of Library Trustees are ex-officio members of the Libertyville Mundelein Historical Society Board. B. The North Suburban Library System. One appointed member of the Board of Trustees shall serve as the representative to NSLS. C. Friends of Cook Library”


The Library Director and one appointed member of the Board of Library Trustees are ex-officio members of the Friends of Cook Library.


Section 6 Special Committees and Representatives.

The President may appoint special committees and representatives as may be required.


Article VII: Library Director.

The Library Director serves as the chief operational officer of the Board of Trustees. The Library Director is responsible for advising the Board regarding the objectives and overall policies of the Library for which the Board is directly responsible. Further, the Library Director is responsible for the administration of the Library within the guidelines established by the Board in its objectives and policies and within the limitations of the Budget. As administrator, the Library Director develops and supervises the library program; establishes the organizational structure; hires, discharges and administers staff; and purchases needed material and equipment subject to review by the Board. The Library Director shall supply periodic reports to the Board regarding the operation of the Library and shall certify as to the correctness of all the bills. A summary report including an overall assessment of the Library shall be submitted to the Board prior to September 30 each year. The Library Director shall attend all committee meetings and general meetings of the Board except executive sessions where the Library Director is the subject of consideration. The Library Director is responsible for assembling and presenting all reports required of the Board or its Officers. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.35a)


Article VIII: Library Attorney.

The Library Attorney shall review such official actions of the Board; draft or review such ordinances; review such Board Minutes, By-Laws, Ordinance Book and written policies and procedures as directed by the Board. The Library attorney shall answer all legal questions related to the operation of the Library directed to the attorney by the Board or the Library Director. (75 ILCS 16/30-55.35)


Article IX: Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.

In the event that the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society is dissolved, title to its historical material and all assets will revert to the Board of Library Trustees of the Cook Memorial Public Library District which shall hold same in trust custody and shall be maintained or disposed of as considered in the best interest of the Library Board. (By-Laws, Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society)


Article X: Amendments.

These By-Laws may be changed or amended at any regular meeting of the Board of Trustees by majority vote of those Trustees present provided ten (10) days written notice of the text of the proposed changes is distributed to all trustees. By-Laws may be waived or suspended for a meeting by majority vote of trustees present.



The Trustees understand and acknowledge that By-Laws are:

Designed to assist the Board with procedures and guidelines governing Library District affairs and operations.
Subject to and do not supercede other laws applicable to Library District affairs and business.
Automatically amended, by operation of law, to the extent of any conflict between the By-Laws and other applicable laws.
Intended to be updated by the Trustees periodically in an effort to maintain consistency between the By-Laws and other applicable laws.
Adopted: 4/20/76

Revised: 4/21/98

Revised: 3/20/01

Revised: 4/17/01

Revised: 8/19/03

Revised: 8/22/06

Revised: 3/20/07

Revised: 11/16/10

Revised: 9/17/13

Revised: 8/18/15

Revised: 4/19/16