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shall not be granted more than once during any one period,
of six months, nor for more than one week at any one time,
school month. § 5. The school month in this state shall be the same as
the calendar month, excluding the Saturdays and Sundays,
and lawful holidays. The lawful holidays shall be the
Fourth of July; from Christmas to New Year's day, both
inclusive; and all thanksgiving or fast days appointed by
state or national authority ; and teachers shall, not be re-
quired to teach on such holidays, nor to make up the time.
§ 6. The provisions of all acts and parts of acts incon-
sistent with this act are hereby repealed. This act shall be
in force from and after its passage.
Approved March 30, 1869.



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AN ACT relating to assessments and taxation in school districts.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of
Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That it shall. Duty of assessor
be the duty of town assessors, when making assessments
of personal propeity. to designate the number of the school
district in which each person so assessed resides ; which
designation shall be made by writing the number of such
district opposite each person's assessment of personal pro-
perty, in a column provided for that purpose in the assess-
ment roll returned by the assessor to the county clerk.

§ 2. It shall be the duty of the county clerk to copy of county clerk,
said numbers of school districts, as returned by the assessor,
into the collector's book, and to extend the school tax on
each person's assessment of personal property according to
the rate designated by the directors of the school district
in which such person resides.

§ 3. It is hereby made the duty of the proper officers, Blank books,
in preparing blank books and notices for the use of assess-
ors, to provide columns and blanks for the use of assessors,
as above described.

§ 4. This act to take effect and be in force from \ and
after its passage.

Approved March 29, 1869.



AN ACT concerning reports of school officers, and of incorporated institu-
tions of learning.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of
Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the
annual reports now required by law of school directors to ^, e e p °ent~" tim0
shall be made on or before the first Monday of August, the
reports of township trustees on or before the second Monday
of August, and the reports of county superintendents on or
before the second Monday of September.

$ 2. It shall also be the duty of the president, princi- Reports from

-i" ,i «. r> j • •. literary Jnstitu-

pal, or other proper officer oi every organized university, tions.
college, seminary, academy, or other literary institution,
heretofore incorporated or hereafter to be incorporated in
this state, to make out or cause to be made out and for-
warded to the office of the superintendent of public instruc-
tion, on or before the 15th day of September in each year, T ^ sent
a report setting forth the amount and estimated value of *"
real estate owned by the corporation, the amount of other
funds and endowments, and the yearly income from all
sources, the number of instructors, the number of students



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in the different classes, the studies pursued and the books
used, the course of instruction, the terms of tuition, and
such other matters as may be specially requested by said
superintendent, or as may be deemed proper by the presi-
dent or principal of such institutions, to enable the superin-
tendent of public instruction to lay before the legislature a
fair and full exhibit of the affairs and condition of said
institutions, and of the educational resources of the state.

§ 3. The provisions of all act9 or parts of acts incon-
sistent with this act are hereby repealed. This act shall
be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 29, 1869.



AN ACT to enable counties to establish County Normal Schools.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of

Illinois, represented inihe General Assembly, That in each

By whom es- county adopting township organization, the board of super-

tabnshed. visors, and in other counties the county court, may establish
a county normal school for the purpose of fitting teachers
for the common schools. That they shall be authorized to

Powers. levy taxes and appropriate moneys for the support of said

schools, and also for the purchase of necessary grounds
and buildings, furniture, apparatus, etc., and to hold and
acquire, by gift or purchase, either from individuals or cor-
porations, any real estate, buildings or other property, for
the use of said schools — said taxes to be levied and col-
lected as all other county taxes : Provided, that, in coun-
ties not under township organization, county courts shall
not be authorized to proceed under the provisions of this
act until the subject shall have been submitted to a vote of

To be voted for, the people, at a general election, and it shall appear that a
majority of all the votes cast on the subject at said election
shail be in favor of the establishment of a county normal
school. The ballots used in voting on this subject may
read, "For a county normal school," or "against a county
normal school."

Management. § 2. The management and control of said schools shall

be in a county board of education, consisting of not less

than five nor more than eight persons, of which board the

county board chairman of the board of supervisors or the judge of the

of education. coun tj court, as the case may be, and the county superin-
tendent of schools, shall be ex officio members. The other
members shall be chosen by the board of supervisors or
county court, and shall hold their offices for the term of

Election. three years. But at the . first election one-third shall be



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chosen for one year, one-third for two years, and one-third
for three years ; and thereafter one-third shall be electee!
annually. Said elections shall be held at the annual meet-
ing of the board of supervisors in September, or at the
September term of the county court, as the case may be.

§ 3. Said board of education shall have power to hire powersofsaid
teachers, and to make and enforce all needful rules and board -
regulations for the management of said schools. A ma-
jority of said board shall constitute a quorum for the trans-
action of business; and a meeting of said board may be
called at any time by the president or secretary, or by any
three of the members thereof. Said board shall proceed
to organize, within twenty days after their appointment, by
electing a president, who shall hold his office for one year,
and until his successor shall be appointed. The county
superintendent shall be, ex officio, secretary of the board.
Said board shall make to the board of supervisors, at their
annual meeting in September, or to the county court at the
September term, as the case may be, a full report of the
condition and expenditures of said county normal school,
together with an estimate of the expenses of said school
for the ensuing year.

§ 4. Two or more counties may unite in establishing a Two counties
normal school, in which case the per cent, of tax levmd ^y^e-
for the support of said school shall be the same in each
county.

§ 5. In all counties that have already established nor- To legalize
mal schools, the action of the board of supervisors in so established?'" 1 ^
doing, and all appropriations made by them for their sup-
port, are hereby legalized ; and said boards of supervisors
are hereby authorized and empowered to make further ap-
propriations for the support of such schools already estab-
lished, until such schools shall have been established under
the previous sections of this act.

§ 6. jSTo member of the aforesaid county board of edu-
cation shall be entitled to compensation for services ren-
dered as a member of such board.

§ 7. This act shall be in force from and after its passage.

Approved March 15, 1809.



AN ACT for the establishment and maintenance of a Normal University, in force Feb. IS

1850.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Peojile of the State of
Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That 0. B.
Denio, of J o Daviess county, Simeon Wright, of Lee county, Corporators.
Daniel Wilkins, of McLean county, C. E. Ilovey,of Peoria
county, George P. Rex, of Pike county, Samuel ~W. Moul-
ton, of Shelby county, John Gillespie, of Jasper county,



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GLecrge Bunsen, of St. Clair county, Wesley Sloan, of
Pope county, Niniaft "W. Edwards, of Sangamon county,
John Eden, of Moultrie count}', Flavel Moseley, of Couk
county, William H. Wells, of Cook county, Albert E. Shan-
non, of White county, and the superintendent of public
instruction, exofficio, with their associates, who shall be
elected as herein provided, and their successors, are hereby
style. created a body corporate and politic, to be styled "The

Board of Education of the State of Illinois," and by that
name and style shall have perpetual succession, and have
Generaipowers. power to contract and be contracted . with, to sue and be
_sued, to plead and be impleaded, to acquire, hold and con-
vey real and personal property ; to have and use a common
seal, and to alter the same at pleasure ; to make and estab-
lish by-laws, and alter or repeal the same as they shall
deem necessary for the government of the normal univer-
sity hereby authorized to be established, or any of its
departments, officers, students or employees, not in conflict
with the constitution and laws of this state, or of the United
States ; and to have and exercise all powers, and be sub-
ject to all duties usual and incident to trustees of corpora-
tions.
Superintendent. § 2. The superintendent of public instruction, by virtue
of his office, shall be a member and secretary of said board,
and shall report to the legislature at its regular sessions the
condition and expenditures of said normal university, and
communicate such further information as the said board of
education or the legislature may direct.
Members not § 3. No member of the board of education shall receive
pennon. com " any compensation for attendance on the meetings of the
board, except his necessary traveling expenses, which shall
be paid in the same manner as the instructors employed in
the said normal university shall be paid. At all the stated
and other meetings of the board, called by the president or
secretary, or any five members of the board, five members
shall constitute a quorum, provided all shall have been duly
notified,
object of asso- § 4. The objects of the said Normal University shall be
ciadon. j. Q q na ][fj teachers for the common schools of this state, by

imparting instruction in the art of teaching, in all branches
of study which pertain to a common school education, in
the elements of the natural sciences, including "agricultural
chemistry, animal and vegetable physiology, in the funda-
mental laws of the United States and the state of Illinois,
in regard to the rights and duties of citizens, and such other
studies as the board of education may, from time to time,
prescribe. ,

Time of meet- § 5. The board of education shall hold its first meet-
education 1111 ot ™& at ^ ie °^ ce °f tne superintendent of public instruction,
on the first Tuesday in May next, at which meeting they
shall appoint an agent, fixing his compensation, who shall



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visit the cities, villages and other places in the state which
may be deemed eligible for the purpose, to receive donations
and proposals for the establishment and maintenance of the
normal university. The board shall have power, and it
shall be their duty, to fix the permanent location of said
normal university at the place where the most favorable
inducements are offered for that purpose: Provided, that
such location shall not be difficult of access, or detrimental
to the welfare and prosperity of said normal university.

§ 6. The board of education shall appoint a principal, . Appoint prin.
Jecturer on scientific subjects, instructors and instructresses, rer.
together with such officers as shall be required in the said
normal university, fix their respective salaries, and pre-
scribe their several duties. They shall also have power to
remove any of them for proper cause, after having given ten
days' notice of any charge which may be duly presented,
and reasonable opportunity for defence. They shall also Textbooks,
prescribe the text-books, apparatus and furniture to be used
in the university, and provide the same ; and shall make
all regulations necessary for its management. And the . Provide auxi-
board shall have the power to recognize auxiliary institu- x
tions when deemed practicable : Provided, that such auxili-
ary institutions shall not receive an appropriation from the
treasury, or the seminary or university fund.

§ 7. Each county within the state shall be entitled to Each county
gratuitous instruction for one pupil in said normal univer- tuitous instfuc-
sity ; and each representative district shall b"e entitled to tlon for pupi's.
gratuitous instruction for a number of pupils equpl to the
number of representatives in said district, to be chosen in
the following manner. The county superintendent in each Application of
county shall receive and register the names of all applicants pupUs *
for admission in said normal university, and shall present
the same to the county court, or, in counties acting under
township organization, to the board of supervisors, as the
case may be; shall, together with the county superintend-
ent, examine all applicants so presented, in such a manner
as the board of education may direct, and from the number
of such as shall be found to possess the requisite qualifica-
tions, such pupils shall be selected by lot; and in repre- selected bj lot.
sentative districts composed of more than one county, the
county superintendent and county judge, or the county su-
perintendent and chairman of the board of supervisors in
counties acting under township organization, as the case
may be, of the several counties composing such representa-
tive district, shall meet at the clerk's office of the county
court of the oldest county, and from the applicants so pre-
sented to the county court or board of supervisors of the
several counties represented, and found to possess the re-
quisite qualifications, shall select by lot the number of pu-
pils to which said district is entitled. The board of educa- ^g^^ation
tion shall have the discretionary power, if any candidate
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Appropriation.



Term of office.



Vacancies
how filled.



Elect president,



Appointment
of treasurer-



does not sign and file with the secretary of the board a
declaration that he or she will teach in the public schools
within the state, in case that engagements can be secured by
reasonable efforts, to require such candidate to provide for
the payment of such fees for tuition as the board may pre-
scribe.

§ S. The interest of the university and seminary fund,
or such part thereof as may be found necessary, shall be
and is hereby appropriated for the maintenance' of said
normal university, and shall be paid on the order of the
board of education from the treasury of the state ; but in
no case shall any part of the interest of said fund be applied
to the purchase of sites, or for buildings for said university.

§ 9. The board shall have power to appropriate the one
thousand dollars received from the Messrs. Merriam, of
Springfield, Massachusetts, by the late superintendent, to
the purchase of apparatus for the use of the normal uni-
versity, when established ; and hereafter, all gifts, grants
and demises which may be made to the said normal univer-
sity shall be applied in accordance with the wishes of the
donors of the same.

§ 10. The board of corporators herein named, and their
successors, shall each of them hold their office for the term of
six years : Provided, that at the first meeting of said board,
the said corporators shall determine, by lot, so that one-
third shall hold their office for two years, one-third for four
years,' and one-third for six years. The governor, by and
with the advice and consent of the senate, shall fill all va-
cancies which shall at any time occur in said board, by
appointment of suitable persons to fill the same.

§ 11. At the first meeting of the board, and at each
biennial meeting thereafter, it shall be the duty of said
board to elect one of their number president, who shall
serve until the next biennial meeting of the board, and
until his successor is elected.

§ 12. At each biennial meeting it shall be the duty of
the board to appoint a treasurer, who shall not be a member
of the board, and who shall give bond, with such security
as the board may direct, conditioned for the faithful dis-
charge of the duties his office.

§ 13. This act shall take effect on and after its passage,
and be published and distributed as an appendix to the
school law.

Approved February 18, 1857.



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AN ACT entitled "An act supplementary to the acts heretofore passed in i n f orce March
relation to the Normal University." lu, 1S69.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of
Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That, in acldi- Additional
tion to the sum now appropriated by law for the inainte- appropriations,
nance of the normal university, and expended for salaries of
professors in the university and for the current expenses of
the institution, the sum of nine thousand dollars be and the
same is hereby appropriated to supply deficiences in the
salaries of professors and teachers and in the current expen-
ses of the university ; said sum to be annually paid at the
commencement ol each year, beginning with the year 1869,
by the treasurer of the state, upon the warrant of the auditor

of public accounts.

******

Apf roved March 10, 1869.

[The remainder of the provisions of this act, being of a special and teml
porary character, do not properly belong in this compilation of the schoo
laws.— iV. £.]



SOUTHERN ILLINOIS NORMAL UNIVERSITY.
AN ACT to establish and maintain the Southern Illinois Normal University.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of
Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That a body
politic and corporate is hereby created, by the name of
the Southern Illinois Normal University, to have perpetual Name,
succession, with power to contract and be contracted with,
to sue and be sued, to plead and be impleaded, to receive,
by any legal mode of transfer or conveyance, property of General powers.
any description, and to have, hold and enjoy the same, with
the rents and profits thereof, and to sell and convey the
same ; also, to make and use a corporate seal, with power
to break or change the same, and to adopt by-laws, rules and
regulations for the government cf its members, officers,
agents and employees: Provided, such by-laws shall not proviso,
conflict with the constitution of the United States or of this
state.

§ 2. The objects of the said Southern Illinois Normal objects.
University shall be to qualify teachers for the common
schools of this state by imparting instruction in the art of
teachino; in all branches of study which pertain to a com-
mon school education, in the elements of the natural
sciences, including agricultural chemistry, animal and vege-



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Powers vested
in trustees.



Appointment
of trustees.



Appointment
of treasurer.



Duties of treas-
urer.



Contracts.



Accounts.



Keports.



Meet quarterly,



table physiology, in the fundamental laws of the United
States, and of the state of Illinois, in regard to the rights
and duties of citizens, and such other studies as the boar
of education may, from time to time, prescribe.

§ 3. The powers of the said corporation shall be vested
in and its duties performed by a board of trustees, jiot ex-
ceeding five in number, to be appointed as hereinafter
provided.

§ 4. Upon the passage of this act the governor shall
nominate and, by and with the advice of the senate,
appoint five citizens of the state as trustees of said insti-
tution, two of whom shall serve for two years, and three
for four years, and until their successors are appointed and
enter on duty, and successors in each class shall be appointed
in like manner for four years : Provided, that in case of a
vacancy by death or otherwise, the governor shall appoint a
successor for the remainder of the term vacated : Provided,
that not more than two members of said board shall be
residents of any one county,

§ 5. The said trustees shall hold their first meeting at
Centralia, within one month after the passage of this act, at
which meeting they shall elect one of their body as presi-
dent and another as secretary ; and cause a regular record
to be made and kept of all their proceedings. The said
board shall also, whenever his services shall be required,
appoint a treasurer, not a member of the board, who shall
give bonds to the people of the state of Illinois in double
the amount of the largest sum likely to come into his hands,
the penalty to be fixed by the board, conditioned for the
faithful discharge of his duties as treasurer, with two or
more securities ; the treasurer may also be required to exe-
cute bonds from time to time as the board may direct.

§ 6. The treasurer shall k^ep an accurate account of all
moneys received and paid out ; the account for articles and
supplies of every kind purchased shall be kept and re-
ported, so as to show the kind, quantity and cost thereof.

§ 7. No member, officer, agent or employee of the board
shall be a party to or interested in any contract for mate-
rials, supplies or services other than such as pertain to their
positions and duties.

§ 8. Accounts of this institution shall be stated and
settled annually with the auditor of public accounts, or with
such person or persons as may be designated by law for
that purpose. And the trustees shall, ten days previous to
each regular session of the general assembly, submit to
the governor a report of all their actions and proceedings
in the execution of their trust, with a statement of all ac-
counts connected therewith, to be by the governor laid
before the general assembly.

§ 9. The said board shall meet quarterly at such places
or place as may be agreed on, and, until the buildings are



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Limits.



Erection of



completed, as ranch oftenerasmay be necessary ; and there-
after the meetings shall be at the university.

§ 10. The trustees shall, as soon as practicable, adver- Location<
tise for proposals from localities desiring to secure the loca-
tion of said normal university, and shall receive, for not
less than three months from the date of their iirst adver-
tisement, proposals from points situated as hereinafter
mentioned, to donate lands, buildings, bunds, moneys, or
other valuable consideration, to the state in aid of the
foundation and support of said university ; and shall, at a
time previously fixed by advertisement, open and examine
such proposals, and locate the institution at such point as
shall, all things considered, offer the most advantao-eous
conditions. The land shall be selected south of the rail-
road, or within six miles north of said road, passing from
St. Louis to Terre Haute, known as the Alton and Terre
Haute railroad, with a view of obtainiug a good supply of
water and other conveniencies for the use of the institution.

§ 11. Upon the selection and secnring of the land afore-
said, the trustees shall proceed to contract for the erection buildings
of buildings in which to furnish educational facilities for
such number of students as hereinafter provided for, together
with the out-houses required for use, also for the improve-
ment of the land so as to make it available for the use of
the institution. The buildings shall not be more than two construction,
stories in height, and be constructed upon the most approved
plan for use, shall front to the east, and shall be of sufficient
capacity to accommodate not exceeding three hundred stu-
dents, with the officers and necessary attendants. The
outside walls to be of hewn stone or brick, partition walls of
brick, roofs of slate, and the whole buildings made fire-
proof, and so constructed as to be warmed in the most healthy
and economical manner, with ample ventilation in all its
parts. The out-houses shall be so placed and constructed
as to avoid all danger to the main buildings from fire origi-


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