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That no inconvenience may arise from the alterations and amendments made in the Constitution of this State, and to carry the same into complete effect, it is hereby ordained and declared:
SECTION I. That all laws in force at the adoption of this Constitution, not inconsistent therewith, and all rights, actions, prosecutions, claims and contracts of this State, individuals or bodies corporate, shall continue to be as valid as if this Constitution had not been adopted.
§ 2. That all fines, taxes, penalties and forfeitures, due and owing to the State of Illinois under the present Constitution and laws, shall inure to the use of the people of the State of Illinois under this Constitution.
§ 3. Recognizances, bonds, obligations, and all other instruments entered into or executed before the adoption of this Constitution, to the people of the State of Illinois, to any State or county officer or public body, shall remain binding and valid, and rights and liabilities upon the same shall continue; and all crimes and misdemeanors shall be tried and punished as though no change had been made in the Constitution of this State.
§ 4. County Courts, for the transaction of county business in counties not having adopted township organization, shall continue in existence, and exercise their present jurisdiction until the board of county commissioners provided in this Constitution, is organized in pursuance of an act of the General Assembly; and the County Courts in all other counties shall have the same power and jurisdiction they now possess, until otherwise provided by general law.
§ 5. All existing courts which are not in this Constitution specifically enumerated, shall continue in existence and exercise their present jurisdiction until otherwise provided by law.
§ 6. All persons now filling any office or appointment, shall continue in the exercise of the duties thereof, according to their respective commissions or appointments, unless by this Constitution it is otherwise directed.
§ 7. On the day this Constitution is submitted to the people for ratification, an election shall be held for Judges of the Supreme Court in the second, third, sixth and seventh judicial election districts designated in this Constitution, and for the election of three Judges of the Circuit Court in the county of Cook, as provided for in the Article of this Constitution relating to the Judiciary; at which election every person entitled to vote according to the terms of this Constitution, shall be allowed to vote, and the election shall be otherwise conducted, returns made and certificates issued, in accordance with existing laws, except that no registry shall be required at said election: Provided, That at said election in the county of Cook no elector shall vote for more than two candidates for Circuit Judge. If, upon canvassing the votes for and against the adoption of this Constitution, it shall appear that there has been polled a greater number of votes against than for it, then no certificates of election shall be issued for any of said Supreme or Circuit Judges.
§ 8. This Constitution shall be submitted to the people of the State of Illinois for adoption or rejection, at an election to be held on the first Saturday in July, A. D. 1870, and there shall be separately submitted at the same time, for adoption or rejection,
Sections 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, relating to railroads, in the Article entitled Corporations;
The Article entitled Counties;
The Article entitled Warehouses;
The question of requiring a three-fifths vote to remove a county seat;
The section relating to the Illinois Central Railroad;
The section in relation to Minority Representation;
The section relating to Municipal Subscriptions to Railroads or Private Corpora tions; and
The section relating to the Canal.
Every person entitled to vote under the provisions of this Constitution, as defined in the Article in relation to "Suffrage," shall be entitled to vote for the adoption or rejection of this Constitution, and for or against the articles, sections and questions aforesaid, separately submitted; and the said qualified electors shall vote at the usua places of voting, unless otherwise provided, and the said elections shall be conducted, and returns thereof made, according to the laws now in force regulating general elec tions, except that no registry shall be required at said election: Provided, however, Tha the polls shall be kept open for the reception of ballots until sunset of said day of election.
§ 9. The Secretary of State shall, at least twenty days before said election, cause to be delivered to the county clerk of each county, blank poll-books, tally-lists, and forms of return, and twice the number of properly prepared printed ballots for the said election that there are voters in such county, the expense whereof shall be audited and paid as other public printing ordered by the Secretary of State is, by law, required to be audited and paid; and the several county clerks shall, at least five days before said election, cause to be distributed to the board of election, in each election district, in their respective counties, said blank poll-books, tally-lists, forms of return, and tickets. § 10. At the said election the ballots shall be in the following form:
NEW CONSTITUTION TICKET.
For all the propositions on this ticket which are not canceled with ink or pencil; and against all which are so canceled
For the new Constitution.
For the sections relating to Railroads in the Article entitled Corporations.
For the Article entitled Counties.
For the Article entitled Warehouses.
For a three-fifths vote to remove County Seats.
For the section relating to the Illinois Central Railroad.
For the section relating to Minority Representation.
For the section relating to Municipal Subscriptions to Railroads or Private Corporations.
For the section relating to the Canal.
Each of said tickets shall be counted as a vote cast for each proposition thereon not canceled with ink or pencil and against each proposition so canceled, and returns thereof shall be made accordingly by the Judges of Election.
§ II. The returns of the whole vote cast, and of the votes for the adoption or rejection of this Constitution, and for or against the Articles and Sections respectively submitted, shall be made by the several county clerks, as is now provided by law, to the Secretary of State, within twenty days after the election; and the returns of the said votes shall, within five days thereafter, be examined and canvassed by the Auditor, Treasurer and Secretary of State, or any two of them, in the presence of the Governor, and proclamation shall be made by the Governor, forthwith, of the result of the canvass.
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Manufacturer of Fire and Burglar-Proof
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$12. If it shall appear that a majority of the votes polled arc "for the new Constitution," then so much of this Constitution as was not separately submitted to be voted on by Articles and Sections, shall be the supreme law of the State of Illinois, on and after Monday, the 8th day of August, A. D. 1870; but if it shall appear that a majority of the votes polled were against the new Constitution," then so much thereof as was not separately submitted to be voted on by Articles and Sections shall be null and void. If it shall appear that a majority of the votes polled are "for the sections relating to railroads in the Article entitled 'Corporations,'" sections 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, relating to railroads in the said Article, shall be a part of the Constitution of this State; but if a majority of said votes are against such sections, they shall be null and void. If a majority of the votes polled are "for the Article entitled 'Counties,' such Article shall be a part of the Constitution of this State, and shall be substituted for Article VII, in the present Constitution, entitled "Counties;" but if a majority of said votes are against such Article, the same shall be null and void. If a majority of the votes polled are for the Article entitled “ Warehouses,” such Article shall be a part of the Constitution of this State; but if a majority of the votes are against said Article, the same shall be null and void. If a majority of the votes polled are for either of the sections separately submitted, relating respectively to the "Illinois Central Railroad," "Minority Representation," "Municipal Subscriptions to Railroads or Private Corporations," and the “Canal,” then such of said sections as shall receive such majority, shall be a part of the Constitution of this State; but each of said sections so separately submitted, against which, respectively, there shall be a majority of the votes polled, shall be null and void: Provided, That the section relating to "Minority Representation," shall not be declared adopted unless the portion of the Constitution not separately submitted to be voted on by articles and sections, shall be adopted; and in case said section relating to "Minority Representation," shall become a portion of the Constitution, it shall be substituted for sections 7 and 8 of the Legislative Article. If a majority of the votes cast at such election shall be for a three-fifths vote to remove a county seat, then the words "a majority" shall be stricken out of section four of the Article on counties, and the words "three-fifths" shall be inserted in lieu thereof; and the following words shall be added to said section, to wit: "But when an attempt is made to remove a county seat to a point nearer to the center of a county, then a majority vote only shall be necessary." If the foregoing proposition shall not receive a majority of the votes, as aforesaid, then the same shall have no effect whatever.
§ 13. Immediately after the adoption of this Constitution the Governor and Secretary of State shall proceed to ascertain and fix the apportionment of the State for members of the first House of Representatives under this Constitution. The apportionment shall be based upon the Federal census, of the year of our Lord 1870, of the State of Illinois, and shall be made strictly in accordance with the rules and principles announced in the article on the Legislative Department of this Constitution: Provided, That in case the Federal census aforesaid cannot be ascertained pror to Friday, the 23d day of September, A. D. 1870, then the said apportionment shall be based on the State census of the year of our Lord 1865, in accordance with the rules and principles aforesaid. The Governor shall, on or before Wednesday, the 28th day of September,' A. D. 1870, make official announcement of the said apportionment, under the great seal of the State; and 100 copies thereof, duly certified, shall be forthwith transmitted by the Secretary of State to each county clerk for distribution.
14. The districts shall be regularly numbered, by the Secretary of State, commencing with Alexander county as No. 1, and proceeding thence northwardly through the State, and terminating with the county of Cook; but no county shall be numbered
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Gen'l Supt. G. W. B. W.
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HENRY C. WENTWORTH,
Gen'l Passenger Agent,
H. E. SARGENT,
Gen'l Supt. M. C. R. R.,