2018 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 805 - BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS
805 ILCS 315/ - Agricultural Co-Operative Act.

(805 ILCS 315/1) (from Ch. 32, par. 440)
Sec. 1. In order to promote, foster and encourage the intelligent and orderly marketing of agricultural products through co-operation; to eliminate speculation and waste; to make the distribution of agricultural products between producer and consumer as direct as can be efficiently done; to stabilize the marketing of agricultural products, and to provide for the organization and incorporation of agricultural co-operative associations and societies, this Act is passed.
(Source: Laws 1929, p. 280.)


(805 ILCS 315/2) (from Ch. 32, par. 441)
Sec. 2. Definitions and short title.
(a) As used in this Act:
The term "Director of Agriculture" means the Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture or the Director's designee.
The term "agricultural products" shall include horticultural, viticultural, forestry, dairy, live stock, poultry, bee and any farm and aquatic products and fur bearing animals raised in captivity and their products.
The term "member" shall include actual members of associations without capital stock, and holders of common stock in associations organized with capital stock.
The term "association" means any corporation organized under this Act, or any corporation formed under any general or special act of this or any other state as a co-operative association, organized for the mutual benefit of its members, and in which the returns on the stock or membership capital is limited to an amount not to exceed 8% per annum, and in which during any fiscal year thereof the value of business done with non-members shall not exceed the business done with members during the same period, and in which substantially all of the issued and outstanding shares of capital stock or memberships are owned, held and controlled directly or indirectly, by producers of agricultural products.
The term "person", except when used in reference to an officer or member of the board of directors, in which case it means an individual, shall include any individual or any entity, including but not limited to a sole proprietorship, a partnership, a corporation, a cooperative, an association, a limited liability company, an estate, or a trust.
(b) Associations organized hereunder shall be deemed "non-profit", inasmuch as they are not organized to make profit for themselves, as such, or for their members, as such, but only for their members as producers.
(c) This Act may be cited as the Agricultural Co-Operative Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/3) (from Ch. 32, par. 442)
Sec. 3. Eleven (11) or more persons, a majority of whom are residents of this State, engaged in the production of agricultural products, may form a non-profit, co-operative association, with or without capital stock, under the provisions of this Act.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/4) (from Ch. 32, par. 443)
Sec. 4. An association may be organized under this Act for the purpose of engaging in any co-operative activity in connection with the producing, marketing or selling of agricultural products or with the harvesting, preserving, drying, processing, canning, packing, grading, storing, warehousing, handling, shipping or utilizing such products; or the manufacturing or marketing of the by-products thereof; or in connection with any of the activities mentioned herein, the manufacturing, selling or supplying of machinery, equipment or supplies; or in the financing of any of the above enumerated activities; or in performing or furnishing business or educational services on a co-operative basis for those engaged in agriculture as bona fide producers of agricultural products or in any one or more of the activities specified herein.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/5) (from Ch. 32, par. 444)
Sec. 5. Every group of persons contemplating the organization of an association under this Act is urged to communicate with the Director of Agriculture, who will share any information the Department may have regarding the marketing conditions affecting the commodities proposed to be handled.
It is here recognized that agriculture is characterized by individual production in contrast to the group or factory system that characterizes other forms of industrial production; and that the ordinary form of corporate organization permits industrial groups to combine for the purpose of group production and the ensuing group marketing and that the public has an interest in permitting farmers to bring their industry to the high degree of efficiency and merchandising skill evidenced in the manufacturing industries; and that the public interest urgently needs to prevent the migration from the farm to the city in order to keep up farm production and to preserve the agricultural supply of the nation; and that the public interest demands that the farmer be encouraged to attain a superior and more direct system of marketing in the substitution of merchandising for the blind, unscientific and speculative selling of crops; and that for this purpose, the farmers should secure special guidance and instructive data from the Director of Agriculture.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/6) (from Ch. 32, par. 445)
Sec. 6. Each association organized under this Act shall have the following powers:
(a) To engage in any activity in connection with the producing, marketing, selling, preserving, harvesting, drying, processing, manufacturing, canning, packing, grading, storing, warehousing, handling or utilizing of agricultural products the manufacturing or marketing of the by-products thereof; or in any activities in connection with the purchasing, hiring or using of supplies, machinery or equipment; or in the financing of any of the above enumerated activities; or in performing business or educational services on a co-operative basis, for those engaged in agricultural activities as bona fide producers of agricultural products, or in any one or more of the activities specified herein.
(b) To borrow money from any source without limitation as to amount of corporate indebtedness or liability, with authority to give any bond or form of obligation or security therefor.
(c) To act as the agent or representative of any person in any of the above mentioned activities.
(d) To make loans or advances to members or stockholders and/or to their members or stockholders or to their producer patrons with authority to accept any kind, form or type of obligation and/or security, therefor; to purchase, endorse, discount and/or sell any note, draft, bill of exchange, indenture, bill of sale, mortgage or other obligation acquired by it, the proceeds of which have been advanced or used in the first instance for any of the purposes provided for herein; to discount for or purchase from any association, organized under the laws of any state with or without its endorsement any note, draft, bill of exchange, indenture, bill of sale, mortgage or other obligation the proceeds of which are advanced or used in the first instance for carrying on any co-operative activity authorized in this Act and with authority to dispose of same with or without endorsement. Any association organized under this Act and exercising any of the powers provided in this paragraph shall not engage in the business of banking.
(e) To purchase or otherwise acquire, hold, own and exercise all rights of ownership in, and to sell, transfer, pledge or guarantee the payment of dividends or interest on, or the retirement or redemption of, shares of capital stock, bonds, or other obligations of any corporation or association, engaged in any directly or indirectly related activity, or in the warehousing, handling or marketing of any of the products handled by the association.
(f) To establish reserves and to invest the funds thereof in bonds, or in such other property as may be provided in the by-laws.
(g) To buy, hold and exercise all privileges of ownership over such real or personal property, as may be necessary or convenient for the conduct and operation of any of the business of the association, or incidental thereto.
(h) To establish and secure, own and develop patents, trade-marks and copyrights.
(i) To do each and everything necessary, suitable or proper for the accomplishment of any one of the purposes, or the attainment of any one or more of the subjects herein enumerated, or conducive to or expedient for the interest or benefit of the association, and to contract accordingly; and in addition, to exercise and possess all powers, rights and privileges necessary or incidental to the purposes for which the association is organized, or to the activities in which it is engaged; and any other rights, powers and privileges granted by the laws of this State to ordinary corporations, except such as are inconsistent with the express provisions of this Act; and to do any such thing anywhere.
(j) No association organized under this Act, during any fiscal year thereof, shall deal in products, handle machinery, equipment, or supplies, or perform services for and on behalf of non-members to an amount greater in value than such as are dealt in, handled or performed by it for and on behalf of members during the same period.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/7) (from Ch. 32, par. 446)
Sec. 7. Under the terms and conditions prescribed in the by-laws adopted by it, an association may admit as members (or issue common stock to), only persons engaged in the production of agricultural products and/or co-operative associations. An association organized hereunder, may become a member or stockholder of any other association or corporation.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/8) (from Ch. 32, par. 447)
Sec. 8. Each association organized under this Act, shall prepare and file articles of incorporation, setting forth:
(a) The name of the association which may or may not include the word co-operative or any abbreviation thereof.
(b) The purpose for which it is formed.
(c) The place where its principal office within the State will be located.
(d) The term for which it is to exist, which may be perpetual.
(e) The minimum number of directors thereof, which must be not less than 5 and may be any number in excess thereof; the term of office of such directors, and the names and addresses of those who are to serve as incorporating directors for the first term, and/or until the election and qualification of their successors.
(f) If organized without capital stock, whether the property rights and interest of each member shall be equal or unequal; if unequal the general rule or rules applicable to all members by which the property rights and interest, respectively of each member may and shall be determined and fixed, and provision for the admission of new members, who shall be entitled to share in the property of the association with the old members, in accordance with such general rule or rules. This provision or paragraph of the articles of incorporation may not be altered, amended or repealed, except by the written consent or vote of 3/4 of the members.
(g) If organized with capital stock, the amount of such stock and the number of shares into which the capital stock is to be divided; whether all or part of the same shall have par value, and if so, the par value thereof, which shall not be less than one dollar, nor more than $1,000 per share, and whether all or part of the same shall have no par value, and if there is to be more than one class of stock created, a description of the different classes, the number of shares in each class, and the relative rights, interest and preferences each class shall represent; and if the same shall be desired, a provision that any or all classes of preferred stock may be issued in series and that dividends shall be payable with respect to any such series at such rate not exceeding 8% per annum, or such lesser amount as may be fixed in the articles of incorporation, or any amendment thereof, and that the shares of such series may be reduced at such redemption price and bear such particular designation as the board of directors, subject to such restrictions as may be imposed in the articles of incorporation, or any amendment thereof, shall by resolution, determine and fix prior to the issue of any stock of such series. Such articles of incorporation or any amendment thereto, may provide, that in the case of any share of stock in such association, issued thereby, to any bona fide producer of agricultural products, or to any co-operative association as defined in this Act, that such share is subject to the condition, that the directors of such association shall be trustees of such share of stock upon such producer becoming a non-producer of agricultural products, or such co-operative association ceasing to be operated as a co-operative association; and that in the case of any share of stock issued in the first instance to any non-producer of agricultural products, or to any corporation not operating as a co-operative association, that such share is subject to the condition that the directors of such association shall be the trustees of such share of stock; and that in either of such cases, thereupon the trustees of such share of stock shall be vested with the legal and equitable title thereto, and the stock certificate held by such producer who has become a non-producer, or such non-producer, or such corporation, not operating as a co-operative association, as the case may be, shall legally become or be a participation certificate entitling the holder thereof to any dividends provided for in such certificate, any moneys accruing by virtue thereof, and any pecuniary rights accruing thereunder, under the provisions of this Act; that the trustees of such certificate shall pay over all such dividends and moneys to the certificate holder and protect and execute all such pecuniary rights; that the voting power, and all other legal and beneficial interests, other than those given to the certificate holder as hereinabove provided, shall be held by such trustees and exercised and managed by them by vote of a majority of such trustees; and that in case such certificate holder, thereafter, becomes a bona fide producer of agricultural products, or a co-operative association, that affidavit be made to such effect and filed with the directors thereof, and thereupon, such trustees shall be discharged and the legal and equitable title to such share and all other interests whatsoever, shall vest in such certificate holder and all the powers and privileges pertaining to such share of stock may be exercised thereby.
(h) In addition to the foregoing, the articles of incorporation of any association incorporated hereunder may contain any provision consistent with law with respect to management, regulation, government, financing, indebtedness, membership, the establishment of voting districts and the election of delegates for representative purposes, the issuance, retirement, and transfer of the stock, if formed with capital stock, or any provisions relative to the way or manner in which it shall operate or with respect to its members, officers or directors and any other provisions relating to its affairs.
The articles shall be subscribed by the incorporators and acknowledged by one of them before an officer authorized by law to take and certify acknowledgments of deeds and conveyances, and shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State; when so filed, the articles of incorporation, or certified copies thereof, shall be received in all the courts of this State, and other places, as prima facie evidence of the facts contained therein, and of the due incorporation of such association. A certified copy of the articles of incorporation shall also be filed with the Director of Agriculture by the association.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/9) (from Ch. 32, par. 448)
Sec. 9. The articles of incorporation may be altered or amended at any regular meeting, or any special meeting called for that purpose. An amendment may be adopted by the approval of two-thirds of the directors followed by a favorable vote or the written consent thereto representing a majority of all the members and/or shareholders of the association, or by the written consent of two-thirds of all the members of the association without the approval of the directors. Amendments to the articles of incorporation when so adopted, shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State. A certified copy of every amendment shall be filed with the Director of Agriculture by the association.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/10) (from Ch. 32, par. 449)
Sec. 10. Each association incorporated under this Act must, within thirty (30) days after its incorporation, adopt for its government and management, a code of by-laws, not inconsistent with the powers granted by this Act. A majority vote of the directors named in the articles of incorporation, or of the members or stockholders, or their written assent, is necessary to adopt such by-laws. By-laws shall also provide that the by-laws may be amended by the Board of Directors or by the members and/or stockholders; and shall provide the voting power by which amendments may be made. Each association, under its by-laws, may provide for any or all of following matters:
(a) The time, place and manner of calling and conducting its meetings, which meetings, and the meetings of its directors, may be held either within or without the State.
(b) The number of stockholders or members constituting a quorum.
(c) The right of members or stockholders to vote by proxy or by mail or both; and the conditions, manner, form, and effects of such votes.
(d) The number of directors constituting a quorum.
(e) The qualifications, compensation and duties and term of office of directors and officers; time of their election and the mode and manner of giving notice thereof.
(f) Penalties for violations of the by-laws.
(g) The amount of entrance, organization and membership fees, if any; the manner and method of collection of the same; and the purposes for which they may be used.
(h) The amount which each member or stockholder shall be required to pay annually or from time to time, if at all, to carry on the business of the association; the charge, if any, to be paid by each member or stockholder for services rendered by the association to him and the time of payment and the manner of collection; and the marketing contract between the association and its members or stockholders which every member or stockholder may be required to sign.
(i) The number and qualification of members or stockholders of the association and the conditions precedent to membership or ownership of common stock; the method, time and manner of permitting members to withdraw or the holders of common stock to transfer their stock; the manner of assignment and transfer of the interest of members and of the shares of common stock; the conditions upon which and time when membership of any member shall cease; the automatic suspension of the rights of a member when he ceases to be eligible to membership in the association; and the mode, manner and effect of the expulsion of a member; the manner of determining the value of a member's interest and provision for its purchase by the association upon the death or withdrawal of a member or common stockholder or upon the expulsion of a member or forfeiture of his membership, or, at the option of the association, the purchase at a price fixed by conclusive appraisal by the board of directors. In case of the withdrawal or expulsion of a member, unless otherwise limited or restricted in the articles of incorporation or any amendment thereto, the board of directors shall equitably and conclusively appraise his membership and/or common stock interests in the association and shall fix the amount thereof in money, which shall be paid to him within one year after such expulsion or withdrawal.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/11) (from Ch. 32, par. 450)
Sec. 11. In the by-laws, each association shall provide for one or more regular meetings annually. The board of directors shall have the right to call a special meeting at any time; and 10% of the members or stockholders may file a petition stating the specific business to be brought before the association and demand a special meeting at any time. Such meetings must thereupon be called by the directors. Notice of all meetings, together with a statement of the purposes thereof, shall be mailed to each member at least 10 days prior to the meeting. The by-laws may require instead that such notice may be given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation, published at the principal place of business of the association.
(Source: P.A. 88-45.)


(805 ILCS 315/12) (from Ch. 32, par. 451)
Sec. 12. The affairs of the association shall be managed by a board of not less than five directors, to be elected by the members or stockholders with such qualifications as may be provided for in the articles of incorporation or by-laws. The by-laws may provide that the territory in which the association has members shall be divided into districts and that the directors shall be nominated according to such districts, either directly or by district delegates elected by the members in that district. In such case the by-laws shall specify the number of directors to be nominated by each district, the manner and method of reapportioning the directors and of redistricting the territory covered by the association. The by-laws may provide that primary elections shall be held in each district to nominate the directors apportioned to such districts and that the result of all such primary elections may be ratified by the next regular meeting of the association or may be considered final as to the association. The by-laws may provide that one or more directors may be nominated by any public official or commission or by the other directors nominated by the members or their delegates. Such directors shall represent primarily the interest of the general public in such associations. Such directors shall not number more than one-fifth of the entire number of directors.
An association may provide a fair remuneration for the time actually spent by its officers and directors in its service and for the service of the members of its executive committee. No director, during the term of his office, shall be a party to a contract for profit with the association differing in any way from the business relations accorded regular members or holders of common stock, of the association or others, or differing from terms generally current in that district.
The by-laws may provide for an executive committee to be elected by a board of directors from within or without the membership of the board and may allot to such committee all the functions and powers of the board of directors, subject to the general direction and control of the board.
When a vacancy on the board of directors occurs other than by expiration of term, the remaining members of the board, by a majority vote, shall fill the vacancy, unless the by-laws provide for the nomination of directors by districts. In such case the board of directors shall call a special meeting of the members or stockholders in the respective district to nominate a person qualified to fill the vacancy.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/13) (from Ch. 32, par. 452)
Sec. 13. The directors shall elect from their number, a president, and one or more vice-presidents. They shall also elect a secretary and treasurer, who need not be directors or members of the association, and they may combine the two latter offices and designate the combined office as secretary-treasurer, or unite both functions and titles in one person. The treasurer may be a bank or any depository, and as such, shall not be considered as an officer, but as a function of the board of directors. In such case, the secretary shall perform the usual accounting duties of the treasurer, except that the funds shall be deposited only as and where authorized by the board of directors. The by-laws may provide for the election of the president and vice-presidents by the members at annual meetings.
Within 30 days after the first election of officers, the association shall file a report with the Director of Agriculture on forms prescribed by the Director of Agriculture. The report shall contain the following:
(1) The name of the association.
(2) The names and addresses of the association's

principal officers and directors.

(3) The association's principal place of business.
(4) A general statement of the association's proposed

business operations.

(5) The end of the association's proposed fiscal year.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/14) (from Ch. 32, par. 453)
Sec. 14. Every officer, employee and agent handling funds or negotiable instruments or property of or for any association created hereunder shall be required to execute and deliver adequate bonds for the faithful performance of his duties and obligations.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/15) (from Ch. 32, par. 454)
Sec. 15. When a member of an association organized without capital stock, has paid his membership fee in full, he shall receive a certificate of membership.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3777.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.1) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.1)
Sec. 15.1. An association may issue its shares of stock, having no par value, from time to time for such consideration as may be fixed by the board of directors.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3777.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.2) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.2)
Sec. 15.2. No association shall issue stock until it has been fully paid for. Promissory notes may be accepted by the association as full or partial payment of the stock. The association shall hold the stock as security for the payment of the note, but such retention as security shall not affect the right of any stockholder to vote unless such notes are past due.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3777.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.3) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.3)
Sec. 15.3. No member shall be liable for the debts of the association to an amount exceeding the sum remaining unpaid on his membership fee or his subscription to the capital stock, including any unpaid balance on any promissory notes given in payment thereof.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3777.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.4) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.4)
Sec. 15.4. No stockholder of an association, organized hereunder, except an association organized under this Act, or an association as defined in this Act or one subject to the "General Not for Profit Corporation Act," as heretofore or hereafter amended, shall own more than one-twentieth of the authorized common stock of the association; and an association in its by-laws may limit the amount of common stock which one member may own to an amount less than one-twentieth of the authorized common stock. The association shall limit its dividends on stock, both common and preferred, to any amount not greater than 8 per centum per annum, on the par value thereof, or if such capital stock is without par value, then upon the actual cash value of the consideration received by the association therefor. The association by the vote of its directors, may establish and accumulate reserves out of earnings, including a permanent surplus fund as an addition to capital. Net income in excess of additions to reserves and surpluses so established, shall be distributed to the members or patrons of the association on the basis of patronage. Any distribution of reserves and surpluses at any time shall be made to members or patrons at the time such distribution is ordered, on the basis of patronage. Any receipts or dividends from subsidiary corporations, or from stock or other securities owned by the association, shall be included in the ordinary receipts of the association.
(Source: P.A. 80-975.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.5) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.5)
Sec. 15.5. No member in any association without capital stock, shall be entitled to more than one vote.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3777.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.6) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.6)
Sec. 15.6. Preferred stock may be sold to any person, member, or non-member, and may be redeemable or retireable by the association, on such terms and conditions as may be provided for by the articles of incorporation, and printed on the stock certificates. The by-laws, except as otherwise provided for in this Act, shall prohibit the transfer of the common stock of the association to persons not engaged in the production of agricultural products and such restrictions shall be printed upon every certificate of stock subject thereto.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3777.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.7) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.7)
Sec. 15.7. An association may, at any time, except when the debts of the association exceed 50 per cent of the assets thereof, buy in or purchase its common stock at the book value thereof, as conclusively determined by the board of directors, and pay for it in cash within one year thereafter.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 3777.)


(805 ILCS 315/15.8) (from Ch. 32, par. 454.8)
Sec. 15.8. Limited Liability of directors. (a) No director of a corporation organized under this Act shall be liable, and no cause of action may be brought for damages resulting from the exercise of judgment or discretion in connection with the duties or responsibilities of such director unless: (1) such director earns in excess of $5,000 per year from his duties as director, other than reimbursement for actual expenses; or (2) the act or omission involved willful or wanton conduct.
(b) As used in this Section "willful or wanton conduct" means a course of action which shows an actual or deliberate intention to cause harm or which, if not intentional, shows as utter indifference to or conscious disregard for the safety of others or their property.
(c) Nothing in this Section is intended to bar any cause of action against the corporation or change the liability of the corporation arising out of an act or omission of a director exempt from liability for negligence under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 85-867.)


(805 ILCS 315/16) (from Ch. 32, par. 455)
Sec. 16. Any member may bring charges against an officer or director by filing them in writing with the secretary of the association, together with a petition signed by five per cent of the members, requesting the removal of the officer or director in question. The removal shall be voted upon at the next regular or special meeting, of the association, and by a vote of a majority of the members, the association may remove the officer or director and fill the vacancy. The director or officer, against whom such charges have been brought shall be informed in writing of the charges previous to the meeting and shall have an opportunity at the meeting to be heard in person or by counsel and to present witnesses; and the person or persons bringing the charges against him shall have the same opportunity.
In case the by-laws provide for election of directors by districts with primary elections in each district, then the petition for removal of a director must be signed by twenty per cent of the members residing in the district from which he was elected. The board of directors must call a special meeting of the members residing in that district to consider the removal of the directors; and by a vote of the majority of the members of that district, the director in question shall be removed from office.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/17) (from Ch. 32, par. 456)
Sec. 17. Upon demand of one-third of the entire board of directors, made immediately and so recorded at the same meeting at which the original motion was passed, any matter of policy that has been approved or passed by the board must be referred to the entire membership or the stockholders for decision at the next special or regular meeting; and a special meeting may be called for the purpose.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/18) (from Ch. 32, par. 457)
Sec. 18. The association and its members may make and execute marketing contracts, requiring the members to sell, for any period of time, all or any specified part of their agricultural products or specified commodities exclusively to or through the association, or any facilities to be created by the association. If they contract a sale to the association, it shall be conclusively held that title to the products passes absolutely and unreservedly, except for landlords' liens and recorded liens, to the association upon delivery; or at any other specified time if expressly and definitely agreed in the said contract. The contract may provide, among other things, that the association may sell or resell the products delivered by its members, with or without taking title thereto; and pay over to its members the resale price, after deducting all necessary selling, overhead and other costs and expenses, including interest or dividends on stock, not exceeding eight (8) per cent per annum, and reserves for retiring the stock, if any; and other proper reserves; and or any other deductions.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/19) (from Ch. 32, par. 458)
Sec. 19. (a) The by-laws or the marketing contract may fix, as liquidated damages, specific sums to be paid by the members or stockholders to the association upon the breach by him or her of any provision of the marketing contract regarding the sale or delivery or withholding of products; and may further provide that the member will pay all costs, premiums for bonds, expenses and fees, in case any action is brought upon the contract by the association; and any of such provisions shall be valid and enforceable in the courts of this State and such clauses providing for liquidated damages shall be enforceable as such and shall not be regarded as penalties.
(b) In the event of any such breach or threatened breach of such marketing contract by a member, the association shall be entitled to injunctive relief to prevent the further breach of the contract and to a judgment of specific performance thereof. Pending the adjudication of such an action and upon filing a verified complaint showing the breach or threatened breach, and upon filing a sufficient bond, the association shall be entitled to a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the member.
(Source: P.A. 84-1308.)


(805 ILCS 315/20) (from Ch. 32, par. 459)
Sec. 20. Whenever an association, organized hereunder with preferred capital stock, shall purchase the stock or any property, or any interest in any property of any person, firm or corporation or association, it may discharge the obligations so incurred, wholly or in part, by exchanging for the acquired interest, shares of its preferred capital stock to an amount which at par value would equal the fair market value of the stock or interest so purchased, as determined by the board of directors. In that case the transfer to the association of the stock or interest purchased shall be equivalent to payment in cash for the shares of stock issued.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/21) (from Ch. 32, par. 460)
Sec. 21. Each association formed or authorized to do business in Illinois under this Act shall prepare and make out an annual report on forms prescribed by the Director of Agriculture containing the name of the association; the names and addresses of its principal officers and directors; its principal place of business; a general statement of its business operations during the fiscal year, showing the amount of capital stock paid up and the number of stockholders of a stock association or the number of members and amount of membership fees received, if a non-stock association; and its balance sheets and income statement for the most recently completed fiscal year before the filing of the report.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/22) (from Ch. 32, par. 461)
Sec. 22. Any provisions of law which are in conflict with this Act shall be construed as not applying to the associations herein provided for.
Any exemptions whatsoever under any and all existing laws applying to agricultural products in the possession or under the control of the individual producer, shall apply similarly and completely to such products delivered by its farmer members, in the possession or under the control of the association.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/23) (from Ch. 32, par. 462)
Sec. 23. An association may organize, form, operate, own, control, have an interest in, own stock of, or be a member of any other association or corporation, with or without capital stock, and engaged in preserving, drying, processing, canning, packing, storing, warehousing, handling, shipping, utilizing, manufacturing, marketing or selling of agricultural products or by-products thereof, or in the co-operative manufacturing, selling or supplying of machinery, equipment and supplies; or in performing business or educational services; or in the financing of any of the above enumerated activities.
If such associations or corporations are warehousing corporations, they may issue legal warehouse receipts to the association against the commodities delivered by it, or to any other person and such legal warehouse receipts shall be considered as adequate collateral to the extent of the usual and current value of the commodity represented thereby. In case such warehouse is licensed or licensed and bonded under the laws of this or any other State of the United States, its warehouse receipt delivered to the association on commodities of the association or its members, or delivered by the association or its members, shall not be challenged or discriminated against because of ownership or control, wholly or in part, by such association or corporation.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/24) (from Ch. 32, par. 463)
Sec. 24. Any association may, upon resolution adopted by its board of directors, enter into all necessary and proper contracts and agreements and make all necessary and proper stipulations, agreements and contracts and arrangements with any other co-operative corporation, association or associations, formed in this or in any other State, for the co-operative and more economical carrying on of its business or any part or parts thereof. Any two or more associations may, by agreement between them, unite in employing and using or may separately employ and use the same personnel, methods, means and agencies for carrying on and conducting their respective business.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/25) (from Ch. 32, par. 464)
Sec. 25. Any co-operative association with or without capital stock as defined in this Act heretofore or hereafter organized under laws of another State shall be allowed to carry on any proper activities, operations and functions in this State upon filing with the Secretary of State all necessary certificates as required under the general regulations applicable to foreign corporations, and upon payment of a filing fee of ten dollars ($10.00) and an annual fee of ten dollars ($10.00) in lieu of all franchise, license or corporation taxes as required of associations organized hereunder, and all contracts which could be made by any association organized hereunder, made by or with such association shall be legal and valid and enforceable in this State with all of the remedies set forth in this Act. Any foreign co-operative association having qualified to do business within this State shall file annual reports with the Director of Agriculture in the manner and form provided for in Section 21 of this Act. The association shall file with the Director of Agriculture duplicate certificates as filed with the Secretary of State by a foreign co-operative association qualified to do business within this State under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/26) (from Ch. 32, par. 465)
Sec. 26. Any corporation or association organized under any general or special Act of this State, shall have the benefits of this Act, and be bound thereby, upon filing with the Secretary of State, a written declaration, attested by the secretary or assistant secretary and verified under oath by the president, or vice-president to the effect that the corporation has decided by the written consent or vote of the holders of two-thirds (2/3) of all of the shares of outstanding capital stock, or if organized without capital stock, by the written consent or vote representing two-thirds (2/3) of all members, to accept the benefits of the provisions of this Act, and be bound thereby.
Any corporation re-organizing under this Act shall at the same time amend its articles of incorporation to conform to the provisions of this Act and shall include the certification of such necessary amendments thereto in such written declaration.
Any other amendment to the articles of incorporation consistent with the provisions of this Act, may be authorized by shareholders or members at the same time and in the same manner, as provided in this section for re-organizing the corporation under this Act. Certification of such amendments may also be included in such written declaration of re-organization. The filing fee for such written declaration of re-organization and amendment shall be the same as for filing an amendment to the articles of incorporation.
In event any member or stockholder of any corporation, which shall have accepted the benefits of this act as aforesaid, shall object to such action the rights of such objecting member or stockholder shall be determined and discharged upon the same conditions, in the same manner and by like proceedings as are provided by law for objecting stockholders to the merger or consolidation of corporations for pecuniary profit.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/27) (from Ch. 32, par. 466)
Sec. 27. Any person who maliciously and knowingly spreads false reports about the finances or management or activity of an association organized hereunder or organized under a similar statute of another State with similar restrictions, and operating in this State under due authority shall be guilty of a business offense and be subject to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $1000 for each such offense; and shall be liable to the association aggrieved in a civil suit in the penal sum of $500 for each such offense.
(Source: P.A. 77-2382.)


(805 ILCS 315/28) (from Ch. 32, par. 467)
Sec. 28. Any person, firm or corporation who solicits or persuades or permits any member of any association organized hereunder to breach his marketing contract with the association by accepting or receiving such member's products for sale or for auction or for display for sale, contrary to the terms of any marketing agreement of which said person or any active officer or manager of the said corporation has knowledge or notice, shall be liable to the association aggrieved in a civil suit for damages; and such association shall be entitled to an injunction against such person, firm or corporation to prevent further breaches and a multiplicity of actions thereon.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/29) (from Ch. 32, par. 468)
Sec. 29. No association as defined in this Act engaged in any of the activities herein, shall be deemed to be a conspiracy or combination in unlawful restraint of trade or an illegal monopoly; or an attempt to lessen competition or to fix prices arbitrarily, nor shall the marketing contracts and agreements between the association and its members or any agreements authorized in this Act be considered illegal as such or in unlawful restraint of trade or as part of a conspiracy or combination to accomplish an improper or illegal purpose.
(Source: Laws 1931, p. 390.)


(805 ILCS 315/30) (from Ch. 32, par. 469)
Sec. 30. If any section of this Act shall be declared unconstitutional for any reason, the remainder of this Act shall not be affected thereby.
(Source: Laws 1923, p. 286.)


(805 ILCS 315/31) (from Ch. 32, par. 470)
Sec. 31. Applicability of general corporation laws; mergers.
(a) The provisions of the general corporation laws of this State, relating to corporations for pecuniary profit, and all powers and rights thereunder shall apply to the associations organized hereunder, except where those provisions are in conflict with or inconsistent with the express provisions of this Act; provided, however, that nothing in this Act shall be construed as repealing or modifying the law under which co-operative companies or associations are now organized.
(b) The dissenters' rights provisions of the Business Corporation Act of 1983 do not apply with respect to capital stock issued as patronage distributions or to reflect membership in an association organized and operating under this Act.
(c) Associations organized on a membership basis may be merged or consolidated with associations organized with capital stock, but the surviving or new association shall be organized with capital stock. In the merger or consolidation procedure, each member of the association organized on a membership basis shall be considered and treated as the holder of one or more shares of capital stock; the members shall vote as a class; the interest of the members shall be converted into shares or other securities or obligations of the surviving or new association, and the procedure shall otherwise conform as nearly as possible to the provisions of the Business Corporation Act of 1983, except as provided in subsection (b).
(Source: P.A. 88-15.)


(805 ILCS 315/32) (from Ch. 32, par. 471)
Sec. 32. Each year, within 6 months after the end of the association's fiscal year, each association organized or qualified to do business within this State under this Act shall file an annual report with the Director of Agriculture as required in Section 21 of this Act, and pay the fees hereinafter required; provided that an association organized or qualified to do business in this State under this Act shall not be required to file a balance sheet or income statement with its annual report until the association has completed one full fiscal year.
Each association organized hereunder or qualified to do business within this State shall pay an annual fee of ten dollars ($10.00) only, to the Department of Agriculture, in lieu of all franchise or license or corporation taxes or charges upon reserves held by it for members, and in case of failure, neglect or refusal of any such association to either file the annual report or pay the fee as required by this Act, it shall be certified by the Director of Agriculture to the Secretary of State 9 months after the end of the association's fiscal year for dissolution in the same manner as is required under the provisions of the general corporation laws of this State, and the Secretary of State shall proceed in like manner to dissolve such association or oust it from doing business within the State as is required under the general corporation laws of this State.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


(805 ILCS 315/33) (from Ch. 32, par. 472)
Sec. 33. For filing articles of incorporation, an association organized hereunder shall pay $100; and for filing an amendment to the articles, $25. Fees for filing articles of incorporation or an amendment to the articles shall be paid to the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 93-197, eff. 7-14-03.)


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