Article XIII

Constitution of the State of Illinois

ARTICLE XIII GENERAL PROVISIONS

SECTION 1. DISQUALIFICATION FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
    A person convicted of a felony, bribery, perjury or other
infamous crime shall be ineligible to hold an office created
by this Constitution. Eligibility may be restored as provided
by law.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)


SECTION 2.  STATEMENT OF ECONOMIC INTERESTS
    All candidates for or holders of state offices and all
members of a Commission or Board created by this Constitution
shall file a verified statement of their economic interests,
as provided by law. The General Assembly by law may impose a
similar requirement upon candidates for, or holders of,
offices in units of local government and school districts.
Statements shall be filed annually with the Secretary of
State and shall be available for inspection by the public.
The General Assembly by law shall prescribe a reasonable time
for filing the statement. Failure to file a statement within
the time prescribed shall result in ineligibility for, or
forfeiture of, office. This Section shall not be construed as
limiting the authority of any branch of government to
establish and enforce ethical standards for that branch.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)


SECTION 3.  OATH OR AFFIRMATION OF OFFICE
    Each prospective holder of a State office or other State
position created by this Constitution, before taking office,
shall take and subscribe to the following oath or
affirmation:
    "I do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support the
Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of
the State of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge
the duties of the office of .... to the best of my ability."
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)


SECTION 4. SOVEREIGN IMMUNITY ABOLISHED
    Except as the General Assembly may provide by law,
sovereign immunity in this State is abolished.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)


SECTION 5. PENSION AND RETIREMENT RIGHTS
    Membership in any pension or retirement system of the
State, any unit of local government or school district, or
any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an
enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which
shall not be diminished or impaired.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)


SECTION 6.  CORPORATIONS
    Corporate charters shall be granted, amended, dissolved,
or extended only pursuant to general laws.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)


SECTION 7.  PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
    Public transportation is an essential public purpose for
which public funds may be expended. The General Assembly by
law may provide for, aid, and assist public transportation,
including the granting of public funds or credit to any
corporation or public authority authorized to provide public
transportation within the State.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)


SECTION 8.  BRANCH BANKING
    Branch banking shall be authorized only by law approved
by three-fifths of the members voting on the question or a
majority of the members elected, whichever is greater, in
each house of the General Assembly.
(Source: Illinois Constitution.)

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