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an Illinois not-for-profit corporation

The name of the Association shall be that as set forth in the Articles of Amendment as from time on file and in effect.


The Association shall maintain a registered office and a registered agent in the State of Illinois.

Name, Purpose and Objectives
Section I This Association shall be known as Illinois State Building Officials Association, Inc., DBA ILLOWA, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, a Chapter of the International Code Council.
Section II The purpose and objectives of this Association are:
  • To study and take action on all matters involving the welfare of the citizens of the States of Illinois and Iowa which are of concern to or responsibility of the Building Official, to represent the Building Officials in Legislative Action, and to investigate and take action in other matters which cannot properly be served by the International Code Council.
  • To place the public welfare above all other interests and to apply the special knowledge and skill of Building Official to the benefit of all mankind.
  • To promote the recognition and importance of the Building Official’s responsibility and the value and benefits of adequate code enforcement programs, and to secure adequate recognition and proper place in administrative organizations. To help any municipality within the State of Illinois to evaluate, establish, monitor, or improve their code enforcement effort. To encourage the employment of adequately trained, properly supervised, equitably compensated code enforcement personnel.
  • To develop, recommend, and promote uniform regulations and legislation pertaining to building construction and to encourage uniformity in code enforcement and interpretation.
  • To review and research all proposed building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and similar codes or legislation and propose amendments thereto when deemed appropriate, and make each member aware of the implications of such codes, amendments, and legislation, and take an active association position on such codes, amendments, or legislation.
  • To advance the professional skills of those involved in the administration and enforcement of building laws.
Section III The Association shall be non-partisan and shall not be used directly or indirectly for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking elected office nor intervene in any political campaign.

Section I The membership shall be confined to:
  • Class A Members - Governmental
    A Class A member shall be a person who is the designated Building Official of a City, County or City/County, political subdivision, State Agency, or department thereof within the State of Illinois or Iowa, who is charged with the promulgation, correlation, administration, or enforcement of laws and ordinances relating to Building Construction.
  • Class B Members - Professional/Subscribing Members.
    An individual, firm, or association engaged in building design, inspection, research, testing, code administration, education, or standards development who is interested in the objectives of the Association.
  • Life Member.
    A Life Member is an individual who has rendered outstanding and meritorious service in the furtherance of the objectives of this Association. A Life Membership shall be proposed by the Board of Directors and confirmed by a majority vote of the members at the annual business meeting and such membership shall be for life.
Section II
  • All members, with dues paid current as of the date of a meeting, shall be entitled to participate in meetings and serve on committees, receive agendas and minutes. Only Class A members, Life members, and members of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to make and second motions, and to vote.
  • A Class A member, with dues paid current as of the date of a meeting, may authorize a person from their jurisdiction to serve as their proxy at any meeting, providing written authorization is presented to the presiding officer prior to the start of the meeting.

Officers and Board of Directors
Section I The Officers of this Association shall be a President, a Vice President and a Secretary/Treasurer who shall be elected for a term of two years at the annual meeting. Installation of officer shall occur at the same meeting.
Section II The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, the immediate past President.
Section III Eligibility and terms of office:
  • Only Class A members with dues paid current may serve as officers.
  • The term for officers shall be one year, and no officer shall hold the same office for more than two consecutive terms.
Section IV A vacancy in the office of President shall be filled by the Vice President. A vacancy in the office of Vice President or Secretary/Treasurer shall be filled by the appointment of a Class A member by the Board of Directors to serve until the next annual business meeting, at which time the office shall be filled by regular election.

Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors and Officers
Section I The Board of Directors shall have the authority to carry on the business of this Association between regular meetings.
Section II The Board of Directors shall meet not less than twice a year to carry on business of the Association.
Section III The President or any two board members may call the Board of Directors together for any number of special meetings that may be deemed necessary to carry out the objectives of the conference. All members shall be notified not less than ten (10) days prior to any meeting.
Section IV The President shall preside at all meetings of the Association and its Board of Directors, appoint all committees subject to ratification by the Board of Directors, and perform such duties as may be required by these By-Laws.
Section V The Vice President shall assist the President in performance of his duties and shall act as program chairman for this Association.
Section VI The Secretary/Treasurer shall keep just and accurate minutes of each meeting of the Board of Directors and of all meetings of the Association. He shall be responsible for all correspondence, notify the committees of the duties they are to perform as determined by the President and the Board of Directors. He shall receive all dues of the members of the Association, and without delay deposit the same to the credit of this Association in a bank, or banks, approved by the Board of Directors. He shall keep an accurate record showing the amounts received, deposited, and expended by him. He shall issue authorized checks. He shall make a report at the annual business meeting and other times when directed to do so by the President or the Board of Directors.

Section I One regular business meeting shall be held each quarter (1/4) of the calendar year. The time and place of the meeting shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Additional or special meetings, as deemed necessary to conduct business and carry out the objectives of the Association, may be called by the President with consent of the Board of Directors.
Section II One of the regular business meetings shall be known as the Annual Business Meeting and shall be held in either the first quarter or the last quarter of each calendar year, at which time there shall be an election of officers. The time and place of the Annual Business Meeting shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Annual business meetings can be held in any area within the geographical limits of this Association.
Section III No less than a majority of Class A members shall constitute a quorum to conduct business at all regular or special meetings.
Section IV Thirty (30) days notice shall be given prior to regular quarterly meetings, and annual business meetings, and ten (10) days notice must be given prior to additional or special meetings to all members in good standing.

Section I Each member shall be assessed dues in an amount determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.
Section II Dues must be paid current membership to be effective.
Section III Life members shall not be required to pay dues.

Fiscal Year
Section I The fiscal year of this Association shall be established as the calendar year.

Rules Of Order
Section I Questions of rules of order shall be determined in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, except as herein provided.
Section II A “Majority Vote” or “Majority Vote of the Membership” means, unless otherwise specified, a simple majority of the voting members in attendance at the respective meetings of this Association, Board of Director’s meetings, regular, additional, or special meetings, and the Annual Business Meeting(s).

Nomination Of Officers
Section I The nominating committee shall consist of the immediate past President, the President, and one other Class A member appointed by the President. The nominating committee shall present their recommendations for officers to the membership at the annual business meeting.
Section II Any member, with dues paid current as of the date of a meeting, may make nominations for officers from the floor at the annual business meeting.

Amendment(s) to By-Laws
Section I Amendments to the By-Laws of this Association may be proposed by any Class A member at any time.
Section II The amendment(s) must be presented in writing, showing the article or section as worded, and also as proposed. The amendment(s) must be presented to the Secretary no less than sixty (60) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting.
Section III The Secretary shall send a copy of the proposed amendment(s) to all Class A members in good standing not less than thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Business Meeting.
Section IV Approval of two-thirds (2/3) of the Class A members present at the Annual Business Meeting shall be required for the passage of any amendment.


These By-Laws are to be interpreted so as to be consistent with the By-Laws of the ICC and anything in conflict with the By-Laws and purpose of the International Code Council are null and void.

Limitations and Restrictions
Section I No part of the net earnings of the Association may inure to the benefit of any member. Excepted therefrom are Board of Director approved payables to reimburse members for monies advanced for the benefit of the Association or to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered.
Section II The Association shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by any organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
Section III Upon the dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed only for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and the regulations, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a purpose. None of the assets shall be distributed to the members.

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