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G. S. Eldridge,
Jesse C. Fox,
Miles A. Fuller,
Robert A. King,
Daniel Shepard, First Assistant Secretary.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Office of Secretary.
I, George H. Harlow, Secretary of State of the State of Illinois, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the constitution of the State of Illinois adopted in convention on the 13th day of May, 1870, ratified by a vote of the people on the 2nd day of July, 1870, and in force on the 8th day of August, 1870, and as amended in 1878, and now on file in this office. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Great Seal of State. Done at the city of Springfield, this 31st day of January, A. D. 1880.
GEO. H. HARLOW, Secretary of State.
STATE OF ILLINOIS-DEPARTMENT OF STATE.
Pursuant to the provisions of section eleven of the schedule of the constitution adopted by the people of the state of Illinois, on Saturday, the second day of July, A. D. 1870, I, John M. Palmer, Governor of the state of Illinois, do hereby proclaim that on the twenty-seventh day of July, A. D. 1870, the official abstracts of the vote cast on the said second day of July, A. D. 1870, by the electors of the several counties of the state of Illinois, for and against the adoption of the proposed new constitution of the state of Illinois, and for and against the adoption of the several articles separately submitted therewith were duly canvassed by the Secretary of State, Auditor and Treasurer of State, in my presence, and that the result of said canvass was as follows:
For the new Constitution, there were.
Against the new Constitution..
For the sections relating to Railroads in the article entitled "Corporations,'
Against the sections relating to Railroads in the article entitled "Cor-
For the article entitled "Counties,"
vate Corporations, .
Against the section relating to Municipal Subscriptions to Railroads or Private Corporations,
23,525 votes. .136,815 votes. 31,644 votes. 143,533 votes. 22,702 votes. .127,077 votes. 41,417 votes. 147,032 votes. 21,310 votes.
For the section relating to the Canal,
34,061 votes. ..142,540 votes. 27,017 votes.
Against the section relating to the Canal,
And it further appearing from said abstracts that a majority of the votes cast were for the adoption of the proposed constitution, and for all the several articles separately submitted therewith, now, therefore, I, John M. Palmer, Governor of the state of Illinois, do further proclaim that on and after the eighth day of August A. D. 1870, the aforesaid constitution, and the articles submitted therewith, will become the supreme law of the state of Illinois. In testimony whereof, I have hereto set my hand and caused the great Seal of state to be affixed. Done at Springfield, this twenty-seventh day of July, A. D. 1870.
[SEAL.] By the Governor: EDWARD RUMMEL, Secretary of State.
134,227 votes. 35,443 votes.
.144, 750 votes.
JOHN M. PALMER.
STATE OF ILLINOIS-EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT.
WHEREAS, in conformity with the laws of the state of Illinois and a joint resolution of the 30th general assembly of said state the electors of said state of Illinois did on the 5th day of November A. D. 1878, (it being the day fixed by law for the election of members of the general assembly) vote for and against the proposed amendment of the 31st section of the 4th article of the constitution of this state as designated and set forth in the joint resolution of the 30th general assembly of said state of Illinois; and
WHEREAS, on the 25th day of November A. D. 1878, a canvass of the abstracts of votes cast for and against the proposed amendment of said section 31, article 4, of the constitution of this state, as certified to by the various county clerks of said state, was made in my presence by George H. Harlow, secretary of state, Thomas B. Needles, auditor of public accounts and Edward Rutz, treasurer of state, who are designated by law for this duty; and
WHEREAS, From said canvass it appears that
The whole number of votes cast for said proposed amendment was..295, 960 votes. That the whole number cast against said proposed amendment was.. 60,081 votes. And that the greatest number of votes cast at said election in said state was for the candidates for clerks of the Supreme Court for the three grand divisions of the state, which in the aggregate numbered 448,796 votes.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Shelby M. Cullom, governor of the State of Illinois, in conformity with section 7 of an act of the 30th general assembly of the State of Illinois entitled "An act to provide the manner of proposing amendments to the constitution and submitting the same to the electors of this State'' approved March 14, 1877, in force July 1, 1877, do hereby publish and proclaim:
That a majority of all the votes cast by the electors of said State of Illinois on the 5th day of November A. D. 1878 was for the proposed amendment to sectien 31, article 4, of the constitution of the State of Illinois and I do further proclaim that said section 31, article 4 of the constitution, by virtue of the approval of a majority of the electors of said state, is now as follows:
The general assembly may pass laws permitting the owners of lands to construct drains, ditches and levees for agricultural, sanitary or mining purposes, across the lands of others, and provide for the organization of drainage districts and vest the corporate authorities thereof, with power to construct and maintain levees, drains and ditches, and to keep in repair all drains, ditches and levees heretofore constructed under the laws of this state, by special assessments upon the property benefited thereby." And the said section as amended is now a part of the constitution of the state of Illinois.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF I hereto set my hand and cause to be affixed the great seal of state.
Done at the city of Springfield this 29th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy eight and of the independence of the United States the one hundred and third. S. M. CULLOM.
GEO H. HARLOW, Secretary of State