§ 1. Whenever the legal voters of any territory have, for at least 20 years preceding
the effective date of this Act, elected village officers, who have levied taxes and
have performed the functions of and acted as the corporate authorities of a village,
and the court records of the incorporation of such territory as a village have been
destroyed and the records in the office of the Secretary of State are missing or are
incomplete, such territory is declared to be validly organized and incorporated as
a village and all the acts taken in reliance upon such organization, including any
annexations to such village from the date of organization to the effective date of
this Act, are validated.
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