Weightman v. Clark - 103 U.S. 256 (1880)
U.S. Supreme Court
Weightman v. Clark, 103 U.S. 256 (1880)
Weightman v. Clark
103 U.S. 256
1. This Court concurs in opinion with the Supreme Court of Illinois that sec. 6 of art. 9 of the constitution of that state of 1848 (infra, p. 103 U. S. 257) imposes a limitation on the power of the legislature to authorize taxation by the municipal corporations or the political subdivisions of the state.
2. A congressional township is by the laws of Illinois merely a corporation for school purposes. It cannot, therefore, subscribe for stock in a railroad company and issue its bonds in payment nor levy a tax upon persons and property within its jurisdiction to aid in building railroads.
The facts are stated in the opinion of the Court.