(20 ILCS 5/5-560)
(was 20 ILCS 5/6.08)
In the Department of Natural Resources.
An Advisory Board to the Department of Natural Resources,
composed of 13 persons, one of whom shall be a senior citizen age 60
In the appointment of the initial members the Governor shall
designate 3 persons to serve for 2 years, 3 for 4 years, and 3 for 6
years from the third Monday in January of the odd-numbered year in which
the term commences. The members first appointed under this
amendatory Act of 1984 shall serve a term of 6 years commencing on the
third Monday in January, 1985. The members first appointed under this
Act of the 91st General Assembly shall each be appointed to a term of office to
expire on the third Monday in January of 2006.
All subsequent appointments shall be for terms of 6 years.
The Advisory Board shall formulate long range policies for guidance
of the Department in: the protection and conservation of renewable
resources of the State of Illinois; the development of areas and
facilities for outdoor recreation; the prevention of timber destruction
and other forest growth by fire or otherwise; the reforestation of
suitable lands of this State; the extension of cooperative support to
other agencies of this State in preventing and guarding
pollution of streams and lakes within the State; the management of the
wildlife resources, including migratory fowl, and fisheries resources,
including the construction of new water impoundment areas; the
development of an adequate research program for fish, game, and forestry
through cooperation with and support of the Illinois Natural History
Survey; and the expressing of policies for proper dissemination of and
enforcement of the various laws pertinent to the conservation program of
Illinois and the nation.
The Board shall make a study of the personnel structure of the
Department and shall, from time to time, make recommendations to the
Governor and the Director of Natural Resources for a merit
system of employment and for the revision of the position classification to the
extent which Civil Service classification should apply in departmental
The Board shall make studies of the land acquisition needs of the
Department and recommendations from time to time as to necessary acquisition
of lands for fisheries, game, forestry, and recreational development.
The Board may
recommend to the Director of Natural Resources any
reductions or increases of seasons and bag or possession limits or
closure of any season when research and inventory data indicate the need for
Board members shall be reimbursed for any necessary travel
expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
(Source: P.A. 90-435, eff. 1-1-98; 91-239, eff. 1-1-00; 91-798, eff. 7-9-00.)