(20 ILCS 3440/2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2662)
    Sec. 2. Legislative finding and intentions. The General Assembly finds that existing laws do not provide equal or adequate protection for all human graves. There is a real and growing threat to the safety and sanctity of unregistered and unmarked graves. Numerous incidents in Illinois have resulted in the desecration of human remains and vandalism to grave markers. Similar incidents have occurred in neighboring states and as a result those states have increased their criminal penalties for such conduct. There is a strong likelihood that persons engaged for personal or financial gain in the mining of prehistoric and historic Indian, pioneer, and Civil War veteran's graves will move their operations to Illinois to avoid the increased penalties being imposed in neighboring states. There is an immediate need for legislation to protect the graves of these earlier Illinoisans from such desecration. The General Assembly intends to assure with this Act that all human burials be accorded equal treatment and respect for human dignity without reference to ethnic origins, cultural backgrounds or religious affiliations.
    The General Assembly also finds that those persons engaged in the scientific study or collecting of artifacts which have not been acquired in violation of law are engaged in legitimate and worthy scientific, educational and recreational activities. This Act is not intended to interfere with the continued legitimate collecting activities or studies of such persons; nor is it intended to interfere with the normal enjoyment of private property owners, farmers, or those engaged in the development, mining or improvement of real property.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)