(20 ILCS 3988/5)
(a) Illinois has a rich natural and cultural heritage. Whether
historic sites, natural areas, rich farmland, or other prized resources,
every county has treasures worth preserving for future generations.
(b) As counties and municipalities grow, they often do not have the
opportunity to consider which resources are most important to them.
Consequently, they may inadvertently imperil a historic structure, sever
a potential natural corridor, or fragment farmland into small and
(c) It is necessary and desirable to provide technical assistance and
funding in the form of grants to encourage partnerships between
counties and municipalities for the creation of an inventory of their
natural areas, farmland, and cultural assets and to develop a Resource
Protection Plan for protecting those areas.
(d) It is the purpose of this Act to promote voluntary county-municipal
partnerships in every county by the year 2020 that will
inventory resources, develop Resource Protection Plans, and implement
their respective plans.
(Source: P.A. 93-328, eff. 1-1-04.)