(30 ILCS 155/2)
(from Ch. 61, par. 402)
The General Assembly hereby declares
that wildlife species which are not commonly pursued, killed, or consumed
either for sport or profit, referred to in this Act as "non-game wildlife"
have need of special protection and that it is in the public interest to
preserve, protect, perpetuate, and enhance non-game wildlife and native
plant resources of
this State through preservation of a satisfactory environment and an ecological
balance. The General Assembly specifically recognizes that such non-game
wildlife includes protected wildlife and wildlife of specialized habitats,
both terrestrial and aquatic types, and mollusks, crustaceans, and other
invertebrates under the jurisdiction of the Department of Natural Resources.
This Act is enacted to provide a means by which such protection may be financed
through a voluntary check-off designation on State income tax return forms.
The intent of the General Assembly is that this program of the income tax
check-off is supplemental to any funding and in no way is intended to take
the place of the funding that would otherwise be appropriated for this purpose.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)