(55 ILCS 5/5-1119)
(a) The county board in any county that is bordered by the Mississippi River
and that has a population in excess of 62,000 but less than 80,000, as
determined by the last federal decennial census, shall have the authority to
own and operate a ferry, as provided in this Section, in any unincorporated
area of that county for the purpose of conveying persons, motor vehicles, and
other property across the Mississippi River.
(b) Each county board exercising the powers granted under this Section shall
have the following specific powers:
(1) To construct, or to acquire by purchase, lease,
gift, grant, or condemnation, ferries and the necessary land, bridges, and approaches to operate ferries.
(2) To receive State or federal aid or grants to
defray the expenses in purchasing or operating a ferry.
(3) To enter into contracts, not to exceed 10 years
in duration, with a municipality, the federal government, an adjacent state or any of its political subdivisions, or a corporation, firm, or person for the maintenance or operation of the ferry, including the collection of a reasonable toll.
(4) To maintain, regulate, and collect tolls on each
ferry it owns or operates.
(c) The powers granted by this Section are in addition to any other powers
granted to a county by law.
(Source: P.A. 88-446.)