(55 ILCS 5/5-31012)
(from Ch. 34, par. 5-31012)
Powers of district.
To the extent necessary to
carry out the purpose of this Division and in addition to any
other powers, duties and functions vested in museum districts by law, but
subject to limitations and restrictions imposed elsewhere by this
Division or other law, a museum district is authorized and empowered:
(a) To adopt bylaws, adopt and use a common seal, enter into contracts,
acquire and hold real and personal property and take such other actions as
may be necessary for the proper conduct of its affairs.
(b) To make and publish all ordinances, rules and regulations necessary
for the management and protection of its property and the conduct of its
(c) To study and ascertain the museum district artifacts and
other materials, the need for preserving such resources and providing such
facilities and the extent to which such needs are currently being met, and
to prepare and adopt coordinated plans to meet such needs.
(d) To acquire by gift, devise, purchase, lease, agreement or otherwise
the fee or any lessor right or interest in real and personal property, and
to hold the same with public access for those who wish to examine or study it.
The museum district may accept the transfer of any real or personal
property owned or controlled by the State of Illinois,
the county board, or the governing body of any municipality, district or
public corporation and not devoted or dedicated to any other
inconsistent public use. In acquiring or accepting land or rights thereto,
the museum district shall give due consideration to its historical value or
county significance, and no real property shall be acquired or accepted
which in the opinion of the museum district and the Illinois State Museum
is of low value as to its proposed use.
(e) To acquire any or all interest in real or personal property by a
contract for purchase providing for payment in installments
over a period not to exceed 10 years with interest on the unpaid
balance owing not to exceed an amount calculated pursuant to the provisions
of "An Act to authorize public corporations to issue bonds, other evidences
of indebtedness and tax anticipation warrants subject to interest rate
limitations set forth therein", approved May 26, 1970, as amended. The
indebtedness incurred under this subsection when aggregated with existing
indebtedness may not exceed the debt limits provided in Section 5-31016.
(f) To classify, designate, plan, develop, preserve, administer and
maintain all areas and facilities in which it has an interest and to
construct, reconstruct, alter, renew, equip and maintain buildings and
other structures. Any work performed on any building, appurtenance,
structure or area listed on the National Register of Historic Places or
deemed eligible for such listing shall be performed within such guidelines
as are established by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
(g) To accept gifts, grants, bequests, contributions and appropriations
of money and personal property for museum district purposes.
(h) To employ and fix the compensation of an executive officer who shall
be responsible to the board for the implementation of its policies. The
executive officer shall have the power, subject to the approval of the
board, to employ and fix the compensation of such assistants and employees
as the board may consider necessary for the implementation of this Division.
(i) To charge and collect reasonable fees for the use of such facilities,
privileges and conveniences as may be provided.
(j) To police its property and to exercise police powers in respect thereto
or in respect to the enforcement of any rule or regulation provided by its
(k) To lease land for a period not longer than 50 years to a responsible
person, firm, or corporation for construction, reconstruction, alteration,
development, operation and maintenance of buildings, roads, and parking areas.
Any work performed on any leased building, structure, appurtenances or
area which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places or deemed
eligible for such listing shall be performed within such guidelines as are
established by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. Upon expiration
of any lease of land under this subsection, title to all structures on the
leased land shall be vested in the museum district.
(l) To lease any building or facility constructed, reconstructed, altered,
renewed, equipped, furnished, extended, developed, and maintained by the
museum district to a responsible person, firm or corporation for operation
or development or both, and maintenance for a period not longer than 20 years.
Development, maintenance or both of any building, structures,
appurtenances or area which is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places or deemed eligible for such listing shall be performed within such
guidelines as are established by the Illinois Historic
(m) To make grants to not-for-profit historical clubs, organizations
or groups within the county.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)