(520 ILCS 5/1.15)
(from Ch. 61, par. 1.15)
All authorized employees of the Department, duly accredited officers
of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and all sheriffs, deputy
sheriffs, and other peace officers shall be empowered to arrest any person detected in
violation of any of the provisions of this Act, including administrative
All such officers shall make prompt investigation of any violation of
the provisions of this Act, including administrative rules, reported by
any other person, and cause a complaint to be filed before the Circuit
Court having jurisdiction thereof in case there seems just ground for
such complaint and evidence procurable to support the same.
Upon the filing of such complaint, such officers shall render
assistance in the prosecution of the party against whom complaint is
Peace officers, but no employee of the Department, making arrests and
serving warrants provided for by this Act shall receive the fees and
mileage as provided by law for sheriffs.
Each duly accredited officer and authorized employee of the
Department is authorized to execute and serve all warrants and processes
issued by any Circuit Court.
In the performance of their law enforcement duties under this Act,
authorized employees of the Department may operate vehicles owned or leased
by the Department upon a highway, other than an interstate highway, limited
access highway, State highway or any highway within the limits of an
incorporated area, during hours of darkness without lighted headlamps, tail
lamps and clearance lamps, notwithstanding the provisions of Article 12 of
The Illinois Vehicle Code if so operating such vehicles will aid in the
accomplishment of a lawful arrest
for violation of this Act or subsequent administrative rules or in
ascertaining whether a violation of this Act or subsequent administrative
rules has been or is about to be committed and when it will not endanger
the public health, safety and welfare.
(Source: P.A. 85-152.)