(520 ILCS 10/6)
(from Ch. 8, par. 336)
There is created the Endangered Species Protection Board
whose duties include listing, delisting, or change of listing status of
species for the Illinois List, in consultation with and written approval by
the Department, in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure
Act, on rules for listing species of animals or plants as endangered
or threatened and delisting species of animals or plants as endangered or
threatened, or changing their status.
The Board shall also advise the Department on methods of assistance,
protection, conservation and management of endangered and threatened species and their
habitats, and on related matters.
The Board shall be composed of 9 persons appointed by the Governor,
and the Director as a non-voting
member. Of the 9 appointed members at least 6 shall be persons
who are recognized as naturalists by training, avocation or vocation. At
least two of these shall be zoologists, at least one a botanist, and at
least two ecologists. In
making Board appointments, the Governor shall give consideration to
recommendations of conservation groups.
Initially, 3 members shall be appointed for terms of 3 years, 3 for 2
years and 3 for 1 year. Thereafter, the terms of all appointive members
shall be 3 years. Members shall serve until their successors are
appointed. Any vacancy occurring in the position of an appointive
member shall be filled by the Governor for the unexpired term.
Board meetings shall be called at regular intervals set by the Board,
on the request of the Department, or upon written notice signed by at
least 5 members of the
Board, but in no event less than once quarterly. The place of the meeting shall
be determined at the convenience of the Board and the Department. A quorum shall
consist of 5 appointed members.
Members of the Board shall serve without compensation but shall be
reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
The Board may without regard to the Personnel Code, employ and fix the
compensation of necessary staff.
The Board shall select from its membership a chairman and such other
officers as it considers necessary, and may name an Executive Committee
to which it may grant specific powers.
The Board shall review and revise the Illinois List as warranted but in
no case less frequently than every 5 years. It shall prepare and make
available a report of its accomplishments biennially.
(Source: P.A. 84-1065.)