(605 ILCS 5/10-301)
(from Ch. 121, par. 10-301)
Each county of this State, is authorized to acquire by
purchase or otherwise, to construct, repair, maintain and operate a bridge
or bridges over and across any navigable or non-navigable stream within
such county, or forming a boundary line between such county and any other
county in the State of Illinois, or forming a boundary line between the
State of Illinois and any adjoining state, and shall have authority to
exercise all such powers within its boundaries and in adjacent territory
within this State, and in any adjoining state, after first having obtained
authority, if any be necessary, from the Department and the United States.
Such powers may be exercised either directly through the county board of
any such county, or through a bridge commission created as in this Division
of this Article provided.
For the purposes of this Division of this Article "Bridge" means any
bridge over or across any stream, navigable or non-navigable, including any
bridges and the approaches thereto, and all necessary elevated structures
to eliminate intersection at grade with any streets, tunnels, public roads,
thoroughfares, highways, railroads or street railroads.
(Source: Laws 1959, p. 196.)