(615 ILCS 15/4) (from Ch. 19, par. 126d)
    Sec. 4. In the execution of the powers herein granted and the duties vested in the Department of Natural Resources, it may:
        (1) cooperate and enter into agreements with the
proper agencies of the United States government, State agencies, units of local government, school districts, persons, and associations for the formulation of plans, for the acquisition of land rights, and for the construction of any and all improvements for the control of destructive floods, for the improvement of bottom land and upland drainage, and for the conservation, regulation, development and utilization of water, waterways, and water resources in the State of Illinois;
        (2) subject to written approval of the Governor,
grant to cooperating public agencies any interest in land necessary for projects implemented under this Act providing that the land shall revert to the State if it ceases to be used for flood control or other approved public or water resource purposes;
        (3) construct or finance such projects, using land
rights owned by the United States government, units of local government, or school districts; and
        (4) acquire floodplain property to convert to public
uses, and pay relocation assistance where appropriate in accordance with the provisions of Sections 3-107.1 through 3-107.1f of the Illinois Highway Code.
    Expenditure of funds appropriated to the Department for projects under this Act using land owned by the United States government, a unit of local government, a railroad company, or a school district shall not be prohibited by Section 2 of the Public Contract Fraud Act.
    The agreements may assign to the several cooperating agencies particular projects or portions of projects for the purposes stated in this Section and may provide for joint understandings for those purposes and for contributions to execute any work agreed upon with any other of the above mentioned agencies within the State of Illinois to carry out the provisions of this Act. The Department's agreements with the United States government may include general indemnification provisions as required by federal statutes for nonfederal sponsorship of a federally authorized project approved under this Act for State participation. The Department's agreements with units of local government and school districts in this State may include general indemnification provisions to hold and save the State of Illinois harmless from any loss or claim resulting from the construction, operation, or maintenance of a project approved under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 88-517; 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)