(625 ILCS 45/3C-9)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 313C-9)
Disposal of unclaimed watercraft without notice.
(a) When the identity of the registered owner, lienholder and other person
legally entitled to the possession of an abandoned, lost or unclaimed
watercraft of 7 years of age or newer cannot be determined by any means
provided for in this Article, the watercraft may be sold as provided in Section
3C-8 without notice to any person whose identity cannot be determined.
(b) When an abandoned watercraft of more than 7 years of age is
impounded as specified by this Article, it will be kept in custody for a
minimum of 10 days for the purpose of determining the identity of the
registered owner and lienholder, contacting the registered owner and
lienholder for a
determination of disposition, and an examination of the State Police stolen
watercraft files for the theft and wanted information. At the expiration
of the 10 day period, if disposition information has not been
received from the registered owner or the lienholder, the law enforcement
agency having jurisdiction will authorize the disposal of the watercraft
However if, in the opinion of the police
officer processing the watercraft, it has a value of $200 or
more and can be restored to safe operating condition, the law enforcement
agency may authorize its purchase for salvage and the Department of
Natural Resources may issue a certificate of title.
A watercraft classified as a historical watercraft may be
sold to a person desiring to restore it.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)