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(20 ILCS 805/805-40)
(was 20 ILCS 805/63a41)
Department shall establish and maintain
with individual or group volunteers, if requested by an individual or group volunteers, in an effort to reduce and remove litter
from parks and park lands and to provide other services. The Department shall retain the ability to approve or deny an individual or group volunteer's request; however, the Department must state the reason for the request denial. These programs shall include but not be limited to
(1) Providing and coordinating services by volunteers
to reduce the amount of litter, including providing trash bags and trash bag pickup and, in designated areas where volunteers may be in close proximity to moving vehicles. Individuals or volunteers must bring their own reflective safety gear.
(2) The Department shall provide a certificate of
appreciation to individual or group volunteers as recognition of their Adopt-A-Park efforts at a particular Department site.
(3) Volunteer services shall not include work
historically performed by Department employees, including services that result in a reduction of hours or compensation or that may be performed by an employee on layoff; nor shall volunteer services be inconsistent with the terms of a collective bargaining agreement.
The State and the Department,
its directors, employees, and agents shall not be liable
for any damages or injury suffered by any person resulting from his or her
participation in the program or from the actions or activities of the
volunteers, except in cases of willful and wanton misconduct. Any group and its individual members who wish to volunteer or any individual who wishes to volunteer is required to execute a general release and hold harmless agreement before beginning any volunteer activity or work. An officer, director, or other representative of any group shall also be required to execute a general release and hold harmless on behalf of a group. The agreement shall be prepared and provided by the Department.
By engaging in volunteer activities under this Act, volunteers fully acknowledge and understand that there shall be neither any (1) promise or expectation of compensation of any type, including benefits, nor (2) creation of an employer-employee relationship. The Prevailing Wage Act and the administrative rules adopted thereunder, 56 Ill. Adm. Code 100, shall not apply to any Department project or job in which volunteers are utilized under the Adopt-A-Park program.
(Source: P.A. 97-1082, eff. 8-24-12.)