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815 ILCS 325/4.1

    (815 ILCS 325/4.1)
    Sec. 4.1. Restricted purchases.
    (a) It is a violation of this Act for any person to sell or attempt to sell, or for any recyclable metal dealer to purchase or attempt to purchase, any of the following:
        (1) materials that are clearly marked as property
    
belonging to a business or someone else other than the seller;
        (2) property associated with use by governments,
    
utilities, or railroads including, but not limited to, guardrails, manhole covers, electric transmission and distribution equipment, including transformers, grounding straps, wires or poles, historical markers, street signs, traffic signs, sewer grates, or any rail, switch component, spike, angle bar, tie plate, or bolt of the type used in constructing railroad track;
        (3) cemetery plaques or ornaments; or
        (4) any catalytic converter not attached to a motor
    
vehicle at the time of the transaction unless the seller is licensed as an automotive parts recycler or scrap processor.
    (b) This Section shall not apply when the seller produces written documentation reasonably demonstrating that the seller is the owner of the recyclable metal material or is authorized to sell the material on behalf of the owner. The recyclable metal dealer shall copy any such documentation and maintain it along with the purchase record required by Section 3 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-923, eff. 1-1-13.)