(20 ILCS 862/15)
Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund.
(a) The Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund is created as a special fund in the
Money from federal, State, and private sources may be
deposited into the Fund.
Fines assessed by the Department of Natural Resources for citations issued to
off-highway vehicle operators shall be deposited into the
Fund. All interest accrued on the Fund shall be deposited into the Fund.
(b) All money in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the
Department for the following
(1) Grants for construction of off-highway vehicle
recreational trails on county, municipal, other units of local government, or private lands where a recreational need for the construction is shown.
(2) Grants for maintenance and construction of
off-highway vehicle recreational trails on federal lands, where permitted by law.
(3) Grants for development of off-highway vehicle
trail-side facilities in accordance with criteria approved by the National Recreational Trails Advisory Committee.
(4) Grants for acquisition of property from willing
sellers for off-highway vehicle recreational trails when the objective of a trail cannot be accomplished by other means.
(5) Grants for development of urban off-highway
vehicle trail linkages near homes and workplaces.
(6) Grants for maintenance of existing off-highway
vehicle recreational trails, including the grooming and maintenance of trails across snow.
(7) Grants for restoration of areas damaged by usage
of off-highway vehicle recreational trails and back country terrain.
(8) Grants for provision of features that facilitate
the access and use of off-highway vehicle trails by persons with disabilities.
(9) Grants for acquisition of easements for
off-highway vehicle trails or for trail corridors.
(10) Grants for a rider education and safety program.
(11) Administration, enforcement, planning, and
implementation of this Act and all Sections of the Illinois Vehicle Code which regulate the operation of off-highway vehicles as defined in this Act.
(c) The Department may not use the money from the Fund for the
(1) Condemnation of any kind of interest in property.
(2) Construction of any recreational trail on
National Forest System land for motorized uses unless those lands have been allocated for uses other than wilderness by an approved forest land and resource management plan or have been released to uses other than wilderness by an Act of Congress, and the construction is otherwise consistent with the management direction in the approved land and resource management plan.
(3) Construction of motorized recreational trails on
Department owned or managed land.
(d) The Department shall establish a program to administer grants from the
Fund to units of local government, not-for-profit organizations, and
other groups to operate, maintain, and acquire land for off-highway vehicle
parks that are open and accessible to the public.
(e) The monies deposited into the Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund under this Section shall not be subject to administrative charges or chargebacks unless otherwise authorized by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-279, eff. 1-1-10; 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)
(20 ILCS 862/20)
State Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Advisory Board.
(a) There is created the
State Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Advisory Board.
The Board shall consist of
5 members, one from each of the following organizations, except for the
Illinois off-road riders and all-terrain vehicle clubs, which shall have 2
by the Director from nominations submitted
the following organizations:
(1) The Department of Natural Resources, to vote only
(3) The American Motorcycle Association.
(4) ABATE of Illinois.
(5) Illinois off-road riders and all-terrain vehicle
The length of terms of members
shall be 2 years, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31. The
Board shall meet beginning in January of 1998.
Procedures for conduct of the Board's business
be established by the Department by rule. Two members of the Board shall also
be members of the Department's Illinois Trails Advisory Board.
(b) The Board shall evaluate and recommend to the Director recreational
trail projects for funding consistent with the purposes set forth in
subsection (b) of Section 15.
To the extent practicable and consistent with other
requirements of this Act, the Board and the Director shall give preference
to project proposals that:
(1) provide for the greatest number of compatible
recreational purposes including, but not limited to, those described under the definition of "recreational trail" in Section 10;
(2) provide for innovative recreational trail
corridor sharing to accommodate motorized recreational trail use; or
(3) provide for seasonal designation of trails.
(Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98; 91-441, eff. 1-1-00.)
(20 ILCS 862/34)
Exception from display of Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamps.
The operator of an off-highway vehicle shall not be required to display an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp if the off-highway vehicle is:
(1) owned and used by the United States, the State of
Illinois, another state, or a political subdivision thereof, but these off-highway vehicles shall prominently display the name of the owner on the off-highway vehicle;
(2) operated on lands where the operator, his or her
immediate family, or both are the sole owners of the land; this exception shall not apply to clubs, associations, or lands leased for hunting or recreational purposes;
(3) used only on local, national, or international
competition circuits in events for which written permission has been obtained by the sponsoring or sanctioning body from the governmental unit having jurisdiction over the location of any event held in this State;
(5) used on an off-highway vehicle grant assisted
site and the off-highway vehicle displays an Off-Highway Vehicle Access decal;
(6) used in conjunction with a bona fide commercial
business, including, but not limited to, agricultural and livestock production;
(7) a golf cart, regardless of whether the golf cart
is currently being used for golfing purposes;
(8) displaying a valid motor vehicle registration
issued by the Secretary of State or any other state;
(9) operated by an individual who either possesses an
Illinois Identification Card issued to the operator by the Secretary of State that lists a Class P2 (or P2O or any successor classification) or P2A disability or an original or photocopy of a valid motor vehicle disability placard issued to the operator by the Secretary of State, or is assisting a person with a disability who has a Class P2 (or P2O or any successor classification) or P2A disability while using the same off-highway vehicle as the individual with a disability; or
(10) used only at commercial riding parks.
For the purposes of this Section, "golf cart" means a machine specifically designed for the purposes of transporting one or more persons and their golf clubs.
For the purposes of this Section, "local, national, or international competition circuit" means any competition circuit sponsored or sanctioned by an international, national, or state organization, including, but not limited to, the American Motorcyclist Association, or sponsored, sanctioned, or both by an affiliate organization of an international, national, or state organization which sanctions competitions, including trials or practices leading up to or in connection with those competitions.
For the purposes of this Section, "commercial riding parks" mean commercial properties used for the recreational operation of off-highway vehicles by the paying members of the park or paying guests.
(Source: P.A. 98-820, eff. 8-1-14; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)
(20 ILCS 862/45)
Public access sticker.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), after January 1, 1998, a person
may not operate and an owner may not give permission to another to operate an
off-highway vehicle on land or lands or waters in public off-highway vehicle
parks paid for, operated, or supported by the grant program
established under subsection (d) of Section 15 unless the off-highway vehicle
displays an off-highway vehicle public access sticker in a manner prescribed
by the Department by rule.
(b) An off-highway vehicle does not need a public access sticker if the
off-highway vehicle is used on private land or if the off-highway vehicle is
owned by the State, the federal government, or a unit of local government.
(c) The Department shall issue the public access stickers and shall charge
the following fees:
(1) $30 for 3 years for individuals.
(2) $50 for 3 years for rental units.
(3) $75 for 3 years for dealer and manufacturer
demonstrations and research.
(4) $50 for 3 years for an all-terrain vehicle or
off-highway motorcycle used for production agriculture, as defined in Section 3-821 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
(5) $50 for 3 years for residents of a State other
than Illinois that does not have a reciprocal agreement with the Department, pursuant to subsection (d).
(6) $50 for 3 years for an all-terrain vehicle or
off-highway motorcycle that does not have a title.
The Department, by administrative rule, may make replacement stickers available
at a reduced cost. These fees for public access stickers shall be deposited
into the Off-Highway
Vehicle Trails Fund.
(d) The Department is authorized to enter into reciprocal agreements with
other states that have a similar off-highway vehicle public access sticker
program to allow residents of such states to operate off-highway vehicles on
land or lands or waters in public off-highway vehicle parks paid for, operated,
or supported by the grant program established under subsection (d) of Section
15 without acquiring an off-highway vehicle public access sticker in this State
pursuant to subsection (a).
(e) The Department may license vendors to sell
off-highway vehicle public access stickers. Issuing fees may be set by
(f) Any person participating in an organized competitive event on land or
off-highway vehicle parks paid for, operated by, or supported by the grant
established in subsection (d) of Section 15 shall display the public access
under subsection (c) of this Section or pay $5 per event. Fees collected under
subsection shall be deposited into the Fund.
(g) The Department is authorized to modify any
or all provisions of this Section 45 by rule.
(Source: P.A. 91-441, eff. 1-1-00; 92-134, eff. 7-24-01.)