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(20 ILCS 3435/) Archaeological and Paleontological Resources Protection Act.

20 ILCS 3435/.01

    (20 ILCS 3435/.01) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c.01)
    Sec. .01. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Archaeological and Paleontological Resources Protection Act".
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/.02

    (20 ILCS 3435/.02) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c.02)
    Sec. .02. For purposes of this Act:
    (a) "Archaeological resource" means any significant material remains or localities of past human life or activities on public land, including but not limited to artifacts, historic and prehistoric human skeletal remains, mounds, earthworks, shipwrecks, forts, village sites or mines.
    (b) "Disturb" includes defacing, mutilating, injuring, exposing, removing, destroying, desecrating or molesting in any way.
    (c) "Paleontological resource" means any significant fossil or material remains on public lands including traces or impressions of animals or plants that occur as part of the geological record that are known and are included in the files maintained by the Illinois State Museum under Section 10.
    (d) "Person" means any natural individual, firm, trust, estate, partnership, association, joint stock company, joint venture, corporation or a receiver, trustee, guardian or other representative appointed by order of any court, the federal and State governments, including State universities created by statute or any city, town, county or other political subdivision of this State.
    (e) "Public land" means any land owned, but does not include land leased as lessee, by the State of Illinois or its agencies, a State university created by statute, a municipality or a unit of local government.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/1

    (20 ILCS 3435/1) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c1)
    Sec. 1. The State of Illinois reserves to itself the exclusive right and privilege of regulating, exploring, excavating or surveying, through the Historic Preservation Agency, all archaeological and paleontological resources found upon or within any public lands.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/1.5

    (20 ILCS 3435/1.5)
    Sec. 1.5. O'Hare Modernization. Nothing in this Act limits the authority of the City of Chicago to exercise its powers under the O'Hare Modernization Act or requires that City, or any person acting on behalf of that City, to obtain a permit under this Act when acquiring property or otherwise exercising its powers under the O'Hare Modernization Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-450, eff. 8-6-03.)

20 ILCS 3435/1.75

    (20 ILCS 3435/1.75)
    Sec. 1.75. South Suburban Airport. The Illinois Department of Transportation, and any person acting on its behalf under a public-private agreement entered into in accordance with the Public-Private Agreements for the South Suburban Airport Act, is exempt from the permit requirements of this Act, provided that the Illinois Department of Transportation, or any such person, takes reasonable steps to comply with the provisions of this Act so long as compliance does not interfere with the design, development, operation, or maintenance of the South Suburban Airport or the exercise of their powers under the Public-Private Agreements for the South Suburban Airport Act.
(Source: P.A. 98-109, eff. 7-25-13.)

20 ILCS 3435/2

    (20 ILCS 3435/2) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c2)
    Sec. 2. Any deed hereafter given by the owner of public land may contain a clause reserving to the State a property right in any archaeological and paleontological resources or portion thereof and also reserving the right to explore and excavate for the same.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/3

    (20 ILCS 3435/3) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c3)
    Sec. 3. (a) It is unlawful for any person, either by himself or through an agent, to explore, excavate or collect any of the archaeological or paleontological resources protected by this Act, unless such person obtains a permit issued by the Historic Preservation Agency.
    (b) It is unlawful for any person, either by himself or through an agent, to knowingly disturb any archaeological or paleontological resource protected under this Act.
    (c) It is unlawful for any person, either by himself or through an agent, to offer any object for sale or exchange with the knowledge that it has been previously collected or excavated in violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/3.1

    (20 ILCS 3435/3.1) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c3.1)
    Sec. 3.1. The State's Attorney of the county in which a violation of Section 3 is alleged to have occurred, or the Attorney General, may be requested by the Director of the Historic Preservation Agency to initiate criminal prosecutions or to seek civil damages, injunctive relief and any other appropriate relief. The Historic Preservation Agency shall cooperate with the State's Attorney or the Attorney General. Persons aware of any violation of this Act shall contact the Historic Preservation Agency.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/3.2

    (20 ILCS 3435/3.2) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c3.2)
    Sec. 3.2. The Historic Preservation Agency is authorized to offer a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons who violate Section 3.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/5

    (20 ILCS 3435/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c5)
    Sec. 5. Any violation of Section 3 not involving the disturbance of human skeletal remains is a Class A misdemeanor and the violator shall be subject to imprisonment and a fine not in excess of $5,000; any subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony. Any violation of Section 3 involving disturbance of human skeletal remains is a Class 4 felony. Each disturbance of an archaeological site or a paleontological site shall constitute a single offense. Persons convicted of a violation of Section 3 shall also be liable for civil damages to be assessed by the land managing agency and the Historic Preservation Agency. Civil damages may include:
    (a) forfeiture of any and all equipment used in acquiring the protected material;
    (b) any and all costs incurred in cleaning, restoring, analyzing, accessioning and curating the recovered materials;
    (c) any and all costs associated with restoring the land to its original contour;
    (d) any and all costs associated with recovery of data and analyzing, publishing, accessioning and curating materials when the prohibited activity is so extensive as to preclude the restoration of the archaeological or paleontological site;
    (e) any and all costs associated with the determination and collection of the civil damages.
    When civil damages are recovered through the Attorney General, the proceeds shall be deposited into the Historic Sites Fund; when civil damages are recovered through the State's Attorney, the proceeds shall be deposited into the county fund designated by the county board.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/6

    (20 ILCS 3435/6) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c6)
    Sec. 6. (a) The Historic Preservation Agency, in consultation with the various State agencies owning or managing land for the use of the State of Illinois, shall develop regulations whereby permits may be issued for exploration or excavation of archaeological and paleontological resources. These permits shall be issued by the Historic Preservation Agency after consultation with the head of the land managing agency.
    (b) Permits to any person or entity other than the State of Illinois shall be issued in accordance with regulations which shall be promulgated by the Historic Preservation Agency.
    (c) Each permit shall specify all terms and conditions under which the investigation shall be carried out, including, but not limited to, location and nature of the investigation and plans for analysis and publication of the results. Upon completion of the project, the permit holder shall report its results to the Historic Preservation Agency for approval.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/7

    (20 ILCS 3435/7) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c7)
    Sec. 7. All materials and associated records remain the property of the State and are managed by the Illinois State Museum. The Illinois State Museum, in consultation with the Historic Preservation Agency, is authorized to establish long-term curation agreements with universities, museums and other organizations.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/8

    (20 ILCS 3435/8) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c8)
    Sec. 8. (a) The Illinois State Museum shall be exempt from the permit requirements established by this Act for lands under its direct management but shall register that exploration with the Historic Preservation Agency; such registration shall include the information required under subsection (c) of Section 6.
    (b) Any agency or department of the State of Illinois which has on its staff a professional archaeologist or paleontologist who meets the minimum qualifications established in Section 9 and which has in effect a memorandum of agreement with the Historic Preservation Agency for the protection, preservation and management of archaeological and paleontological resources shall be exempt from the permit requirements established by this Act.
    (c) Activities reviewed by the Historic Preservation Agency pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470f) shall be exempt from these permitting requirements.
    (d) Where a local government's activities are funded in whole or in part by a State agency and the funded activities are supervised or controlled by the State agency, the local government shall be exempt from the permit requirements established by this Act to the same extent that the State agency is exempt. The State agency shall be responsible for undertaking or causing to be undertaken any steps necessary to comply with this Act for those local government actions so exempted.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/9

    (20 ILCS 3435/9) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c9)
    Sec. 9. The Historic Preservation Agency shall, through rulemaking, establish minimum standards of education and experience for an archaeologist or paleontologist to qualify as a professional for the purpose of conducting activities for which a permit is required.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/10

    (20 ILCS 3435/10) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c10)
    Sec. 10. The Illinois State Museum, in cooperation with the Historic Preservation Agency, shall develop and maintain files containing information on known archaeological and paleontological sites in the State, whether on State controlled or privately owned property. The Historic Preservation Agency shall ensure the safety of those sites by promulgating regulations limiting access to those files as necessary.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3435/11

    (20 ILCS 3435/11) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c11)
    Sec. 11. The Historic Preservation Agency, in consultation with other State agencies and Departments that own or control land, shall promulgate such regulations as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-459; 86-707.)