(70 ILCS 810/8)
(from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6411)
Any forest preserve district shall have power to acquire easements in land, lands
in fee simple and grounds within such district for the aforesaid purposes by
gift, grant, legacy, purchase or condemnation and to construct, lay out,
improve and maintain wells, power plants, comfort stations, shelter
houses, paths, driveways, roadways and other improvements and facilities
in and through such forest preserves as it shall deem necessary or
desirable for the use of such forest preserves by the public. Such forest
preserve districts shall also have power to lease not to exceed 40 acres of the
lands and grounds acquired by it, for a term of not more than 99 years
to veterans' organizations as grounds for convalescing sick veterans and veterans with disabilities, and as a place upon which to construct rehabilitation
quarters, or to a county as grounds for a county nursing home or
convalescent home. Any such forest preserve district shall also have
power to grant licenses, easements and rights-of-way for the
construction, operation and maintenance upon, under or across any
property of such district of facilities for water, sewage, telephone,
telegraph, electric, gas or other public service, subject to such terms
and conditions as may be determined by such district.
Whenever the board determines that
the public interest will be subserved by vacating any street, roadway,
or driveway, or part thereof, located within a forest preserve, it may
vacate that street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, by an
ordinance passed by the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of
all the members of the board.
The determination of the board that the nature and extent of the
public use or public interest to be subserved is such as to warrant the
vacation of any street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, is
conclusive, and the passage of such an ordinance is sufficient evidence
of that determination, whether so recited in the ordinance or not. The
relief to the public from further burden and responsibility of
maintaining any street, roadway or driveway, or part thereof,
constitutes a public use or public interest authorizing the vacation.
Nothing contained in this Section shall be construed to authorize the
board to vacate any street, roadway, or
driveway, or part thereof, that is part of any State or county highway.
When property is damaged by the vacation or closing of any street,
roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, damage shall be ascertained and
paid as provided by law.
Except in cases where the deed, or other instrument dedicating a
street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, has expressly provided
for a specific devolution of the title thereto upon the abandonment or
vacation thereof, whenever any street, roadway, or driveway, or part
thereof is vacated under or by virtue of any ordinance of any forest
preserve district, the title to the land in fee simple included within
the street, roadway, or driveway, or part thereof, so vacated vests in
the forest preserve district.
The board of any forest preserve district is authorized to sell at
fair market price, gravel, sand, earth and any other material obtained
from the lands and waters owned by the district.
(Source: P.A. 98-281, eff. 8-9-13; 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)