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(20 ILCS 801/) Department of Natural Resources Act.

20 ILCS 801/Art. 1

 
    (20 ILCS 801/Art. 1 heading)
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS

20 ILCS 801/1-1

    (20 ILCS 801/1-1)
    Sec. 1-1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Department of Natural Resources Act.
(Source: P.A. 89-50, eff. 7-1-95; 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

20 ILCS 801/1-5

    (20 ILCS 801/1-5)
    Sec. 1-5. Purpose. It is the purpose of this Act to change the name of the Department of Conservation to the Department of Natural Resources and to transfer to it various rights, powers, duties, and functions of the Department of Energy and Natural Resources, the Department of Mines and Minerals, the Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Council, and the Division of Water Resources of the Department of Transportation. This Act also transfers certain recycling, energy, and oil overcharge functions of the Department of Energy and Natural Resources to the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (now Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) and certain functions of the Department of Conservation related to the Lincoln Monument to the Historic Preservation Agency. This Act consolidates and centralizes the programs and services now offered to citizens by these governmental bodies, resulting in more effective operation of these programs and services.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

20 ILCS 801/1-10

    (20 ILCS 801/1-10)
    Sec. 1-10. Definitions. For the purposes of this Act, unless the context otherwise requires:
    "Department" means the Department of Natural Resources.
    "Director" means the Director of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

20 ILCS 801/1-15

    (20 ILCS 801/1-15)
    Sec. 1-15. General powers and duties.
    (a) It shall be the duty of the Department to investigate practical problems, implement studies, conduct research and provide assistance, information and data relating to the technology and administration of the natural history, entomology, zoology, and botany of this State; the geology and natural resources of this State; the water and atmospheric resources of this State; and the archeological and cultural history of this State.
    (b) The Department (i) shall obtain, store, and process relevant data; recommend technological, administrative, and legislative changes and developments; cooperate with other federal, state, and local governmental research agencies, facilities, or institutes in the selection of projects for study; cooperate with the Board of Higher Education and with the public and private colleges and universities in this State in developing relevant interdisciplinary approaches to problems; and evaluate curricula at all levels of education and provide assistance to instructors and (ii) may sponsor an annual conference of leaders in government, industry, health, and education to evaluate the state of this State's environment and natural resources.
    (c) The Director, in accordance with the Personnel Code, shall employ such personnel, provide such facilities, and contract for such outside services as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of the Department. Maximum use shall be made of existing federal and state agencies, facilities, and personnel in conducting research under this Act.
    (d) In addition to its other powers, the Department has the following powers:
        (1) To obtain, store, process, and provide data and
    
information related to the powers and duties of the Department under this Act. This subdivision (d)(1) does not give authority to the Department to require reports from nongovernmental sources or entities.
        (2) To cooperate with and support the Illinois
    
Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the Illinois Coalition for the purpose of facilitating the effective operations and activities of such entities. Support may include, but need not be limited to, providing space for the operations of the Committee and the Illinois Coalition.
    (e) The Department is authorized to make grants to local not-for-profit organizations for the purposes of development, maintenance and study of wetland areas.
    (f) The Department has the authority to accept, receive and administer on behalf of the State any gifts, bequests, donations, income from property rental and endowments. Any such funds received by the Department shall be deposited into the Natural Resources Fund, a special fund which is hereby created in the State treasury, and used for the purposes of this Act or, when appropriate, for such purposes and under such restrictions, terms and conditions as are predetermined by the donor or grantor of such funds or property. Any accrued interest from money deposited into the Natural Resources Fund shall be reinvested into the Fund and used in the same manner as the principal. The Director shall maintain records which account for and assure that restricted funds or property are disbursed or used pursuant to the restrictions, terms or conditions of the donor.
    (g) The Department shall recognize, preserve, and promote our special heritage of recreational hunting and trapping by providing opportunities to hunt and trap in accordance with the Wildlife Code.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 91-582, eff. 8-14-99; 92-326, eff. 8-9-01.)

20 ILCS 801/1-17

    (20 ILCS 801/1-17)
    Sec. 1-17. Licenses; privacy protection.
    (a) For purposes of this Section, "license" means a license required under Article 3 of the Wildlife Code or under Article 20 of the Fish and Aquatic Life Code.
    (b) As soon as practicable, the Department must assign a customer identification number to each applicant for a license. After the applicant has been assigned a customer identification number, the applicant may use that customer identification number in place of his or her social security number on any subsequent application for a license. The Department must keep a record of the social security number of each applicant. The Department shall notify the applicant that his or her social security number is kept on file with the Department.
    (c) A licensee's social security number shall not appear on the face of his or her license.
(Source: P.A. 94-40, eff. 1-1-06.)

20 ILCS 801/1-20

    (20 ILCS 801/1-20)
    Sec. 1-20. Real property. The Department has the power:
    (a) To transfer jurisdiction of any realty under the control of the Department to any other Department of the State Government, or to any authority, commission or other agency of the State, and to acquire or accept federal lands, when such transfer, acquisition or acceptance is advantageous to the State and is approved in writing by the Governor.
    (b) To lease, from time to time, any land or property, with or without appurtenances, of which the Department has jurisdiction, and which are not immediately to be used or developed by the State; provided that no such lease be for a longer period of time than that in which it can reasonably be expected the State will not have use for such property, and further provided that no such lease be for a longer period of time than 5 years.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

20 ILCS 801/1-23

    (20 ILCS 801/1-23)
    Sec. 1-23. Joel D. Brunsvold Building. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Building located at One Natural Resources Way in Springfield, Illinois shall be known as the Joel D. Brunsvold Building.
(Source: P.A. 96-1545, eff. 3-10-11.)

20 ILCS 801/1-25

    (20 ILCS 801/1-25)
    Sec. 1-25. Powers of the State Museum. In addition to its other powers and duties, the Department shall have the following powers and duties which shall be performed by the State Museum:
        (1) To investigate and study the natural resources of
    
the State and to prepare printed reports and furnish information fundamental to the conservation and development of natural resources and for that purpose the officers and employees thereof may, pursuant to rule adopted by the Department, enter and cross all lands in this State, doing no damage to private property.
        (2) To cooperate with and advise departments having
    
administrative powers and duties relating to the natural resources of the State, and to cooperate with similar departments in other states and with the United States Government.
        (3) To cooperate with the Illinois State Academy of
    
Science and to publish a suitable number of the results of the investigations and research in the field of natural science to the end that the same may be distributed to the interested public.
        (4) To maintain a State Museum, and to collect and
    
preserve objects of scientific and artistic value, representing past and present fauna and flora, the life and work of man, geological history, natural resources, and the manufacturing and fine arts; to interpret for and educate the public concerning the foregoing.
        (5) To cooperate with the Illinois State Museum
    
Society for the mutual benefit of the Museum and the Society, with the Museum furnishing necessary space for the Society to carry on its functions and keep its records, and, upon the recommendation of the Museum Director with the approval of the Board of State Museum Advisors and the Director of the Department, to enter into agreements with the Illinois State Museum Society for the operation of a sales counter and other concessions for the mutual benefit of the Museum and the Society.
        (6) To accept grants of property and to hold property
    
to be administered as part of the State Museum for the purpose of preservation, research of interpretation of significant areas within the State for the purpose of preserving, studying and interpreting archaeological and natural phenomena.
        (7) To contribute to and support the operations,
    
programs and capital development of public museums in this State. For the purposes of this Section, "public museum" means a facility: (A) that is operating for the purposes of promoting cultural development through special activities or programs or through performing arts that are performed in an indoor setting, and acquiring, conserving, preserving, studying, interpreting, enhancing, and in particular, organizing and continuously exhibiting specimens, artifacts, articles, documents and other things of historical, anthropological, archaeological, industrial, scientific or artistic import, to the public for its instruction and enjoyment, and (B) that either (i) is operated by or located upon land owned by a unit of local government or (ii) is a museum that has an annual attendance of at least 150,000 and offers educational programs to school groups during school hours. A museum is eligible to receive funds for capital development under this subdivision (7) only if it is operated by or located upon land owned by a unit of local government or if it is certified by a unit of local government in which it is located as a public museum meeting the criteria of this Section. Recipients of funds for capital development under this subdivision (7) shall match State funds with local or private funding according to the following:
            (a) for a public museum with an attendance of
        
300,000 or less during the preceding calendar year, no match is required;
            (b) for a public museum with an attendance of
        
over 300,000 but less than 600,000 during the preceding calendar year, the match must be at a ratio of $1 from local and private funds for every $1 in State funds; and
            (c) for a public museum with an attendance of
        
over 600,000 during the preceding calendar year, the match must be at a ratio of $2 from local and private funds for every $1 in State funds.
        The Department shall formulate rules and regulations
    
relating to the allocation of any funds appropriated by the General Assembly for the purpose of contributing to the support of public museums in this State.
        (8) To perform all other duties and assume all
    
obligations of the former Department of Energy and Natural Resources and the former Department of Registration and Education pertaining to the State Museum.
(Source: P.A. 95-728, eff. 7-1-08 - See Sec. 999.)

20 ILCS 801/1-30

    (20 ILCS 801/1-30)
    Sec. 1-30. Badges. The Director must authorize to each Conservation Police Officer and to any other employee of the Department exercising the powers of a peace officer a distinct badge that, on its face, (i) clearly states that the badge is authorized by the Department and (ii) contains a unique identifying number. No other badge shall be authorized by the Department. Nothing in this Section prohibits the Director from issuing shields or other distinctive identification to employees not exercising the powers of a peace officer if the Director determines that a shield or distinctive identification is needed by the employee to carry out his or her responsibilities.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

20 ILCS 801/1-35

    (20 ILCS 801/1-35)
    Sec. 1-35. Aquifer study. The Department shall conduct a study to (i) develop an understanding of the geology of each aquifer in the State; (ii) determine the groundwater flow through the geologic units and the interaction of the groundwater with surface waters; (iii) analyze current groundwater withdrawals; and (iv) determine the chemistry of the geologic units and the groundwater in those units. Based upon information obtained from the study, the Department shall develop geologic and groundwater flow models for each underground aquifer in the State showing the impact of adding future wells or of future groundwater withdrawals.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

20 ILCS 801/1-40

    (20 ILCS 801/1-40)
    Sec. 1-40. Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach Marina; maintenance. The Department shall formulate and implement a 10-year program for the maintenance and reconstruction of the Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach Marina. The program shall be in place no later than January 1, 2008, and shall be known as the Adeline Jay Geo-Karis Illinois Beach Marina Program.
(Source: P.A. 95-522, eff. 8-28-07.)