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EXECUTIVE BRANCH20 ILCS 801/Art. 1
(20 ILCS 801/) Department of Natural Resources Act.
(20 ILCS 801/Art. 1 heading)
20 ILCS 801/1-1
(20 ILCS 801/1-1)
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)
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
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)
20 ILCS 801/1-10
(20 ILCS 801/1-10)
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)
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
of education and provide assistance to instructors and (ii) may
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
(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
(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)
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
(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)
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)
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)
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
(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)
The Director must authorize to each Conservation Police
and to any other employee of the Department exercising the powers of a peace
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
Nothing in this Section prohibits the Director from issuing shields or other
identification to employees not exercising the powers of a peace officer if the
that a shield or distinctive identification is needed by the employee to carry
out his or her
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)
20 ILCS 801/1-35
(20 ILCS 801/1-35)
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)
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.)