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 1        AN ACT concerning land claims.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Attorney General Act is amended by adding
 5    Section 4e as follows:

 6        (15 ILCS 205/4e new)
 7        Sec. 4e. Recovery of lands; payment of  legal  fees.  The
 8    Attorney General may authorize, from funds available for that
 9    purpose,  the  payment  or  reimbursement  of  reasonable and
10    appropriate legal fees incurred by any person, unit of  local
11    government,  or  school district in defending any litigation,
12    action, or proceeding brought to  recover  lands  within  the
13    State  from  such person, unit of local government, or school
14    district, if the litigation, action, or proceeding  is  based
15    upon an allegation that the title or a beneficial interest in
16    the  title is derived from an invalid federal land patent and
17    the Attorney General finds that a loss of  State  sovereignty
18    or  jurisdiction  over  those lands or liability for rents or
19    damages may result if the land patent is held to be  invalid.
20    The  hourly rate for legal fees paid or reimbursed under this
21    Section shall not exceed the maximum hourly rate  customarily
22    paid  to  Special  Assistant  Attorneys  General.   The total
23    amount of legal fees paid or reimbursed  under  this  Section
24    shall  not  exceed  $100,000.  The payments or reimbursements
25    may be made from moneys appropriated to the Attorney  General
26    for    fiscal    year    2001   for   contractual   services,
27    notwithstanding any other law to the contrary.  The  Attorney
28    General  must,  no  later  than April 15, 2001, submit to the
29    General Assembly a detailed, written report indicating  which
30    fees  the Attorney General has or intends to pay or reimburse
31    and the basis for making the payment or reimbursement.   This
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 1    Section is repealed on July 1, 2001.

 2        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
 3    becoming law.

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