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91_SB1975enr SB1975 Enrolled LRB9115007REdvB 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 This SB1975 Enrolled -2- LRB9115007REdvB 1 Section is repealed on July 1, 2001. 2 Section 99.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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