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92_HB4257enr HB4257 Enrolled LRB9212588BDdv 1 AN ACT concerning aquariums and museums. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Park District Aquarium and Museum Act is 5 amended by changing Section 1 as follows: 6 (70 ILCS 1290/1) (from Ch. 105, par. 326) 7 Sec. 1. The corporate authorities of cities and park 8 districts having the control or supervision of any public 9 park or parks, are hereby authorized to purchase, erect and 10 maintain within any public park or parks under the control or 11 supervision of such corporate authorities, edifices to be 12 used as aquariums or as museums of art, industry, science or 13 natural or other history, or to permit the directors or 14 trustees of any corporation or society organized for the 15 construction or maintenance and operation of an aquarium or 16 museum as hereinabove described to erect, enlarge, ornament, 17 build, rebuild, rehabilitate, improve, maintain and operate 18 its aquarium or museum or museums within any public park now 19 or hereafter under the control or supervision of any city or 20 park district, and to contract with any such directors or 21 trustees of any such aquarium, museum or museums relative to 22 the erection, enlargement, ornamentation, building, 23 rebuilding, rehabilitation, improvement, maintenance and 24 operation thereof. Any city or park district may charge, or 25 permit such an aquarium or museum to charge, an admission 26 fee.
: Provided, thatAny such aquarium or museum, however, 27 shall be open to the publicwithout charge for at least one28 day each week, and, when accompanied by a teacher, to the 29 children in actual attendance upon grades kindergarten 30 through twelve in any of the schools in this State at all 31 times. During a 2-year period beginning on the effective dateHB4257 Enrolled -2- LRB9212588BDdv 1 of this amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly,Any such 2 aquarium or museum, however, must be open to the public 3 without charge for a period equivalent to 52 days, at least 6 4 of which must be during the period from June through August, 5 each year , instead of at least one day each week. 6 Notwithstanding said provisions, charges may be made at any 7 time for special services and for admission to special 8 facilities within any aquarium or museum for the education, 9 entertainment or convenience of visitors. The proceeds of 10 such admission fees and charges for special services and 11 special facilities shall be devoted exclusively to the 12 purposes for which the tax authorized by Section 2 hereof may 13 be used. If any owner or owners of any lands or lots abutting 14 or fronting on any such public park, or adjacent thereto, 15 have any private right, easement, interest or property in 16 such public park appurtenant to their lands or lots or 17 otherwise, which would be interfered with by the erection and 18 maintenance of any aquarium or museum as hereinbefore 19 provided, or any right to have such public park remain open 20 or vacant and free from buildings, the corporate authorities 21 of the city or park district having control of such park, may 22 condemn the same in the manner prescribed for the exercise of 23 the right of eminent domain under Article VII of the Code of 24 Civil Procedure, as now or hereafter amended. 25 (Source: P.A. 91-918, eff. 7-7-00.)
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