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Full Text of SB1623  103rd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force Act.
6    Section 5. Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force. The
7Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force is created. The
8Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force shall develop a
9statewide plan to connect existing local projects and new
10projects to create a cohesive statewide history of the
11Underground Railroad in Illinois, while developing new
12educational and tourism opportunities for this State.
13    Section 10. Task Force members.
14    (a) The Illinois Underground Railroad Task Force shall be
15composed of the following members:
16        (1) one member appointed by the President of the
17    Senate;
18        (2) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the
19    Senate;
20        (3) one member appointed by the Speaker of the House
21    of Representatives;
22        (4) one member appointed by the Minority Leader of the



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1    House of Representatives;
2        (5) one member appointed by the Governor;
3        (6) the Director of Natural Resources or the
4    Director's designee;
5        (7) the Director of the Illinois State Archives or the
6    Director's designee;
7        (8) the President of the Illinois State Historical
8    Society or the President's designee;
9        (9) the President of the NAACP Illinois State
10    Conference or the President's designee; and
11        (10) the Clerk of Tazewell County.
12    (b) The members of the Task Force shall serve without
14    (c) The Department of Natural Resources shall provide
15administrative and technical support to the Task Force. All
16members of the Task Force shall be appointed within 30 days
17after the effective date of this Act.
18    Section 15. Meetings, report.
19    (a) The Task Force shall meet at least 3 times with the
20first meeting occurring within 60 days after the effective
21date of this Act.
22    (b) The Task Force shall review available research,
23existing infrastructure and projects, best practices, and
24effective interventions to formulate recommendations.
25    (c) The Task Force shall prepare a report detailing the



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1Task Force's findings and recommendations and needed
2resources. The Task Force shall submit a report of its
3findings and recommendations to the General Assembly and the
4Governor on or before July 1, 2024.
5    Section 20. Repeal and dissolution of Task Force. The Task
6Force is dissolved, and this Act is repealed, on January 1,