(20 ILCS 805/805-105)
(was 20 ILCS 805/63a2)
Conservation of fauna and flora.
The Department has the
power to take all measures necessary for the conservation,
preservation, distribution, introduction, propagation, and restoration
of the fauna and flora, except where other laws designate
responsibilities specifically to other governmental agencies. The Director
and authorized employees of the Department may expend sums the
Director deems necessary to purchase any fauna and flora or parts thereof
protected by the Department for use as evidence of a violation of the Fish
and Aquatic Life Code, the Wildlife Code, or any other Act administered by
Department and may employ persons to obtain that evidence.
is authorized to establish investigative cash funds for the purpose of
purchasing evidence or financing any investigation of persons suspected of
having violated those Acts. The investigative cash
funds shall be operated
and maintained on the imprest system, and no such fund shall exceed
$10,000. The Department is authorized to deposit the money in a
held bank account. The funds to be expended shall come from
donations, proceeds from the sale of flora and fauna no longer or not
needed as evidence that were purchased with investigative cash funds, and
appropriations to the Department for contractual services.
(Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)