(55 ILCS 5/2-5016) (from Ch. 34, par. 2-5016)
    Sec. 2-5016. Policy concerning exercise of powers by counties. It is the policy of this State that any county with a chief executive officer elected by the electors of the county may (1) exercise any power and perform any function pertaining to its government and affairs, or (2) exercise those powers within traditional areas of county activity, except as limited by the Illinois Constitution or a proper limiting statute, notwithstanding effects on competition.
    It is the intention of the General Assembly that the "State action exemption" to the application of federal antitrust statutes be fully available to counties to the extent their activities are authorized by law as stated herein.
(Source: P.A. 86-962.)