(70 ILCS 605/12-7)
(from Ch. 42, par. 12-7)
for obstructing or injuring drain, drainage structure, levee or pumping
Whoever wilfully obstructs, injures or destroys any covered drain
constructed through the lands of others as provided in Section 2-6 of this
Act, or any other drain, levee, drainage structure or pumping plant,
whether private, mutual or district, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
The dumping of trash, refuse or debris into an open drain shall be treated
and considered as obstructing a drain.
The pollution of the water of any drain of any drainage district shall
be considered an injury to such drain, within the meaning of this Section.
Pollution shall be deemed to be wilful, within the meaning of this Section,
if the person, firm or corporation responsible for such pollution shall
allow the same to continue for more than 60 days after written notice from
the commissioners to abate the same.
Whoever wilfully cuts or breaches any private, mutual or district levee
is guilty of a Class 3 felony.
Any fines collected under this Section for the obstruction, injury or
destruction of a district drain, drainage structure or pumping plant or for
the cutting or breaching of any district levee shall be paid over to the
In addition to the criminal penalty imposed by this Section, whoever
wilfully or negligently obstructs, injures, cuts, breaches or destroys a
private, mutual or district drain or drainage structure, levee or pumping
plant is liable for the cost of repairing or reconstructing the same and
for any damage to lands, crops or other property that may have resulted
(Source: P.A. 77-2405