(605 ILCS 5/9-103)
(from Ch. 121, par. 9-103)
Removal or possession of control device or sign; penalty.
Whenever a highway has been closed as provided in Section
9-102 or wherever traffic control devices or signs have been erected on any
highway as provided under this Code it is unlawful for any person to remove
or knowingly possess any such barrier, traffic control device or sign, or
the same, or to walk, ride or drive upon any part of such highway so
closed, except such persons as are duly authorized to do so.
Whoever knowingly violates the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of
Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of at least $500, as well as
any other penalty which may be imposed. In addition thereto, such
person convicted shall be
held liable for any and all damages caused to such highway, including, but
not limited to, any bridge or culvert work, traffic control device or sign,
by reason of such violation.
The highway authorities or their duly authorized agents in direct charge
of the work, are authorized to exercise in their respective jurisdictions,
all the common law and statutory powers conferred upon sheriffs, and such
highway authorities, or their duly authorized agents in direct charge of
the work aforesaid, shall arrest without process any person who violates
the provisions of this Section, and in so doing they shall be held to be
acting for the State.
Any person or persons so arrested shall be delivered by the person
making the arrest to some judge, sheriff, or police officer at some station
or place within the county in which the offense was committed, for trial,
according to law.
(Source: P.A. 88-673, eff. 7-1-95.)