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(70 ILCS 810/40)
(from Ch. 96 1/2, par. 6443)
The corporate authorities of forest preserve districts,
having the control or supervision of any forest preserves, may erect and
maintain within such forest preserves, under the control or supervision of
such corporate authorities, edifices to be used for the collection and
display of animals as customary in zoological parks, and may collect and
display such animals, or permit the directors or trustees of any zoological
society devoted to the purposes aforesaid to erect and maintain a
zoological park and to collect and display zoological collections within
any forest preserve now or hereafter under the control or supervision of
such forest preserve district, out of funds belonging to such zoological
society, or to contract with the directors or trustees of any zoological
society on such terms and conditions as may to such corporate authorities
seem best, relative to the erection, operation and maintenance of a
zoological park and the collection and display of such animals within such
forest preserve, out of the tax provided in Section 41.
Such forest preserve district may charge, or permit such
zoological society to charge an admission fee. The proceeds of such
admission fee shall be devoted exclusively to the operation and
maintenance of such zoological park and the collections therein. All
such zoological parks shall be open to the public without charge for a
period equivalent to 52 days each year. Beginning on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly through June 30, 2022, any such zoological parks shall be open to the public without charge for a period equivalent to 52 days. All such zoological parks shall be
open without charge to organized groups of children in attendance at
schools in the State. The managing authority of the zoological park may
limit the number of any such groups in any given day and may establish
other rules and regulations that reasonably ensure public safety,
accessibility, and convenience, including but not limited to standards of
conduct and supervision. Charges may be made at any time for special
services and for admission to special facilities within any zoological park
for the education, entertainment or convenience of visitors.
(Source: P.A. 101-640, eff. 6-12-20.)