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525 ILCS 33/15
(525 ILCS 33/15)
Powers and duties.
The Department of Natural Resources has the
powers and duties:
(a) To develop and administer the Illinois Open Land Trust program.
(b) To acquire real property, including, but not limited
space and natural areas for conservation and recreation purposes. The lands
be held in (i) fee simple title or
(ii) conservation easements for natural areas, provided that
these mechanisms are all voluntary on the part of the landowners and do not
involve the use of eminent domain.
(c) To make grants to units of local government
Section 25 of this Act in consultation with the Natural Resources Advisory
(d) To make loans to units of local government
Section 30 of this Act in consultation with the Natural Resources Advisory
(e) To promulgate any rules, regulations, guidelines, and directives
implement the purposes of this Act.
(f) To execute contracts, grant or loan agreements, memoranda of
understanding, intergovernmental cooperation agreements, and any other
agreements with other
agencies and units of local government
that are necessary to implement this Act.
(g) To execute contracts, memoranda of understanding, and any other
agreements with not-for-profit corporations that are consistent with the
purpose of this Act.
(h) To accept grants, loans, or appropriations from the federal government
State, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, for the purposes of the
this Act, including to make loans of any funds and to enter into any agreement
federal government or the State, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, in
to the grants, loans, or appropriations.
(i) To establish any interest rates, terms of repayment, and other terms and
regarding loans made pursuant to this Act that the Department deems necessary
appropriate to protect the public interest and carry out the purposes of this
(j) To establish application, eligibility, selection, notification,
procedures, rules, or regulations deemed necessary and appropriate to carry out
provisions of this Act.
(k) To fix, determine, charge, and collect any premiums, fees, charges,
expenses, including, without limitation, any application fees, commitment fees,
fees, or financing charges from any person in connection with its activities
(l) To report annually to the Governor and the General Assembly on the
progress made in implementing this Act and on the status of all real property
acquired pursuant to
(Source: P.A. 91-220, eff. 7-21-99.)