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630 ILCS 5/15

    (630 ILCS 5/15)
    Sec. 15. Formation of public-private agreements; project planning.
    (a) Each responsible public entity may exercise the powers granted by this Act to do some or all to design, develop, construct, finance, and operate any part of one or more transportation projects through public-private agreements with one or more private entities, except for transportation projects for the Illiana Expressway as defined in the Public Private Agreements for the Illiana Expressway Act. The net proceeds, if any, arising out of a transportation project or public-private agreement undertaken by the Department pursuant to this Act shall be deposited into the Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Fund. The net proceeds arising out of a transportation project or public-private agreement undertaken by the Authority pursuant to this Act shall be deposited into the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority Fund and shall be used only as authorized by Section 23 of the Toll Highway Act.
    (b) The Authority may enter into a public-private partnership to design, develop, construct, finance, and operate new toll highways authorized by the Governor and the General Assembly pursuant to Section 14.1 of the Toll Highway Act, non-highway transportation projects on the toll highway system such as commuter rail or high-speed rail lines, and intelligent transportation infrastructure that will enhance the safety, efficiency, and environmental quality of the toll highway system. The Authority may operate or provide operational services such as toll collection on highways which are developed or financed, or both, through a public-private agreement entered into by another public entity, under an agreement with the public entity or contractor responsible for the transportation project.
    (c) A contractor has:
        (1) all powers allowed by law generally to a private
entity having the same form of organization as the contractor; and
        (2) the power to develop, finance, and operate the
transportation facility and to impose user fees in connection with the use of the transportation facility, subject to the terms of the public-private agreement.
    No tolls or user fees may be imposed by the contractor except as set forth in a public-private agreement.
    (d) Prior to commencing the procurement process under an unsolicited proposal or the issuance of any request for qualifications or request for proposals with respect to any potential project undertaken by a responsible public entity pursuant to Section 19 or 20 of this Act, the commencement of a procurement process for that particular potential project shall be authorized by joint resolution of the General Assembly.
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) Any project undertaken under this Act shall be subject to all applicable planning requirements otherwise required by law, including land use planning, regional planning, transportation planning, and environmental compliance requirements.
    (g) (Blank).
    (h) The responsible public entity shall hold one or more public hearings following its submittals to the General Assembly under subsection (d) of this Section. These public hearings shall address any potential project that the responsible public entity submitted to the General Assembly for review under subsection (d). The responsible public entity shall publish a notice of the hearing or hearings at least 7 days before a hearing takes place, and shall include the following in the notice: (i) the date, time, and place of the hearing and the address of the responsible public entity; (ii) a brief description of the potential projects that the responsible public entity is considering undertaking; and (iii) a statement that the public may comment on the potential projects.
(Source: P.A. 103-570, eff. 1-1-24.)