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(20 ILCS 3420/) Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act.

20 ILCS 3420/1

    (20 ILCS 3420/1) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c21)
    Sec. 1. Purposes. The purpose of this Act is to provide Illinois State government leadership in preserving, restoring, and maintaining the historic resources of the State. It is the purpose of this Act to establish a program whereby State agencies (1) administer the historic resources under their control to foster and enhance their availability to future generations, (2) prepare policies and plans to contribute to the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of State-owned historic resources for the inspiration and benefit of the people, and (3) in consultation with the Director of Natural Resources, institute procedures to ensure that State projects consider the preservation and enhancement of both State owned and non-State owned historic resources.
(Source: P.A. 100-695, eff. 8-3-18.)

20 ILCS 3420/2

    (20 ILCS 3420/2) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c22)
    Sec. 2. Short Title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois State Agency Historic Resources Preservation Act".
(Source: P.A. 86-707.)

20 ILCS 3420/3

    (20 ILCS 3420/3) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c23)
    Sec. 3. Definitions.
    (a) "Director" means the Director of Natural Resources, or his or her designee.
    (b) "Agency" shall have the same meaning as in Section 1-20 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, and shall specifically include all agencies and entities made subject to such Act by any State statute.
    (c) "Historic resource" means any property which is either publicly or privately held and which:
        (1) is listed in the National Register of Historic
Places (hereafter "National Register");
        (2) has been formally determined by the Director to
be eligible for listing in the National Register as defined in Section 106 of Title 16 of the United States Code;
        (3) has been nominated by the Director and the
Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council for listing in the National Register;
        (4) meets one or more criteria for listing in the
National Register, as determined by the Director; or
        (5) (blank).
    (d) "Adverse effect" means:
        (1) destruction or alteration of all or part of an
historic resource;
        (2) isolation or alteration of the surrounding
environment of an historic resource;
        (3) introduction of visual, audible, or atmospheric
elements which are out of character with an historic resource or which alter its setting;
        (4) neglect or improper utilization of an historic
resource which results in its deterioration or destruction; or
        (5) transfer or sale of an historic resource to any
public or private entity without the inclusion of adequate conditions or restrictions regarding preservation, maintenance, or use.
    (e) "Comment" means the written finding by the Director of the effect of a State undertaking on an historic resource.
    (f) "Undertaking" means any project, activity, or program that can result in changes in the character or use of historic property, if any historic property is located in the area of potential effects. The project, activity or program shall be under the direct or indirect jurisdiction of a State agency or licensed or assisted by a State agency. An undertaking includes, but is not limited to, action which is:
        (1) directly undertaken by a State agency;
        (2) supported in whole or in part through State
contracts, grants, subsidies, loan guarantees, or any other form of direct or indirect funding assistance; or
        (3) carried out pursuant to a State lease, permit,
license, certificate, approval, or other form of entitlement or permission.
    (g) "Committee" means the Historic Preservation Mediation Committee.
    (h) "Feasible" means capable of being accomplished in a successful manner within a reasonable period of time, taking into account economic, environmental, social, and technological factors.
    (i) "Private undertaking" means any undertaking that does not receive public funding or is not on public lands.
    (j) "High probability area" means any occurrence of Cahokia Alluvium, Carmi Member of the Equality Formation, Grayslake Peat, Parkland Sand, Peyton Colluvium, the Batavia Member of the Henry Formation, or the Mackinaw Member, as mapped by Lineback et al. (1979) at a scale of 1-500,000 within permanent stream floodplains and including:
        (1) 500 yards of the adjoining bluffline crest of the
Fox, Illinois, Kankakee, Kaskaskia, Mississippi, Ohio, Rock and Wabash Rivers and 300 yards of the adjoining bluffline crest of all other rivers or
        (2) a 500 yard wide area along the shore of Lake
Michigan abutting the high water mark.
(Source: P.A. 100-695, eff. 8-3-18.)

20 ILCS 3420/4

    (20 ILCS 3420/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c24)
    Sec. 4. State agency undertakings.
    (a) As early in the planning process as may be practicable and prior to the approval of the final design or plan of any undertaking by a State agency, or prior to the funding of any undertaking by a State agency, or prior to an action of approval or entitlement of any private undertaking by a State agency, written notice of the project shall be given to the Director either by the State agency or the recipients of its funds, permits or licenses. The State agency shall consult with the Director to determine the documentation requirements necessary for identification and treatment of historic resources. For the purposes of identification and evaluation of historic resources, the Director may require archaeological and historic investigations. Responsibility for notice and documentation may be delegated by the State agency to a local or private designee.
    (b) Within 30 days after receipt of complete and correct documentation of a proposed undertaking, the Director shall review and comment to the agency on the likelihood that the undertaking will have an adverse effect on a historic resource. In the case of a private undertaking, the Director shall, not later than 30 days following the receipt of an application with complete documentation of the undertaking, either approve that application allowing the undertaking to proceed or tender to the applicant a written statement setting forth the reasons for the requirement of an archaeological investigation. If there is no action within 30 days after the filing of the application with the complete documentation of the undertaking, the applicant may deem the application approved and may proceed with the undertaking. Thereafter, all requirements for archaeological investigations are waived under this Act.
    (c) If the Director finds that an undertaking will adversely affect an historic resource or is inconsistent with agency policies, the State agency shall consult with the Director and shall discuss alternatives to the proposed undertaking which could eliminate, minimize, or mitigate its adverse effect. During the consultation process, the State agency shall explore all feasible and prudent plans which eliminate, minimize, or mitigate adverse effects on historic resources. Grantees, permittees, licensees, or other parties in interest and representatives of national, State, and local units of government and public and private organizations may participate in the consultation process. The process may involve on-site inspections and public informational meetings pursuant to regulations issued by the Department of Natural Resources.
    (d) The State agency and the Director may agree that there is a feasible and prudent alternative which eliminates, minimizes, or mitigates the adverse effect of the undertaking. Upon such agreement, or if the State agency and the Director agree that there are no feasible and prudent alternatives which eliminate, minimize, or mitigate the adverse effect, the Director shall prepare a Memorandum of Agreement describing the alternatives or stating the finding. The State agency may proceed with the undertaking once a Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by both the State agency and the Director.
    (e) After the consultation process, the Director and the State agency may fail to agree on the existence of a feasible and prudent alternative which would eliminate, minimize, or mitigate the adverse effect of the undertaking on the historic resource. If no agreement is reached, the agency shall call a public meeting in the county where the undertaking is proposed within 60 days. If, within 14 days following conclusion of the public meeting, the State agency and the Director fail to agree on a feasible and prudent alternative, the proposed undertaking, with supporting documentation, shall be submitted to the Historic Preservation Mediation Committee. The document shall be sufficient to identify each alternative considered by the Agency and the Director during the consultation process and the reason for its rejection.
    (f) The Mediation Committee shall consist of the Director and 5 persons appointed by the Director for terms of 3 years each, each of whom shall be no lower in rank than a division chief and each of whom shall represent a different State agency. An agency that is a party to mediation shall be notified of all hearings and deliberations and shall have the right to participate in deliberations as a non-voting member of the Committee. Within 30 days after submission of the proposed undertaking, the Committee shall meet with the Director and the submitting agency to review each alternative considered by the State agency and the Director and to evaluate the existence of a feasible and prudent alternative. In the event that the Director and the submitting agency continue to disagree, the Committee shall provide a statement of findings or comments setting forth an alternative to the proposed undertaking or stating the finding that there is no feasible or prudent alternative. The State agency shall consider the written comments of the Committee and shall respond in writing to the Committee before proceeding with the undertaking.
    (g) When an undertaking is being reviewed pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the procedures of this law shall not apply and any review or comment by the Director on such undertaking shall be within the framework or procedures of the federal law. This subsection shall not prevent the Department of Natural Resources from entering into an agreement with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to substitute this Act and its procedures for procedures set forth in Council regulations found in 36 C.F.R. Part 800.7. A State undertaking that is necessary to prevent an immediate and imminent threat to life or property shall be exempt from the requirements of this Act. Where possible, the Director shall be consulted in the determination of the exemption. In all cases, the agency shall provide the Director with a statement of the reasons for the exemption and shall have an opportunity to comment on the exemption. The statement and the comments of the Director shall be included in the annual report of the Department of Natural Resources as a guide to future actions. The provisions of this Act do not apply to undertakings pursuant to the Illinois Oil and Gas Act, the Surface-Mined Land Conservation and Reclamation Act and the Surface Coal Mining Land Conservation and Reclamation Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-695, eff. 8-3-18.)

20 ILCS 3420/5

    (20 ILCS 3420/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c25)
    Sec. 5. Responsibilities of the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation.
    (a) The Director shall include in the Department's annual report an outline of State agency actions on which comment was requested or issued under this Act.
    (b) The Director shall maintain a current list of all historic resources owned, operated, or leased by the State and appropriate maps indicating the location of all such resources. These maps shall be in a form available to the public and State agencies, except that the location of archaeological resources shall be excluded.
    (c) The Director shall make rules and issue appropriate guidelines to implement this Act. These shall include, but not be limited to, regulations for holding on-site inspections, public information meetings and procedures for consultation, mediation, and resolutions by the Committee pursuant to subsections (e) and (f) of Section 4.
    (d) The Director shall (1) assist, to the fullest extent possible, the State agencies in their identification of properties for inclusion in an inventory of historic resources, including provision of criteria for evaluation; (2) provide information concerning professional methods and techniques for preserving, improving, restoring, and maintaining historic resources when requested by State agencies; and (3) help facilitate State agency compliance with this Act.
    (e) The Director shall monitor the implementation of actions of each State agency which have an effect, either adverse or beneficial, on an historic resource.
    (f) The Department of Natural Resources shall manage and control the preservation, conservation, inventory, and analysis of fine and decorative arts, furnishings, and artifacts of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield, the Governor's offices in the Capitol in Springfield and the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, and the Hayes House in DuQuoin. The Department of Natural Resources shall manage the preservation and conservation of the buildings and grounds of the Illinois Executive Mansion in Springfield. The Governor shall appoint a Curator of the Executive Mansion, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to assist the Department of Natural Resources in carrying out the duties under this item (f). The person appointed Curator must have experience in historic preservation or as a curator. The Curator shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The Governor shall determine the compensation of the Curator, which shall not be diminished during the term of appointment.
(Source: P.A. 100-695, eff. 8-3-18.)

20 ILCS 3420/6

    (20 ILCS 3420/6) (from Ch. 127, par. 133c26)
    Sec. 6. Review of private undertakings.
    (a) The Department shall adopt standards, including maps, in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, for determining whether a private undertaking will affect a high probability area for the statewide occurrence of archaeological resources. The Illinois State Museum shall propose to the Department maps of high probability areas for each county in the State that the Department shall consider in creating its standards. The maps shall be made available to any interested person and shall be filed with all regional planning commissions to assist in the planning process.
    (b) High probability area maps for each county in the State shall be prepared by the Illinois State Museum and submitted to the Department. Until maps for a particular county are adopted by the Department as rule, the Director's review within that county for archaeological resources shall be limited to determining whether there are known archaeological sites within the area of the undertaking. If there are no known sites, the Director shall so notify the State agency or the local or private designee responsible for the private undertaking and the undertaking may proceed. If there is a known archaeological site within the undertaking, the Director shall so notify the state agency or the local or private designee responsible for the private undertaking and may require additional archaeological investigations.
    (c) The Director shall not require archaeological investigations for private undertakings outside high probability areas unless the undertaking may affect a known archaeological site. An archaeological investigation may be required only on that portion of property within a high probability area or where a known site exists on that property. Archaeological investigations shall be required in high probability areas unless the Director indicates that such investigations are not necessary.
(Source: P.A. 87-847.)