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 1        AN ACT to amend the Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park Act.

 2        WHEREAS, The Wildlife Prairie Park  (the  "Park")  is  an
 3    approximately    1,200  acre  park,  established  in the late
 4    1960's and opened in 1978, that is located in  Peoria  County
 5    and    contains   woodlands,   grasslands,   hiking   trails,
 6    educational exhibits, miniature trains, and museum,  banquet,
 7    food service, and lodging accommodations; and

 8        WHEREAS,  The Park is home to elk, bison, bears, raptors,
 9    and several other species of animals that are all  native  to
10    the  State  of  Illinois,  many of which can be found only in
11    this Park; and further,  these  animals  are  kept  in  large
12    free-roaming  areas  so that people can observe them in their
13    natural habitats; and

14        WHEREAS,  The  mission  of  the  Park   is   to   promote
15    conservation, education, recreation, and tourism; and

16        WHEREAS,  Although  Bill  and  Hazel  Rutherford were the
17    founders and  inspiration  for  the  Park,  many  others  who
18    believe  in  their  dreams  have  donated  materials,  money,
19    supplies, and their talents and time and run the Park; and

20        WHEREAS, Thanks to the exceptional generosity of Bill and
21    Hazel  Rutherford,  future generations of Illinoisans will be
22    able to enjoy this unique natural preserve; and

23        WHEREAS, Bill and Hazel Rutherford, the  owners  of  this
24    Park,  wanted  to  give  the  Park to a public body that will
25    oversee its operations and continue to maintain the Park with
26    the same standard in which it was created; therefore

27        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
28    represented in the General Assembly:

29        Section  5.   The  Illinois  Wildlife Prairie Park Act is
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 1    amended by changing Sections 1, 5, 10, 15, and 50 as follows:

 2        (20 ILCS 4029/1)
 3        Sec. 1. Short title.   This  Act  may  be  cited  as  the
 4    Rutherford Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park Act.
 5    (Source: P.A. 90-501, eff. 8-19-97.)

 6        (20 ILCS 4029/5)
 7        Sec.   5.  Purpose.   The  Rutherford  Illinois  Wildlife
 8    Prairie Park Commission shall be  responsible  for  providing
 9    for  the  continuing conservation, operation, and maintenance
10    of the Rutherford Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park.
11    (Source: P.A. 90-501, eff. 8-19-97.)

12        (20 ILCS 4029/10)
13        Sec. 10.  Definitions.  As used in this Act,  unless  the
14    context otherwise  requires:
15        "Commission"   means  the  Rutherford  Illinois  Wildlife
16    Prairie Park Commission created by this Act.
17        "Foundation"   means   the    Wildlife    Prairie    Park
18    Not-For-Profit  Illinois  Corporation  having  its  principal
19    place of business in Peoria County, Illinois.
20        "Rutherford  Illinois  Wildlife  Prairie  Park" means the
21    Wildlife Prairie Park located in Peoria County, Illinois.
22    (Source: P.A. 90-501, eff. 8-19-97.)

23        (20 ILCS 4029/15)
24        Sec.  15.   Rutherford  Illinois  Wildlife  Prairie  Park
25    Commission. The Rutherford  Illinois  Wildlife  Prairie  Park
26    Commission  is  created  to  accept moneys from the State and
27    other private or public entities on behalf of the  Rutherford
28    Illinois  Wildlife  Prairie Park and to oversee the financial
29    management of any such moneys used for  the  benefit  of  the
30    Rutherford  Illinois  Wildlife  Prairie Park.  The Commission
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 1    shall be composed of 5 members.  Membership of the Commission
 2    shall be composed of the Lieutenant Governor,  who  shall  be
 3    the chairman of the Commission, and 4 other persons appointed
 4    by  the  Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate,
 5    who have demonstrated an interest in  recreation,  education,
 6    and  the  conservation  of  natural  resources, including the
 7    propagation of wild flowers and plants and  the  habitat  for
 8    native  fauna.   All members shall be ex officio directors of
 9    the board of the Foundation or  the  Foundation's  successor.
10    Members  of the Commission appointed by the Governor shall be
11    appointed for terms of 4 years and until their successors are
12    appointed;  provided  that   of   the   Commissioners   first
13    appointed, one shall serve a term of 2 years, one shall serve
14    a  term  of  3  years,  and 2 shall serve terms of 4 years as
15    determined by drawing lots.  Members of the Commission  shall
16    receive  no compensation for their services, except for their
17    actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance  of
18    their official duties.  Three members of the Commission shall
19    constitute a quorum to do business, and the concurrence of at
20    least  3  members  shall  be  necessary  for a decision.  The
21    Commission shall hold regular  quarterly  meetings.   Special
22    meetings may be called by the chairperson and shall be called
23    on the request of a majority of members, as may be required.
24        The  Commission  shall  provide  for  the proper and safe
25    keeping of its permanent records. It shall keep a  system  of
26    accounts  showing  a true and accurate record of its receipts
27    and disbursements, and it shall cause an audit to be made  of
28    its books, records, and accounts.
29        The  records of the Commission shall be subject to public
30    inspection  at  all    reasonable  hours   and   under   such
31    regulations as the members may prescribe.
32        The  Commission  shall  annually make a full and complete
33    report to the  Governor  and  the  General  Assembly  of  the
34    transactions   and  operations  of  the  Commission  for  the
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 1    preceding year.  The report shall contain a full statement of
 2    the Commission's receipts and disbursements and  the  program
 3    of  work  for  the  period  covered,  and  may  include  such
 4    recommendations as may be  deemed advisable.
 5        This  Section  is  subject  to  the provisions of Section
 6    405-500 of the Department of Central Management Services  Law
 7    (20 ILCS 405/405-500).
 8    (Source:  P.A.  90-501,  eff.  8-19-97; 90-609, eff. 6-30-98;
 9    91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)

10        (20 ILCS 4029/50)
11        Sec.  50.  Acceptance  of  conveyance.   The   State   of
12    Illinois  may  accept  a deed of conveyance of the Rutherford
13    Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park along with  its  appurtenances
14    in trust as provided in the deed of conveyance.
15    (Source: P.A. 90-501, eff. 8-19-97.)

16        Section  10.   The  Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park Act is
17    amended by changing the title as follows:

18        (20 ILCS 4029/Act title)
19        An  Act  concerning  the  Rutherford  Illinois   Wildlife
20    Prairie Park.

21        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
22    becoming law.

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