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92_HB4755 LRB9212035AGmb 1 AN ACT concerning conservation. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Illinois Open Land Trust Act is amended 5 by changing Section 5 as follows: 6 (525 ILCS 33/5) 7 Sec. 5. Legislative policy.
Policy.8 (a) The provision of lands for the conservation of 9 natural resources and public recreation promote the public 10 health, prosperity, and general welfare and are proper 11 responsibilities of State government. 12 (b) Lands now dedicated to these purposes are not 13 adequate to protect the quality of life and meet the needs of 14 an expanding population. 15 (c) Natural areas, wetlands, forests, prairies, open 16 spaces, and greenways provide critical habitat for fish and 17 wildlife and are in need of protection. 18 (d) The opportunity to acquire lands that are available 19 and appropriate for these purposes will gradually disappear 20 as their cost correspondingly increases. 21 (e) It is desirable to encourage partnerships among 22 federal, State, and local governments and not-for-profit 23 corporations for the acquisition of land for conservation and 24 recreation purposes. 25 (f) It is necessary and desirable to provide assistance 26 in the form of grants and loans to units of local government 27 to acquire lands that have significant conservation and 28 recreation attributes. 29 (Source: P.A. 91-220, eff. 7-21-99.)
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