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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 862/) Recreational Trails of Illinois Act.

20 ILCS 862/1

    (20 ILCS 862/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Recreational Trails of Illinois Act.
(Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98.)

20 ILCS 862/5

    (20 ILCS 862/5)
    Sec. 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds that:
    (1) Recreation is an important industry in the State of Illinois and its growth should be encouraged.
    (2) The establishment and maintenance of recreational trails by the State of Illinois is important for the promotion of recreation and conservation.
    (3) The federal government has emphasized the importance of recreational trails by enacting the Symms National Recreational Trails Act of 1991 (P.L. 102-240, Sec. 1301).
    (4) Illinois should adopt a comprehensive recreational trails Act for the establishment and maintenance of recreational trails.
(Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98.)

20 ILCS 862/10

    (20 ILCS 862/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Board" means the State Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Advisory Board.
    "Department" means the Department of Natural Resources.
    "Director" means the Director of Natural Resources.
    "Fund" means the Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund.
    "Off-highway vehicle" means a motor-driven recreational vehicle capable of cross-country travel on natural terrain without benefit of a road or trail, including an all-terrain vehicle and off-highway motorcycle as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code. "Off-highway vehicle" does not include a snowmobile; a motorcycle; a watercraft; snow-grooming equipment when used for its intended purpose; or an aircraft.
    "Recreational trail" means a thoroughfare or track across land or snow, used for recreational purposes such as bicycling, cross-country skiing, day hiking, equestrian activities, jogging or similar fitness activities, trail biking, overnight and long-distance backpacking, snowmobiling, aquatic or water activity, and vehicular travel by motorcycle or off-highway vehicles.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/15

    (20 ILCS 862/15)
    Sec. 15. Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund.
    (a) The Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. Money from federal, State, and private sources may be deposited into the Fund. Fines assessed by the Department of Natural Resources for citations issued to off-highway vehicle operators shall be deposited into the Fund. All interest accrued on the Fund shall be deposited into the Fund.
    (b) All money in the Fund shall be used, subject to appropriation, by the Department for the following purposes:
        (1) Grants for construction of off-highway vehicle
    
recreational trails on county, municipal, other units of local government, or private lands where a recreational need for the construction is shown.
        (2) Grants for maintenance and construction of
    
off-highway vehicle recreational trails on federal lands, where permitted by law.
        (3) Grants for development of off-highway vehicle
    
trail-side facilities in accordance with criteria approved by the National Recreational Trails Advisory Committee.
        (4) Grants for acquisition of property from willing
    
sellers for off-highway vehicle recreational trails when the objective of a trail cannot be accomplished by other means.
        (5) Grants for development of urban off-highway
    
vehicle trail linkages near homes and workplaces.
        (6) Grants for maintenance of existing off-highway
    
vehicle recreational trails, including the grooming and maintenance of trails across snow.
        (7) Grants for restoration of areas damaged by usage
    
of off-highway vehicle recreational trails and back country terrain.
        (8) Grants for provision of features that facilitate
    
the access and use of off-highway vehicle trails by persons with disabilities.
        (9) Grants for acquisition of easements for
    
off-highway vehicle trails or for trail corridors.
        (10) Grants for a rider education and safety program.
        (11) Administration, enforcement, planning, and
    
implementation of this Act and all Sections of the Illinois Vehicle Code which regulate the operation of off-highway vehicles as defined in this Act.
    (c) The Department may not use the money from the Fund for the following purposes:
        (1) Condemnation of any kind of interest in property.
        (2) Construction of any recreational trail on
    
National Forest System land for motorized uses unless those lands have been allocated for uses other than wilderness by an approved forest land and resource management plan or have been released to uses other than wilderness by an Act of Congress, and the construction is otherwise consistent with the management direction in the approved land and resource management plan.
        (3) Construction of motorized recreational trails on
    
Department owned or managed land.
    (d) The Department shall establish a program to administer grants from the Fund to units of local government, not-for-profit organizations, and other groups to operate, maintain, and acquire land for off-highway vehicle parks that are open and accessible to the public.
    (e) The monies deposited into the Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund under this Section shall not be subject to administrative charges or chargebacks unless otherwise authorized by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-279, eff. 1-1-10; 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/20

    (20 ILCS 862/20)
    Sec. 20. State Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Advisory Board.
    (a) There is created the State Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Advisory Board. The Board shall consist of 5 members, one from each of the following organizations, except for the Illinois off-road riders and all-terrain vehicle clubs, which shall have 2 members, appointed by the Director from nominations submitted by the following organizations:
        (1) The Department of Natural Resources, to vote only
    
in the case of a tie.
        (2) (Blank).
        (3) The American Motorcycle Association.
        (4) ABATE of Illinois.
        (5) Illinois off-road riders and all-terrain vehicle
    
clubs.
    The length of terms of members shall be 2 years, beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31. The Board shall meet beginning in January of 1998. Procedures for conduct of the Board's business shall be established by the Department by rule. Two members of the Board shall also be members of the Department's Illinois Trails Advisory Board.
    (b) The Board shall evaluate and recommend to the Director recreational trail projects for funding consistent with the purposes set forth in subsection (b) of Section 15. To the extent practicable and consistent with other requirements of this Act, the Board and the Director shall give preference to project proposals that:
        (1) provide for the greatest number of compatible
    
recreational purposes including, but not limited to, those described under the definition of "recreational trail" in Section 10;
        (2) provide for innovative recreational trail
    
corridor sharing to accommodate motorized recreational trail use; or
        (3) provide for seasonal designation of trails.
(Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98; 91-441, eff. 1-1-00.)

20 ILCS 862/25

    (20 ILCS 862/25)
    Sec. 25. Use of funds on private lands; conditions. As a condition to making available moneys for work on recreational trails that would affect privately owned land, the Department shall obtain written assurances that the owner of the property will cooperate and participate as necessary in the activities to be conducted. Any use of moneys on private lands must be accompanied by an easement or other legally binding agreement that ensures public access to the recreational trail improvements funded by those moneys.
(Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98.)

20 ILCS 862/26

    (20 ILCS 862/26)
    Sec. 26. Operation of off-highway vehicles without an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp. Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall, on or after July 1, 2013, operate any off-highway vehicle within the State unless the off-highway vehicle has attached an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp purchased and displayed in accordance with the provisions of this Act. The Department shall adopt rules for the purchase of Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamps. The fee for an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp shall be $15 annually and shall expire the March 31st following the year displayed on the Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp. The Department shall deposit $5 from the sale of each Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp into the Conservation Police Operations Assistance Fund. The Department shall deposit $10 from the sale of each Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp into the Park and Conservation Fund. The monies deposited into the Conservation Police Operations Assistance Fund or the Park and Conservation Fund under this Section shall not be subject to administrative charges or chargebacks unless otherwise authorized by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/28

    (20 ILCS 862/28)
    Sec. 28. Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp display. The Department shall issue to the off-highway vehicle operator an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp in accordance with Section 26 of this Act. The owner shall prominently display the stamp on the forward half of the off-highway vehicle.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/30

    (20 ILCS 862/30)
    Sec. 30. Owner responsibility. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any off-highway vehicle to knowingly allow any minor child to operate his or her off-highway vehicle in violation of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/32

    (20 ILCS 862/32)
    Sec. 32. Destruction, sale, or transfer of Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamps. The operator of any off-highway vehicle shall be required to purchase a new Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp if a previous Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp is destroyed, lost, stolen, or mutilated beyond legibility. A valid Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp already displayed on an off-highway vehicle that is sold or transferred shall remain valid until such time the stamp is expired.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/34

    (20 ILCS 862/34)
    Sec. 34. Exception from display of Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamps. The operator of an off-highway vehicle shall not be required to display an Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp if the off-highway vehicle is:
        (1) owned and used by the United States, the State of
    
Illinois, another state, or a political subdivision thereof, but these off-highway vehicles shall prominently display the name of the owner on the off-highway vehicle;
        (2) operated on lands where the owner permanently
    
resides; this exception shall not apply to clubs, associations, lands leased for hunting or recreational purposes, or to off-highway vehicles being used by outfitters as defined in the Wildlife Code as part of their outfitting business;
        (3) used only on international or national
    
competition circuits in events for which written permission has been obtained by the sponsoring or sanctioning body from the governmental unit having jurisdiction over the location of any event held in this State;
        (4) while being used for activities associated with
    
farming or livestock production operations; or
        (5) while being used on an off-highway vehicle grant
    
assisted site and the off-highway vehicle displays a Off-Highway Vehicle Access decal.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/36

    (20 ILCS 862/36)
    Sec. 36. Falsification. No person shall falsely alter or change in any manner the Off-Highway Vehicle Usage Stamp issued under the provisions of this Act, or falsify any record required by this Act, or counterfeit any form of license provided for by this Act. Any person found guilty of this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/38

    (20 ILCS 862/38)
    Sec. 38. Penalties. Except as otherwise provided in Section 36 of this Act, any person who violates any of the provisions of this Act, including administrative rules, shall be guilty of a petty offense.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/40

    (20 ILCS 862/40)
    Sec. 40. Inspection authority. Agents of the Department or other duly authorized police officers may stop and inspect any off-highway vehicle at any time for the purposes of determining if the provisions of this Act are being complied with. If the inspecting officer or agent discovers any violation of the provisions of this Act, he or she shall issue a summons to the operator of the off-highway vehicle requiring that the operator appear before the circuit court for the county within which the offense was committed.
(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)

20 ILCS 862/45

    (20 ILCS 862/45)
    Sec. 45. Public access sticker.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), after January 1, 1998, a person may not operate and an owner may not give permission to another to operate an off-highway vehicle on land or lands or waters in public off-highway vehicle parks paid for, operated, or supported by the grant program established under subsection (d) of Section 15 unless the off-highway vehicle displays an off-highway vehicle public access sticker in a manner prescribed by the Department by rule.
    (b) An off-highway vehicle does not need a public access sticker if the off-highway vehicle is used on private land or if the off-highway vehicle is owned by the State, the federal government, or a unit of local government.
    (c) The Department shall issue the public access stickers and shall charge the following fees:
        (1) $30 for 3 years for individuals.
        (2) $50 for 3 years for rental units.
        (3) $75 for 3 years for dealer and manufacturer
    
demonstrations and research.
        (4) $50 for 3 years for an all-terrain vehicle or
    
off-highway motorcycle used for production agriculture, as defined in Section 3-821 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
        (5) $50 for 3 years for residents of a State other
    
than Illinois that does not have a reciprocal agreement with the Department, pursuant to subsection (d).
        (6) $50 for 3 years for an all-terrain vehicle or
    
off-highway motorcycle that does not have a title.
The Department, by administrative rule, may make replacement stickers available at a reduced cost. These fees for public access stickers shall be deposited into the Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund.
    (d) The Department is authorized to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states that have a similar off-highway vehicle public access sticker program to allow residents of such states to operate off-highway vehicles on land or lands or waters in public off-highway vehicle parks paid for, operated, or supported by the grant program established under subsection (d) of Section 15 without acquiring an off-highway vehicle public access sticker in this State pursuant to subsection (a).
    (e) The Department may license vendors to sell off-highway vehicle public access stickers. Issuing fees may be set by administrative rule.
    (f) Any person participating in an organized competitive event on land or lands in off-highway vehicle parks paid for, operated by, or supported by the grant program established in subsection (d) of Section 15 shall display the public access sticker required under subsection (c) of this Section or pay $5 per event. Fees collected under this subsection shall be deposited into the Fund.
    (g) The Department is authorized to modify any or all provisions of this Section 45 by rule.
(Source: P.A. 91-441, eff. 1-1-00; 92-134, eff. 7-24-01.)

20 ILCS 862/95

    (20 ILCS 862/95)
    Sec. 95. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted.)
(Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98; text omitted.)

20 ILCS 862/100

    (20 ILCS 862/100)
    Sec. 100. (Amendatory provisions; text omitted).
(Source: P.A. 90-287, eff. 1-1-98; text omitted.)