State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 2/7/2024, by Rep. Laura Faver Dias


20 ILCS 801/1-25
20 ILCS 801/20-5
20 ILCS 801/20-10
20 ILCS 801/20-15

    Makes changes concerning the powers and duties of the Illinois State Museum. Repeals a provision which specifies that the Board of the Illinois State Museum is the governing board for the State Museum. Replaces the Board of the Illinois State Museum with an advisory board. Describes the duties of the advisory board. Repeals a provision which states that the Department of Natural Resources may set, by administrative rule, an entrance fee for visitors to the Illinois State Museum. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Natural Resources Act is
5amended by changing Sections 1-25, 20-5, 20-10, and 20-15 as
7    (20 ILCS 801/1-25)
8    Sec. 1-25. Powers of the Illinois State Museum. In
9addition to its other powers and duties, the Department shall
10have the following powers and duties which shall be performed
11by the State Museum:
12        (1) To investigate and study the natural resources and
13    histories of the State and to prepare printed reports and
14    furnish information fundamental to the conservation and
15    development of natural resources, and, for that purpose
16    and for the purpose of upholding federal requirements
17    under the Native American Grave Protection and
18    Repatriation Act, the officers and employees thereof may,
19    pursuant to rule adopted by the Department, enter and
20    cross all lands in this State, doing no damage to private
21    property.
22        (2) To cooperate with and advise departments having
23    administrative powers and duties relating to the natural



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1    resources of the State, and to cooperate with similar
2    departments in other states, with tribal nations, and with
3    the United States Government.
4        (3) To cooperate with the Illinois State Academy of
5    Science and to publish a suitable number of the results of
6    the investigations and research in the field of natural
7    science to the end that the same may be distributed to the
8    interested public. This cooperation shall not grant any
9    special rights, authority, or privileges to the Academy.
10        (4) To maintain a State Museum, and to collect and
11    preserve objects of scientific, historic, and artistic
12    value, representing past and present fauna and flora, the
13    life and work of humankind man, geological history,
14    natural resources, and the manufacturing and fine arts; to
15    welcome visitors of all ages to the State Museum; and to
16    interpret for and educate the public concerning the
17    foregoing. The State Museum shall work with Native
18    Americans to create an interpretation of Native American
19    histories and art directed by tribal partners.
20        (5) At the sole discretion of the Department, the
21    State Museum may To cooperate with the Illinois State
22    Museum Society for the mutual benefit of the State Museum.
23    This cooperation shall not grant any special rights,
24    authority, or privileges to the Society. Upon and the
25    Society, with the Museum furnishing necessary space for
26    the Society to carry on its functions and keep its



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1    records, and, upon the recommendation of the State Museum
2    Director with the approval of the Board of State Museum
3    Advisors and the Director of the Department, the State
4    Museum may to enter into agreements with the Illinois
5    State Museum Society for the operation of a sales counter
6    and other concessions for the mutual benefit of the State
7    Museum and the Society. The State Museum may enter into
8    agreements with the Society for programs at or outside the
9    State Museum. The Society shall be solely responsible for
10    its own budget and the preparation of the budget, its
11    staff, its equipment, its supplies, and its programs.
12        (6) To accept grants of property and to hold property
13    to be administered as part of the State Museum for the
14    purpose of preservation, research of interpretation of
15    significant areas within the State for the purpose of
16    preserving, studying, and interpreting history and
17    archaeological and natural phenomena and for the purpose
18    of upholding Native American Grave Protection and
19    Repatriation Act requirements.
20        (7) To contribute to and support the operations,
21    programs and capital development of public museums in this
22    State. For the purposes of this Section, "public museum"
23    means a facility: (A) that is operating for the purposes
24    of promoting cultural development through special
25    activities or programs or through performing arts that are
26    performed in an indoor setting, and acquiring, conserving,



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1    preserving, studying, interpreting, enhancing, and in
2    particular, organizing and continuously exhibiting
3    specimens, artifacts, articles, documents and other things
4    of historical, anthropological, archaeological,
5    industrial, scientific or artistic import, to the public
6    for its instruction and enjoyment, and (B) that either (i)
7    is operated by or located upon land owned by a unit of
8    local government or (ii) is a museum that has an annual
9    attendance of at least 150,000 and offers educational
10    programs to school groups during school hours. A museum is
11    eligible to receive funds for capital development under
12    this subdivision (7) only if it is operated by or located
13    upon land owned by a unit of local government or if it is
14    certified by a unit of local government in which it is
15    located as a public museum meeting the criteria of this
16    Section. Recipients of funds for capital development under
17    this subdivision (7) shall match State funds with local or
18    private funding according to the following:
19            (a) for a public museum with an attendance of
20        300,000 or less during the preceding calendar year, no
21        match is required;
22            (b) for a public museum with an attendance of over
23        300,000 but less than 600,000 during the preceding
24        calendar year, the match must be at a ratio of $1 from
25        local and private funds for every $1 in State funds;
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1            (c) for a public museum with an attendance of over
2        600,000 during the preceding calendar year, the match
3        must be at a ratio of $2 from local and private funds
4        for every $1 in State funds.
5        The Department shall formulate rules and regulations
6    relating to the allocation of any funds appropriated by
7    the General Assembly for the purpose of contributing to
8    the support of public museums in this State.
9        (8) To perform all other duties and assume all
10    obligations of the former Department of Energy and Natural
11    Resources and the former Department of Registration and
12    Education pertaining to the State Museum.
13        (9) To work in collaboration with the Division of
14    Historic Preservation of the Department in the exercise of
15    all the rights, powers, and duties conferred upon the
16    Department under the Historic Preservation Act.
17(Source: P.A. 102-1005, eff. 5-27-22.)
18    (20 ILCS 801/20-5)
19    Sec. 20-5. State Museum. The Department of Natural
20Resources shall have within it the office of the Illinois
21State Museum. The Board of the Illinois State Museum is
22retained as the governing board for the State Museum.
23(Source: P.A. 95-728, eff. 7-1-08 - See Sec. 999.)
24    (20 ILCS 801/20-10)



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1    Sec. 20-10. Advisory Board of the Illinois State Museum.
2    (a) Within the Department there shall be an Advisory a
3Board of the Illinois State Museum. The Advisory Board shall
4be , composed of 11 persons who shall be appointed by the
5Governor. Any members appointed before July 1, 2026 shall
6serve the full term for which they were appointed, unless
7removed by the Governor. Beginning on July 1, 2026, 9 members
8shall have at least 5 years of experience practicing or
9teaching in , one of whom shall be a senior citizen age 60 or
10over. The Board shall be composed of 9 representatives of the
11natural sciences, anthropology, art, history, or and business
12and shall be from diverse backgrounds and geographical
13locations across the State and two members shall be
14representatives of community-based organizations,
15irrespective of background and experience. Beginning on July
161, 2026, the Board shall consist of 6 individuals from a
17historically marginalized identity , qualified by at least 10
18years of experience in practicing or teaching their several
19professions; one senior citizen; and the Director of Natural
20Resources or the Director's designee. All members appointed
21after January 1, 2025 shall serve for 2-year Members of the
22Board shall be appointed by the Governor with the advice and
23consent of the Senate and shall serve for 2-year terms. The
24Governor shall be entitled to remove any member due to
25incompetency, dereliction of duty, or malfeasance.
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1does not terminate or otherwise affect the term of membership
2of any member of the Board, except that the former Director of
3Energy and Natural Resources is replaced by the Director of
4Natural Resources.
5    (b) The Advisory Board shall:
6        (1) advise the Director of the Department, or the
7    Director's designee, in all matters pertaining to the
8    maintenance, the extension and the mission usefulness of
9    the Illinois State Museum, including, but not limited to,
10    the needs for capital development projects, assistance
11    with long-term planning for the State Museum, and other
12    large-scale operational changes, except that these matters
13    shall be determined and shall be defined solely by the
14    State Museum;
15        (2) make recommendations concerning the appointment of
16    a new State Museum museum director whenever a vacancy
17    occurs in that position, except that the Department shall
18    have the sole authority to determine the process used to
19    identify and employ a new State Museum director,
20    including, but not limited to, the authority to determine
21    how and when to involve or employ an individual or
22    business to aid in conducting a search for interested and
23    qualified candidates; to identify qualified candidates; to
24    interview candidates; to make an offer of employment to
25    the selected candidate; and to determine the compensation
26    of the new State Museum Director; and



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1        (3) (blank);
2        (4) review the budget of the Illinois State Museum and
3    make recommendations to with reference thereto to the
4    Governor through the Director of the Department.
5    (c) (Blank).
6(Source: P.A. 102-303, eff. 1-1-22; 102-1005, eff. 5-27-22.)
7    (20 ILCS 801/20-15)
8    Sec. 20-15. Monies Collected by the Illinois State Museum
9Entrance fee. All monies paid to, collected by, or donated to
10the State Museum The Department may set by administrative rule
11an entrance fee for visitors to the Illinois State Museum. The
12fee assessed by this Section shall be deposited into the
13Illinois State Museum Fund for the Department to use to
14support the Illinois State Museum. The monies deposited into
15the Illinois State Museum Fund under this Section shall not be
16subject to administrative charges or chargebacks unless
17otherwise authorized by this Act.
18(Source: P.A. 97-1136, eff. 1-1-13.)
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
20becoming law.