Full Text of SB3178 102nd General Assembly
SB3178enr 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
of Illinois Coordinating Council Act.
The Rivers of Illinois Coordinating
Council was created by Executive Order 2013-5. This Act is the
implementation of Part III of that Executive Order, together
with additional provisions to ensure that the Council is able
to function as intended under that Executive Order. The intent
of this Act is to ensure that the Council is able to fulfill
its duties and purpose under that Executive Order. If there is
a conflict between the provisions of the Executive Order and
this Act, this Act shall be controlling.
Transfer and consolidation of powers.
(a) The Rivers of Illinois Coordinating Council created by
Executive Order 2013-5 and implemented by this Act is the
successor to: (i) the Illinois River Coordinating Council;
(ii) the Mississippi River Coordinating Council; and (iii) the
Wabash and Ohio River Coordinating Council.
(b) All rights, powers, duties, and functions vested by
law in the entities specified under subsection (a), or any
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office, division, council, committee, bureau, board,
commission, officer, employee, or associated individual,
person, or entity thereof, and all rights, powers, and duties
incidental to those entities, including funding mechanisms,
are consolidated in and transferred to the Rivers of Illinois
Rivers of Illinois Coordinating Council.
(a) There is established the Rivers of Illinois
Coordinating Council consisting of 20 voting members to be
appointed by the Governor as provided in this Section. The
Governor may, at his or her discretion, also appoint
individuals to serve as additional non-voting members of the
(b) The Council shall include the following members:
(1) One member shall be the Lieutenant Governor, who
shall serve as a voting member and as Chairperson of the
(2) The State agency members of the Council shall
include the head, or his or her designee, of each of the
following State agencies or divisions thereof: (A) the
Department of Agriculture; (B) the Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity; (C) the Illinois Environmental
Protection Agency; (D) the Department of Natural
Resources; (E) the Department of Transportation; and (F)
the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of
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(3) The head, or his or her designee, of the: (A) Army
Corp of Engineers; (B) the National Great Rivers Research
and Education Center (NGRREC); (C) the Illinois State
Water Survey; and (D) the Association of Illinois Soil and
Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD).
(4) Nine members representing local communities and
not-for-profit organizations working to protect the
rivers, business, agriculture, recreation, conservation,
and the environment.
(c) Members of the Council appointed under paragraph (4)
of subsection (b) shall serve 2-year terms, except that of the
initial appointments, 5 members shall be appointed to serve
2-year terms and 4 members to serve one-year terms.
(d) Members of the Council shall meet at least quarterly,
and meetings may be held in-person, by videoconference, or by
telephone conference at the discretion of the Chairperson.
(e) The Office of the Lieutenant Governor shall be
responsible for the operations of the Council, including,
without limitation, funding and oversight of the Council's
activities. Members of the Council shall serve without
compensation, but the Office of the Lieutenant Governor may
reimburse members of the Council for travel expenses from
funds appropriated for that purpose.
Duties of the Council.
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(a) The Council shall do the following:
(1) periodically review activities and programs
administered by State and federal agencies that directly
impact the Illinois River Watershed, the Mississippi
River, and the Wabash and Ohio Rivers;
(2) work with local communities and organizations to
encourage partnerships that enhance awareness and
capabilities to address watershed and water resource
concerns and to encourage strategies that protect,
restore, and expand critical habitats and soil
conservation and water quality practices;
(3) work with State and federal agencies to optimize
the expenditure of funds affecting the Illinois River
Watershed and rivers;
(4) advise and make recommendations to the Governor
and State agencies on ways to better coordinate the
expenditure of appropriated funds affecting the Illinois
River Watershed and rivers;
(5) advise and make recommendations to the Governor on
funds and the priority of projects;
(6) encourage local communities to develop watershed
management plans to address storm water, erosion,
flooding, sedimentation, and pollution problems, and
encourage projects for the natural conveyance and storage
of floodwaters, the enhancement of wildlife habitat and
outdoor recreation opportunities, the recovery,
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management, and conservation of the rivers, the
preservation of farmland, prairies, and forests, and the
use of measurable economic development efforts that are
compatible with the ecological health of the State; and
(7) help identify possible sources of additional
funding for rivers and watershed management projects.
(b) To the extent practical, the Council shall perform its
duties in accordance with the Office of the Lieutenant
Governor's Integrated Management Plan for the Illinois River
Watershed Technical Report.
State agency duties.
represented on the Council shall provide to the Council, upon
request, information concerning agency programs and activities
that impact the Illinois River Watershed and the rivers.
(20 ILCS 3967/Act rep.)
The Illinois River Watershed Restoration Act
(20 ILCS 4003/Act rep.)
The Mississippi River Coordinating Council
Act is repealed.
(20 ILCS 4060/Act rep.)
The Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating
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Council Act is repealed.