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90_HB3147 New Act Creates the Chicago Express Partnership Program Act. Allows private businesses and organizations to adopt a section of an expressway within the greater Chicago region for the purpose of litter collection, graffiti removal, and landscape beautification projects. Provides that the Program shall be marketed and administered solely by the Chicago Gateway Green Committee. Provides that the participants in the Program shall be Gateway, landscape maintenance vendors, the Department of Transportation, the local municipality, and qualifying businesses or organizations. Provides that the sponsoring jurisdiction, in conjunction with the Department and Gateway, shall establish the terms and procedures for applying for participation and shall be responsible for determining acceptance or rejection. Provides for requirements concerning the agreement with the participating group and signs. Lists the responsibilities of Gateway, the participating group, and the sponsoring jurisdiction. Effective immediately. LRB9007712NTsb LRB9007712NTsb 1 AN ACT in relation to the Chicago Express Partnership 2 Program. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the 6 Chicago Express Partnership Program Act. 7 Section 5. Purpose. The Chicago Express Partnership 8 Program is created to allow private businesses and 9 organizations to adopt a section of an expressway within the 10 greater Chicago region for the purpose of litter collection, 11 graffiti removal, and landscape beautification projects. 12 This Act sets forth the uniform guidelines and requirements 13 for the administration of the Chicago Express Partnership 14 Program. 15 Section 10. Definitions. For purposes of this Act: 16 "Adopted section" means a length of municipal, township, 17 or county right-of-way and a length of State right-of-way 18 identified by the Illinois Department of Transportation and 19 sponsoring jurisdiction as a safe, adoptable section of 20 right-of-way located within the corporate limits of a 21 municipality. 22 "Department" means the Department of Transportation of 23 this State. 24 "Gateway" means the Chicago Gateway Green Committee. 25 "Graffiti" means any unauthorized painting, drawing, or 26 writing on or near any expressway structure. 27 "Group" means members or employees of civic or 28 not-for-profit organizations and commercial or private 29 enterprises who have requested to participate in or are 30 participating in the Chicago Express Partnership Program. -2- LRB9007712NTsb 1 "Litter" means any unsightly or offensive matter. 2 "Sponsoring jurisdiction" means any municipality, 3 township, or county that establishes an Express Partnership 4 Program within its jurisdictional area. 5 Section 15. Administration. The Chicago Express 6 Partnership Program shall be marketed and administered solely 7 by Gateway. The program shall be directed towards all 8 expressways within the borders of the City of Chicago, with 9 eventual inclusion of all expressways in the 6-county area of 10 Northeast Illinois. 11 Section 20. Participation. The participants in the 12 Chicago Express Partnership Program shall be Gateway, 13 certified and pre-approved landscape maintenance vendors, the 14 Department, the local municipality, and qualifying businesses 15 or organizations. No volunteers will be utilized in the 16 Chicago Express Partnership Program. 17 Section 25. Agreement. 18 (a) The sponsoring jurisdiction, in conjunction with the 19 Department and Gateway, shall establish the terms and 20 procedures groups must follow in applying for participation 21 in the program. 22 (b) The sponsoring jurisdiction, in conjunction with the 23 Department and Gateway, shall be responsible for determining 24 whether an application for participation is rejected or 25 accepted. If an application is approved, the group shall 26 execute a written agreement with the sponsoring jurisdiction 27 and Gateway that provides for the group's participation in 28 the Chicago Express Partnership Program. 29 (c) The agreement shall be in the form prescribed by the 30 sponsoring jurisdiction and shall contain the following: 31 (1) agreement that all approved vendors comply with -3- LRB9007712NTsb 1 the Department's insurance requirements; 2 (2) agreement that all participants follow 3 guidelines laid forth in the Illinois Adopt-A-Highway 4 Act; 5 (3) agreement that all approved vendors comply with 6 permitting requirements currently in place on the highway 7 permit application; and 8 (4) agreement that all approved vendors shall 9 assume all liability for and hold the State, the State's 10 agents or employees, the sponsoring jurisdiction, the 11 sponsoring jurisdiction's agents or employees, and 12 Gateway harmless from any and all claims of action 13 resulting from the group's work in the program, except 14 where there is negligence involved. 15 Section 30. Responsibilities of Gateway. Gateway shall: 16 (1) Provide administrative, management, and oversight 17 services for the Chicago Express Partnership Program; 18 (2) administer and allocate incoming and outgoing funds 19 related to operation of the program; and 20 (3) participate in decision-making activities in 21 conjunction with the Department and the sponsoring 22 jurisdiction. 23 Section 35. Responsibilities of the group. Groups 24 participating in the Chicago Express Partnership Program 25 shall: 26 (1) be required to contract with approved landscape 27 maintenance vendors for litter and graffiti removal; 28 (2) be required to obey and abide by all laws and 29 regulations relating to safety and any other terms and 30 conditions required by the sponsoring jurisdiction; 31 (3) be required to follow all safety guidelines 32 currently in effect for the Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program; -4- LRB9007712NTsb 1 (4) be required to abide by all participant guidelines 2 laid forth in the Illinois Adopt-A-Highway program; 3 (5) be required to submit a copy of their standard 4 operating procedures safety regulations; and 5 (6) be required to follow all of the Department's 6 applicable permitting rules. 7 Section 40. Responsibilities of the sponsoring 8 jurisdiction. The sponsoring jurisdiction shall: 9 (1) determine the specific section of expressway that is 10 adopted; and 11 (2) erect a recognition sign to be supplied by the 12 Department at the site of the adopted section of expressway 13 displaying the name or logo or both of the sponsoring 14 business or organization. 15 Section 45. Signs. Standard signs shall be supplied by 16 the Department, expensed to the Chicago Express Partnership 17 Program. Signs shall have the following uniform 18 characteristics: 19 (1) a white background with custom insert panels to 20 include logos and stylized lettering; 21 (2) use of fluorescent, neon, reflective, or day glow 22 surfaces or lighting shall be prohibited; 23 (3) a panel indicating "section available" shall be 24 displayed if a segment of the expressway is available for 25 sponsorship through the Chicago Express Partnership Program; 26 and 27 (4) no product name, address, or other contact 28 information for the group shall be displayed on the sign. 29 Section 999. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 30 becoming law.
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