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 2        AMENDMENT NO.     .  Amend House Joint Resolution  12  on
 3    page  1,  line  5,  by  changing  ";  and" to "and create the
 4    Calumet Ecological Park; and"; and
 5    on page 1, line 7, by changing "area" to "areas"; and
 6    on page 1, line 19, by changing "therefore,  be  it"  to  the
 7    following:
 8    "and
 9        WHEREAS, In 1992 the Lake Calumet Study Committee offered
10    the  concept  of  a  Calumet    Ecological  Park, a series of
11    greenway corridors  connecting  the  Indiana  Dunes  National
12    Lakeshore    with  the  Illinois  and Michigan Canal National
13    Heritage Corridor  in  Illinois;  and  in  1993  the  Calumet
14    Ecological  Park  Association was created to involve citizens
15    and organizations in an effort to create  such an entity; and
16        WHEREAS, On May  8,  1996  the  Honorable  Jerry  Weller,
17    United  States  Representative from  Illinois (11th District)
18    introduced the concept into the U.S. House of Representatives
19    requesting the  Secretary of the Interior  to  study  such  a
20    possibility; and after a tortuous journey through  committees
21    and  subcommittees  the  final  version was incorporated in a
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 1    much larger bill, which  passed both houses of Congress  and,
 2    on  November  12,  1996  President  Bill  Clinton  signed the
 3    Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act  of  1996  into
 4    law (Public Law 104-333); and
 5        WHEREAS,  The  Omnibus Parks law has two sections dealing
 6    with  Illinois  riverways:  the  Calumet    Ecological   Park
 7    (Section  816)  and  the Illinois and Michigan Canal National
 8    Heritage Corridor    (Section  902);  and  both  request  the
 9    Secretary of the Interior to be the final authority; and
10        WHEREAS,  The  Secretary  shall  conduct  a  study of the
11    possibility of the creation of the Calumet  Ecological  Park,
12    and  the law directs the Illinois and Michigan Canal National
13    Heritage Corridor   Commission  (appointed  by  the  Illinois
14    Governor)  to conduct a study of the possibility of expanding
15    the Corridor into Chicago and report to the Secretary; and
16        WHEREAS, Although the two sections  of  the  law  dealing
17    with  Illinois  are  quite compatible, the  success of one of
18    the provisions does not necessarily lead to  the  success  of
19    the  other;  and  even  if    the Illinois and Michigan Canal
20    Corridor expansion  were  to  be  implemented,  there  is  no
21    guarantee  that the Calumet Ecological Park would be created;
22    and
23        WHEREAS,  As a result the efforts to create the Park must
24    be continued; at the present time staff  of the National Park
25    Service  will  be  conducting  the  study  of   the   Calumet
26    Ecological  Park  to  be    submitted to the Secretary of the
27    Interior; therefore, be it".

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