Public Act 90-0501 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0501

HB1628 Enrolled                               LRB9003788KDmbA

    AN ACT concerning the Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park.

    WHEREAS, The Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park (the  "Park")
is  an  approximately    1,200  acre  park that is located in
Peoria County  and  contains  woodlands,  grasslands,  hiking
trails,  educational  exhibits, miniature trains, and museum,
banquet, food service, and lodging accommodations; and

    WHEREAS, The Park is home to several species  of  animals
that  are  all native to the State of Illinois, many of which
can be found only in this Park; and  further,  these  animals
are  kept  in  large  free-roaming  areas  so that people can
observe them in their natural habitats; and

    WHEREAS,  The  mission  of  the  Park   is   to   promote
conservation, education, recreation, and tourism; and

    WHEREAS, The owner of the Park wishes to give the Park to
a  public  body that will oversee its operations and continue
to maintain the Park with the same  standard in which it  was
created; therefore

    Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section 1. Short title.  This Act may  be  cited  as  the
Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park Act.

    Section  5.  Purpose.  The Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park
Commission  shall  be  responsible  for  providing  for   the
continuing  conservation,  operation,  and maintenance of the
Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park.

    Section 10.  Definitions.  As used in  this  Act,  unless
the context otherwise  requires:
    "Commission"  means  the  Illinois  Wildlife Prairie Park
Commission created by  this Act.
    "Foundation"   means   the    Wildlife    Prairie    Park
Not-For-Profit  Illinois  Corporation  having  its  principal
place of business in Peoria County, Illinois.
    "Illinois  Wildlife  Prairie  Park"  means  the  Wildlife
Prairie Park located in Peoria County, Illinois.

    Section  15.   Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park Commission.
The Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park Commission is  created  to
accept  moneys  from  the  State  and other private or public
entities on behalf of the Illinois Wildlife Prairie Park  and
to  oversee  the financial management of any such moneys used
for the benefit of the Illinois Wildlife Prairie  Park.   The
Commission shall be composed of 5 members.  Membership of the
Commission  shall be composed of the Lieutenant Governor, who
shall  be the chairman of the Commission, and 4 other persons
appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the
Senate, who have  demonstrated  an  interest  in  recreation,
education,   and   the  conservation  of  natural  resources,
including the propagation of wild flowers and plants and  the
habitat  for  native  fauna.  All members shall be ex officio
directors of the board of the Foundation or the  Foundation's
successor.    Members  of  the  Commission  appointed  by the
Governor shall be appointed for terms of 4  years  and  until
their   successors   are  appointed;  provided  that  of  the
Commissioners first appointed, one shall serve a  term  of  2
years,  one  shall serve a term of 3 years, and 2 shall serve
terms of 4 years as determined by drawing lots.   Members  of
the  Commission  shall  receive  no  compensation  for  their
services,  except  for  their  actual  and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their official duties.   Three
members  of  the  Commission  shall constitute a quorum to do
business, and the concurrence of at least 3 members shall  be
necessary  for a decision.  The Commission shall hold regular
quarterly meetings.  Special meetings may be  called  by  the
chairperson  and shall be called on the request of a majority
of members, as may be required.
    The Commission shall provide  for  the  proper  and  safe
keeping  of  its permanent records. It shall keep a system of
accounts showing a true and accurate record of  its  receipts
and  disbursements, and it shall cause an audit to be made of
its books, records, and accounts.
    The records of the Commission shall be subject to  public
inspection   at   all     reasonable  hours  and  under  such
regulations as the members may prescribe.
    The Commission shall annually make a  full  and  complete
report  to  the  Governor  and  the  General  Assembly of the
transactions  and  operations  of  the  Commission  for   the
preceding year.  The report shall contain a full statement of
the  Commission's  receipts and disbursements and the program
of  work  for  the  period  covered,  and  may  include  such
recommendations as may be  deemed advisable.

    Section  50.  Acceptance  of  conveyance.  The  State  of
Illinois may accept a deed  of  conveyance  of  the  Illinois
Wildlife  Prairie  Park along with its appurtenances in trust
as provided in the deed of conveyance.

    Section 55.  The Commission may enter into a contract  or
lease  for  the  management  of the Park.  The Commission may
work with the Foundation to raise private  sector  funds  for
its account and encourage community involvement.

    Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

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