Public Act 90-0695 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0695

HB2375 Enrolled                                LRB9007361PTcw

    AN ACT to amend the Chicago Park District Act by changing
Section 15 and by adding Sections 15b and 15c.

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

    Section  5.   The Chicago Park District Act is amended by
changing Section 15  and  adding  Sections  15b  and  15c  as

    (70 ILCS 1505/15) (from Ch. 105, par. 333.15)
    Sec. 15.  Acquisition of real estate.
    (a)  The  Chicago  Park  District  may  acquire  by gift,
grant, purchase, or condemnation (and may incur  indebtedness
for  the purchase of) any real estate lands, riparian estates
or rights, and other property (including  abandoned  railroad
rights-of-way) required or needed for any park, for parkways,
driveways,  or  boulevards,  or  for  extending, adorning, or
maintaining  the  same  for  the  purpose  of   establishing,
acquiring,   completing,  enlarging,  ornamenting,  building,
rebuilding, and improving public parks, boulevards,  bridges,
subways,  viaducts,  and  approaches  thereto, wharfs, piers,
jetties, air landing  fields  and  basins,  shore  protection
works, pleasure grounds and ways, walks, pathways, driveways,
roadways,   highways,  and  all  public  works,  grounds,  or
improvements under the control of and within the jurisdiction
of the park commissioners, including (i) filling in submerged
land for park  purposes,  (ii)  constructing  all  buildings,
field  houses,  stadiums,  shelters, conservatories, museums,
service shops, power plants, structures, playground  devices,
and  boulevard  and  building  lighting  systems,  and  (iii)
building   all  other  types  of  permanent  improvement  and
construction necessary  to  render  the  property  under  the
control of the park commissioners usable for the enjoyment of
that  property  as  public  parks,  parkways, boulevards, and
pleasureways, whether the land is located within  or  without
the  district,  if  the  land  is  deemed  necessary for park
purposes or  for  parkways,  driveways,  or  boulevards.  The
Chicago  Park  District  shall have no power of condemnation,
however, as to real estate lands, riparian rights or estates,
or other property located outside  the  district,  but  shall
only  have  power to acquire that property by gift, grant, or
    (b)  After December 31, 1958, the powers granted in  this
Section  are  subject  to and limited by the Chicago Park and
City Exchange of Functions Act.  As provided in that Act  and
in  Section  7 of this Act, the Chicago Park District may not
after that date acquire,  extend,  and  maintain  boulevards,
driveways,  roadways,  and highways used as thoroughfares for
vehicular traffic into  or  within  parks,  or  any  bridges,
subways, viaducts, and approaches thereto.
    (c)  The  Chicago  Park  District may acquire by lease or
permit the right to occupy and  use  real  estate  lands  and
riparian  estates  for  park  and  parkway  purposes  and may
improve, maintain, and  equip  the  lands  and  estates  when
authorized  by the Commissioners as a park or playground, but
no permanent building or structure shall be placed upon lands
so acquired by lease or permit.  The  Chicago  Park  District
may,  however,  improve,  remodel,  and  equip  buildings and
structures to make them suitable for operation by the Chicago
Park District for park  purposes  if,  at  the  time  of  the
commencement  of any improvement or remodeling, the remaining
portion of the term of the permit or lease is not  less  than
10 years.
    (d)  The  power  of  condemnation  conferred  by this Act
shall be exercised in the manner provided for the exercise of
the right of eminent domain under Article VII of the Code  of
Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 87-356.)

    (70 ILCS 1505/15b new)
    Sec.  15b.  Licenses,  easements,  and rights of way.  In
addition to the other powers and authority now  possessed  by
it,  the  Chicago Park District shall have the power to grant
licenses, easements,  and  rights  of  way,  subject  to  any
conditions  that  may  be  determined  by  the  District,  to
municipalities,   corporations,   or    persons    for    the
construction,  operation,  and  maintenance of facilities on,
under, or across any property of the  Chicago  Park  District
for  water,  sewer,  telephone,  electricity,  gas,  or other
public services.

    (70 ILCS 1505/15c new)
    Sec.  15c.  Lease  for  equipment  and   machinery.    In
addition  to  the other powers and authority now possessed by
it, the Chicago Park District may,  when  authorized  by  the
Commissioners, enter into leases for a period not to exceed 5
years  for  any  equipment and machinery that may be required
for corporate purposes.

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