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(20 ILCS 805/805-305)
(was 20 ILCS 805/63a23)
Campsites and housing facilities.
Department has the power to provide facilities for
overnight tent and trailer campsites and to provide suitable housing
facilities for student and juvenile overnight camping groups. The Department
of Natural Resources may regulate, by administrative
order, the fees to be charged for tent and trailer camping units at individual
park areas based upon the facilities available. However, for campsites with
access to showers or electricity, any Illinois resident who is age 62 or older
or has a Class 2 disability as defined in Section 4A of the Illinois
Identification Card Act shall be charged only one-half of the camping fee
charged to the general public during the period Monday through Thursday of any
week and shall be charged the same camping fee as the general public on all
other days. For campsites without access to showers or electricity, no camping
fee authorized by this Section shall be charged to any resident of Illinois who
has a Class 2 disability as defined in Section 4A of the Illinois
Identification Card Act. For campsites without access to showers or
electricity, no camping fee authorized by this Section shall be charged to any
resident of Illinois who is age 62 or older for
the use of a campsite unit during the period Monday through Thursday of any
week. No camping fee authorized by this Section shall be charged to any
resident of Illinois who is a veteran with a disability or a former prisoner of
war, as defined in Section 5 of the Department of Veterans' Affairs Act.
No camping fee authorized by this Section shall be charged to any
resident of Illinois after returning from service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States as an active duty member of the United States Armed Forces, the Illinois National Guard, or the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces for the amount of time that the active duty member spent in service abroad or mobilized if the person applies for a pass with the Department within 2 years after returning and provides acceptable verification of service or mobilization to the Department. Any portion of a year that the active duty member spent in service abroad or mobilized shall count as a full year. The procedure by which a person may provide to the Department verification of service abroad or mobilization by the President of the United States shall be set by administrative rule. Nonresidents shall be charged the same fees as are authorized for the general
public regardless of age. The Department shall provide by regulation for
suitable proof of age, or either a valid driver's license or a "Golden Age
Passport" issued by the federal government shall be acceptable as proof of
age. The Department shall further provide by regulation that notice of
reduced admission fees be posted in a conspicuous place and manner.
Reduced fees authorized in this Section shall not apply to any charge for
For the purposes of this Section, "acceptable verification of service or mobilization" means official documentation from the Department of Defense or the appropriate Major Command showing mobilization dates or service abroad dates, including: (i) a DD-214, (ii) a letter from the Illinois Department of Military Affairs for members of the Illinois National Guard, (iii) a letter from the Regional Reserve Command for members of the Armed Forces Reserve, (iv) a letter from the Major Command covering Illinois for active duty members, (v) personnel records for mobilized State employees, and (vi) any other documentation that the Department, by administrative rule, deems acceptable to establish dates of mobilization or service abroad.
For the purposes of this Section, the term "service abroad" means active duty service outside of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, and includes all active duty service in territories and possessions of the United States.
(Source: P.A. 102-780, eff. 5-13-22.)