Public Act 095-0936
SB2788 Enrolled LRB095 19511 HLH 45814 b

    AN ACT concerning local government.
    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 as follows:
    (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 purchase.
    (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.
    (c-5) The Chicago Park District may sell, lease, or
otherwise convey all or any portion of District-owned property
that is used solely and exclusively as office or administrative
    (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 the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)