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Public Act 102-0999


Public Act 0999 102ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY



Public Act 102-0999
SB3050 EnrolledLRB102 22439 AWJ 31579 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 Park District Code is amended by changing
Section 8-1 as follows:
    (70 ILCS 1205/8-1)  (from Ch. 105, par. 8-1)
    Sec. 8-1. General corporate powers. Every park district
shall, from the time of its organization, be a body corporate
and politic by the name set forth in the petition for its
organization, the specific name set forth in this Code, or the
name it may adopt under Section 8-9 and shall have and exercise
the following powers:
        (a) To adopt a corporate seal and alter the same at
    pleasure; to sue and be sued; and to contract in
    furtherance of any of its corporate purposes.
        (b)(1) To acquire by gift, legacy, grant or purchase,
    or by condemnation in the manner provided for the exercise
    of the power of eminent domain under the Eminent Domain
    Act, any and all real estate, or rights therein necessary
    for building, laying out, extending, adorning and
    maintaining any such parks, boulevards and driveways, or
    for effecting any of the powers or purposes granted under
    this Code as its board may deem proper, whether such lands
    be located within or without such district; but no park
    district, except as provided in paragraph (2) of this
    subsection, shall have any power of condemnation in the
    manner provided for the exercise of the power of eminent
    domain under the Eminent Domain Act or otherwise as to any
    real estate, lands, riparian rights or estate, or other
    property situated outside of such district, but shall only
    have power to acquire the same by gift, legacy, grant or
    purchase, and such district shall have the same control of
    and power over lands so acquired without the district as
    over parks, boulevards and driveways within such district.
        (2) In addition to the powers granted in paragraph (1)
    of subsection (b), a park district located in more than
    one county, the majority of its territory located in a
    county over 450,000 in population and none of its
    territory located in a county over 1,000,000 in
    population, shall have condemnation power in the manner
    provided for the exercise of the power of eminent domain
    under the Eminent Domain Act or as otherwise granted by
    law as to any and all real estate situated up to one mile
    outside of such district which is not within the
    boundaries of another park district.
        (c) To acquire by gift, legacy or purchase any
    personal property necessary for its corporate purposes
    provided that all contracts for supplies, materials or
    work involving an expenditure in excess of $30,000
    $25,000, or a lower amount if required by board policy,
    shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder after due
    advertisement. No district shall be required to accept a
    bid that does not meet the district's established
    specifications, terms of delivery, quality, and
    serviceability requirements. Contracts which, by their
    nature, are not adapted to award by competitive bidding,
    such as contracts for the services of individuals
    possessing a high degree of professional skill where the
    ability or fitness of the individual plays an important
    part, contracts for the printing of finance committee
    reports and departmental reports, contracts for the
    printing or engraving of bonds, tax warrants and other
    evidences of indebtedness, contracts for utility services
    such as water, light, heat, telephone or telegraph,
    contracts for fuel (such as diesel, gasoline, oil,
    aviation, or propane), lubricants, or other petroleum
    products, contracts for the use, purchase, delivery,
    movement, or installation of data processing equipment,
    software, or services and telecommunications and
    interconnect equipment, software, or services, contracts
    for duplicating machines and supplies, contracts for goods
    or services procured from another governmental agency,
    purchases of equipment previously owned by some entity
    other than the district itself, and contracts for the
    purchase of magazines, books, periodicals, pamphlets and
    reports are not subject to competitive bidding. Contracts
    for emergency expenditures are also exempt from
    competitive bidding when the emergency expenditure is
    approved by 3/4 of the members of the board.
        All competitive bids for contracts involving an
    expenditure in excess of $30,000 $25,000, or a lower
    amount if required by board policy, must be sealed by the
    bidder and must be opened by a member or employee of the
    park board at a public bid opening at which the contents of
    the bids must be announced. Each bidder must receive at
    least 3 days notice of the time and place of the bid
        For purposes of this subsection, "due advertisement"
    includes, but is not limited to, at least one public
    notice at least 10 days before the bid date in a newspaper
    published in the district or, if no newspaper is published
    in the district, in a newspaper of general circulation in
    the area of the district.
        (d) To pass all necessary ordinances, rules and
    regulations for the proper management and conduct of the
    business of the board and district and to establish by
    ordinance all needful rules and regulations for the
    government and protection of parks, boulevards and
    driveways and other property under its jurisdiction, and
    to effect the objects for which such districts are formed.
        (e) To prescribe such fines and penalties for the
    violation of ordinances as it shall deem proper not
    exceeding $1,000 for any one offense, which fines and
    penalties may be recovered by an action in the name of such
    district in the circuit court for the county in which such
    violation occurred. The park district may also seek in the
    action, in addition to or instead of fines and penalties,
    an order that the offender be required to make restitution
    for damage resulting from violations, and the court shall
    grant such relief where appropriate. The procedure in such
    actions shall be the same as that provided by law for like
    actions for the violation of ordinances in cities
    organized under the general laws of this State, and
    offenders may be imprisoned for non-payment of fines and
    costs in the same manner as in such cities. All fines when
    collected shall be paid into the treasury of such
        (f) To manage and control all officers and property of
    such districts and to provide for joint ownership with one
    or more cities, villages or incorporated towns of real and
    personal property used for park purposes by one or more
    park districts. In case of joint ownership, the terms of
    the agreement shall be fair, just and equitable to all
    parties and shall be set forth in a written agreement
    entered into by the corporate authorities of each
    participating district, city, village or incorporated
        (g) To secure grants and loans, or either, from the
    United States Government, or any agency or agencies
    thereof, for financing the acquisition or purchase of any
    and all real estate, or rights therein, or for effecting
    any of the powers or purposes granted under this Code as
    its Board may deem proper.
        (h) To establish fees for the use of facilities and
    recreational programs of the districts and to derive
    revenue from non-resident fees from their operations. Fees
    charged non-residents of such district need not be the
    same as fees charged to residents of the district.
    Charging fees or deriving revenue from the facilities and
    recreational programs shall not affect the right to assert
    or utilize any defense or immunity, common law or
    statutory, available to the districts or their employees.
        (i) To make contracts for a term exceeding one year,
    but not to exceed 3 years, notwithstanding any provision
    of this Code to the contrary, relating to: (1) the
    employment of a park director, superintendent,
    administrator, engineer, health officer, land planner,
    finance director, attorney, police chief, or other officer
    who requires technical training or knowledge; (2) the
    employment of outside professional consultants such as
    engineers, doctors, land planners, auditors, attorneys, or
    other professional consultants who require technical
    training or knowledge; (3) the provision of data
    processing equipment and services; and (4) the purchase of
    energy from a utility or an alternative retail electric
    supplier. With respect to any contract made under this
    subsection (i), the corporate authorities shall include in
    the annual appropriation ordinance for each fiscal year an
    appropriation of a sum of money sufficient to pay the
    amount which, by the terms of the contract, is to become
    due and payable during that fiscal year.
        (j) To enter into licensing or management agreements
    with not-for-profit corporations organized under the laws
    of this State to operate park district facilities if the
    corporation covenants to use the facilities to provide
    public park or recreational programs for youth.
(Source: P.A. 101-304, eff. 8-9-19.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 5/27/2022