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    (605 ILCS 120/1)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Adopt‑A‑Highway Act.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/5)
    Sec. 5. Purpose. The Adopt‑A‑Highway program allows private citizens to support municipal, township, and county anti‑litter efforts by allowing groups to adopt a section of highway for the purpose of litter collection. The following Sections set forth the uniform guidelines and requirements for the administration of Adopt‑A‑Highway programs in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. For purposes of this Act:
    "Group" means members or employees of civic or not‑for‑profit organizations, and commercial or private enterprises, who have requested to participate, or are participating in, an Adopt‑A‑Highway program.
    "Litter" means any unsightly or offensive matter that may include, but is not limited to, disposable packaging, containers, cans, bottles, paper, ashes, and cigar and cigarette butts. Litter does not include hazardous, heavy, large items, or carcasses.
    "Group coordinator" means the individual selected by a group to serve as its liaison with a sponsoring jurisdiction.
    "Group president" means the individual who is the recognized leader, president, or chairman for a group.
    "Adopted section" means a length of municipal, township, county, or State right‑of‑way identified by the sponsoring jurisdiction as a safe, adoptable section of right‑of‑way for adoption by a group. Sections of rights‑of‑way may be determined inappropriate for adoption for safety reasons. No interstate highway shall be an adopted section.
    "Director" means the designee or designees for any municipality, township, or county who has responsibility for the administration of a jurisdiction's Adopt‑A‑Highway programs.
    "Sponsoring jurisdiction" means the Illinois Department of Transportation or any municipality, township, or county that establishes Adopt‑A‑Highway programs within its jurisdictional area.
(Source: P.A. 89‑229, eff. 1‑1‑96.)

    (605 ILCS 120/15)
    Sec. 15. Participation in Adopt‑A‑Highway Program. Groups may apply to a sponsoring jurisdiction for participation in the jurisdiction's Adopt‑A‑Highway program. The sponsoring jurisdiction shall establish the terms and procedures groups must follow in applying for participation in the Adopt‑A‑Highway program.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/20)
    Sec. 20. Agreement.
    (a) The sponsoring jurisdiction shall have sole responsibility in determining whether an application is rejected or accepted. If an application is approved, the group coordinator and group president shall execute a written agreement with the sponsoring jurisdiction that provides for the group's participation in the Adopt‑A‑Highway program.
    (b) The agreement shall be in the form prescribed by the sponsoring jurisdiction and shall, at a minimum, contain the following:
        (1) an acknowledgment by the group of the hazardous
     nature of the work involved in participating in the Adopt‑A‑Highway program;
        (2) an agreement to comply with the terms and
     conditions in the Act and any other terms and conditions required by the sponsoring jurisdiction;
        (3) an agreement that the volunteers or the
     volunteer's agents shall assume all liability for and hold the State and the State's agents or employees harmless from any and all claims of action resulting from the group's volunteers or agents work in the program, except for the negligent acts of the State, and the State's agents or employees;
        (4) an agreement that the volunteers or the
     volunteer's agents shall assume all liability for and hold the sponsoring jurisdiction and the sponsoring jurisdiction's agents or employees harmless from any and all claims of action resulting from the group's volunteers or agents work in the program, except for the negligent acts of the sponsoring jurisdiction and the sponsoring jurisdiction's agents or employees;
        (5) an agreement that the members of the group are
     jointly and severally bound by the terms and conditions set forth in the agreement; and
        (6) the respective responsibilities of the group and
     the sponsoring jurisdiction as contained in Sections 25 and 30 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/25)
    Sec. 25. Responsibilities of the group. Groups participating in an Adopt‑A‑Highway program shall:
        (1) be required to obey and abide by all laws and
     regulations relating to safety and any other terms and conditions as required by the sponsoring jurisdiction;
        (2) provide one adult supervisor for every 5 youths
     when persons under age 18 are present on an adopted section;
        (3) not allow a person under the age of 10 to be a
     member of the group who would be volunteering for the purpose of litter collection;
        (4) require all group members to attend a safety
     meeting conducted by the group before participation in any litter collection along an adopted section;
        (5) require the group coordinator, or designee, to
     conduct group safety meetings and to receive safety training as required by the sponsoring jurisdiction;
        (6) adopt a section for a minimum of 2 years;
        (7) collect litter along an adopted section 4 times
     a year, or as required by the director;
        (8) require the group coordinator to provide prior
     notice, as required by the director, whenever the group intends to collect litter along its adopted section;
        (9) require group members to properly wear any
     safety apparel provided by the sponsoring jurisdiction while collecting litter on an adopted section;
        (10) be responsible for prohibiting members from
     possessing, consuming, or being under the influence of alcohol or drugs while on an adopted section;
        (11) maintain a first‑aid kit and an adequate supply
     of drinking water while members are collecting litter along an adopted section;
        (12) place litter in trashbags provided by the
     sponsoring jurisdiction and place filled trashbags at a location on the adopted section as designated by the director; and
        (13) not subcontract or assign its duties or
     responsibilities to any other group or organization.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/30)
    Sec. 30. Responsibilities of the sponsoring jurisdiction. The sponsoring jurisdiction shall:
        (1) determine the specific section of right‑of‑way
     that is adopted;
        (2) erect a sign that conforms with Section 35 at
     each end of an adopted section with the name or acronym of the group displayed;
        (3) provide a group with garbage bags;
        (4) provide a group with safety apparel and signs
     cautioning the public, if required by the sponsoring jurisdiction; and
        (5) remove filled garbage bags from an adopted
     section as soon as practical after litter collection has occurred, and shall otherwise be responsible for removing litter from adopted sections only under unusual circumstances such as to remove large, heavy, or hazardous items.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/35)
    Sec. 35. Signs. Adopt‑A‑Highway signs shall be uniform Statewide in terms of shape, color, text, and location. The Illinois Department of Transportation shall develop and announce standards for Adopt‑A‑Highway signs within 90 days of the effective date of this Act. Nothing in this Act shall prohibit the sponsoring jurisdiction and the Illinois Department of Transportation from working cooperatively to carry out the intent of the Adopt‑A‑Highway Program.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/40)
    Sec. 40. Safety training. The sponsoring jurisdiction shall develop the safety training programs that are to be utilized by group coordinators in compliance with Section 25 of this Act. Safety training programs shall be appropriate for the various types of roadway that may be adopted within a jurisdiction.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/45)
    Sec. 45. Other conditions.
    (a) A sponsoring jurisdiction may establish other procedures and requirements for the administration of its Adopt‑A‑Highway programs. The procedures and requirements shall not be inconsistent with any provision of this Act.
    (b) The sponsoring jurisdiction shall have the right to terminate an agreement if a group does not meet the terms and conditions of its agreement, or if the group's involvement in the Adopt‑A‑Highway program is inconsistent with any other restrictions or limitations established by the sponsoring jurisdiction.
    (c) No part of this Act shall prevent the execution of intergovernmental agreements.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)

    (605 ILCS 120/50)
    Sec. 50. Penalty for Litter Control Act violation.
    (a) An individual convicted of violating Section 4 or Section 5 of the Litter Control Act by disposing of litter upon a public highway may be required to adopt for 30 days a designated portion of that highway, including the site where the offense occurred.
    (b) Item (2) of Section 30 of this Act does not apply when an individual is required to adopt a portion of a highway under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94‑1044, eff. 1‑1‑07.)

    (605 ILCS 120/100)
    Sec. 100. This Act takes effect upon becoming law.
(Source: P.A. 87‑1118.)