Governor Signs Bill to Allow Park Districts and Conservation District to Buy Up to $25,000 Without Bids

Governor Bruce Rauner has signed House Bill 4536, a bill that gives $5,000 more flexibility for park districts and conservation districts in purchases and contracts.

Sponsored by two Democrats and one Republican in the House and a Democrat in the Senate, the bill raises the level over which bids must be solicited.

The Huntley Park District building.

The Huntley Park District building, paid for once by Huntley School District taxpayers and again by Huntley Park District taxpayers.

The content of the bill follows:

Amends the Park District Code, the Conservation District Act, and the Downstate Forest Preserve District Act. Increases the amount of a contract that requires competitive bidding for supplies, materials, and work from $20,000 to $25,000. Effective immediately.

Senate Committee Amendment No. 1
Adds that a board may require competitive bidding for supplies, materials, and work in an amount lower than $25,000 if required by board policy.


Governor Signs Bill to Allow Park Districts and Conservation District to Buy Up to $25,000 Without Bids — 5 Comments

  1. Is he buying off Madigan so he can get a tiny component of his Agenda approved?

    Historically this is what elected Republicans do: Cave in to the Progressives

    Local example was the 150 lawsuit.

    State example was Edgar.

    Federal example Kirk and Bush.

  2. We need to abolish all Park Districts and Conservation Districts.

    In the mean time, eliminate their ridiculous police forces!!

    A guy received a citation issued by MCCD for using his kayak on the little Kishwaukee for navigating a ‘non-navigable’ waterway, plus a citation for not having a number on his kayak plus not having a life vest – deepest part of the river he was navigating was two to three feet.

    He started his trip on private property and was stopped where the Conservation District owns the surrounding land.

  3. Clicking on the link for the waterway law.

    (615 ILCS 5/) Rivers, Lakes, and Streams Act.

    Sec. 5

    “THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES shall upon behalf of the State of Illinois,

    have jurisdiction and supervision over all of the rivers and lakes of the State of Illinois,

    wherein the State of Illinois, or the people of the State have any rights or interests,

    and SHALL MAKE A LIST BY COUNTIES of all the waters of Illinois,

    SHOWING THE WATERS, both navigable and NON-NAVIGABLE,


    and if the same are lakes,

    the extent of the shore lines and the amount,

    extent and area of the water surface;

    and in a like way,

    if the same are rivers,

    and specifying whether the same are navigable or non-navigable,

    and whether they have or have not been meandered.”

    Public Act 89-445 (PA 89-445), effective February 7, 1996.


    Where is the Illinois DNR list by county of non-navigable waters in Illinois?

    There is a list of navigable waters. > Natural Resources > Water Resources > Stream Conditions > Public Waters

    But it is not by county.

    Obviously one can scan the list for “Kishwaukee.”

    Maybe there is a list, but where?

    It’s ironic the MCCD can issue a ticket for not following a law, yet in the same section of law, is a law that the IL DNR does not follow, yet there is no consequence to the IL DNR for not following the law.


    On that same page are two maps.

    – Illinois Public and Federal Navigable Waters (July 5, 2007)

    – Illinois Public Waters.

    The Kishwaukee River is mapped in pink on the former map (first map), but not the latter (second map).

    So the Kishwaukee River is apparently a Federal Navigable Waterway.

    That one cannot kayak on because of a state law.

  4. Thank you Mark.

    You found what I found. Legal residents of the U.S.A. have ‘given up’ most of their rights.

    This surrender includes ‘inalienable’ rights.

    Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution of the State of Illinois states that governments are instituted to secure inalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and protect property.

    The person in the kayak was denied his pursuit of happiness.

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