2019 Illinois Compiled Statutes
Chapter 45 - INTERSTATE COMPACTS
45 ILCS 78/ - Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact Act.

(45 ILCS 78/1)
Sec. 1. Short title and statement of agreement. This Act may be cited as the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Compact Act. This State and the other states contracting under this compact solemnly agree to the terms of this compact.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/5)
Sec. 5. Statement of purpose. The purposes of this compact are, through joint or cooperative action:
(1) to promote development and implementation of

improvements to intercity passenger rail service in the Midwest;

(2) to coordinate interaction among Midwestern state

elected officials and their designees on passenger rail issues;

(3) to promote development and implementation of

long-range plans for high speed rail passenger service in the Midwest and among other regions of the United States;

(4) to work with the public and private sectors at

the federal, state, and local levels to ensure coordination among the various entities having an interest in passenger rail service and to promote Midwestern interests regarding passenger rail; and

(5) to support efforts of transportation agencies

involved in developing and implementing passenger rail service in the Midwest.

(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/10)
Sec. 10. Establishment of Commission. To further the purposes of the compact, a Commission is created to carry out the duties specified in this compact.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/15)
Sec. 15. Commission membership.
(a) The manner of appointment of Commission members, terms of office consistent with the terms of this compact, provisions for removal and suspension, and manner of appointment to fill vacancies shall be determined by each party state pursuant to its laws, but each commissioner shall be a resident of the state of appointment. Commission members shall serve without compensation from the Commission.
(b) The Commission shall consist of 4 resident members of each state as follows:
(1) the Governor or the Governor's designee, who

shall serve during the tenure of office of the Governor, or until a successor is named;

(2) one member of the private sector, who shall be

appointed by the Governor and shall serve during the tenure of office of the Governor or until a successor is named;

(3) one member of the House of Representatives,

appointed by the Speaker of the House; and

(4) one member of the Senate, appointed by the

President of the Senate.

(c) All vacancies shall be filled in accordance with the laws of the appointing states. Any commissioner appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve until the end of the incomplete term. Each member state shall have equal voting privileges, as determined by the Commission bylaws.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/20)
Sec. 20. Powers and duties of the Commission.
(a) The duties of the Commission are to:
(1) advocate for the funding and authorization

necessary to make passenger rail improvements a reality for the region;

(2) identify and seek to develop ways that states can

form partnerships, including with rail industry and labor, to implement improved passenger rail in the region;

(3) seek development of a long-term, interstate plan

for high speed rail passenger service implementation;

(4) cooperate with other agencies, regions, and

entities to ensure that the Midwest is adequately represented and integrated into national plans for passenger rail development;

(5) adopt bylaws governing the activities and

procedures of the Commission and addressing, among other subjects: the powers and duties of officers, the voting rights of Commission members, voting procedures, Commission business, and any other purposes necessary to fulfill the duties of the Commission;

(6) expend such funds as required to carry out the

powers and duties of the Commission; and

(7) report on the activities of the Commission to the

legislatures and governor of the member states on an annual basis.

(b) In addition to its exercise of these duties, the Commission is empowered to:
(1) provide multi-state advocacy necessary to

implement passenger rail systems or plans, as approved by the Commission;

(2) work with local elected officials, economic

development planning organizations, and similar entities to raise the visibility of passenger rail service benefits and needs;

(3) educate other state officials, federal agencies,

other elected officials, and the public on the advantages of passenger rail as an integral part of an intermodal transportation system in the region;

(4) work with federal agency officials and Members of

Congress to ensure the funding and authorization necessary to develop a long-term, interstate plan for high speed rail passenger service implementation;

(5) make recommendations to member states;
(6) if requested by each state participating in a

particular project and under the terms of a formal agreement approved by the participating states and the Commission, implement or provide oversight for specific rail projects;

(7) establish an office and hire staff as necessary;
(8) contract for or provide services;
(9) assess dues, in accordance with the terms of this

compact;

(10) conduct research; and
(11) establish committees.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/25)
Sec. 25. Officers.
(a) The Commission shall annually elect from among its members:
(1) a chair;
(2) a vice-chair, who may not be a resident of the

state represented by the chair; and

(3) others as approved in the Commission bylaws.
(b) The officers shall perform such functions and exercise such powers as specified in the Commission bylaws.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/30)
Sec. 30. Meetings and Commission administration. The Commission shall meet at least once in each calendar year, and at such other times as may be determined by the Commission. Commission business shall be conducted in accordance with the procedures and voting rights specified in the bylaws.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/35)
Sec. 35. Finance.
(a) Except as otherwise provided for, the moneys necessary to finance the general operations of the Commission in carrying forth its duties, responsibilities, and powers as stated in this Compact shall be appropriated to the Commission by the compacting states, when authorized by the respective legislatures, by equal apportionment among the compacting states. Nothing in this compact shall be construed to commit a member state to participate in financing a rail project except as provided by law of a member state.
(b) The Commission may accept, for any of its purposes and functions, donations, gifts, grants, and appropriations of money, equipment, supplies, materials, and services from the federal government, from any party state, or from any department, agency, or municipality of any party state, or from any institution, person, firm, or corporation.
(c) All expenses incurred by the Commission in executing the duties imposed upon it by this compact shall be paid by the Commission out of the funds available to it. The Commission shall not issue any debt instrument.
(d) The Commission shall submit to the officer designated by the laws of each party state, periodically as required by the laws of each party state, a budget of its actual past and estimated future expenditures.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/40)
Sec. 40. Enactment; effective date; amendments.
(a) The states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin are eligible to join this compact. Upon approval of the Commission, according to its bylaws, other states may also be declared eligible to join the compact.
(b) As to any eligible party state, except as provided in subsection (c), this compact shall become effective when its legislature shall have enacted the compact into law.
(c) This compact shall not become initially effective until enacted into law by any 3 party states incorporating the provisions of this compact into the laws of those states. Amendments to the compact shall become effective upon their enactment by the legislatures of all compacting states.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/45)
Sec. 45. Withdrawal; default; termination.
(a) Withdrawal from this compact shall be by enactment of a statute repealing the compact and shall take effect one year after the effective date of that statute. A withdrawing state shall be liable for any obligations which it may have incurred prior to the effective date of withdrawal.
(b) If any compacting state shall at any time default in the performance of any of its obligations, assumed or imposed, in accordance with the provisions of this compact, all rights, privileges, and benefits conferred by this compact or agreements under this compact shall be suspended from the effective date of default as fixed by the Commission, and the Commission shall stipulate the conditions and maximum time for compliance under which the defaulting state may resume its regular status. Unless the default shall be remedied under the stipulations and within the time period set forth by the Commission, this compact may be terminated with respect to the defaulting state by affirmative vote of a majority of the other Commission members. Any defaulting state may be reinstated, upon vote of the Commission, by performing all acts and obligations as stipulated by the Commission.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


(45 ILCS 78/50)
Sec. 50. Construction and severability.
(a) The provisions of this compact entered into under this Act shall be severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence, or provision of this compact is declared to be contrary to the constitution of any compacting state or of the United States, or if the applicability of this compact to any government, agency, person, or circumstance is held invalid, the validity of the remainder of this compact and the applicability of this compact to any government, agency, person, or circumstance shall not be affected.
(b) If this compact entered into under this Act shall be held contrary to the constitution of any compacting state, the compact shall remain in full force and effect as to the remaining states and in full force and effect as to the state affected as to all severable matters. The provisions of this compact entered into under this Act shall be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes of this compact.
(Source: P.A. 94-1077, eff. 6-1-07.)


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