Before heading down the river to inner tube, or hit up the lake to kayak or canoe, be sure you've paid the price. As of July 1st, in Illinois, you are now required to carry a $6 Water Use Sticker for all non-powered watercraft. Before this regulation, titling and registration were needed for things like kayaks and canoes. Those are no longer required.
Also, life jackets are now required for all non-powered watercraft, including inner tubes. Operators of tubes can be arrested for OWI.
Water Use Stickers can be purchased at any DNR point-of-sale vendor. They are valid from January 1st-December 31st.