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Full Text of SB0317  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Promotion Act is amended by
5changing Sections 3, 4, 8a, and 13 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 665/3)  (from Ch. 127, par. 200-23)
7    Sec. 3. Definitions. The following words and terms,
8whenever used or referred to in this Act, shall have the
9following meanings, except where the context may otherwise
11    (a) "Department" means the Department of Commerce and
12Economic Opportunity of the State of Illinois.
13    (b) "Local promotion group" means any non-profit
14corporation, organization, association, agency or committee
15thereof formed for the primary purpose of publicizing,
16promoting, advertising or otherwise encouraging the
17development of tourism in any municipality, county, or region
18of Illinois.
19    (c) "Promotional activities" means preparing, planning and
20conducting campaigns of information, advertising and publicity
21through such media as newspapers, radio, television,
22magazines, trade journals, moving and still photography,
23posters, outdoor signboards and personal contact within and



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1without the State of Illinois; dissemination of information,
2advertising, publicity, photographs and other literature and
3material designed to carry out the purpose of this Act; and
4participation in and attendance at meetings and conventions
5concerned primarily with tourism, including travel to and from
6such meetings.
7    (d) "Municipality" means "municipality" as defined in
8Section 1-1-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore
9and hereafter amended.
10    (e) "Tourism" means travel 50 miles or more one-way or an
11overnight trip outside of a person's normal routine.
12    (f) "Municipal amateur sports facility" means a sports
13facility that: (1) is owned by a unit of local government; (2)
14has contiguous indoor sports competition space; (3) is
15designed to principally accommodate and host amateur
16competitions for youths, adults, or both; and (4) is not used
17for professional sporting events where participants are
18compensated for their participation.
19    (g) "Municipal convention center" means a convention
20center or civic center owned by a unit of local government or
21operated by a convention center authority, or a municipal
22convention hall as defined in paragraph (1) of Section 11-65-1
23of the Illinois Municipal Code, with contiguous exhibition
24space ranging between 30,000 and 125,000 square feet.
25    (h) "Convention center authority" means an Authority, as
26defined by the Civic Center Code, that operates a municipal



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1convention center with contiguous exhibition space ranging
2between 30,000 and 125,000 square feet.
3    (i) "Incentive" means: (1) a financial incentive provided
4by a unit of local government or convention center authority
5to attract a convention, meeting, or trade show held at a
6municipal convention center that, but for the incentive, would
7not have occurred in the State or been retained in the State;
8or (2) a financial incentive provided by a unit of local
9government for attracting a sporting event held at its
10municipal amateur sports facility that, but for the incentive,
11would not have occurred in the State or been retained in the
12State; but (3) only a financial incentive offered or provided
13to a person or entity in the form of financial benefits or
14costs which are allowable costs pursuant to the Grant
15Accountability and Transparency Act.
16    (j) "Unit of local government" has the meaning provided in
17Section 1 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
18    (k) "Local parks" means any park, recreation area, or
19other similar facility owned or operated by a unit of local
21(Source: P.A. 101-10, eff. 6-5-19.)
22    (20 ILCS 665/4)  (from Ch. 127, par. 200-24)
23    Sec. 4. Powers. The Department shall have the following
25    (a) To formulate a program for the promotion of tourism



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1and the film industry in the State of Illinois, including, but
2not limited to, the promotion of our State Parks and local
3parks, fishing and hunting areas, historical shrines, vacation
4regions and areas of historic or scenic interest.
5    (b) To cooperate with civic groups and local, State and
6federal departments and agencies, and agencies and departments
7of other states in encouraging educational tourism and
8developing programs therefor.
9    (c) To publish tourist promotional material such as
10brochures and booklets.
11    (d) To promote tourism in Illinois through all media,
12including but not limited to, the Internet, television,
13articles and advertisements in magazines, newspapers and
14travel publications and by establishing promotional
15exhibitions at fairs, travel shows, and similar exhibitions.
16    (e) To establish and maintain travel offices at major
17points of entry to the State.
18    (f) To recommend legislation relating to the encouragement
19of tourism in Illinois.
20    (g) To assist municipalities, other units of local
21government, or local promotion groups in developing new
22tourist attractions including but not limited to feasibility
23studies and analyses, research and development, and management
24and marketing planning for such new tourist attractions.
25    (h) (Blank).
26    (i) To implement a program of matching grants and loans to



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1counties, municipalities, other units of local government,
2local promotion groups and others, as provided in Sections 5
3and 8a of this Act, for the development or improvement of
4tourism attractions and tourism events in Illinois under the
5terms and conditions provided in this Act.
6    (j) To expend funds from the International and Promotional
7Fund, subject to appropriation, on any activity authorized
8under this Act.
9    (k) To do any other acts that, in the judgment of the
10Department, are necessary and proper in fostering and
11promoting tourism in the State of Illinois.
12(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)
13    (20 ILCS 665/8a)  (from Ch. 127, par. 200-28a)
14    Sec. 8a. Tourism grants and loans.
15    (1) The Department is authorized to make grants and loans,
16subject to appropriations by the General Assembly for this
17purpose from the Tourism Promotion Fund, to counties,
18municipalities, other units of local government, local
19promotion groups, not-for-profit organizations, or for-profit
20businesses for the development or improvement of tourism
21attractions in Illinois. Individual grants and loans shall not
22exceed $1,000,000 and shall not exceed 50% of the entire
23amount of the actual expenditures for the development or
24improvement of a tourist attraction. Agreements for loans made
25by the Department pursuant to this subsection may contain



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1provisions regarding term, interest rate, security as may be
2required by the Department and any other provisions the
3Department may require to protect the State's interest.
4    (2) (Blank).
5(Source: P.A. 94-91, eff. 7-1-05.)
6    (20 ILCS 665/13)  (from Ch. 127, par. 200-33)
7    Sec. 13. Powers of municipalities and counties. For the
8purposes set out in this Act, the corporate authorities of
9each city, village or incorporated town and the county board
10of each county may (1) promote the advantages of the
11municipality or county, as the case may be, for tourism,
12industrial development and other activities and programs
13designed to stimulate employment, (2) appropriate funds for
14promotional activities and programs, (3) accept gifts and
15grants to be used for promotional purposes, and (4) join with
16other municipalities, counties, other units of local
17government, and local promotion groups in promotional
18activities and programs.
19(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)
20    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
21becoming law.