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Full Text of HB5606  103rd General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois
6is amended by adding Section 605-1032 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 605/605-1032 new)
8    Sec. 605-1032. Office of Economic Equity and Empowerment.
9    (a) As used in this Section:
10    "Not-for-profit corporation" has the meaning given to that
11term in Section 101.80 of the General Not For Profit
12Corporation Act of 1986.
13    "Office" means the Office of Economic Equity and
15    (b) The Office of Economic Equity and Empowerment is
16hereby created within the Department. The Office shall assist
17minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses,
18veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with
19disabilities, not-for-profit corporations, and other
20underserved communities and constituencies through targeted
21programs, resources, and outreach and promotional activities.
22The Office may engage in or conduct the following activities:
23        (1) promoting and conducting outreach efforts to



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1    ensure access to State and federal funding opportunities,
2    and assisting minority-owned businesses, women-owned
3    businesses, veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by
4    persons with disabilities, not-for-profit corporations,
5    and other underserved communities and constituencies in
6    applying for and receiving loan funds in the State;
7        (2) providing and hosting workshops and public forums
8    and engaging in outreach efforts for minority-owned
9    businesses, women-owned businesses, veteran-owned
10    businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities,
11    and other underserved communities and constituencies to
12    encourage participation in programs under the Business
13    Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with
14    Disabilities Act, and assisting those businesses in
15    becoming designated under that Act and under similar
16    certification programs;
17        (3) providing and hosting workshops and public forums
18    and engaging in outreach efforts that assist and educate
19    minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses,
20    veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with
21    disabilities, not-for-profit corporations, and other
22    underserved communities and constituencies on the process
23    of applying for and becoming certified to apply for State
24    grant funds under the Grant Accountability and
25    Transparency Act;
26        (4) providing and hosting workshops and public forums



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1    and engaging in outreach efforts that assist and educate
2    aspiring and existing minority-owned businesses,
3    women-owned businesses, veteran-owned businesses,
4    businesses owned by persons with disabilities,
5    not-for-profit corporations, and other underserved
6    communities and constituencies with understanding concepts
7    such as, but not limited to, business formation and
8    not-for-profit incorporation, business planning, capital
9    access, and marketing a business or not-for-profit
10    corporation;
11        (5) administering programs established by the
12    Department or the General Assembly to provide grants to
13    minority-owned businesses, woman-owned businesses,
14    veteran-owned businesses, businesses owned by persons with
15    disabilities, not-for-profit corporations, and other
16    underserved communities and constituencies;
17        (6) coordinating assistance for minority-owned
18    businesses, woman-owned businesses, veteran-owned
19    businesses, businesses owned by persons with disabilities,
20    not-for-profit corporations, and other underserved
21    communities and constituencies with other State agencies;
22        (7) providing staff, administration, and related
23    support required to administer this Section; and
24        (8) establishing applications, notifications,
25    contracts, and other forms and procedures, and adopting
26    rules deemed necessary and appropriate.



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1    (c) The Office may use vendors or contract work to carry
2out the purposes of this Act.