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Full Text of HB0156  100th General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning revenue.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 3. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Act is amended by
5changing Section 4 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 655/4)  (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 604)
7    Sec. 4. Qualifications for Enterprise Zones.
8    (1) An area is qualified to become an enterprise zone
10        (a) is a contiguous area, provided that a zone area may
11    exclude wholly surrounded territory within its boundaries;
12        (b) comprises a minimum of one-half square mile and not
13    more than 12 square miles, or 15 square miles if the zone
14    is located within the jurisdiction of 4 or more counties or
15    municipalities, in total area, exclusive of lakes and
16    waterways; however, in such cases where the enterprise zone
17    is a joint effort of three or more units of government, or
18    two or more units of government if situated in a township
19    which is divided by a municipality of 1,000,000 or more
20    inhabitants, and where the certification has been in effect
21    at least one year, the total area shall comprise a minimum
22    of one-half square mile and not more than thirteen square
23    miles in total area exclusive of lakes and waterways;



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1        (c) (blank);
2        (d) (blank);
3        (e) is (1) entirely within a municipality or (2)
4    entirely within the unincorporated areas of a county,
5    except where reasonable need is established for such zone
6    to cover portions of more than one municipality or county
7    or (3) both comprises (i) all or part of a municipality and
8    (ii) an unincorporated area of a county; and
9        (f) meets 3 or more of the following criteria:
10            (1) all or part of the local labor market area has
11        had an annual average unemployment rate of at least
12        120% of the State's annual average unemployment rate
13        for the most recent calendar year or the most recent
14        fiscal year as reported by the Department of Employment
15        Security;
16            (2) designation will result in the development of
17        substantial employment opportunities by creating or
18        retaining a minimum aggregate of 1,000 full-time
19        equivalent jobs due to an aggregate investment of
20        $100,000,000 or more, and will help alleviate the
21        effects of poverty and unemployment within the local
22        labor market area;
23            (3) all or part of the local labor market area has
24        a poverty rate of at least 20% according to the latest
25        federal decennial census, 50% or more of children in
26        the local labor market area participate in the federal



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1        free lunch program according to reported statistics
2        from the State Board of Education, or 20% or more
3        households in the local labor market area receive food
4        stamps according to the latest federal decennial
5        census;
6            (4) an abandoned coal mine, or a brownfield (as
7        defined in Section 58.2 of the Environmental
8        Protection Act), or an inactive nuclear powered
9        electrical generation facility where spent nuclear
10        fuel is stored on-site is located in the proposed zone
11        area, or all or a portion of the proposed zone was
12        declared a federal disaster area in the 3 years
13        preceding the date of application;
14            (5) the local labor market area contains a presence
15        of large employers that have downsized over the years,
16        the labor market area has experienced plant closures in
17        the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting
18        more than 50 workers, or the local labor market area
19        has experienced State or federal facility closures in
20        the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting
21        more than 50 workers;
22            (6) based on data from Multiple Listing Service
23        information or other suitable sources, the local labor
24        market area contains a high floor vacancy rate of
25        industrial or commercial properties, vacant or
26        demolished commercial and industrial structures are



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1        prevalent in the local labor market area, or industrial
2        structures in the local labor market area are not used
3        because of age, deterioration, relocation of the
4        former occupants, or cessation of operation;
5            (7) the applicant demonstrates a substantial plan
6        for using the designation to improve the State and
7        local government tax base, including income, sales,
8        and property taxes;
9            (8) significant public infrastructure is present
10        in the local labor market area in addition to a plan
11        for infrastructure development and improvement;
12            (9) high schools or community colleges located
13        within the local labor market area are engaged in ACT
14        Work Keys, Manufacturing Skills Standard
15        Certification, or other industry-based credentials
16        that prepare students for careers; or
17            (10) the change in equalized assessed valuation of
18        industrial and/or commercial properties in the 5 years
19        prior to the date of application is equal to or less
20        than 50% of the State average change in equalized
21        assessed valuation for industrial and/or commercial
22        properties, as applicable, for the same period of time.
23    As provided in Section 10-5.3 of the River Edge
24Redevelopment Zone Act, upon the expiration of the term of each
25River Edge Redevelopment Zone in existence on the effective
26date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, that



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1River Edge Redevelopment Zone will become available for its
2previous designee or a new applicant to compete for designation
3as an enterprise zone. No preference for designation will be
4given to the previous designee of the zone.
5    (2) Any criteria established by the Department or by law
6which utilize the rate of unemployment for a particular area
7shall provide that all persons who are not presently employed
8and have exhausted all unemployment benefits shall be
9considered unemployed, whether or not such persons are actively
10seeking employment.
11(Source: P.A. 97-905, eff. 8-7-12.)
12    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
13becoming law.