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Full Text of HB0156  100th General Assembly


Sen. Melinda Bush

Filed: 5/28/2018





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 156 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1    is a joint effort of three or more units of government, or
2    two or more units of government if situated in a township
3    which is divided by a municipality of 1,000,000 or more
4    inhabitants, and where the certification has been in effect
5    at least one year, the total area shall comprise a minimum
6    of one-half square mile and not more than thirteen square
7    miles in total area exclusive of lakes and waterways;
8        (c) (blank);
9        (d) (blank);
10        (e) is (1) entirely within a municipality or (2)
11    entirely within the unincorporated areas of a county,
12    except where reasonable need is established for such zone
13    to cover portions of more than one municipality or county
14    or (3) both comprises (i) all or part of a municipality and
15    (ii) an unincorporated area of a county; and
16        (f) meets 3 or more of the following criteria:
17            (1) all or part of the local labor market area has
18        had an annual average unemployment rate of at least
19        120% of the State's annual average unemployment rate
20        for the most recent calendar year or the most recent
21        fiscal year as reported by the Department of Employment
22        Security;
23            (2) designation will result in the development of
24        substantial employment opportunities by creating or
25        retaining a minimum aggregate of 1,000 full-time
26        equivalent jobs due to an aggregate investment of



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1        $100,000,000 or more, and will help alleviate the
2        effects of poverty and unemployment within the local
3        labor market area;
4            (3) all or part of the local labor market area has
5        a poverty rate of at least 20% according to the latest
6        federal decennial census, 50% or more of children in
7        the local labor market area participate in the federal
8        free lunch program according to reported statistics
9        from the State Board of Education, or 20% or more
10        households in the local labor market area receive food
11        stamps according to the latest federal decennial
12        census;
13            (4) an abandoned coal mine, or a brownfield (as
14        defined in Section 58.2 of the Environmental
15        Protection Act), or an inactive nuclear powered
16        electrical generation facility where spent nuclear
17        fuel is stored on-site is located in the proposed zone
18        area, or all or a portion of the proposed zone was
19        declared a federal disaster area in the 3 years
20        preceding the date of application;
21            (5) the local labor market area contains a presence
22        of large employers that have downsized over the years,
23        the labor market area has experienced plant closures in
24        the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting
25        more than 50 workers, or the local labor market area
26        has experienced State or federal facility closures in



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1        the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting
2        more than 50 workers;
3            (6) based on data from Multiple Listing Service
4        information or other suitable sources, the local labor
5        market area contains a high floor vacancy rate of
6        industrial or commercial properties, vacant or
7        demolished commercial and industrial structures are
8        prevalent in the local labor market area, or industrial
9        structures in the local labor market area are not used
10        because of age, deterioration, relocation of the
11        former occupants, or cessation of operation;
12            (7) the applicant demonstrates a substantial plan
13        for using the designation to improve the State and
14        local government tax base, including income, sales,
15        and property taxes;
16            (8) significant public infrastructure is present
17        in the local labor market area in addition to a plan
18        for infrastructure development and improvement;
19            (9) high schools or community colleges located
20        within the local labor market area are engaged in ACT
21        Work Keys, Manufacturing Skills Standard
22        Certification, or other industry-based credentials
23        that prepare students for careers; or
24            (10) the change in equalized assessed valuation of
25        industrial and/or commercial properties in the 5 years
26        prior to the date of application is equal to or less



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1        than 50% of the State average change in equalized
2        assessed valuation for industrial and/or commercial
3        properties, as applicable, for the same period of time.
4    As provided in Section 10-5.3 of the River Edge
5Redevelopment Zone Act, upon the expiration of the term of each
6River Edge Redevelopment Zone in existence on the effective
7date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, that
8River Edge Redevelopment Zone will become available for its
9previous designee or a new applicant to compete for designation
10as an enterprise zone. No preference for designation will be
11given to the previous designee of the zone.
12    (2) Any criteria established by the Department or by law
13which utilize the rate of unemployment for a particular area
14shall provide that all persons who are not presently employed
15and have exhausted all unemployment benefits shall be
16considered unemployed, whether or not such persons are actively
17seeking employment.
18(Source: P.A. 97-905, eff. 8-7-12.)
19    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
20becoming law.".