State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 2/8/2024, by Sen. Chapin Rose


20 ILCS 730/5-5

    Amends the Energy Transition Act. Provides that the term "community-based organization" also includes an entity that currently receives federal funding from the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Effective immediately.

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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 5. The Energy Transition Act is amended by
5changing Section 5-5 as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 730/5-5)
7    (Section scheduled to be repealed on September 15, 2045)
8    Sec. 5-5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
9    "Apprentice" means a participant in an apprenticeship
10program approved by and registered with the United States
11Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
12    "Apprenticeship program" means an apprenticeship and
13training program approved by and registered with the United
14States Department of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and
16    "Black, indigenous, and people of color" or "BIPOC" means
17people who are members of the groups described in
18subparagraphs (a) through (e) of paragraph (A) of subsection
19(1) of Section 2 of the Business Enterprise for Minorities,
20Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act.
21    "Community-based organization organizations" means an
22organization that: (1) provides employment, skill development,
23or related services to members of the community; (2) includes



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1community colleges, nonprofits, and local governments; (3) has
2at least one main operating office in the community or region
3it serves; and (4) demonstrates relationships with local
4residents and other organizations serving the community.
5"Community-based organization" also means an entity that
6currently receives federal funding from the federal Workforce
7Innovation and Opportunity Act.
8    "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic
9Opportunity, unless the text solely specifies a particular
11    "Director" means the Director of Commerce and Economic
13    "Equity eligible contractor" or "eligible contractor"
15        (1) a business that is majority-owned by equity
16    investment eligible individuals or persons who are or have
17    been participants in the Clean Jobs Workforce Network
18    Program, Clean Energy Contractor Incubator Program,
19    Returning Residents Clean Jobs Training Program, Illinois
20    Climate Works Preapprenticeship Program, or Clean Energy
21    Primes Contractor Accelerator Program;
22        (2) a nonprofit or cooperative that is
23    majority-governed by equity investment eligible
24    individuals or persons who are or have been participants
25    in the Clean Jobs Workforce Network Program, Clean Energy
26    Contractor Incubator Program, Returning Residents Clean



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1    Jobs Training Program, Illinois Climate Works
2    Preapprenticeship Program, or Clean Energy Primes
3    Contractor Accelerator Program; or
4        (3) an equity investment eligible person or an
5    individual who is or has been a participant in the Clean
6    Jobs Workforce Network Program, Clean Energy Contractor
7    Incubator Program, Returning Residents Clean Jobs Training
8    Program, Illinois Climate Works Preapprenticeship Program,
9    or Clean Energy Primes Contractor Accelerator Program and
10    who is offering personal services as an independent
11    contractor.
12    "Equity focused populations" means (i) low-income persons;
13(ii) persons residing in equity investment eligible
14communities; (iii) persons who identify as black, indigenous,
15and people of color; (iv) formerly convicted persons; (v)
16persons who are or were in the child welfare system; (vi)
17energy workers; (vii) dependents of displaced energy workers;
18(viii) women; (ix) LGBTQ+, transgender, or gender
19nonconforming persons; (x) persons with disabilities; and (xi)
20members of any of these groups who are also youth.
21    "Equity investment eligible community" and "eligible
22community" are synonymous and mean the geographic areas
23throughout Illinois which would most benefit from equitable
24investments by the State designed to combat discrimination and
25foster sustainable economic growth. Specifically, the eligible
26community means the following areas:



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1        (1) R3 Areas as established pursuant to Section 10-40
2    of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, where residents
3    have historically been excluded from economic
4    opportunities, including opportunities in the energy
5    sector; and
6        (2) Environmental justice communities, as defined by
7    the Illinois Power Agency pursuant to the Illinois Power
8    Agency Act, but excluding racial and ethnic indicators,
9    where residents have historically been subject to
10    disproportionate burdens of pollution, including pollution
11    from the energy sector.
12    "Equity investment eligible person" and "eligible person"
13are synonymous and mean the persons who would most benefit
14from equitable investments by the State designed to combat
15discrimination and foster sustainable economic growth.
16Specifically, eligible persons means the following people:
17        (1) persons whose primary residence is in an equity
18    investment eligible community;
19        (2) persons who are graduates of or currently enrolled
20    in the foster care system; or
21        (3) persons who were formerly incarcerated.
22    "Climate Works Hub" means a nonprofit organization
23selected by the Department to act as a workforce intermediary
24and to participate in the Illinois Climate Works
25Preapprenticeship Program. To qualify as a Climate Works Hub,
26the organization must demonstrate the following:



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1        (1) the ability to effectively serve diverse and
2    underrepresented populations, including by providing
3    employment services to such populations;
4        (2) experience with the construction and building
5    trades;
6        (3) the ability to recruit, prescreen, and provide
7    preapprenticeship training to prepare workers for
8    employment in the construction and building trades; and
9        (4) a plan to provide the following:
10            (A) preparatory classes;
11            (B) workplace readiness skills, such as resume
12        preparation and interviewing techniques;
13            (C) strategies for overcoming barriers to entry
14        and completion of an apprenticeship program; and
15            (D) any prerequisites for acceptance into an
16        apprenticeship program.
17(Source: P.A. 102-662, eff. 9-15-21.)
18    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
19becoming law.