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20 ILCS 725/15

    (20 ILCS 725/15)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-868)
    Sec. 15. Illinois Home Grown Business Opportunities.
    (a) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall develop an economic plan to assist businesses and municipalities located geographically close to bordering states.
    (b) The plan shall take into account relevant economic data, including input from local economic development officials, and identify and develop specific strategies for utilizing the assets of those regions of the State located geographically close to bordering states, so that those regions may better compete economically with bordering states.
    (c) The plan shall include the following:
        (1) an assessment of the economic development
    
practices of bordering states;
        (2) a comparative assessment of the economic
    
development practices of this State;
        (3) recommendations for best practices with respect
    
to economic development, business incentives, business attraction, and business retention for regions in Illinois that border at least one other state;
        (4) identification of existing State services and
    
resources that would assist businesses and municipalities in being more economically competitive with bordering states; and
        (5) any other resource that may assist businesses
    
and municipalities located geographically close to bordering states that the Department deems necessary and relevant under this Act.
    (d) The information and resources collected and established by the Department under this Act shall be available to the public and posted on the Department's Internet website.
(Source: P.A. 100-1084, eff. 1-1-19.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-868)
    Sec. 15. Illinois Home Grown Business Opportunities.
    (a) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall develop an economic plan to assist businesses and municipalities located geographically close to bordering states.
    (b) The plan shall take into account relevant economic data, including input from local economic development officials, and identify and develop specific strategies for utilizing the assets of those regions of the State located geographically close to bordering states, so that those regions may better compete economically with bordering states.
    (c) The plan shall include the following:
        (1) an assessment of the economic development
    
practices of bordering states;
        (2) a comparative assessment of the economic
    
development practices of this State;
        (3) recommendations for best practices with respect
    
to economic development, business incentives, business attraction, and business retention for regions in Illinois that border at least one other state;
        (4) identification of existing State services and
    
resources that would assist businesses and municipalities in being more economically competitive with bordering states;
        (5) any other resource that may assist businesses
    
and municipalities located geographically close to bordering states that the Department deems necessary and relevant under this Act;
        (6) notification to all small businesses and
    
municipalities of funding opportunities that the State of Illinois and the federal government are offering to small businesses and municipalities; and
        (7) notification to all small businesses and
    
municipalities of new restrictions placed upon communities as it relates to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
    (d) The information and resources collected and established by the Department under this Act shall be available to the public and posted on the Department's Internet website.
(Source: P.A. 102-868, eff. 1-1-23.)