Rep. Delia C. Ramirez

Filed: 5/12/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1833 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois
6is amended by adding Section 605-1057 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 605/605-1057 new)
8    Sec. 605-1057. State-designated cultural districts.
9    (a) As used in this Section, "State-designated cultural
10district" means a geographical area certified under this
11Section that has a distinct, historic, and cultural identity.
12Municipalities or 501(c)(3) organizations working on behalf of
13a certified geographical area should seek to:
14        (1) Promote a distinct historic and cultural
15    community.
16        (2) Encourage economic development and supports



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1    entrepreneurship in the geographic area and community.
2        (3) Encourage the preservation and development of
3    historic and culturally significant structures,
4    traditions, and languages.
5        (4) Foster local cultural development and education.
6        (5) Provide a focal point for celebrating and
7    strengthening the unique cultural identity of the
8    community.
9        (6) Promote growth and opportunity without generating
10    displacement or expanding inequality.
11    (b) Administrative authority. The Department of Commerce
12and Economic Opportunity shall establish criteria and
13guidelines for State-designated cultural districts by rule in
14accordance with qualifying criteria outlined in subsection
15(c). In executing its powers and duties under this Section,
16the Department shall:
17        (1) establish a competitive application system by
18    which a community may apply for certification as a
19    State-designated cultural district;
20        (2) provide technical assistance for State-designated
21    cultural districts by collaborating with all relevant
22    offices and grantees of the Department to help them
23    identify and achieve their goals for cultural
24    preservation, including, but not limited to, promotional
25    support of State-designated cultural districts and support
26    for small businesses looking to access resources;



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1        (3) collaborate with other State agencies, units of
2    local government, community organizations, and private
3    entities to maximize the benefits of State-designated
4    cultural districts; and
5        (4) establish an advisory committee to advise the
6    Department on program rules and the certification process.
7    The advisory committee shall reflect the diversity of the
8    State of Illinois, including geographic, racial, and
9    ethnic diversity. The advisory committee must include:
10            (A) a representative of the Department of Commerce
11        and Economic Opportunity appointed by the Director;
12            (B) a representative of the Department of
13        Agriculture appointed by the Director of Agriculture;
14            (C) a representative of the Illinois Housing
15        Development Authority appointed by the Executive
16        Director of the Illinois Housing Development
17        Authority;
18            (d) two members of the House of Representatives
19        appointed by the Speaker of the House of
20        Representatives;
21            (E) two members of the Senate appointed by the
22        President of the Senate; and
23            (F) four community representatives appointed by
24        the Governor representing diverse racial, ethnic, and
25        geographic groups not captured in the membership of
26        the other designees, with the input of community and



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1        stakeholder groups.
2    (c) Certification. A geographical area within the State
3may be certified as a State-designated cultural district by
4applying to the Department for certification. Certification as
5a State-designated cultural district shall be for a period of
610 years, after which the district may renew certification
7every 5 years. A municipality or 501(c)(3) organization may
8apply for certification on behalf of a geographic area. The
9applying entity is responsible for complying with reporting
10requirements under subsection (f). The Department shall
11develop criteria to assess whether an applicant qualifies for
12certification under this Section. That criteria must include a
13demonstration that the applicant and the community:
14        (1) have been historically impacted and are currently
15    at risk of losing their cultural identity because of
16    gentrification, displacement, or the COVID-19 pandemic;
17        (2) can demonstrate a history of economic
18    disinvestment; and
19        (3) can demonstrate strong community support for the
20    cultural district designation through active and formal
21    participation by community organizations and municipal and
22    regional government agencies or officials.
23    (d) Each applicant shall be encouraged by the Department
25        (1) have development plans that include and prioritize
26    the preservation of local businesses and retention of



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1    existing residents and businesses; and
2        (2) have an education framework in place informed with
3    a vision of food justice, social justice, community
4    sustainability, and social equity.
5    (e) The Department shall award no more than 5
6State-designated cultural districts every year. At no point
7shall the total amount of State-designated cultural districts
8be more than 15, unless otherwise directed by the Director of
9the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in
10consultation with the advisory committee.
11    (f) Within 12 months after being designated a cultural
12district, the State-designated cultural district shall submit
13a report to the Department detailing its current programs and
14goals for the next 4 years of its designation. For each year
15thereafter that the district remains a State-designated
16cultural district, it shall submit a report to the Department
17on the status of the program and future developments of the
18district. Any State-designated cultural district that fails to
19file a report for 2 consecutive years shall lose its status.
20    (g) This Section is repealed on July 1, 2031.".