Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas

Filed: 4/9/2021





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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 605-1055 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 605/605-1055 new)
8    Sec. 605-1055. 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
12that does any of the following:
13        (1) Promotes a distinct historic and cultural
14    community.
15        (2) Encourages economic development and supports
16    entrepreneurship in the geographic area and community.



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1        (3) Encourages the preservation and development of
2    historic and culturally significant structures,
3    traditions, and languages.
4        (4) Fosters local cultural development and education.
5        (5) Provides a focal point for celebrating and
6    strengthening the unique cultural identity of the
7    community.
8        (6) Promotes growth and opportunity without generating
9    displacement or expanding inequality.
10    (b) Administrative authority. The Department of Commerce
11and Economic Opportunity shall establish criteria and
12guidelines for State-designated cultural districts by rule in
13accordance with qualifying criteria outlined in subsection
14(c). In executing its powers and duties under this Section,
15the Department shall:
16        (1) establish a competitive application system by
17    which a community may apply for certification as a
18    State-designated cultural district;
19        (2) provide technical assistance for State-designated
20    cultural districts in identifying and achieving their
21    goals for cultural preservation, including, but not
22    limited to, promotional support of State-designated
23    cultural districts;
24        (3) collaborate with other State agencies, units of
25    local government, community organizations, and private
26    entities to maximize the benefits of State-designated



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1    cultural districts; and
2        (4) establish an advisory committee to advise the
3    Department on program rules and the certification process.
4    The advisory committee must include:
5            (A) a representative of the Department appointed
6        by the Director;
7            (B) a representative of the Department of
8        Agriculture appointed by the Director of Agriculture;
9            (C) a representative of the Illinois Housing
10        Development Authority appointed by the Executive
11        Director of the Illinois Housing Development
12        Authority;
13            (D) a representative of Illinois Office of Tourism
14        appointed by the Director;
15            (E) a Latino Caucus member of the House of
16        Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House
17        of Representatives;
18            (F) a Black Caucus member of the House of
19        Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House
20        of the Representatives;
21            (G) a Latino Caucus member of the Senate appointed
22        by the President of the Senate;
23            (H) a Black Caucus member of the Senate appointed
24        by the Senate President; and
25            (I) two community representatives appointed by the
26        Governor with input from the applying non-profit



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1        agencies or local government.
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 (d). 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;
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        (4) have development plans that include and prioritize
24    the preservation of local businesses and retention of
25    existing residents and businesses; and
26        (5) have an education framework in place informed with



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1    a vision of food justice, social justice, community
2    sustainability, and social equity.
3    (d) Within 12 months after being designated a cultural
4district, the State-designated cultural district shall submit
5a report to the Department detailing its current programs and
6goals for the next 4 years of its designation. For each year
7thereafter that the district remains a State-designated
8cultural district, it shall submit a report to the Department
9on the status of the program and future developments of the