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Full Text of SB1680  101st General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning finance.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Procurement Code is amended by
5changing Section 45-57 as follows:
6    (30 ILCS 500/45-57)
7    Sec. 45-57. Veterans.
8    (a) Goal Set-aside goal. It is the goal of the State to
9promote and encourage the continued economic development of
10small businesses owned and controlled by qualified veterans and
11that qualified service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses
12(referred to as SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses
13(referred to as VOSB) participate in the State's procurement
14process as both prime contractors and subcontractors. Not less
15than 3% of the total dollar amount of State contracts, as
16defined by the Director of Central Management Services, shall
17be established as a goal to be awarded to SDVOSB and VOSB. That
18portion of a contract under which the contractor subcontracts
19with a SDVOSB or VOSB may be counted toward the goal of this
20subsection. The Department of Central Management Services
21shall adopt rules to implement compliance with this subsection
22by all State agencies.
23    (a-5) Set-asides. Each chief procurement officer has



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1authority to designate as veteran small business set-asides a
2fair proportion of construction, supply, and service contracts
3for awards to qualified service-disabled veteran-owned small
4businesses or veteran-owned small businesses. Advertisements
5for bids or offers for such contracts shall specify designation
6as veteran small business set-asides. In awarding the
7contracts, only bids or offers from qualified service-disabled
8veteran-owned small businesses or veteran-owned small
9businesses shall be considered.
10        (1) A veteran small business set-aside designation may
11    be withdrawn by the purchasing agency when deemed in the
12    best interests of the State. Upon withdrawal, all bids or
13    offers shall be rejected, and the bidders or offerors shall
14    be notified of the reason for rejection. The contract shall
15    then be awarded in accordance with this Code without the
16    designation of veteran small business set-aside.
17        (2) Each chief procurement officer may adopt rules to
18    implement and administer the use of set-asides.
19    (b) Fiscal year reports. By each November 1, each chief
20procurement officer shall report to the Department of Central
21Management Services on all of the following for the immediately
22preceding fiscal year, and by each March 1 the Department of
23Central Management Services shall compile and report that
24information to the General Assembly:
25        (1) The total number of VOSB, and the number of SDVOSB,
26    who submitted bids or offers for contracts under this Code.



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1    The number of bids or offers will be delineated between
2    contracts that were set-aside under subsection (a-5) and
3    those that were not set-aside.
4        (2) The total number of VOSB, and the number of SDVOSB,
5    who entered into contracts with the State under this Code
6    and the total value of those contracts. The number of
7    contracts and the value of contracts will be delineated
8    between contracts that were awarded as set-asides under
9    subsection (a-5) and those that were not set-aside.
10    The requirement for reporting to the General Assembly under
11this subsection (b) shall be satisfied by filing copies of the
12report as required by Section 3.1 of the General Assembly
13Organization Act.
14    (c) Yearly review and recommendations. Each year, each
15chief procurement officer shall review the progress of all
16State agencies under its jurisdiction in meeting the goal
17described in subsection (a), with input from statewide
18veterans' service organizations and from the business
19community, including businesses owned by qualified veterans,
20and shall make recommendations to be included in the Department
21of Central Management Services' report to the General Assembly
22regarding continuation, increases, or decreases of the
23percentage goal. The recommendations shall be based upon the
24number of businesses that are owned by qualified veterans and
25on the continued need to encourage and promote businesses owned
26by qualified veterans.



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1    (d) Governor's recommendations. To assist the State in
2reaching the goal described in subsection (a), the Governor
3shall recommend to the General Assembly changes in programs to
4assist businesses owned by qualified veterans.
5    (e) Definitions. As used in this Section:
6    "Armed forces of the United States" means the United States
7Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or service in
8active duty as defined under 38 U.S.C. Section 101. Service in
9the Merchant Marine that constitutes active duty under Section
10401 of federal Public Act 95-202 shall also be considered
11service in the armed forces for purposes of this Section.
12    "Certification" means a determination made by the Illinois
13Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Department of Central
14Management Services that a business entity is a qualified
15service-disabled veteran-owned small business or a qualified
16veteran-owned small business for whatever purpose. A SDVOSB or
17VOSB owned and controlled by women, minorities, or persons with
18disabilities, as those terms are defined in Section 2 of the
19Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with
20Disabilities Act, may also select and designate whether that
21business is to be certified as a "women-owned business",
22"minority-owned business", or "business owned by a person with
23a disability", as defined in Section 2 of the Business
24Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with
25Disabilities Act.
26    "Control" means the exclusive, ultimate, majority, or sole



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1control of the business, including but not limited to capital
2investment and all other financial matters, property,
3acquisitions, contract negotiations, legal matters,
4officer-director-employee selection and comprehensive hiring,
5operation responsibilities, cost-control matters, income and
6dividend matters, financial transactions, and rights of other
7shareholders or joint partners. Control shall be real,
8substantial, and continuing, not pro forma. Control shall
9include the power to direct or cause the direction of the
10management and policies of the business and to make the
11day-to-day as well as major decisions in matters of policy,
12management, and operations. Control shall be exemplified by
13possessing the requisite knowledge and expertise to run the
14particular business, and control shall not include simple
15majority or absentee ownership.
16    "Qualified service-disabled veteran" means a veteran who
17has been found to have 10% or more service-connected disability
18by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or the
19United States Department of Defense.
20    "Qualified service-disabled veteran-owned small business"
21or "SDVOSB" means a small business (i) that is at least 51%
22owned by one or more qualified service-disabled veterans living
23in Illinois or, in the case of a corporation, at least 51% of
24the stock of which is owned by one or more qualified
25service-disabled veterans living in Illinois; (ii) that has its
26home office in Illinois; and (iii) for which items (i) and (ii)



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1are factually verified annually by the Department of Central
2Management Services.
3    "Qualified veteran-owned small business" or "VOSB" means a
4small business (i) that is at least 51% owned by one or more
5qualified veterans living in Illinois or, in the case of a
6corporation, at least 51% of the stock of which is owned by one
7or more qualified veterans living in Illinois; (ii) that has
8its home office in Illinois; and (iii) for which items (i) and
9(ii) are factually verified annually by the Department of
10Central Management Services.
11    "Service-connected disability" means a disability incurred
12in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air
13service as described in 38 U.S.C. 101(16).
14    "Small business" means a business that has annual gross
15sales of less than $75,000,000 as evidenced by the federal
16income tax return of the business. A firm with gross sales in
17excess of this cap may apply to the Department of Central
18Management Services for certification for a particular
19contract if the firm can demonstrate that the contract would
20have significant impact on SDVOSB or VOSB as suppliers or
21subcontractors or in employment of veterans or
22service-disabled veterans.
23    "State agency" has the meaning provided in Section 1-15.100
24of this Code.
25    "Time of hostilities with a foreign country" means any
26period of time in the past, present, or future during which a



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1declaration of war by the United States Congress has been or is
2in effect or during which an emergency condition has been or is
3in effect that is recognized by the issuance of a Presidential
4proclamation or a Presidential executive order and in which the
5armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service
6medals are awarded according to Presidential executive order.
7    "Veteran" means a person who (i) has been a member of the
8armed forces of the United States or, while a citizen of the
9United States, was a member of the armed forces of allies of
10the United States in time of hostilities with a foreign country
11and (ii) has served under one or more of the following
12conditions: (a) the veteran served a total of at least 6
13months; (b) the veteran served for the duration of hostilities
14regardless of the length of the engagement; (c) the veteran was
15discharged on the basis of hardship; or (d) the veteran was
16released from active duty because of a service connected
17disability and was discharged under honorable conditions.
18    (f) Certification program. The Illinois Department of
19Veterans' Affairs and the Department of Central Management
20Services shall work together to devise a certification
21procedure to assure that businesses taking advantage of this
22Section are legitimately classified as qualified
23service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses or qualified
24veteran-owned small businesses.
25    (g) Penalties.
26        (1) Administrative penalties. The chief procurement



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1    officers appointed pursuant to Section 10-20 shall suspend
2    any person who commits a violation of Section 17-10.3 or
3    subsection (d) of Section 33E-6 of the Criminal Code of
4    2012 relating to this Section from bidding on, or
5    participating as a contractor, subcontractor, or supplier
6    in, any State contract or project for a period of not less
7    than 3 years, and, if the person is certified as a
8    service-disabled veteran-owned small business or a
9    veteran-owned small business, then the Department shall
10    revoke the business's certification for a period of not
11    less than 3 years. An additional or subsequent violation
12    shall extend the periods of suspension and revocation for a
13    period of not less than 5 years. The suspension and
14    revocation shall apply to the principals of the business
15    and any subsequent business formed or financed by, or
16    affiliated with, those principals.
17        (2) Reports of violations. Each State agency shall
18    report any alleged violation of Section 17-10.3 or
19    subsection (d) of Section 33E-6 of the Criminal Code of
20    2012 relating to this Section to the chief procurement
21    officers appointed pursuant to Section 10-20. The chief
22    procurement officers appointed pursuant to Section 10-20
23    shall subsequently report all such alleged violations to
24    the Attorney General, who shall determine whether to bring
25    a civil action against any person for the violation.
26        (3) List of suspended persons. The chief procurement



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1    officers appointed pursuant to Section 10-20 shall monitor
2    the status of all reported violations of Section 17-10.3 or
3    subsection (d) of Section 33E-6 of the Criminal Code of
4    1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012 relating to this Section
5    and shall maintain and make available to all State agencies
6    a central listing of all persons that committed violations
7    resulting in suspension.
8        (4) Use of suspended persons. During the period of a
9    person's suspension under paragraph (1) of this
10    subsection, a State agency shall not enter into any
11    contract with that person or with any contractor using the
12    services of that person as a subcontractor.
13        (5) Duty to check list. Each State agency shall check
14    the central listing provided by the chief procurement
15    officers appointed pursuant to Section 10-20 under
16    paragraph (3) of this subsection to verify that a person
17    being awarded a contract by that State agency, or to be
18    used as a subcontractor or supplier on a contract being
19    awarded by that State agency, is not under suspension
20    pursuant to paragraph (1) of this subsection.
21(Source: P.A. 100-43, eff. 8-9-17; 100-391, eff. 8-25-17;
22100-863, eff. 8-14-18.)