Full Text of HB3567 97th General Assembly
HB3567 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2011 and 2012
Introduced 2/24/2011, by Rep. Adam Brown - Chad Hays - Jil Tracy - Richard Morthland - Wayne Rosenthal
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the Employ Illinois Job Renewal Act. Requires the Department
of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to develop application procedures to
certify certain areas in the State as Job Renewal Zones. Sets forth the
qualifications for certification as a Job Renewal Zone. Sets forth tax
incentives for businesses located inside Job Renewal Zones. Requires the
Department to certify all Job Renewal Zones by July 1, 2013 and provides
that all zones expire on June 30, 2024. Requires the Department to report
to the General Assembly and Governor no later than January 1, 2023
concerning the program. Effective immediately.
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A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning economic development.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Job Renewal Act.
As used in this Act:
"Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic
"Local government entity" means a county or a municipality.
Qualifications for Job Renewal Zones.
government entity is qualified to become a Job Renewal Zone if:
(1) it has no more than 200,000 residents according to
the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau; and
(2) it has experienced unemployment rates over the last
5 years that are higher than at least 75% of all Illinois
local government entities.
Certification of Job Renewal Zones by the
(a) The Department must develop an application for Job
Renewal Zone certification, contact local government entities
that may qualify as a Job Renewal Zone under Section 10, and
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inform those entities of their potential qualification. In
determining those local government entities to be certified, in
addition to characteristics mentioned in subsection (b), the
Department must certify an equal amount of zones in the various
regions of the State. The Department shall designate Job
Renewal Zones in a manner that maximizes their effect equally
in regions of the State. The Department may not designate more
than 10 Job Renewal Zones in the State.
(b) In considering applications for Job Renewal Zone
certification, the Department must consider all of the
(1) The degree to which the applicant local government
entity has experienced population decline or equalized
assessed property value decline or stagnant growth at
greater levels than other local government entities that
are eligible for Job Renewal Zone certification.
(2) The poverty of residents of the local government
entity applicant relative to other local government
entities that are eligible for Job Renewal Zone
(3) The degree to which school districts within the
jurisdiction of the local government entity applying for
certification have experienced decline or stagnation in
student enrollment having detrimental effects on the
schools' State education funding at levels greater than
other local government entities that are eligible for
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(4) Whether the applicant local government entity has
developed a strategic development plan that will guide the
redevelopment of its community or county in a manner that
benefits all residents of the applicant local government
(5) Any other relevant factors determined by the
Taxes on businesses in Job Renewal Zones.
(a) All businesses located in a Job Renewal Zone, in
addition to any other benefits and incentives that may be
offered at the discretion of the Department or the local
government entity creating the Job Renewal Zone as is provided
under the Enterprise Zone Act, shall qualify, upon
certification by the Department, for exemptions from the
(1) taxes imposed under subsections (a) and (b) of
Section 201 of the Illinois Income Tax Act;
(2) the State's portion of the State use or occupation
(b) Any business located in a Job Renewal Zone from which
the Department has determined at least 51% of its products or
services are exported outside of the State shall automatically
qualify for EDGE job creation assistance, as provided under the
Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act (35
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Deadline for zone certification; expiration.
(a) The Department must set a deadline for its receipt of
applications for all zone certifications. The Department must
certify all Job Renewal Zones by July 1, 2013.
(b) All Job Renewal Zones expire on June 30, 2024.
Report required; extension of program.
(a) By January 1, 2023, the Department must prepare a
report to the Governor and the General Assembly detailing the
effects of the Job Renewal program on the local government
entities. The report must include, without limitation,
(1) employment growth and unemployment decline;
(2) population change;
(3) changes in poverty rates;
(4) changes in per capita income of the residents of
(5) changes in the equalized assessed value of property
within the zone;
(6) changes in the cost of providing services to zone
residents borne by the local government entity where the
zone is located;
(7) changes in revenues collected by the local
government entity in which the zone is located; and
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(8) changes in the cost of housing in the zone.
(b) If the General Assembly extends the expiration date of
this program, the Department shall consider the progress of
economic development of each zone then designated and
surrounding areas when deciding whether the current 10 Job
Renewal Zones will be re-extended.
This Act takes effect upon