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Full Text of HB3567  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


New Act

    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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1    AN ACT concerning economic development.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Employ
5Illinois Job Renewal Act.
6    Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
7    "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic
9    "Local government entity" means a county or a municipality.
10    Section 10. Qualifications for Job Renewal Zones. A local
11government entity is qualified to become a Job Renewal Zone if:
12        (1) it has no more than 200,000 residents according to
13    the latest data available from the U.S. Census Bureau; and
14        (2) it has experienced unemployment rates over the last
15    5 years that are higher than at least 75% of all Illinois
16    local government entities.
17    Section 15. Certification of Job Renewal Zones by the
19    (a) The Department must develop an application for Job
20Renewal Zone certification, contact local government entities
21that may qualify as a Job Renewal Zone under Section 10, and



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1inform those entities of their potential qualification. In
2determining those local government entities to be certified, in
3addition to characteristics mentioned in subsection (b), the
4Department must certify an equal amount of zones in the various
5regions of the State. The Department shall designate Job
6Renewal Zones in a manner that maximizes their effect equally
7in regions of the State. The Department may not designate more
8than 10 Job Renewal Zones in the State.
9    (b) In considering applications for Job Renewal Zone
10certification, the Department must consider all of the
11following factors:
12        (1) The degree to which the applicant local government
13    entity has experienced population decline or equalized
14    assessed property value decline or stagnant growth at
15    greater levels than other local government entities that
16    are eligible for Job Renewal Zone certification.
17        (2) The poverty of residents of the local government
18    entity applicant relative to other local government
19    entities that are eligible for Job Renewal Zone
20    certification.
21        (3) The degree to which school districts within the
22    jurisdiction of the local government entity applying for
23    certification have experienced decline or stagnation in
24    student enrollment having detrimental effects on the
25    schools' State education funding at levels greater than
26    other local government entities that are eligible for



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1    certification.
2        (4) Whether the applicant local government entity has
3    developed a strategic development plan that will guide the
4    redevelopment of its community or county in a manner that
5    benefits all residents of the applicant local government
6    entity.
7        (5) Any other relevant factors determined by the
8    Department.
9    Section 20. Taxes on businesses in Job Renewal Zones.
10    (a) All businesses located in a Job Renewal Zone, in
11addition to any other benefits and incentives that may be
12offered at the discretion of the Department or the local
13government entity creating the Job Renewal Zone as is provided
14under the Enterprise Zone Act, shall qualify, upon
15certification by the Department, for exemptions from the
16following taxes:
17        (1) taxes imposed under subsections (a) and (b) of
18    Section 201 of the Illinois Income Tax Act; and
19        (2) the State's portion of the State use or occupation
20    taxes.
21    (b) Any business located in a Job Renewal Zone from which
22the Department has determined at least 51% of its products or
23services are exported outside of the State shall automatically
24qualify for EDGE job creation assistance, as provided under the
25Economic Development for a Growing Economy Tax Credit Act (35



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1ILCS 10).
2    Section 30. Deadline for zone certification; expiration.
3    (a) The Department must set a deadline for its receipt of
4applications for all zone certifications. The Department must
5certify all Job Renewal Zones by July 1, 2013.
6    (b) All Job Renewal Zones expire on June 30, 2024.
7    Section 35. Report required; extension of program.
8    (a) By January 1, 2023, the Department must prepare a
9report to the Governor and the General Assembly detailing the
10effects of the Job Renewal program on the local government
11entities. The report must include, without limitation,
12information concerning:
13        (1) employment growth and unemployment decline;
14        (2) population change;
15        (3) changes in poverty rates;
16        (4) changes in per capita income of the residents of
17    the zone;
18        (5) changes in the equalized assessed value of property
19    within the zone;
20        (6) changes in the cost of providing services to zone
21    residents borne by the local government entity where the
22    zone is located;
23        (7) changes in revenues collected by the local
24    government entity in which the zone is located; and



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1        (8) changes in the cost of housing in the zone.
2    (b) If the General Assembly extends the expiration date of
3this program, the Department shall consider the progress of
4economic development of each zone then designated and
5surrounding areas when deciding whether the current 10 Job
6Renewal Zones will be re-extended.
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
8becoming law.