HB3009eng 93rd General Assembly


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 1        AN ACT concerning commerce.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Illinois  Promotion  Act  is  amended  by
 5    changing Sections 3 and 4 as follows:

 6        (20 ILCS 665/3) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-23)
 7        Sec.  3.  Definitions.   The  following  words and terms,
 8    whenever used or referred to in  this  Act,  shall  have  the
 9    following  meanings,  except  where the context may otherwise
10    require:
11        (a)  "Department" means the Department  of  Commerce  and
12    Community Affairs of the State of Illinois.
13        (b)  "Local   promotion   group"   means  any  non-profit
14    corporation, organization, association, agency  or  committee
15    thereof  formed  for  the  primary  purpose  of  publicizing,
16    promoting,   advertising   or   otherwise   encouraging   the
17    development of tourism in any municipality, county, or region
18    of Illinois.
19        (c)  "Promotional  activities"  means preparing, planning
20    and conducting feasibility studies, campaigns of information,
21    advertising, and publicity through such media as  newspapers,
22    radio,  television,  magazines,  trade  journals,  moving and
23    still photography, posters, outdoor signboards  and  personal
24    contact   within   and   without   the   State  of  Illinois;
25    dissemination   of   information,   advertising,   publicity,
26    photographs and other literature  and  material  designed  to
27    carry  out  the purpose of this Act; and participation in and
28    attendance at meetings and  conventions  concerned  primarily
29    with tourism, including travel to and from such meetings.
30        (d)  "Municipality"  means  "municipality"  as defined in
31    Section 1-1-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code,  as  heretofore
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 1    and hereafter amended.
 2        (e)  "Tourism"  means  travel 50 miles or more one-way or
 3    an overnight trip outside of a person's normal routine.
 4    (Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

 5        (20 ILCS 665/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-24)
 6        Sec. 4. Powers. The Department shall have  the  following
 7    powers:
 8        (a)  To  formulate a program for the promotion of tourism
 9    and the film industry in the State  of  Illinois,  including,
10    but not limited to, the promotion of our State Parks, fishing
11    and  hunting  areas, historical shrines, vacation regions and
12    areas of historic or scenic interest.
13        (b)  To cooperate with civic groups and local, State  and
14    federal   departments   and   agencies,   and   agencies  and
15    departments  of  other  states  in  encouraging   educational
16    tourism and developing programs therefor.
17        (c)  To  publish  tourist  promotional  material  such as
18    brochures and booklets.
19        (d)  To promote tourism in Illinois  through  all  media,
20    including  but  not  limited  to,  the  Internet, television,
21    articles and  advertisements  in  magazines,  newspapers  and
22    travel   publications   and   by   establishing   promotional
23    exhibitions at fairs, travel shows, and similar exhibitions.
24        (e)  To  establish  and  maintain travel offices at major
25    points of entry to the State.
26        (f)  To   recommend   legislation   relating    to    the
27    encouragement of tourism in Illinois.
28        (g)  To  assist  municipalities or local promotion groups
29    in developing  new  tourist  attractions  including  but  not
30    limited  to  feasibility  studies  and analyses, research and
31    development, and management and marketing planning  for  such
32    new tourist attractions.
33        (h)  (Blank).
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 1        (i)  To  implement a program of matching grants and loans
 2    to  counties,  municipalities,  local  promotion  groups  and
 3    others, as provided in Sections 5 and 8a of this Act, for the
 4    development or improvement of tourism attractions and tourism
 5    events in Illinois under the terms and conditions provided in
 6    this Act.
 7        (j)  To  expend  funds   from   the   International   and
 8    Promotional  Fund,  subject to appropriation, on any activity
 9    authorized under this Act.
10        (k)  To do any other acts that, in the  judgment  of  the
11    Department,   are  necessary  and  proper  in  fostering  and
12    promoting tourism in the State of Illinois.
13        (l)  To conduct a study  concerning  the  feasibility  of
14    constructing  a  hotel  or  motel  complex  to be situated in
15    Menard County  near  New  Salem  State  Park  or  within  the
16    immediate   area  of  Petersburg,  Illinois;  to  prepare  or
17    consider possible plans for designs of  the  hotel  or  motel
18    complex;  to  estimate  the  costs of the construction of the
19    complex and to estimate the economic  return  generated  from
20    the  complex; to consider possible sites for the complex; and
21    to report its recommendations and  findings  to  the  General
22    Assembly as soon as possible.
23    (Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)