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Full Text of HB3414  97th General Assembly


Sen. John M. Sullivan

Filed: 5/10/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 3414 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Illinois Main Street Act.
6    Section 5. Legislative purpose. The General Assembly makes
7the following findings:
8        (1) The continued economic vitality of downtown and
9    neighborhood commercial districts in our municipalities is
10    essential to community preservation, social cohesion, and
11    economic growth.
12        (2) Municipalities need to maintain their local
13    economies so that business owners will be able to provide
14    goods and services to the community, to provide employment
15    opportunities, to avoid disinvestment and economic
16    dislocations, and to develop and sustain downtown and



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1    neighborhood commercial district revitalization programs
2    to address these problems.
3    Section 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
4    "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic
6    "Director" means the Director of Commerce and Economic
8    "Program" means the Illinois Main Street Program.
9    Section 15. Illinois Main Street Program. The Illinois Main
10Street Program is created within the Department. In order to
11implement the Illinois Main Street Program, the Department
12shall do all of the following:
13        (1) Provide assistance to municipalities designated as
14    Main Street Communities, municipalities interested in
15    becoming designated through the program, and businesses,
16    property owners, organizations, and municipalities
17    undertaking a comprehensive downtown or neighborhood
18    commercial district revitalization initiative and
19    management strategy. Assistance may include, but is not
20    limited to, initial site evaluations and assessments,
21    training for local programs, training for local program
22    staff, site visits and assessments by technical
23    specialists, local program design assistance and
24    evaluation, and continued local program on-site



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1    assistance.
2        (2) To the extent funds are made available, provide
3    financial assistance to municipalities or local
4    organizations to assist in initial downtown or
5    neighborhood commercial district revitalization program
6    specialized training, specific project feasibility
7    studies, market studies, and design assistance.
8        (3) Operate the Illinois Main Street Program in
9    accordance with the plan developed by the Department.
10        (4) Consider other factors the Department deems
11    necessary for the implementation of this Act.
12    Section 20. Main Street Community designation.
13    (a) The Department shall adopt criteria for the designation
14of a Main Street Community. In establishing the criteria, the
15Department shall consider all of the following:
16        (1) The degree of interest and commitment to
17    comprehensive downtown or neighborhood commercial district
18    revitalization and, where applicable, historic
19    preservation by both the public and private sectors.
20        (2) The evidence of potential private sector
21    investment in the downtown or neighborhood commercial
22    district.
23        (3) Where applicable, a downtown or neighborhood
24    commercial district with sufficient historic fabric to
25    become a foundation for an enhanced community image.



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1        (4) The capacity of the organization to undertake a
2    comprehensive program and the financial commitment to
3    implement a long-term downtown or neighborhood commercial
4    district revitalization program that includes a commitment
5    to employ a professional program manager.
6        (5) The National Main Street Center's criteria for
7    designating official main street municipalities.
8        (6) Other factors the Department deems necessary for
9    the designation of a local program.
10    (b) Illinois Main Street shall designate local downtown or
11neighborhood commercial district revitalization programs and
12official local main street programs.
13    (c) The Department must approve all local downtown or
14neighborhood commercial district revitalization program
15boundaries. The boundaries of a local downtown or neighborhood
16commercial district revitalization program are typically
17defined using the pedestrian core of a traditional commercial
19    Section 25. Illinois Main Street Plan. The Department
20shall, in consultation with the Lieutenant Governor, develop a
21plan for the Illinois Main Street Program. The plan shall
23        (1) the objectives and strategies of the Illinois Main
24    Street Program;
25        (2) how the Illinois Main Street Program will be



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1    coordinated with existing federal, state, local, and
2    private sector business development and historic
3    preservation efforts;
4        (3) the means by which private investment will be
5    solicited and employed;
6        (4) the methods of selecting and providing assistance
7    to participating local programs; and
8        (5) a means to solicit private contributions for State
9    and local operations of the Illinois Main Street Program.
10    Section 30. Role of the Lieutenant Governor. The Lieutenant
11Governor shall be the Ambassador of the Illinois Main Street
12Program. The Department shall advise and consult with the
13Lieutenant Governor on the activities of the Illinois Main
14Street Program. The Lieutenant Governor, with the assistance of
15the Department, shall promote and encourage the success of the
16Illinois Main Street Program.
17    Section 35. Illinois Main Street Fund. The Illinois Main
18Street Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury.
19All receipts from private contributions, federal funds,
20legislative appropriations, and fees for services, if levied,
21must be deposited into the Fund. Subject to appropriation,
22expenditures from the Fund may be used only for the benefit of
23the Illinois Main Street Program.



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1    Section 90. The Green Governments Illinois Act is amended
2by changing Sections 15, 35, and 45 as follows:
3    (20 ILCS 3954/15)
4    Sec. 15. Composition of the Council. The Council shall be
5composed comprised of representatives from various State
6agencies and State universities with specific fiscal,
7procurement, educational, and environmental policy expertise.
8Until the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th
9General Assembly, the The Lieutenant Governor is the chair of
10the Council. On and after the effective date of this amendatory
11Act of the 97th General Assembly, the Governor is the chair of
12the Council, and the Lieutenant Governor, or his or her
13designee, shall be a member of the council. The director or
14President, respectively, of each of the following State
15agencies and State universities, or his or her designee, is a
16member of the Council: the Department of Commerce and Economic
17Opportunity, the Environmental Protection Agency, the
18University of Illinois, the Department of Natural Resources,
19the Department of Central Management Services, the Governor's
20Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Agriculture,
21the Department of Transportation, the Department of
22Corrections, the Department of Human Services, the Department
23of Public Health, the State Board of Education, the Board of
24Higher Education, and the Capital Development Board. The Office
25of the Lieutenant Governor shall provide administrative



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1support to the Council. A minimum of one staff position in the
2Office of the Lieutenant Governor shall be dedicated to the
3Green Governments Illinois program.
4(Source: P.A. 95-657, eff. 10-10-07; 95-728, eff. 7-1-08 - See
5Sec. 999; 96-74, eff. 7-24-09.)
6    (20 ILCS 3954/35)
7    Sec. 35. Environmental Plans and Reporting.
8    (a) Each State agency shall submit an annual adopted
9environmental sustainability plan to the chairman of the
10Council for review and approval on or before April 1, 2008 and
11each April 1 thereafter.
12    On or before November 1, 2007, the Council shall prepare a
13downloadable plan template designed to provide a simple
14framework for the development of an environmental
15sustainability plan as required by this Act. The Council shall
16adopt procedures for reviewing and approving the plans, and
17make staff available during preparation of the plans to assist
18State agencies with their plan-writing efforts. The Council
19shall complete its plan review process on or before June 1,
202008. The sustainability plans shall be reviewed and updated
21periodically, but at least once every 3 years. Units of local
22government and educational institutions are encouraged to
23submit similar sustainability plans to the chairman of the
24Council for review and approval.
25    (b) On or before January 1, 2008, each State agency, using



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1existing resources, shall form an internal environmental
2sustainability committee. The environmental sustainability
3committee shall (i) assess the environmental and resource use
4impacts of its major operational activities making
5environmental improvements, conserving resources, and reducing
6health risks; (ii) develop an annual environmental
7sustainability plan as required under this Act; and (iii)
8establish an ongoing process through which their
9sustainability efforts can be reviewed and improved upon. The
10committee shall focus on the most significant environmental and
11resource use impacts, examine the feasibility and
12cost-effectiveness of addressing these impacts, and prioritize
13their actions accordingly.
14    Where feasible, the committee shall quantify the specific
15impacts of major operational activities such as gallons of
16water used, pounds of solid waste generated, gallons of
17gasoline consumed, and dollars spent per year on electricity.
18The committee shall consist of representatives from different
19departments and program areas, including purchasing,
20maintenance, and facility management. A senior member of
21management shall be designated to coordinate environmental
22sustainability efforts of each committee. The coordinator
23shall provide information to agency facilities and staff,
24coordinate planning and reporting activities, and act as
25liaison to the Council. Where appropriate, State agencies may
26appoint facility coordinators in addition to the agency



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1coordinator. Coordinators shall be given full management
2support and provided with the necessary resources to meet the
3goals of this Act.
4    (c) On or before July 1, 2008 and on or before September 1
5of each subsequent year, each State agency shall submit to the
6chairman of the Council a report summarizing the progress made
7in implementing its annual environmental sustainability plan,
8including sustainability measures adopted and goals achieved.
9The information in this report shall encompass the previous
10fiscal year.
11    On or before June 1, 2008, the Council shall develop and
12adopt a reporting form to be used to comply with the provisions
13of this Section. Participating units of local government and
14educational institutions are encouraged to submit an annual
15progress report on or before September 1 of each year.
16    (d) State agencies shall be invited to participate in the
17Council's efforts to foster environmental sustainability
18practices throughout State government.
19    (e) The Council shall provide technical assistance to State
20agencies, units of local government, and educational
21institutions for the purpose of implementing the environmental
22sustainability planning requirement.
23    (f) The Council may establish criteria for exempting select
24State agencies from the environmental sustainability planning
25based on staff size, probable environmental impacts, and scope
26of operations.



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1(Source: P.A. 95-657, eff. 10-10-07; 96-74, eff. 7-24-09.)
2    (20 ILCS 3954/45)
3    Sec. 45. Green Governments Illinois website.
4    (a) The Green Governments Illinois staff member of the
5Lieutenant Governor's Office shall be responsible for
6establishing and maintaining an Internet website devoted to the
7Green Governments Illinois program.
8    (b) The content and capabilities of the website shall, at a
9minimum, include:
10        (1) (blank) the ability to receive submitted plans and
11    reports;
12        (2) (blank) a downloadable template for preparing
13    reports;
14        (3) viewable and downloadable plans and reports
15    submitted by the participating units of State and local
16    government and educational institutions;
17        (4) a listing of sources of information on developing
18    environmental programs and Internet links, if available,
19    to those sources;
20        (5) a listing of sources of funding for environmental
21    programs and Internet links, if available, to those
22    sources;
23        (6) information on forming intergovernmental
24    agreements for the purpose of developing collaborative
25    environmental plans between units of local government; and



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1        (7) guidance materials to assist State agencies, units
2    of local government, and educational institutions in
3    identifying environmental impacts and evaluating practical
4    actions to prevent pollution and conserve resources.
5(Source: P.A. 95-657, eff. 10-10-07.)
6    Section 95. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
7Section 5.786 as follows:
8    (30 ILCS 105/5.786 new)
9    Sec. 5.786. The Illinois Main Street Fund.
10    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
11becoming law.".