Sen. Cristina H. Pacione-Zayas

Filed: 4/16/2021





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1833, AS AMENDED,
3by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the
5    "Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
6Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois
7is amended by adding Section 605-1055 as follows:
8    (20 ILCS 605/605-1055 new)
9    Sec. 605-1055. State-designated cultural districts.
10    (a) As used in this Section, "State-designated cultural
11district" means a geographical area certified under this
12Section that has a distinct, historic, and cultural identity
13that does any of the following:
14        (1) Promotes a distinct historic and cultural
15    community.
16        (2) Encourages economic development and supports



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1    entrepreneurship in the geographic area and community.
2        (3) Encourages the preservation and development of
3    historic and culturally significant structures,
4    traditions, and languages.
5        (4) Fosters local cultural development and education.
6        (5) Provides a focal point for celebrating and
7    strengthening the unique cultural identity of the
8    community.
9        (6) Promotes growth and opportunity without generating
10    displacement or expanding inequality.
11    (b) Administrative authority. The Department of Commerce
12and Economic Opportunity shall establish criteria and
13guidelines for State-designated cultural districts by rule in
14accordance with qualifying criteria outlined in subsection
15(c). In executing its powers and duties under this Section,
16the Department shall:
17        (1) establish a competitive application system by
18    which a community may apply for certification as a
19    State-designated cultural district;
20        (2) provide technical assistance for State-designated
21    cultural districts in identifying and achieving their
22    goals for cultural preservation, including, but not
23    limited to, promotional support of State-designated
24    cultural districts;
25        (3) collaborate with other State agencies, units of
26    local government, community organizations, and private



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1    entities to maximize the benefits of State-designated
2    cultural districts; and
3        (4) establish an advisory committee to advise the
4    Department on program rules and the certification process.
5    The advisory committee must include:
6            (A) a representative of the Department appointed
7        by the Director;
8            (B) a representative of the Department of
9        Agriculture appointed by the Director of Agriculture;
10            (C) a representative of the Illinois Housing
11        Development Authority appointed by the Executive
12        Director of the Illinois Housing Development
13        Authority;
14            (D) a representative of the Illinois Office of
15        Tourism appointed by the Director;
16            (E) a Latino Caucus member of the House of
17        Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House
18        of Representatives;
19            (F) a Black Caucus member of the House of
20        Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House
21        of Representatives;
22            (G) a Latino Caucus member of the Senate appointed
23        by the President of the Senate;
24            (H) a Black Caucus member of the Senate appointed
25        by the Senate President; and
26            (I) four community representatives appointed by



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1        the Governor representing diverse racial, ethnic, and
2        geographic groups not captured in the membership of
3        the other designees, with the input of community and
4        stakeholder groups.
5    (c) Certification. A geographical area within the State
6may be certified as a State-designated cultural district by
7applying to the Department for certification. Certification as
8a State-designated cultural district shall be for a period of
910 years, after which the district may renew certification
10every 5 years. A municipality or 501(c)(3) organization may
11apply for certification on behalf of a geographic area. The
12applying entity is responsible for complying with reporting
13requirements under subsection (d). The Department shall
14develop criteria to assess whether an applicant qualifies for
15certification under this Section. That criteria must include a
16demonstration that the applicant and the community:
17        (1) have been historically impacted and are currently
18    at risk of losing their cultural identity because of
19    gentrification, displacement, or the COVID-19 pandemic;
20        (2) can demonstrate a history of economic
21    disinvestment;
22        (3) can demonstrate strong community support for the
23    cultural district designation through active and formal
24    participation by community organizations and municipal and
25    regional government agencies or officials;
26        (4) have development plans that include and prioritize



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1    the preservation of local businesses and retention of
2    existing residents and businesses; and
3        (5) have an education framework in place informed with
4    a vision of food justice, social justice, community
5    sustainability, and social equity.
6    (d) Within 12 months after being designated a cultural
7district, the State-designated cultural district shall submit
8a report to the Department detailing its current programs and
9goals for the next 4 years of its designation. For each year
10thereafter that the district remains a State-designated
11cultural district, it shall submit a report to the Department
12on the status of the program and future developments of the