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20 ILCS 605/605-1095

    (20 ILCS 605/605-1095)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-699)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2024)
    Sec. 605-1095. Hotel Jobs Recovery Grant Program.
    (a) In 2019, the hotel industry in the State of Illinois directly employed more than 60,000 people and generated $4,000,000,000 in State and local taxes. During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, one in three hotel workers were laid off or furloughed, and hotels lost $3,600,000,000 in economic activity. Unlike other segments of the hospitality industry, the hotel industry has not received any direct hotel-specific support from the federal government. Funds awarded under this Section will be used by hotels to support their workforce and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (b) As used in this Section:
    "Hotel" means any building or buildings in which the public may, for a consideration, obtain living quarters, sleeping or housekeeping accommodations. The term includes, but is not limited to, inns, motels, tourist homes or courts, lodging houses, rooming houses, retreat centers, conference centers, and hunting lodges. "Hotel" does not include a short-term rental.
    "Short-term rental" means a single-family dwelling, or a residential dwelling unit in a multi-unit structure, condominium, cooperative, timeshare, or similar joint property ownership arrangement, that is rented for a fee for less than 30 consecutive days. "Short-term rental" includes a vacation rental.
    "Operator" and "room" have the meanings given to those terms in the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act.
    (c) The Department may receive State funds and, directly or indirectly, federal funds under the authority of legislation passed in response to the Coronavirus epidemic including, but not limited to, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, (Public Law 117-2) ("ARPA"); such funds shall be used in accordance with the ARPA legislation and other State and federal law. Upon receipt or availability of such State or federal funds, and subject to appropriations for their use, the Department shall establish the Hotel Jobs Recovery Grant Program for the purpose of providing direct relief to hotels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on an application filed by the hotel operator, the Department shall award a one-time grant in an amount of up to $1,500 for each room in the hotel. Every hotel in operation in the state prior to March 12, 2020 that remains in operation shall be eligible to apply for the grant. Grant awards shall be scaled based on a process determined by the Department, including reducing the grant amount by previous state and local relief provided to the business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    (d) Any operator who receives grant funds under this Section shall use a minimum of 80% of the funds on payroll costs, to the extent permitted by Section 9901 of ARPA, including, but not limited to, wages, benefits, and employer contributions to employee healthcare costs. The remaining funds shall be used on any other costs and losses permitted by ARPA.
    (e) Within 12 months after receiving grant funds under this Section, the operator shall submit a written attestation to the Department acknowledging compliance with subsection (d).
    (f) The Department may establish by rule administrative procedures for the grant program, including any application procedures, grant agreements, certifications, payment methodologies, and other accountability measures that may be imposed upon participants in the program. The emergency rulemaking process may be used to promulgate the initial rules of the program following the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 102nd General Assembly.
    (g) The Department has the power to issue grants and enter into agreements with eligible hotels to carry out the purposes of this program.
    (h) This Section is repealed on December 31, 2024.
(Source: P.A. 102-699, eff. 4-19-22.)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 102-991)
    (This Section may contain text from a Public Act with a delayed effective date)
    Sec. 605-1095. Industrial Biotechnology Workforce Development Grant Program.
    (a) The Industrial Biotechnology Workforce Development Grant Program is hereby established as a program to be implemented and administered by the Department. The Program shall provide grants for the purpose of fostering a well-trained and well-skilled industrial biotechnology workforce.
    (b) Subject to appropriation, grants under the Program may be awarded on an annual basis for one or more of the following:
        (1) industrial biotechnology apprenticeships or
apprenticeship programs;
        (2) industrial biotechnology talent pipeline
management programs that emphasize business-oriented strategies to increase workforce competitiveness, improve workforce diversity, and expand a regional talent pool around high-growth industries;
        (3) industrial biotechnology industry-aligned
credential (digital badging) expansion programs to increase the number of workers with in-demand skills needed to obtain a job or advance within the workplace and for merging competency-based education with responsive workforce training strategies; and
        (4) high school and community college industrial
biotechnology career pathway and pre-apprenticeship program development.
    (c) To be eligible for grants provided under the Program, an entity must be either: (i) a State-sponsored, university-affiliated laboratory or research institution conducting collaboratives or for-hire research in the development of biorenewable chemicals, bio-based polymers, materials, novel feeds, or additional value-added biorenewables; or (ii) a State-accredited university or community college. An eligible entity must establish that it plans to use grant funds for a purpose specifically provided under subsection (b).
    (d) On or before January 31 of the next calendar year to occur after the last day of any State fiscal year in which the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity receives State funding for the Program under this Section, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly and the Governor on the use of grant funds under the Program. The report shall include, but not be limited to: (i) the disbursement of grant funds, categorized by eligible entity; (ii) the number of persons enrolled in or taking advantage of a program established or maintained using grant funds; (iii) the number of persons completing a program established or maintained using grant funds; and (iv) the number of person gaining employment in the industrial biotechnology industry following completion of a program established or maintained using grant funds.
    (e) The Department shall adopt all rules necessary for the implementation and administration of the Program under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 102-991, eff. 1-1-23.)