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20 ILCS 3501/825-81
(20 ILCS 3501/825-81)
Fire station revolving loan program.
(a) The Authority and the State Fire Marshal may jointly administer a fire station revolving loan program. The program shall, in instances where sufficient loan funds exist to permit applications to be accepted, provide zero-interest and low-interest loans for the construction, rehabilitation, remodeling, or expansion of a fire station or the acquisition of land for the construction or expansion of a fire station by a fire department, a fire protection district, or a township fire department. Once the program receives funding, the Authority shall make loans based on need, as determined by the State Fire Marshal.
(b) The loan funds, subject to appropriation, may be paid out of the Fire Station Revolving Loan Fund, a special fund in the State treasury. The Fund may consist of any moneys transferred or appropriated into the Fund, as well as all repayments of loans made under the program. Once the program receives funding, the Fund may be used for loans to fire departments and fire protection districts to construct, rehabilitate, remodel, or expand fire stations or acquire land for the construction or expansion of fire stations and for no other purpose. All interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall be deposited into the Fund. As soon as practical after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, all moneys in the Fire Station Revolving Loan Fund shall be paid by the State Fire Marshal to the Authority, and, on and after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, all future moneys deposited into the Fire Station Revolving Loan Fund under this Section shall be paid by the State Fire Marshal to the Authority under the continuing appropriation provision of subsection (b-1) of this Section; provided that the Authority and the State Fire Marshal enter into an intergovernmental agreement to use the moneys paid by the State Fire Marshal to the Authority from the Fund solely for the purposes for which the moneys would otherwise be used under this Section and to set forth procedures to otherwise administer the use of the moneys.
(b-1) There is hereby appropriated, on a continuing annual basis in each fiscal year, from the Fire Station Revolving Loan Fund, the amount, if any, of funds received into the Fire Station Revolving Loan Fund to the State Fire Marshal for payment to the Authority for the purposes for which the moneys would otherwise be used under this Section.
(c) A loan under the program may not exceed $2,000,000 to any fire department or fire protection district. The repayment period for the loan may not exceed 25 years. The fire department or fire protection district shall repay each year at least 4% of the principal amount borrowed or the remaining balance of the loan, whichever is less. All repayments of loans shall be deposited into the Fire Station Revolving Loan Fund.
(d) The Authority and the State Fire Marshal may adopt rules in accordance with the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act to administer the program.
(Source: P.A. 96-135, eff. 8-7-09; 96-1172, eff. 7-22-10; 97-901, eff. 1-1-13.)