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35 ILCS 17/10-30
(35 ILCS 17/10-30)
Review of application for accredited theater production certificate.
(a) The Department shall issue an accredited theater production certificate to an applicant if it finds that by a preponderance the following conditions exist:
(1) the applicant intends to make the expenditure in
the State required for certification of the accredited theater production;
(2) the applicant's accredited theater production is
economically sound and will benefit the people of the State of Illinois by increasing opportunities for employment and will strengthen the economy of Illinois;
(3) the following requirements related to the
implementation of a diversity plan have been met: (i) the applicant has filed with the Department a diversity plan outlining specific goals for hiring Illinois labor expenditure eligible minority persons and women, as defined in the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act, and for using vendors receiving certification under the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act; (ii) the Department has approved the plan as meeting the requirements established by the Department and verified that the applicant has met or made good faith efforts in achieving those goals; and (iii) the Department has adopted any rules that are necessary to ensure compliance with the provisions set forth in this paragraph and necessary to require that the applicant's plan reflects the diversity of the population of this State;
(4) the applicant's accredited theater production
application indicates whether the applicant intends to participate in training, education, and recruitment programs that are organized in cooperation with Illinois colleges and universities, labor organizations, and the holders of accredited theater production certificates and are designed to promote and encourage the training and hiring of Illinois residents who represent the diversity of Illinois;
(5) except for commercial Broadway touring shows
qualifying in the State fiscal year ending June 30, 2023, if not for the tax credit award, the applicant's accredited theater production would not occur in Illinois, which may be demonstrated by any means, including, but not limited to, evidence that: (i) the applicant, presenter, owner, or licensee of the production rights has other state or international location options at which to present the production and could reasonably and efficiently locate outside of the State, (ii) at least one other state or nation could be considered for the production, (iii) the receipt of the tax award credit is a major factor in the decision of the applicant, presenter, production owner or licensee as to where the production will be presented and that without the tax credit award the applicant likely would not create or retain jobs in Illinois, or (iv) receipt of the tax credit award is essential to the applicant's decision to create or retain new jobs in the State; and
(6) the tax credit award will result in an overall
positive impact to the State, as determined by the Department using the best available data.
(b) If any of the provisions in this Section conflict with any existing collective bargaining agreements, the terms and conditions of those collective bargaining agreements shall control.
(c) The Department shall act expeditiously regarding approval of applications for accredited theater production certificates so as to accommodate the pre-production work, booking, commencement of ticket sales, determination of performance dates, load in, and other matters relating to the live theater productions for which approval is sought.
(Source: P.A. 102-1112, eff. 12-21-22.)