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(65 ILCS 115/10-15)
Riverfront Development Fund.
(a) Purpose. The General Assembly has determined that it is in the interest of the State of Illinois to promote development that will protect, promote, and improve the riverfront areas of a financially distressed city designated under the Financially Distressed City Law.
(b) Definitions. As used in this Section:
"Agreement" means the agreement between an eligible
employer and the Department under the provisions of subsection (f) of this Section.
"Department" means the Department of Commerce and
"Director" means the Director of Commerce and
"Eligible developer" means an individual,
partnership, corporation, or other entity that develops within a river edge redevelopment zone that is located within a municipality designated as a financially distressed city.
"Eligible employer" means an individual, partnership,
corporation, or other entity that employs full-time employees within a river edge redevelopment zone that is located within a municipality designated as a financially distressed city.
"Full-time employee" means an individual who is
employed for consideration for at least 35 hours each week or who renders any other standard of service generally accepted by industry custom or practice as full-time employment. An individual for whom a W-2 is issued by a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is a full-time employee if employed in the service of the eligible employer for consideration for at least 35 hours each week or who renders any other standard of service generally accepted by industry custom or practice as full-time employment.
"Incremental income tax" means the total amount
withheld from the compensation of new employees under Article 7 of the Illinois Income Tax Act arising from employment by an eligible employer.
"Infrastructure" means roads, access roads, streets,
bridges, sidewalks, water and sewer line extensions, water distribution and purification facilities, waste disposal systems, sewage treatment facilities, stormwater drainage and retention facilities, gas and electric utility line extensions, or other improvements that are essential to the development of the project that is the subject of an agreement.
"New employee" means a full-time employee first
employed by an eligible employer in the project that is the subject of an agreement between the Department and an eligible developer and who is hired after the eligible developer enters into the agreement, but does not include:
(1) an employee of the eligible employer who
performs a job that (i) existed for at least 6 months before the employee was hired and (ii) was previously performed by another employee;
(2) an employee of the eligible employer who was
previously employed in Illinois by a related member of the eligible employer and whose employment was shifted to the eligible employer after the eligible employer entered into the agreement; or
(3) a child, grandchild, parent, or spouse,
other than a spouse who is legally separated from the individual, of any individual who has a direct or an indirect ownership interest of at least 5% in the profits, capital, or value of the eligible employer.
Notwithstanding item (2) of this definition, an
employee may be considered a new employee under the agreement if the employee performs a job that was previously performed by an employee who was:
(A) treated under the agreement as a new
(B) promoted by the eligible employer to another
"Professional Employer Organization" (PEO) means an
employee leasing company, as defined in Section 206.1(A)(2) of the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act.
"Related member" means a person or entity that, with
respect to the eligible employer during any portion of the taxable year, is any one of the following:
(1) an individual stockholder, if the stockholder
and the members of the stockholder's family (as defined in Section 318 of the Internal Revenue Code) own directly, indirectly, beneficially, or constructively, in the aggregate, at least 50% of the value of the eligible employer's outstanding stock;
(2) a partnership, estate, or trust and any
partner or beneficiary, if the partnership, estate, or trust, and its partners or beneficiaries own directly, indirectly, or beneficially, or constructively, in the aggregate, at least 50% of the profits, capital, stock, or value of the eligible employer;
(3) a corporation, and any party related to the
corporation in a manner that would require an attribution of stock from the corporation to the party or from the party to the corporation under the attribution rules of Section 318 of the Internal Revenue Code, if the taxpayer owns directly, indirectly, beneficially, or constructively at least 50% of the value of the corporation's outstanding stock;
(4) a corporation and any party related to that
corporation in a manner that would require an attribution of stock from the corporation to the party or from the party to the corporation under the attribution rules of Section 318 of the Internal Revenue Code, if the corporation and all such related parties own in the aggregate at least 50% of the profits, capital, stock, or value of the eligible employer; or
(5) a person to or from whom there is attribution
of stock ownership in accordance with Section 1563(e) of the Internal Revenue Code, except, for purposes of determining whether a person is a related member under this definition, 20% shall be substituted for 5% wherever 5% appears in Section 1563(e) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(c) The Riverfront Development Fund. The Riverfront Development Fund is created as a special fund in the State treasury. As soon as possible after the first day of each month, upon certification of the Department of Revenue, the Comptroller shall order transferred and the Treasurer shall transfer from the General Revenue Fund to the Riverfront Development Fund an amount equal to the incremental income tax for the previous month attributable to a project that is the subject of an agreement. The total amount transferred under this subsection may not exceed $3,000,000 in any State fiscal year.
(d) Grants from the Riverfront Development Fund. In State fiscal years 2015 through 2021, all moneys in the Riverfront Development Fund, held solely for the benefit of eligible developers, shall be appropriated to the Department to make infrastructure grants to eligible developers pursuant to agreements.
(e) Limitation on grant amounts. The total aggregate amount of grants awarded to all eligible developers shall not exceed $3,000,000 in each State fiscal year. The total amount of a grant awarded to an eligible developer shall not exceed the total amount of infrastructure costs incurred by that eligible developer with respect to a project that is the subject of an agreement. No eligible developer shall receive moneys that are attributable to a project that is not the subject of the developer's agreement with the Department.
(f) Agreements with applicants. The Department shall enter into an agreement with an eligible developer who is entitled to grants under this Section. The agreement must include all of the following:
(1) A detailed description of the project that is the
subject of the agreement, including the location of the project, the number of jobs created by the project, and project costs. For purposes of this subsection, "project costs" includes the costs of the project incurred or to be incurred by the eligible developer, including infrastructure costs, but excludes the value of State or local incentives, including tax increment financing and deductions, credits, or exemptions afforded to an employer located in an enterprise zone.
(2) A requirement that the eligible developer shall
maintain operations at the project location, stated as a minimum number of years not to exceed 10 years.
(3) A specific method for determining the number of
new employees attributable to the project.
(4) A requirement that the eligible developer shall
report monthly to the Department and the Department of Revenue the number of new employees and the incremental income tax withheld in connection with the new employees.
(5) A requirement that the Department is authorized
to verify with the Department of Revenue the amounts reported under paragraph (4).
(Source: P.A. 98-109, eff. 7-25-13.)