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(415 ILCS 5/58.13)
Municipal Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program.
(a) (1) The Agency shall establish and administer a
program of grants, to be known as the Municipal Brownfields Redevelopment Grant Program, to provide municipalities in Illinois with financial assistance to be used for coordination of activities related to brownfields redevelopment, including but not limited to identification of brownfields sites, including those sites within River Edge Redevelopment Zones, site investigation and determination of remediation objectives and related plans and reports, development of remedial action plans, and implementation of remedial action plans and remedial action completion reports. The plans and reports shall be developed in accordance with Title XVII of this Act.
(2) Grants shall be awarded on a competitive basis
subject to availability of funding. Criteria for awarding grants shall include, but shall not be limited to the following:
(A) problem statement and needs assessment;
(B) community-based planning and involvement;
(C) implementation planning; and
(D) long-term benefits and sustainability.
(3) The Agency may give weight to geographic location
to enhance geographic distribution of grants across this State.
(4) Except for grants to municipalities with
designated River Edge Redevelopment Zones, grants shall be limited to a maximum of $240,000, and no municipality shall receive more than this amount under this Section. For grants to municipalities with designated River Edge Redevelopment Zones and grants to municipalities awarded from funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, grants shall be limited to a maximum of $2,000,000 and no municipality shall receive more than this amount under this Section. For grants to municipalities awarded from funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, grants shall be limited to a maximum of $1,000,000 and no municipality shall receive more than this amount under this Section.
(5) Grant amounts shall not exceed 70% of the project
amount, with the remainder to be provided by the municipality as local matching funds.
(b) The Agency shall have the authority to enter into any contracts or
agreements that may be necessary to carry out its duties or responsibilities
under this Section. The Agency shall have the authority to adopt rules setting
forth procedures and criteria for administering the Municipal Brownfields
Grant Program. The rules adopted by the Agency may include but shall not be
limited to the following:
(1) purposes for which grants are available;
(2) application periods and content of applications;
(3) procedures and criteria for Agency review of
grant applications, grant approvals and denials, and grantee acceptance;
(4) grant payment schedules;
(5) grantee responsibilities for work schedules, work
plans, reports, and record keeping;
(6) evaluation of grantee performance, including but
not limited to auditing and access to sites and records;
(7) requirements applicable to contracting and
subcontracting by the grantee;
(8) penalties for noncompliance with grant
requirements and conditions, including stop-work orders, termination of grants, and recovery of grant funds;
(9) indemnification of this State and the Agency by
(10) manner of compliance with the Local Government
Professional Services Selection Act.
(c) Moneys in the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund may be used by the Agency to take whatever preventive or corrective action, including but not limited to removal or remedial action, is necessary or appropriate in response to a release or substantial threat of a release of:
(1) a hazardous substance or pesticide; or
(2) petroleum from an underground storage tank.
The State, the Director, and any State employee shall be indemnified for any damages or injury arising out of or resulting from any action taken pursuant to this subsection (c) and subsection (d)(2) of Section 4 of this Act. The Agency has the authority to enter into such contracts and agreements as may be necessary, and as expeditiously as necessary, to carry out preventive or corrective action pursuant to this subsection (c) and subsection (d)(2) of Section 4 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-45, eff. 7-15-09.)