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      20 ILCS 605/46.19j
          Amends  the  Civil  Administrative  Code   of   Illinois.
      Changes the name of the Job Training and Economic Development
      Demonstration  Grant Program to the Job Training and Economic
      Development Grant Program.  Deletes the requirement that  the
      Director  of  Commerce  and  Community Affairs shall make not
      less than 12 and  not  more  than  20  demonstration  project
      grants.  Effective immediately.
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 1        AN  ACT  to  amend  the  Civil  Administrative   Code  of
 2    Illinois by changing Section 46.19j.
 3        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 4    represented in the General Assembly:
 5        Section  5.  The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
 6    amended by changing Section 46.19j as follows:
 7        (20 ILCS 605/46.19j)
 8        Sec.  46.19j.  Job  Training  and  Economic   Development
 9    Demonstration Grant Program.
10        (a)  Legislative  findings.   The  General Assembly finds
11    that:
12             (1)  despite the  large  number  of  unemployed  job
13        seekers,  many  employers  are having difficulty matching
14        the skills they require with the  skills  of  workers;  a
15        similar   problem  exists  in  industries  where  overall
16        employment may not be expanding but  there  is  an  acute
17        need for skilled workers in particular occupations;
18             (2)  the  State  of  Illinois  should  foster  local
19        economic  development  by  linking  the  job  training of
20        unemployed  disadvantaged  citizens  with  the  workforce
21        needs of local business and industry; and
22             (3)  employers often need assistance  in  developing
23        training  resources  that will provide work opportunities
24        for disadvantaged populations.
25        (b)  Definitions.  As used in this Section Act:
26        "Community  based  provider"   means   a   not-for-profit
27    organization,  with  local boards of directors, that directly
28    provides job training services.
29        "Disadvantaged persons" has the same meaning as the  term
30    is  defined  in Titles Title II-A and II-C of the federal Job
31    Training Partnership Act.
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 1        "Training partners" means a community-based provider  and
 2    one  or  more  employers  who  have  established training and
 3    placement linkages.
 4        (c)  From  funds  appropriated  for  that  purpose,   the
 5    Department of Commerce and Community Affairs shall administer
 6    a  Job  Training and Economic Development Demonstration Grant
 7    Program.  The Director shall make not less than  12  and  not
 8    more  than 20 demonstration project grants to community-based
 9    providers.   The  grants  shall  be  made  to   support   the
10    following:
11             (1)  partnerships  between community-based providers
12        and employers for the  customized  training  of  existing
13        low-skilled,   low-wage   employees   and   newly   hired
14        disadvantaged persons; and
15             (2)  partnerships  between community-based providers
16        and employers to develop and  operate  training  programs
17        that  would  link  the work force needs of local industry
18        with  the  job  training  of   unemployed   disadvantaged
19        persons.
20        (d)  For   projects   created   under  paragraph  (1)  of
21    subsection (c) (b):
22             (1)  the  Department  shall  give  a   priority   to
23        projects  that include an in-kind match by an employer in
24        partnership with a community-based provider and  projects
25        that use instructional materials and training instructors
26        directly  used  in  the  specific  industry sector of the
27        partnership employer; and
28             (2)  the partnership  employer  must  be  an  active
29        participant  in  the curriculum development, employ under
30        250   workers,   and   train   primarily    disadvantaged
31        populations.
32        (e)  For   projects   created   under  paragraph  (2)  of
33    subsection (c) (b):
34             (1)  community based organizations shall assess  the
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 1        employment barriers and needs of local residents and work
 2        in    partnership   with   local   economic   development
 3        organizations to identify the priority workforce needs of
 4        the local industry;
 5             (2)  training  partners,  that  is,  community-based
 6        organizations  and  employers,  shall  work  together  to
 7        design  programs   with   maximum   benefits   to   local
 8        disadvantaged persons and local employers;
 9             (3)  employers   must  be  involved  in  identifying
10        specific  skill-training  needs,   planning   curriculum,
11        assisting   in   training   activities,   providing   job
12        opportunities,  and coordinating job retention for people
13        hired after training through this program  and  follow-up
14        support; and
15             (4)  the  community-based  organizations shall serve
16        disadvantaged persons, including welfare recipients.
17        (f)  The Department  shall  adopt  rules  for  the  grant
18    program  and shall create a competitive application procedure
19    for those grants to be awarded beginning in fiscal year 1998.
20    Grants shall be based  on  a  performance  based  contracting
21    system.   Each  grant shall be based on the cost of providing
22    the training services and the goals  negotiated  and  made  a
23    part  of the contract between the Department and the training
24    partners.  The goals shall include the number of people to be
25    trained, the number who stay in the program, the  number  who
26    complete  the program, the number who enter employment, their
27    wages, and the number who retain employment.   The  level  of
28    success  in  achieving  employment, wage, and retention goals
29    shall be a primary  consideration  for  determining  contract
30    renewals  and  subsequent  funding  levels.    In setting the
31    goals, due consideration shall be  given  to  the  education,
32    work  experience,  and  job  readiness of the trainees; their
33    barriers to employment; and the local job  market.   Periodic
34    payments  under the contracts shall be based on the degree to
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 1    which the relevant negotiated goals have been met during  the
 2    payment period.
 3    (Source: P.A. 90-474, eff. 1-1-98; revised 1-7-98.)
 4        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
 5    becoming law.

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