Public Act 096-0771
Public Act 0771 96TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
Century Workforce Development Fund Act.
The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund.
21st Century Workforce Development Fund is created as a special
fund in the State Treasury. The Fund shall be administered by
the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity ("the
Department"), in consultation with other appropriate State
agencies, and overseen by the 21st Century Workforce
Development Fund Advisory Committee ("the Advisory
Committee"). There shall be credited to the Fund any moneys
specifically designated for deposit into the Fund, including
State appropriations, set asides from public expenditures on
capital projects, federal funds, gifts, grants, and private
Earnings attributable to moneys in the fund
shall be deposited into the fund.
The purpose of the 21st Century
Workforce Development Fund is to promote the State's interest
in the creation and maintenance of a diverse and skilled
workforce for the economic development of the State. The Fund
is intended to support integrated, innovative, and emergency
workforce development strategies that promote local economic
development and a continuum of workforce and education
strategies, including workforce development activities to
prepare individuals for occupations in the energy efficiency
and renewable energy industries, as well as other occupations
that are created or transformed by the implementation of policy
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to prevent and remediate
pollution, and to promote energy-efficient, healthy, and
lead-safe homes in Illinois.
Use of Fund.
(a) Role of Fund. Resources from the Fund are intended to
be used flexibly to support innovative and locally-driven
strategies, to leverage other funding sources, and to fill gaps
in existing workforce development resources in Illinois. They
are not intended to supplant existing workforce development
(b) Distribution of funds. Funds shall be distributed
through competitive grantmaking processes administered by the
Department and overseen by the Advisory Committee. No more than
6% of funds used for grants may be retained by the Department
for administrative costs or for program evaluation or technical
(c) Grantmaking. The Department must administer funds
through competitive grantmaking in accordance with the
priorities described in this Act. Grantmaking must be used to
support workforce development strategies consistent with the
priorities outlined in this Act. Strategies may include, but
are not limited to the following:
(i) Expanded grantmaking for existing State workforce
development strategies, including the Job Training and
Economic Development Program and programs designed to
increase the number of persons traditionally
underrepresented in the building trades, specifically
minorities and women.
(ii) Workforce development initiatives that help the
least skilled adults access employment and education
opportunities, including transitional jobs programs and
educational bridge programming that integrate basic
education and occupational skills training.
(iii) Sectoral strategies that develop
industry-specific workforce education and training
services that lead to existing or expected jobs with
identified employers and that include services to ensure
that low-income, low-skilled adults can be served.
(iv) Support for the development and implementation of
workforce education and training programs in the energy
efficiency, renewable energy, and pollution control
cleanup and prevention industries.
(v) Support for planning activities that: ensure that
workforce development and education needs of low-skilled
adults are integrated into industry-specific career
pathways; analyze labor market data to track workforce
trends in the State's energy-related initiatives; or
increase the capacity of communities to provide workforce
services to low-income, low-skilled adults.
(d) Allowable expenditures. Grant funds are limited to
expenditures for the following:
(i) Basic skills training, adult education,
occupational training, job readiness training, and
soft-skills training for which financial aid is otherwise
(ii) Workforce development-related services including
mentoring, job development, support services,
transportation assistance, and wage subsidies, that are
tied to participation in training and employment.
(iii) Capacity building, program development, and
technical assistance activities necessary for the
development and implementation of new workforce education
and training strategies.
No more than 5% of any grant may be used for administrative
(e) Eligible applicants. For grants under this Section,
eligible applicants include the following:
(i) Any private, public, and non-profit entities that
provide education, training, and workforce development
services to low-income individuals.
(ii) Educational institutions.
(iii) Labor and business associations.
The Department shall implement
grantmaking using the following priorities, and the Advisory
Committee shall monitor the application of these priorities to
(a) Priority populations. Priority shall be given to
workforce education and training strategies that target
individuals with barriers to employment including, but not
limited to, criminal backgrounds, low incomes, residents of
public or subsidized housing, and individuals with limited
literacy, math skills, or English proficiency. Priority may
also be given to workers with jobs that are affected by the
implementation of State energy and environmental policy.
(b) Priority industries. Priority shall be given to
workforce education and training strategies for the following:
(i) Industries that will reduce carbon emissions,
promote recycling/reuse, prevent and remediate pollution,
and support local food production, including but not
limited to the following:
(A) Energy efficient building construction,
retrofit, and assessment industries.
(B) Renewable electric power generation and
(C) Deconstruction and materials use industries.
(D) Manufacturers that produce sustainable
products using environmentally sustainable processes
(E) Local food systems.
(ii) Industries identified by the Department to be
facing a critical shortage of skilled workers.
(c) Other priority factors. The Department must implement
grantmaking by giving priority to grant applications that
demonstrate collaboration amongst local workforce, education,
and economic development stakeholders in their community;
demonstrate collaboration with outreach programs designed to
connect community residents with training opportunities;
integrate lead-safe work practices into their training; or
serve communities with high rates of unemployment,
underemployment, and poverty.
21st Century Workforce Development Fund
The 21st Century Workforce Development
Fund Advisory Committee shall review, advise, and recommend for
approval or denial all grant requests from the Fund. The
Department is responsible for the administration and staffing
of the Advisory Committee.
(a) Membership. The Committee shall consist of 21 persons.
Co-chairs shall be appointed by the Governor with the
requirement that one come from the public and one from the
(b) Eleven members shall be appointed by the Governor, and
any of the 11 members appointed by the Governor may fill more
than one of the following required categories:
(i) Four must be from communities outside of the City
(ii) At least one must be a member of a local workforce
investment board (LWIB) in his or her community.
(iii) At least one must represent organized labor.
(iv) At least one must represent business or industry.
(v) At least one must represent a non-profit
organization that provides workforce development or job
(vi) At least one must represent a non-profit
organization involved in workforce development policy,
analysis, or research.
(vii) At least one must represent a non-profit
organization involved in environmental policy, advocacy,
(viii) At least one must represent a group that
advocates for individuals with barriers to employment,
including at-risk youth, formerly incarcerated
individuals, and individuals living in poverty.
(c) The other 10 members shall be the following:
(i) The Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity,
or his or her designee who oversees workforce development
(ii) The Secretary of Human Services, or his or her
designee who oversees human capital services.
(iii) The Director of Corrections, or his or her
designee who oversees prisoner re-entry services.
(iv) The Director of the Environmental Protection
Agency, or his or her designee who oversees contractor
(v) The Chairman of the Illinois Community College
Board, or his or her designee who oversees technical and
(vi) A representative of the Illinois Community
College Board involved in energy education and sustainable
practices, designated by the Board.
(vii) Four State legislators, one designated by the
President of the Senate, one designated by the Speaker of
the House, one designated by the Senate Minority Leader,
and one designated by the House Minority Leader.
(d) Appointees under subsection (b) shall serve a 2-year
term and are eligible to be re-appointed one time. Members
under subsection (c) shall serve ex officio or at the pleasure
of the designating official, as applicable.
The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.719 as follows:
(30 ILCS 105/5.719 new)
The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund.
This Act takes effect July 1,
Effective Date: 8/28/2009