(20 ILCS 655/4) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 604)
    Sec. 4. Qualifications for Enterprise Zones.
    (1) An area is qualified to become an enterprise zone which:
        (a) is a contiguous area, provided that a zone area
    
may exclude wholly surrounded territory within its boundaries;
        (b) comprises a minimum of one-half square mile and
    
not more than 12 square miles, or 15 square miles if the zone is located within the jurisdiction of 4 or more counties or municipalities, in total area, exclusive of lakes and waterways; however, in such cases where the enterprise zone is a joint effort of three or more units of government, or two or more units of government if situated in a township which is divided by a municipality of 1,000,000 or more inhabitants, and where the certification has been in effect at least one year, the total area shall comprise a minimum of one-half square mile and not more than thirteen square miles in total area exclusive of lakes and waterways;
        (c) (blank);
        (d) (blank);
        (e) is (1) entirely within a municipality or (2)
    
entirely within the unincorporated areas of a county, except where reasonable need is established for such zone to cover portions of more than one municipality or county or (3) both comprises (i) all or part of a municipality and (ii) an unincorporated area of a county; and
        (f) meets 3 or more of the following criteria:
            (1) all or part of the local labor market area
        
has had an annual average unemployment rate of at least 120% of the State's annual average unemployment rate for the most recent calendar year or the most recent fiscal year as reported by the Department of Employment Security;
            (2) designation will result in the development of
        
substantial employment opportunities by creating or retaining a minimum aggregate of 1,000 full-time equivalent jobs due to an aggregate investment of $100,000,000 or more, and will help alleviate the effects of poverty and unemployment within the local labor market area;
            (3) all or part of the local labor market area
        
has a poverty rate of at least 20% according to the latest federal decennial census, 50% or more of children in the local labor market area participate in the federal free lunch program according to reported statistics from the State Board of Education, or 20% or more households in the local labor market area receive food stamps according to the latest federal decennial census;
            (4) an abandoned coal mine or a brownfield (as
        
defined in Section 58.2 of the Environmental Protection Act) is located in the proposed zone area, or all or a portion of the proposed zone was declared a federal disaster area in the 3 years preceding the date of application;
            (5) the local labor market area contains a
        
presence of large employers that have downsized over the years, the labor market area has experienced plant closures in the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting more than 50 workers, or the local labor market area has experienced State or federal facility closures in the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting more than 50 workers;
            (6) based on data from Multiple Listing Service
        
information or other suitable sources, the local labor market area contains a high floor vacancy rate of industrial or commercial properties, vacant or demolished commercial and industrial structures are prevalent in the local labor market area, or industrial structures in the local labor market area are not used because of age, deterioration, relocation of the former occupants, or cessation of operation;
            (7) the applicant demonstrates a substantial plan
        
for using the designation to improve the State and local government tax base, including income, sales, and property taxes;
            (8) significant public infrastructure is present
        
in the local labor market area in addition to a plan for infrastructure development and improvement;
            (9) high schools or community colleges located
        
within the local labor market area are engaged in ACT Work Keys, Manufacturing Skills Standard Certification, or other industry-based credentials that prepare students for careers; or
            (10) the change in equalized assessed valuation
        
of industrial and/or commercial properties in the 5 years prior to the date of application is equal to or less than 50% of the State average change in equalized assessed valuation for industrial and/or commercial properties, as applicable, for the same period of time.
    As provided in Section 10-5.3 of the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act, upon the expiration of the term of each River Edge Redevelopment Zone in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, that River Edge Redevelopment Zone will become available for its previous designee or a new applicant to compete for designation as an enterprise zone. No preference for designation will be given to the previous designee of the zone.
    (2) Any criteria established by the Department or by law which utilize the rate of unemployment for a particular area shall provide that all persons who are not presently employed and have exhausted all unemployment benefits shall be considered unemployed, whether or not such persons are actively seeking employment.
(Source: P.A. 97-905, eff. 8-7-12.)