(20 ILCS 655/5.3) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 608)
    Sec. 5.3. Certification of Enterprise Zones; effective date.
    (a) Certification of Board-approved designated Enterprise Zones shall be made by the Department by certification of the designating ordinance. The Department shall promptly issue a certificate for each Enterprise Zone upon approval by the Board. The certificate shall be signed by the Director of the Department, shall make specific reference to the designating ordinance, which shall be attached thereto, and shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State. A certified copy of the Enterprise Zone Certificate, or a duplicate original thereof, shall be recorded in the office of recorder of deeds of the county in which the Enterprise Zone lies.
    (b) An Enterprise Zone certified prior to January 1, 2016 or on or after January 1, 2017 shall be effective on January 1 of the first calendar year after Department certification. An Enterprise Zone certified on or after January 1, 2016 and on or before December 31, 2016 shall be effective on the date of the Department's certification. The Department shall transmit a copy of the certification to the Department of Revenue, and to the designating municipality or county.
    Upon certification of an Enterprise Zone, the terms and provisions of the designating ordinance shall be in effect, and may not be amended or repealed except in accordance with Section 5.4.
    (c) With the exception of Enterprise Zones scheduled to expire before December 31, 2018, an Enterprise Zone designated before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly shall be in effect for 30 calendar years, or for a lesser number of years specified in the certified designating ordinance. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Enterprise Zone in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly that has a term of 20 calendar years may be extended for an additional 10 calendar years upon amendment of the designating ordinance by the designating municipality or county and submission of the ordinance to the Department. The amended ordinance must be properly recorded in the Office of Recorder of Deeds of each county in which the Enterprise Zone lies. Each Enterprise Zone in existence on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly that is scheduled to expire before July 1, 2016 may have its termination date extended until July 1, 2016 upon amendment of the designating ordinance by the designating municipality or county extending the termination date to July 1, 2016 and submission of the ordinance to the Department. The amended ordinance must be properly recorded in the Office of Recorder of Deeds of each county in which the Enterprise Zone lies. An Enterprise Zone designated on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly shall be in effect for a term of 15 calendar years, or for a lesser number of years specified in the certified designating ordinance. An enterprise zone designated on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly shall be subject to review by the Board after 13 years for an additional 10-year designation beginning on the expiration date of the enterprise zone. During the review process, the Board shall consider the costs incurred by the State and units of local government as a result of tax benefits received by the enterprise zone. Enterprise Zones shall terminate at midnight of December 31 of the final calendar year of the certified term, except as provided in Section 5.4.
    (d) No more than 12 Enterprise Zones may be certified by the Department in calendar year 1984, no more than 12 Enterprise Zones may be certified by the Department in calendar year 1985, no more than 13 Enterprise Zones may be certified by the Department in calendar year 1986, no more than 15 Enterprise Zones may be certified by the Department in calendar year 1987, and no more than 20 Enterprise Zones may be certified by the Department in calendar year 1990. In other calendar years, no more than 13 Enterprise Zones may be certified by the Department. The Department may also designate up to 8 additional Enterprise Zones outside the regular application cycle if warranted by the extreme economic circumstances as determined by the Department. The Department may also designate one additional Enterprise Zone outside the regular application cycle if an aircraft manufacturer agrees to locate an aircraft manufacturing facility in the proposed Enterprise Zone. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, no more than 89 Enterprise Zones may be certified by the Department for the 10 calendar years commencing with 1983. The 7 additional Enterprise Zones authorized by Public Act 86-15 shall not lie within municipalities or unincorporated areas of counties that abut or are contiguous to Enterprise Zones certified pursuant to this Section prior to June 30, 1989. The 7 additional Enterprise Zones (excluding the additional Enterprise Zone which may be designated outside the regular application cycle) authorized by Public Act 86-1030 shall not lie within municipalities or unincorporated areas of counties that abut or are contiguous to Enterprise Zones certified pursuant to this Section prior to February 28, 1990. Beginning in calendar year 2004 and until December 31, 2008, one additional enterprise zone may be certified by the Department. In any calendar year, the Department may not certify more than 3 Zones located within the same municipality. The Department may certify Enterprise Zones in each of the 10 calendar years commencing with 1983. The Department may not certify more than a total of 18 Enterprise Zones located within the same county (whether within municipalities or within unincorporated territory) for the 10 calendar years commencing with 1983. Thereafter, the Department may not certify any additional Enterprise Zones, but may amend and rescind certifications of existing Enterprise Zones in accordance with Section 5.4.
    (e) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if (i) the county board of any county in which a current military base is located, in part or in whole, or in which a military base that has been closed within 20 years of the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1998 is located, in part or in whole, adopts a designating ordinance in accordance with Section 5 of this Act to designate the military base in that county as an enterprise zone and (ii) the property otherwise meets the qualifications for an enterprise zone as prescribed in Section 4 of this Act, then the Department may certify the designating ordinance or ordinances, as the case may be.
    (f) Applications for Enterprise Zones that are scheduled to expire in 2016, including Enterprise Zones that have been extended until 2016 by this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, shall be submitted to the Department no later than December 31, 2014. At that time, the Zone becomes available for either the previously designated area or a different area to compete for designation. No preference for designation as a Zone will be given to the previously designated area.
    For Enterprise Zones that are scheduled to expire on or after January 1, 2017, an application process shall begin 2 years prior to the year in which the Zone expires. At that time, the Zone becomes available for either the previously designated area or a different area to compete for designation. No preference for designation as a Zone will be given to the previously designated area.
    Each Enterprise Zone that reapplies for certification but does not receive a new certification shall expire on its scheduled termination date.
(Source: P.A. 98-109, eff. 7-25-13; 99-615, eff. 7-22-16.)