(20 ILCS 2705/2705-600)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on June 30, 2017)
    Sec. 2705-600. Target market program. In order to remedy particular incidents and patterns of egregious race or gender discrimination, the chief procurement officer, in consultation with the Department, shall have the power to implement a target market program incorporating the following terms:
        (0.5) Each fiscal year, the Department shall review
    
any and all evidence of discrimination related to transportation construction projects. Evidence of discrimination may include, but is not limited to: (i) the determination of the Department's utilization of minority-owned and female-owned firms in its prime contracts and associated subcontracts; (ii) the availability of minority-owned and female-owned firms in the Department's geographic market areas and specific construction industry markets; (iii) any disparities between the utilization of minority-owned and female-owned firms in the Department's markets and the utilization of those firms on the Department's prime contracts and subcontracts in those markets; (iv) any disparities between the utilization of minority-owned and female-owned firms in the overall construction markets in which the Department purchases and the utilization of those firms in the overall construction economy in which the Department operates; (v) evidence of discrimination in the rates at which minority-owned and female-owned firms in the Department's markets form businesses compared to similar non-minority-owned and non-female-owned firms in the Department's markets and in the dollars earned by such businesses; and (vi) quantitative and qualitative anecdotal evidence of discrimination. If after reviewing such evidence, the Department finds and the chief procurement officer concurs in the findings that the Department has a strong basis in evidence that it has a compelling interest in remedying the identified discrimination against a specific group, race, or gender, and that the only remedy for such discrimination is a narrowly tailored target market, the chief procurement officer, in consultation with the Department, has the power to establish and implement a target market program tailored to address the specific findings of egregious discrimination made by the Department, after a public hearing at which minority, female, and general contractor groups, community organizations, and other interested parties shall have the opportunity to provide comments.
        (1) In January of each year, the Department and
    
the chief procurement officer shall report jointly to the General Assembly the results of any evidentiary inquiries or studies that establish the Department's compelling interest in remedying egregious discrimination based upon strong evidence of the need for a narrowly tailored target market to remedy such discrimination and public hearings held pursuant to this Section, and shall report the actions to be taken to address the findings, including, if warranted, the establishment and implementation of any target market initiatives.
        (2) The chief procurement officer shall work with
    
the officers and divisions of the Department to determine the appropriate designation of contracts as target market contracts. The chief procurement officer, in consultation with the Department, shall determine appropriate contract formation and bidding procedures for target market contracts, including, but not limited to, the dividing of procurements so designated into contract award units in order to facilitate offers or bids from minority-owned businesses and female-owned businesses and the removal of bid bond requirements for minority-owned businesses and female-owned businesses. Minority-owned businesses and female-owned businesses shall remain eligible to seek the procurement award of contracts that have not been designated as target market contracts.
        (3) The chief procurement officer may make
    
participation in the target market program dependent upon submission to stricter compliance audits than are generally applicable. No contract shall be eligible for inclusion in the target market program unless the Department determines that there are at least 3 minority-owned businesses or female-owned businesses interested in participating in that type of contract. The Department, with the concurrence of the chief procurement officer, may develop guidelines to regulate the level of participation of individual minority-owned businesses and female-owned businesses in the target market program in order to prevent the domination of the target market program by a small number of those entities. The Department may require minority-owned businesses and female-owned businesses to participate in training programs offered by the Department or other State agencies as a condition precedent to participation in the target market program.
        (4) Participation in the target market program
    
shall be limited to minority-owned businesses and female-owned businesses and joint ventures consisting exclusively of minority-owned businesses, female-owned businesses, or both, that are certified as disadvantaged businesses pursuant to the provisions of Section 6(d) of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act. A firm awarded a target market contract may subcontract up to 50% of the dollar value of the target market contract to subcontractors who are not minority-owned businesses or female-owned businesses.
        (5) The Department may include in the target
    
market program contracts that are funded by the federal government to the extent allowed by federal law and may vary the standards of eligibility of the target market program to the extent necessary to comply with the federal funding requirements.
        (6) If no satisfactory bid or response is
    
received with respect to a contract that has been designated as part of the target market program, the chief procurement officer, in consultation with the Department, may delete that contract from the target market program. In addition, the chief procurement officer, in consultation with the Department, may thereupon designate and set aside for the target market program additional contracts corresponding in approximate value to the contract that was deleted from the target market program, in keeping with the narrowly tailored process used for selecting contracts suitable for the program and to the extent feasible.
        (7) The chief procurement officer, in
    
consultation with the Department, shall promulgate such rules as he or she deems necessary to administer the target market program.
    If any part, sentence, or clause of this Section is for any reason held invalid or to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Section.
    This Section is repealed on June 30, 2017.
(Source: P.A. 97-228, eff. 7-28-11; 98-670, eff. 6-27-14.)