(30 ILCS 355/4) (from Ch. 85, par. 1394)
    Sec. 4. Moneys will be committed and distributed from the MEAOB Fund in the following manner:
    (1) Any Authority desiring to make application for financial support shall do so on forms and in the manner provided by the Department and accompanied by an economic feasibility report, an economic impact report, master building plan and design, documented evidence that the Authority has been created pursuant to law, a financial plan, and the required local share of total project costs, which local share shall include cash or pledges available on demand through construction in an amount equivalent to 10% of total project costs, and the sources of and procedures for obtaining such local share, including evidence that the local share was authorized at a public meeting. Local share may not include State funds provided to the Authority through grant or loan.
    (2)  (a) The application cycle for each program year is from July 1 to June 30.
    (b) Only Authorities recognized by the Director as being created and organized prior to July 1 of a program year may apply for support in that year.
    (c) An application must be submitted by August 1 to be considered in that year. An application submitted by August 1, 1990, that is not fully funded shall remain on file and shall constitute a continuing application for the following 4 program years ending on June 30, 1992, June 30, 1993, June 30, 1994, and June 30, 1995. An Authority must participate in a consultation with the Department prior to submitting an application.
    (d) Applications shall be made available for public inspection by the Authority.
    (e) The Department shall hold one or more hearings on the applications. Applications may be grouped for hearings.
    (f) Applications may be divided into construction phases, but dividing the project into phases shall not imply subsequent approval of funding the delayed phases. Applications shall be limited to single or multi-purpose projects the primary function of which is to provide public entertainment, exhibitions or conventions or to provide parking facilities related thereto. Office facilities may be included as an incidental rather than a primary function of a project. If the Authority holds land or property not physically contiguous to the civic center property, the Authority may utilize such other lands or property for any facility administered by the Authority, and such facility may be included as an incidental function of a project. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an Authority created under the Metropolitan Civic Center Act with a population of less than 100,000, that before July 1, 1990, has received State financial support for 2 theatre renovation projects in 2 separate communities, may be eligible to seek State financial support for an agricultural center, university sports facility, and arena in cooperation with a State university created under the Regency Universities Act.
    (g) The Director shall certify an application as eligible for State financial support if, in his judgment: (i) the application satisfies all conditions in subsection (1) of this Section; (ii) the application proposes a facility which accommodates a documented community need; (iii) the application shows evidence of community support; (iv) the application proposes a facility which can reasonably be expected to provide primary and secondary economic benefits in the metropolitan area of the Authority including such things as job creation, private investments and other benefits; and (v) the application proposes a facility the operational expenses of which are met by the Authority or through other means available to the Authority.
    (h) The Director may deny all or a portion of an application and may deny certification to an applicant if in the judgment of the Director the applicant has failed to show that the project is economically feasible, or if the master building plan and design are incomplete or inadequate, or if the financial plan is inadequate. The submitted application will be competitively ranked: If, after funding the highest ranked applications, the amount available for certification by the Director, as determined by the written certification from the Budget Director pursuant to Section 4(4) of this Act, is insufficient to fund the next highest ranked project and the project cannot be separated into workable phases, the Director may select the next highest ranked project for which funds are sufficient.
    (i) Upon completion of the application review the Director shall provide a list of applications approved and the amount approved, and a list of applications denied and the amount denied to each applicant.
    (j) Applicants denied shall be provided with the reason for denial in writing.
    (k) Applications not certified in one year may be resubmitted in another year, but no preference shall be given to resubmissions, unless the only reason for denial is lack of available State financial support.
    (l) Applications certified prior to June 1, 1985, shall remain certified and eligible for State financial support during fiscal year 1986 after September 3, 1985. Applications received but not certified by the Department prior to June 1, 1985, may be certified during fiscal year 1986 after September 3, 1985 in accordance with statutory provisions in existence at the time the application was received. All such applications shall be given priority over applications subsequently received by the Department.
    (3) (a) The Department shall establish for each applicant which has been certified by the Director as being eligible for State financial support a base sum equal to the lesser of:
        (i) 75% of the total project costs as determined from
    
applicant's estimate.
        (ii) .0310 times the total assessed valuation, as
    
equalized by the Department of Revenue, of all taxable property located within the metropolitan area of the Authority for the year 1975 or 1983, whichever is greater.
        (iii) $20,000,000.
    Notwithstanding the foregoing, an applicant with a facility with more than 400,000 square feet of exhibition space shall have a base sum of $15,000,000 in any event, and the applicant shall be eligible to receive up to $10,000,000 of its base sum in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1990, and the balance of its base sum in the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1991. Notwithstanding the foregoing, an applicant that has received by July 1, 1990, the maximum amount of State financial support authorized under subsection (3)(a)(iii) of this Section shall receive additional State financial support as appropriated by the General Assembly.
    (b) After this base sum has been established, the Department shall enter into an agreement with the Authority whereby the Department will agree to do one of the following:
        (i) Subject to annual appropriation by the General
    
Assembly, to pay annually to the Authority from the MEAOB Fund (A) an amount equal to the interest and principal cost to the Authority of amortizing revenue bonds issued by the Authority in an amount equal to the base sum or (B) an amount equal to the interest and principal cost to a unit of local government of amortizing revenue or general obligation bonds issued by the unit of local government pursuant to an intergovernmental cooperation agreement with the Authority in an amount equal to the base sum. The amortization schedule for such revenue or general obligation bonds shall be determined by the Authority or the unit of local government and be approved by the Department; or
        (ii) After September 3, 1985, to provide State
    
financial support from the issuance of Bonds pursuant to Section 7 of this Act, the proceeds of which shall be granted by the Department to the Authority in an amount equal to the base sum, subject to annual appropriation by the General Assembly. After September 3, 1985, newly certified applicants shall receive State financial support only in accordance with this subparagraph (ii).
    The issuance of Bonds pursuant to Section 7 of this Act to provide State financial support, as provided in subparagraph (ii) above, shall be subject to the satisfaction of all the conditions contained in this Act required for the issuance of Bonds, including, without limitation, those conditions contained in Section 9. Any application certified by the Director as eligible for State financial support in one fiscal year, but for which State financial support is not provided during such fiscal year, shall continue to be certified as eligible for State financial support in subsequent fiscal years.
    (4) Prior to July 1, 1989, the Director shall not certify an applicant Authority as eligible for State Financial Support unless he receives written certification from the Budget Director that the revenues for the last completed fiscal year paid into the MEAOB Fund equal or exceed 175% of the annual debt service required with respect to Bonds and Local Bonds for previously certified applications and the application then under consideration. For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1989, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Director shall not certify an applicant Authority as eligible for State Financial Support unless he receives written certification from the Budget Director that the amount to be certified by the Director, when added to all other amounts previously certified by the Director and funded from the proceeds of Bonds, does not exceed the estimated proceeds available under this Act to fund civic center and library projects from the proceeds of Bonds to be issued and sold after July 1, 1989 pursuant to Section 7 of this Act. The total aggregate amount of principal issued and outstanding in Bonds and in Local Bonds subject to State financial support under subsection (3)(b) above at any given time for all Authorities shall not exceed the sum of $200,000,000. Bonds and Local Bonds (or portions thereof) for which there shall be delivered to an escrow agent or trustee for the benefit of the holders thereof either cash or a combination of cash and direct obligations of, or obligations the principal and interest on which are fully guaranteed by, the United States of America shall be deemed not to be outstanding for the purpose of any determination of, or certification relating to, debt service coverage required by this Act to the extent that the principal of, premium, if any, and interest on such bonds are payable from the amount so delivered and any income or increment to accrue thereon (without consideration of any reinvestment thereof). Bonds and Local Bonds (or portions thereof) for which there shall be delivered to an escrow agent or trustee for the benefit of the holders thereof either cash or a combination of cash and direct obligations of, or obligations the principal and interest on which are fully guaranteed by, the United States of America shall be deemed not to be outstanding for the purpose of any determination of, or certification relating to, the aggregate amount of Bonds and Local Bonds outstanding at any given time under this Act to the extent that the principal of and premium, if any, on such bonds are payable from the amount so delivered and any income or increment to accrue thereon (without consideration of any reinvestment thereof).
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)