(30 ILCS 595/25)
    Sec. 25. Governance of the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council.
    (a) The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council shall be governed by a 20-member board of directors, which shall be comprised of the following:
        (1) one representative each from the Department of
    
Agriculture; the Department of Public Health; the Illinois Finance Authority; the Office of the State Treasurer; an agency tasked with responsibilities over economic or workforce development;
        (2) one agricultural specialist from the University
    
of Illinois Extension;
        (3) one representative of the State's largest general
    
farm organization;
        (4) thirteen representatives, each of whom shall
    
represent at least one of the following interests, and each interest shall be represented by at least one representative:
            (A) local farm or food product farmers
        
representing different sectors, including, but not limited to, dairy, meat, vegetable, and grain;
            (B) local farm or food product producers
        
representing different flower, fruit, viticulture, aquaculture, forestry, seeds, fiber, ornamental, or other specialty crop sectors;
            (C) local farm or food product processors or
        
distributors, preferentially those operating cooperatively or under local ownership;
            (D) not-for-profit educational organizations that
        
specialize in supporting and expanding local farm or food product networks;
            (E) local farm or food product retailers;
            (F) municipalities in the State actively engaged
        
in the development of local farm or food products;
            (G) banking, investment, or philanthropic
        
communities with expertise in financing or supporting local foods production and infrastructure;
            (H) community-based organizations focusing on
        
access to local farm or food products;
            (I) restaurants or food service businesses,
        
schools, or institutions that use or seek to increase and promote use of local foods; and
            (J) employees working for businesses in the food
        
system.
    (b) The 15 non-state governmental board members shall be appointed by the Governor to 3-year staggered terms as determined by the Governor. Persons may be nominated by organizations representing the sectors outlined in subsection (a) of this Section. Vacancies shall be filled by the Governor.
    (c) The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council may apply for and establish a not for profit corporation under the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986.
    (d) The board of directors shall have all the rights, titles, powers, privileges, and obligations provided for in the General Not For Profit Corporation Act of 1986. It shall elect its presiding officers from among its members and may elect or appoint an executive committee, other committees, and subcommittees to conduct the business of the organization.
    (e) The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council may solicit grants, loans, and contributions from public or private sources and may enter into any contracts, grants, loans, or agreements with respect to the use of such funds to execute the purposes of this Act. No debt or obligation of the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council shall become the debt or obligation of the State.
    (f) The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council shall not be considered a State Agency, and its funds shall be considered private funds and held in an appropriate account outside of the State Treasury. Private funds collected by the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council are not subject to the Public Funds Investment Act. Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council procurement is exempt from the Illinois Procurement Code. The treasurer of Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council funds shall be custodian of all Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council funds. The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council and its officers shall be responsible for the approval of recording of receipts, approval of payments, and the proper filing of required reports. The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council's records shall be audited annually by an independent auditor who is a certified public accountant and has been selected by the Board. An annual report shall also be compiled by the Board. Both the annual report and the annual audit shall be filed with any public agency providing funds to the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council and be made available to the public.
    (g) Subject to the availability of public or private funds, the board of directors may employ an executive director, treasurer, other staff, or independent contractors necessary to execute the purposes of this Act, and it may fix the compensation, benefits, terms, and conditions of those persons' employment.
    (h) The State Governmental agencies represented on the board of directors may re-direct existing staff, as appropriations permit; assist in executing the purposes of this Act; and provide office space, meeting space, and other research and communication services as appropriate.
    (i) The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council may be assisted in carrying out its functions by personnel of the Department of Agriculture. The Department shall provide reasonable assistance to the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council to help it achieve its purposes.
(Source: P.A. 99-653, eff. 1-1-17.)