(30 ILCS 750/9-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-3)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 99-933)
    Sec. 9-3. Powers and duties. The Department has the power:
    (a) To make loans or equity investments to small businesses, and to make loans or grants or investments to or through financial intermediaries. The loans and investments shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund, Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund or Illinois Equity Fund for the purpose of promoting the creation or retention of jobs within small businesses or to modernize or maintain competitiveness of firms in Illinois. The grants shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund or Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund for the purpose of technical assistance.
    (b) To make loans to or investments in businesses that have received federal Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grants as a bridge while awaiting federal Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant funds.
    (c) To enter into interagency agreements, accept funds or grants, and engage in cooperation with agencies of the federal government, local units of government, universities, research foundations, political subdivisions of the State, financial intermediaries, and regional economic development corporations or organizations for the purposes of carrying out this Article.
    (d) To enter into contracts, financial intermediary agreements, or any other agreements or contracts with financial intermediaries necessary or desirable to further the purposes of this Article. Any such agreement or contract may include, without limitation, terms and provisions including, but not limited to loan documentation, review and approval procedures, organization and servicing rights, and default conditions.
    (e) To fix, determine, charge and collect any premiums, fees, charges, costs and expenses, including without limitation, any application fees, commitment fees, program fees, financing charges, collection fees, training fees, or publication fees in connection with its activities under this Article and to accept from any source any gifts, donations, or contributions of money, property, labor, or other things of value to be held, used, and applied to carry out the purposes of this Article. All fees, charges, collections, gifts, donations, or other contributions shall be deposited into the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund.
    (f) To establish application, notification, contract, and other forms, procedures, rules or regulations deemed necessary and appropriate.
    (g) To consent, subject to the provisions of any contract with another person, whenever it deems it necessary or desirable in the fulfillment of the purposes of this Article, to the modification or restructuring of any financial intermediary agreement, loan agreement or any equity investment agreement to which the Department is a party.
    (h) To take whatever actions are necessary or appropriate to protect the State's interest in the event of bankruptcy, default, foreclosure, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of financial assistance or participation provided hereunder or to otherwise protect or affect the State's interest, including the power to sell, dispose, lease or rent, upon terms and conditions determined by the Director to be appropriate, real or personal property which the Department may receive as a result thereof.
    (i) To deposit any "Qualified Securities" which have been received by the Department as the result of any financial intermediary agreement, loan, or equity investment agreement executed in the carrying out of this Act, with the Office of the State Treasurer and held by that office until agreement to transfer such qualified security shall be certified by the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (j) To assist small businesses that seek to apply for public or private capital in preparing the application and to supply them with grant information, plans, reports, assistance, or advice on development finance and to assist financial intermediaries and participating lenders to build capacity to make debt or equity investments through conferences, workshops, seminars, publications, or any other media.
    (k) To provide for staff, administration, and related support required to manage the programs authorized under this Article and pay for staffing and administration from the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, as appropriated by the General Assembly. Administration responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, research and identification of credit disadvantaged groups; design of comprehensive statewide capital access plans and programs addressing capital gap and capital marketplace structure and information barriers; direction, management, and control of specific projects; and communicate and cooperation with public development finance organizations and private debt and equity sources.
    (l) To exercise such other powers as are necessary or incidental to the foregoing.
(Source: P.A. 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 100-377)
    Sec. 9-3. Powers and duties. The Department has the power:
    (a) To make loans or equity investments to small businesses, and to make loans or grants or investments to or through financial intermediaries. The loans and investments shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund, Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund, or Illinois Equity Revolving Fund for the purpose of promoting the creation or retention of jobs within small businesses or to modernize or maintain competitiveness of firms in Illinois. The grants shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund or Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund for the purpose of technical assistance.
    (b) To make loans to or investments in businesses that have received federal Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grants as a bridge while awaiting federal Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant funds.
    (c) To enter into interagency agreements, accept funds or grants, and engage in cooperation with agencies of the federal government, local units of government, universities, research foundations, political subdivisions of the State, financial intermediaries, and regional economic development corporations or organizations for the purposes of carrying out this Article.
    (d) To enter into contracts, financial intermediary agreements, or any other agreements or contracts with financial intermediaries necessary or desirable to further the purposes of this Article. Any such agreement or contract may include, without limitation, terms and provisions including, but not limited to loan documentation, review and approval procedures, organization and servicing rights, and default conditions.
    (e) To fix, determine, charge and collect any premiums, fees, charges, costs and expenses, including without limitation, any application fees, commitment fees, program fees, financing charges, collection fees, training fees, or publication fees in connection with its activities under this Article and to accept from any source any gifts, donations, or contributions of money, property, labor, or other things of value to be held, used, and applied to carry out the purposes of this Article. All fees, charges, collections, gifts, donations, or other contributions shall be deposited into the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, or the State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund.
    (f) To establish application, notification, contract, and other forms, procedures, rules or regulations deemed necessary and appropriate.
    (g) To consent, subject to the provisions of any contract with another person, whenever it deems it necessary or desirable in the fulfillment of the purposes of this Article, to the modification or restructuring of any financial intermediary agreement, loan agreement or any equity investment agreement to which the Department is a party.
    (h) To take whatever actions are necessary or appropriate to protect the State's interest in the event of bankruptcy, default, foreclosure, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of financial assistance or participation provided hereunder or to otherwise protect or affect the State's interest, including the power to sell, dispose, lease or rent, upon terms and conditions determined by the Director to be appropriate, real or personal property which the Department may receive as a result thereof.
    (i) To deposit any "Qualified Securities" which have been received by the Department as the result of any financial intermediary agreement, loan, or equity investment agreement executed in the carrying out of this Act, with the Office of the State Treasurer and held by that office until agreement to transfer such qualified security shall be certified by the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (j) To assist small businesses that seek to apply for public or private capital in preparing the application and to supply them with grant information, plans, reports, assistance, or advice on development finance and to assist financial intermediaries and participating lenders to build capacity to make debt or equity investments through conferences, workshops, seminars, publications, or any other media.
    (k) To provide for staff, administration, and related support required to manage the programs authorized under this Article and pay for staffing and administration from the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, or the State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund, as appropriated by the General Assembly. Administration responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, research and identification of credit disadvantaged groups; design of comprehensive statewide capital access plans and programs addressing capital gap and capital marketplace structure and information barriers; direction, management, and control of specific projects; and communicate and cooperation with public development finance organizations and private debt and equity sources.
    (l) To exercise such other powers as are necessary or incidental to the foregoing.
(Source: P.A. 100-377, eff. 8-25-17.)