(50 ILCS 750/15.4b)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2020)
    Sec. 15.4b. Consolidation grants.
    (a) The Administrator, with the advice and recommendation of the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board, shall administer a 9-1-1 System Consolidation Grant Program to defray costs associated with 9-1-1 system consolidation of systems outside of a municipality with a population in excess of 500,000. The awarded grants will be used to offset non-recurring costs associated with the consolidation of 9-1-1 systems and shall not be used for ongoing operating costs associated with the consolidated system. The Department, in consultation with the Administrator and the Statewide 9-1-1 Advisory Board, shall adopt rules defining the grant process and criteria for issuing the grants. The grants should be awarded based on criteria that include, but are not limited to:
        (1) reducing the number of transfers of a 9-1-1
    
call;
        (2) reducing the infrastructure required to
    
adequately provide 9-1-1 network services;
        (3) promoting cost savings from resource sharing
    
among 9-1-1 systems;
        (4) facilitating interoperability and resiliency
    
for the receipt of 9-1-1 calls;
        (5) reducing the number of 9-1-1 systems or
    
reducing the number of PSAPs within a 9-1-1 system;
        (6) cost saving resulting from 9-1-1 system
    
consolidation; and
        (7) expanding E9-1-1 service coverage as a result
    
of 9-1-1 system consolidation including to areas without E9-1-1 service.
    Priority shall be given first to counties not providing 9-1-1 service as of January 1, 2016, and next to other entities consolidating as required under Section 15.4a of this Act.
    (b) The 9-1-1 System Consolidation Grant application, as defined by Department rules, shall be submitted electronically to the Administrator starting January 2, 2016, and every January 2 thereafter. The application shall include a modified 9-1-1 system plan as required by this Act in support of the consolidation plan. The Administrator shall have until June 30, 2016 and every June 30 thereafter to approve 9-1-1 System Consolidation grants and modified 9-1-1 system plans. Payment under the approved 9-1-1 System Consolidation grants shall be contingent upon the final approval of a modified 9-1-1 system plan.
    (c) Existing and previously completed consolidation projects shall be eligible to apply for reimbursement of costs related to the consolidation incurred between 2010 and the State fiscal year of the application.
    (d) The 9-1-1 systems that receive grants under this Section shall provide a report detailing grant fund usage to the Administrator pursuant to Section 40 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 99-6, eff. 1-1-16; 100-20, eff. 7-1-17.)