(70 ILCS 525/2002)
(from Ch. 85, par. 7502)
The General Assembly hereby determines and declares:
(a) That labor surplus areas currently exist in the State's Tri-County
River Valley area.
(b) That the economic burdens resulting from involuntary unemployment
fall in part upon the State in the form of increased need for public
assistance and reduced tax revenues and, in the event that the unemployed
worker and his family migrate elsewhere to find work, may also fall upon
the municipalities and other taxing districts within the areas of
unemployment in the form of reduced tax revenues, thereby endangering their
financial ability to support necessary governmental services for their
(c) That the State has a responsibility to help create a favorable
climate for new and improved job opportunities for its citizens by
encouraging the development of commercial and service businesses and
industrial and manufacturing plants within the State's Tri-County River
(d) That a lack of decent housing contributes to urban blight, crime,
anti-social behavior, disease, a higher need for public assistance, reduced
tax revenues and the migration of workers and their families away from
areas which fail to offer adequate, decent, affordable housing.
(e) That decent, affordable housing is a necessary ingredient of life
affording each citizen basic human dignity, a sense of self worth,
confidence and a firm foundation upon which to build a family and educate
(f) That in order to foster civic and neighborhood pride, citizens
require access to educational institutions, recreation, parks and open
spaces, entertainment and sports, a reliable transportation network,
cultural facilities and theaters.
(g) That the main purpose of this Article is to promote industrial,
commercial, residential, service, transportation and recreational activities
and facilities, thereby reducing the evils attendant upon unemployment and
enhancing the public health, safety, morals, happiness and general welfare
of this State.
(Source: P.A. 86-1489.)