(415 ILCS 5/19.10)
Re-enactment of Title IV-A; findings; purpose; validation.
(a) The General Assembly finds and declares that:
(1) Title IV-A (consisting of Sections 19.1 through
19.9) was first added to the Environmental Protection Act by Article III of Public Act 85-1135, effective September 1, 1988. In its original form, Title IV-A created the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and authorized the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to establish a program for providing units of local government with low-cost loans to be used to construct wastewater treatment works. The loans are paid from the Revolving Fund, which consists primarily of a combination of federal grant money, State matching money, and money that has been repaid on past loans.
(2) In 1995, Title IV-A was amended by Public Act
89-27, effective January 1, 1997, which created the Loan Support Program and made other changes. The Loan Support Program provides financing for certain administrative costs of the Agency. It specifically includes the costs of developing a loan program for public water supply projects.
(3) Title IV-A was amended by Public Act 90-121,
effective July 17, 1997, which changed the name of the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to the Water Revolving Fund and created the Public Water Supply Loan Program. Under this program, the Agency is authorized to make low-interest loans to units of local government for the construction of public water supply facilities.
(4) Title IV-A has also been amended by Public Act
86-671, effective September 1, 1989; P.A. 86-820, effective September 7, 1989; and P.A. 90-372, effective July 1, 1998.
(5) Article III, Section 6, of Public Act 85-1135
amended the Build Illinois Bond Act. Among other changes to that Act, P.A. 85-1135 authorized the deposit of up to $70,000,000 into the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to be used for the Title IV-A loan program.
(6) Article III of Public Act 85-1135 also added
Section 5.237 to the State Finance Act. This Section added the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to the list of special funds in the State Treasury. The Section was renumbered as Section 5.238 by a revisory bill, Public Act 85-1440, effective February 1, 1989. Although the name of the Fund was changed by Public Act 90-121, that Act did not make the corresponding change in Section 5.238.
(7) Over the 10 years that it has administered Title
IV-A programs, the Agency has entered into loan agreements with hundreds of units of local government and provided hundreds of millions of dollars of financial assistance for water pollution control projects. There are currently many active Title IV-A loans in the disbursement phase and many more that are in the process of being repaid. The Agency continues to receive many new applications each year.
(8) Public Act 85-1135, which created Title IV-A,
also contained provisions relating to tax reform and State bonds.
(9) On August 26, 1998, the Cook County Circuit Court
entered an order in the case of Oak Park Arms Associates v. Whitley (No. 92 L 51045), in which it found that Public Act 85-1135 violates the single subject clause of the Illinois Constitution (Article IV, Section 8(d)). As of the time this amendatory Act of 1999 was prepared, the order declaring P.A. 85-1135 invalid has been vacated but the case is subject to appeal.
(10) The projects funded under Title IV-A affect the
vital areas of wastewater and sewage disposal and drinking water supply and are important for the continued health, safety, and welfare of the people of this State.
(b) It is the purpose of this amendatory Act of 1999 (Public Act 91-52)
to prevent or minimize any disruption to the programs administered under Title
IV-A that may result from challenges to the constitutional validity of Public
(c) This amendatory Act of 1999 (P.A. 91-52) re-enacts Title IV-A of
the Environmental Protection Act as it has been amended. This re-enactment is
intended to ensure the continuation of the programs administered under that
Title and, if necessary, to recreate them. The material in Sections 19.1
through 19.9 is shown as existing text (i.e., without underscoring) because,
as of the time this amendatory Act of 1999 was prepared, the order declaring
P.A. 85-1135 invalid has been vacated. Section 19.7 has been omitted because
it was repealed by Public Act 90-372, effective July 1, 1998.
Section 4.1 is added to the Build Illinois Bond Act to re-authorize the
deposit of funds into the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund.
Section 5.238 of the State Finance Act is both re-enacted and
amended to reflect the current name of the Water Revolving Fund.
(d) The re-enactment of Title IV-A of the Environmental Protection Act
by this amendatory Act of 1999 (P.A. 91-52) is intended to remove any
question as to the validity or content of Title IV-A; it is not intended to
supersede any other Public Act that amends the text of a Section as set forth
in this amendatory Act. This re-enactment is not intended, and shall not be
construed, to imply that Public Act 85-1135 is invalid or to limit or impair
any legal argument concerning (1) whether the Agency has express or implied
authority to administer loan programs in the absence of Title IV-A, or (2)
whether the provisions of Title IV-A were substantially re-enacted by P.A.
89-27 or 90-121.
(e) All otherwise lawful actions taken before June 30, 1999 (the
effective date of P.A. 91-52) by any
employee, officer, agency, or unit of State or local government or by any
other person or entity, acting in reliance on or pursuant to Title IV-A of
the Environmental Protection Act, as set forth in Public Act 85-1135 or as
subsequently amended, are hereby validated.
(f) All otherwise lawful obligations arising out of loan agreements entered
into before June 30, 1999 (the effective date of P.A. 91-52) by the State or by any employee, officer, agency, or
unit of State or local government, acting in reliance on or pursuant to Title
IV-A of the Environmental Protection Act, as set forth in Public Act 85-1135
or as subsequently amended, are hereby validated and affirmed.
(g) All otherwise lawful deposits into the Water Pollution Control
Revolving Fund made before June 30, 1999 (the effective date of P.A.
91-52) in accordance with Section 4 of the
Build Illinois Bond Act, as set forth in Public Act 85-1135 or as subsequently
amended, and the use of those deposits for the purposes of Title IV-A of the
Environmental Protection Act, are hereby validated.
(h) This amendatory Act of 1999 (P.A. 91-52) applies, without
limitation, to actions pending on or after the effective date of this
(Source: P.A. 91-52, eff. 6-30-99; 92-574, eff. 6-26-02.)