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HOUSING
(310 ILCS 55/) Home Ownership Made Easy Act.

310 ILCS 55/1

    (310 ILCS 55/1) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1101)
    Sec. 1. This Act may be cited as the Home Ownership Made Easy Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-773.)

310 ILCS 55/2

    (310 ILCS 55/2) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1102)
    Sec. 2. Declaration of purpose. It is hereby declared that for the benefit of the people of Illinois, there shall be established a program to help make the dream of home ownership a reality for more of this State's citizens. It has come to the attention of the General Assembly that there is a growing gap between housing affordability for eligible home buyers and affordability for persons who presently own the homes in which they live, and that increased demand by mortgage lenders for a greater amount of money as a down payment on a home is a significant barrier to home ownership for many persons in this State. It has also come to the attention of the General Assembly that because a 10% down payment for a typical starter home demands a qualifying income over 20% higher than the current typical median income, the benefits of home ownership will be lost to many of this State's median income households unless the General Assembly acts to help persons accumulate a down payment sufficient to purchase a home. The General Assembly recognizes that increasing owner-occupied housing has many benefits for the communities in this State, and that owning one's own home is a worthwhile goal for many of this State's citizens and a goal which the General Assembly wishes to help many of this State's citizens attain. It is the intent of this Act to provide to potential purchasers of homes in Illinois a method of accumulating, over a period of years, funds sufficient to make a down payment on a home which those persons would otherwise be unable to purchase and to encourage employer assistance in achieving home ownership for their employees.
(Source: P.A. 86-773; 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/3

    (310 ILCS 55/3) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1103)
    Sec. 3. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/3.1

    (310 ILCS 55/3.1) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1103.1)
    Sec. 3.1. Program created. There is created the Home Ownership Made Easy Program ("Program") to be supervised by the Treasurer and managed by participating certified financial institutions. The Treasurer and the financial institutions may enter into such agreements as may be necessary to provide for the operation of the Program. The Treasurer shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary for the efficient operation of the Program, and to implement the intent of this Act. The General Assembly shall provide for funds to pay reasonable charges incidental to the State Treasurer's supervision of the Program.
    For purposes of this Act, "financial institution" means any federally chartered commercial bank or savings and loan association organized and operated in this State pursuant to the laws of the United States, any bank subject to the Illinois Banking Act, any savings and loan association subject to the Illinois Savings and Loan Act of 1985, any credit union subject to the Illinois Credit Union Act, any broker or dealer registered under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and any dealer registered under the Illinois Securities Law of 1953.
(Source: P.A. 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/4

    (310 ILCS 55/4) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1104)
    Sec. 4. Eligible home buyer. For purposes of this Act, "eligible home buyer" means a person 18 years of age or older who does not, as a sole owner, tenant in common, or joint tenant with right of survivorship, hold a fee simple absolute or any other ownership interest in residential real estate upon application for the Program and who does not hold such an ownership interest while participating in the Program.
    For purposes of this Act, "residential real estate" means up to a 3 unit dwelling, one unit of which is owner occupied.
(Source: P.A. 86-1462; 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/5

    (310 ILCS 55/5) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1105)
    Sec. 5. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/5.1

    (310 ILCS 55/5.1) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1105.1)
    Sec. 5.1. Participation in Program.
    (a) The Treasurer shall promulgate rules establishing criteria that financial institutions must meet to become Program depositories.
    (b) The Treasurer shall certify Illinois financial institutions that apply to become Program depositories and meet the criteria for certification established by rule as Program depositories.
    (c) Persons who were participants in the Program created by Section 3 may participate in the Program created by Section 3.1 by directing the fund's administering financial institution to transfer their funds to the Program depository of their choice.
    (d) All other persons may participate in the Program created by Section 3.1 by making an initial deposit in an amount not less than $100 for a passbook savings account; however, the initial deposit for alternative investment options shall be determined by the Program depositories individually. Subsequent deposits may be in any amount subject to requirements of the Program depository.
    (e) All monies received by the Program created by Section 3.1 shall be deposited in Program depositories. A depository must insure the monies in the Program in one of the following: the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Association, or the Securities Investors Protection Corporation. Nothing in this Act shall be construed to imply or require that the State of Illinois or the Treasurer have actual or constructive receipt or possession of the participants' moneys. Each participant shall select an investment option from the options offered by the Program depositories.
    (f) Income earned on investments made pursuant to the Program created in Section 3.1 by an eligible participant shall be free from all taxation by the State or its political subdivisions, except for income, estate, transfer, and inheritance taxes. However, an amount equal to all income earned on investments made pursuant to the Program created in Section 3.1 may be subtracted in computing the participant's Illinois base income under the Illinois Income Tax Act, but not until a participant certified pursuant to Section 7.1 acquires an interest in residential real estate described in Section 7.1. In such case the amount shall be subtracted in computing base income in the taxable year in which such real estate was acquired.
(Source: P.A. 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/7

    (310 ILCS 55/7) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1107)
    Sec. 7. (Repealed).
(Source: Repealed by P.A. 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/7.1

    (310 ILCS 55/7.1) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1107.1)
    Sec. 7.1. (a) Participants in the Program created by Section 3.1 shall be entitled to Program benefits, upon meeting the following requirements:
        (1) for a period of at least 2 years, the participant
    
deposited monies in the investment vehicle of his choice according to the Program depository's requirements; and
        (2) at any time after 2 years in the Program, the
    
participant becomes the owner as a sole owner, tenant in common, or a joint tenant with right of survivorship of a fee simple absolute interest in real estate located in this State and occupies the real estate as a principal residence.
    (b) Any participant who is certified by a Program depository as having met all of the requirements of subsection (a) shall:
        (1) be exempted from paying an amount equal to the
    
tax imposed under the Real Estate Transfer Tax Act if and when it is the contractual responsibility of the participant to purchase the transfer tax stamps; the participant shall present to the recorder, at the time of receiving the exemption, a deed or trust document or the real estate sales contract with attached contract rider, if any, related to the purchase of the participant's principal residence, in addition to the Treasurer's Certification Notice;
        (2) have priority over persons who are not so
    
certified in the Illinois Housing Development Authority's program for acquiring and servicing residential mortgages under Section 7.23 of the Illinois Housing Development Act; and
        (3) have priority over persons who are not so
    
certified in any of the Treasurer's housing programs.
    (c) At the request of the participant, any participant who is certified by a Program depository as having met all the requirements of subsection (b) may also be so certified by the Program depository to the treasurers of the county and municipality in which the participant has purchased a principal residence. Upon such certification, the recorder may waive or the county treasurer may pay to the participant an amount equal to the tax or any portion thereof imposed under Section 5-1031 of the Counties Code upon the participant's purchase of a principal residence. Upon such certification, the municipal treasurer may pay to the participant or the municipality may direct the recorder to waive an amount equal to the tax or any portion thereof imposed by that municipality upon the participant's purchase of such principal residence.
    (d) After a participant in the Program created in Section 3.1, who has met the Program requirements, terminates participation in the Program, the State Treasurer shall certify to the Director of Revenue and the Director of the Illinois Housing Development Authority that the participant is an eligible home buyer and is certified to receive the benefits of the Program. The participant has 4 months after termination of participation in the Program to become the owner, as sole owner, tenant in common, or joint tenant with right of survivorship, of a fee simple absolute interest in real estate located in this State and occupied by the participant as a principal residence. The participant may, before the expiration of that 4 month period, apply to the Treasurer for an extension of not more than 6 months within which to acquire the required interest in residential real estate. The Treasurer shall approve or deny applications for extension based on standards adopted in rules promulgated by the Treasurer.
    (e) "Program", as used in this Section, means the program created in Section 3.1.
(Source: P.A. 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/8

    (310 ILCS 55/8) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1108)
    Sec. 8. Rules and regulations. The State Treasurer shall adopt rules and regulations he deems necessary for the efficient administration of the Program. The rules shall provide that the expenses of administering the Program created in Section 3 shall be paid from the earnings of the investments made by the Treasurer under Section 5, from the proceeds from the sale of HOME Bonds under Section 6 and the earnings thereon, from penalties imposed under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of Section 5, from amounts appropriated therefor by the General Assembly, or any combination thereof. The rules shall provide that the administrative cost for supervising the Program created by Section 3.1 shall be paid from amounts appropriated by the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 86-773; 87-1206.)

310 ILCS 55/9

    (310 ILCS 55/9) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 1109)
    Sec. 9. The State Treasurer and agents of the State Treasurer acting within the scope of their authority shall be free from liability for damages as a consequence of their acts or failure to act in performing duties related to the implementation of this Act, unless the act or failure to act involved fraud or deceit.
(Source: P.A. 86-773.)