(20 ILCS 630/2)
(from Ch. 48, par. 2402)
For the purposes of this Act, the following words have the
meanings ascribed to them in this Section.
(a) "Advisory Committee" means the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory Committee.
(b) "Coordinator" means the Illinois Emergency Employment
Development Coordinator appointed under Section 3.
(c) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
(d) "Director" means the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
(e) "Eligible business" means a for-profit business.
(f) "Eligible employer" means an eligible nonprofit agency, or
an eligible business.
(g) "Eligible job applicant" means a person who (1) has been a resident
of this State for at least one year; and (2) is unemployed;
and (3) is not
receiving and is not qualified to receive unemployment compensation or
workers' compensation; and (4) is determined by the employment
administrator to be likely to be available for employment by an eligible
employer for the duration of the job.
(h) "Eligible nonprofit agency" means an organization exempt from
taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, Section 501(c)(3).
(i) "Employment administrator" means the administrative entity designated by the Coordinator, and approved by the Advisory Committee, to administer the provisions of this Act in each service delivery area. With approval of the Advisory Committee, the Coordinator may designate an administrative entity authorized under the Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act or private, public, or non-profit entities that have proven effectiveness in providing training, workforce development, and job placement services to low-income individuals.
(j) "Fringe benefits" means all non-salary costs for each person employed under the program, including, but not limited to, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and health benefits, as would be provided to non-subsidized employees performing similar work.
(k) "Household" means a group of persons living at the same residence
consisting of, at a maximum, spouses and the minor children of each.
(l) "Program" means the Illinois Emergency Employment Development
Program created by this Act consisting of new job creation in the private sector.
(m) "Service delivery area" means an area designated as a Local Workforce Investment Area by the State.
Innovation and Opportunity Act" means the federal Workforce
Innovation and Opportunity Act, any amendments to that Act, and any other applicable federal statutes.
(Source: P.A. 99-576, eff. 7-15-16; 100-477, eff. 9-8-17.)
(20 ILCS 630/3)
(from Ch. 48, par. 2403)
Illinois Emergency Employment
(a) The governor shall appoint an Illinois Emergency Employment
Development Coordinator to administer the provisions of this Act. The
coordinator shall be within the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, but shall be responsible directly to the governor. The coordinator
shall have the powers necessary to carry out the purpose of the program.
(b) The coordinator shall:
(1) recommend one or more Employment Administrators
for each service delivery area for approval by the Advisory Committee, with recommendations based on the demonstrated ability of the Employment Administrator to identify and address local needs;
(2) enter into a contract with one or more Employment
Administrators in each service delivery area;
(3) assist the Employment Administrator in developing
a satisfactory plan if an Employment Administrator submits one that does not conform to program requirements;
(4) convene and provide staff support to the Advisory
(5) coordinate the program with other State agencies
and services including public benefits and workforce programs for unemployed individuals; and
(6) perform general program marketing and monitoring
(c) The coordinator shall administer the program within the Department
of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall provide administrative support services to the coordinator
for the purposes of the program.
(d) The coordinator shall report to the Governor, the Advisory Committee, and the General Assembly on a
quarterly basis concerning (1) the number of persons employed under the
program; (2) the number and type
of employers under the program; (3) the amount of money spent in each
service delivery area for wages for each type of employment
and each type of other
expenses; (4) the number of persons who have completed participation in the
program and their current employment, educational or training status;
(5) any information requested by the General Assembly, the Advisory Committee, or governor or deemed
pertinent by the coordinator; and (6) any identified violations of this Act and actions taken. Each report shall include cumulative
information, as well as information for each quarter.
(e) Rules. The Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, with the
advice of the coordinator and the Advisory Committee, shall adopt rules for the administration and
enforcement of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-995, eff. 1-1-11; 97-581, eff. 8-26-11.)
(20 ILCS 630/6)
(from Ch. 48, par. 2406)
Program funds; uses.
Funds appropriated for the purposes of the program may be used as follows:
(a) To provide a State contribution for wages and fringe benefits for
eligible job applicants for a maximum of 1,040 hours over a maximum period
of 52 weeks per job applicant. The minimum allowable hourly wage for job applicants employed in this program shall not be below 120% of the current State minimum wage rate. At least 75% of the funds appropriated for the program must be used to pay wages and fringe benefits for eligible job applicants. State contribution amounts are as follows:
(1) For for-profit business employers, the State
contribution for wages shall be 50% of the minimum allowable hourly wage for each eligible job applicant employed. The State contribution for fringe benefits may be up to 25% of the State wage contribution per hour for each eligible job applicant employed. The employer must match wages in an amount equal to or greater than the State contribution for this program. Employers are responsible for the remaining costs of any benefits provided and other employment related costs. The employer may use funds from other sources to provide increased wages and benefits to the applicants it employs;
(2) For non-profit employers participating in this
program, the State contribution for wages shall be 75% of the minimum allowable hourly wage for each eligible job applicant employed. The State contribution for fringe benefits may be up to 25% of the state wage contribution per hour for each eligible job applicant employed. The employer must match wages in an amount equal to or greater than the State contribution for this program. The State contribution may be used to provide workers' compensation coverage to applicants employed by government or non-profit agencies under this Act. Employers are responsible for the remaining costs of any benefits. The employer may use funds from other sources to provide increased wages and benefits to the applicants it employs.
(b) To provide child care services or subsidies or other supportive services necessary to maintain employment to applicants employed
under the program;
(c) To provide workers' compensation coverage to applicants employed by
nonprofit agencies under the program;
(d) To provide job search assistance, labor market orientation, job
seeking and work readiness skills, and referral for other services;
(e) To purchase supplies and materials for projects creating permanent
improvements to public property in an amount not to exceed one percent of
the funds appropriated; and
(f) To reimburse the Department in an amount not to exceed 1% of the funds appropriated for the actual cost of administering this Act, and to reimburse the Employment Administrators in an amount not to exceed 4.5% of the funds allocated to them for their actual cost of administering this Act. The Director and the Employment Administrators shall leverage funds from other sources to cover the administrative costs of this program whenever possible.
The Employment Administrator of each service delivery area shall submit to the Coordinator a spending plan establishing that funds allocated to the service delivery area will be used within one year after the effective date, in the manner required by this Act. Any funds allocated to a service delivery area for which there is no spending plan approved by the Coordinator shall be returned to the Department and may be reallocated by the Coordinator to other Employment Administrators.
(Source: P.A. 97-581, eff. 8-26-11.)
(20 ILCS 630/9)
(from Ch. 48, par. 2409)
(a) A business employer is an eligible
employer if it enters into a written contract, signed and subscribed to
under oath, with the employment administrator for its service delivery
area containing assurances that:
(1) funds received by a business shall be used only
as permitted under the program;
(2) the business has submitted a plan to the
employment administrator (A) describing the duties and proposed compensation of each employee proposed to be hired under the program; and (B) demonstrating that with the funds provided under the program the business is likely to succeed and continue to employ persons hired under the program;
(3) the business will use funds exclusively for
compensation and fringe benefits of eligible job applicants and will provide employees hired with these funds with fringe benefits and other terms and conditions of employment comparable to those provided to other employees of the business who do comparable work;
(4) the funds are necessary to allow the business to
begin, or to employ additional people, but not to fill positions which would be filled even in the absence of funds from this program;
(5) the business will cooperate with the coordinator
in collecting data to assess the result of the program; and
(6) the business is in compliance with all applicable
affirmative action, fair labor, health, safety, and environmental standards.
(b) In allocating funds among eligible businesses, the employment
administrator shall give priority to businesses which best satisfy the following
(1) have a high potential for growth and long-term
(2) are labor intensive;
(3) make high use of local and State resources;
(4) are under ownership of women and minorities;
(4.5) meet the definition of a small business as
defined in Section 5 of the Small Business Advisory Act;
(4.10) produce energy conserving materials or
services or are involved in development of renewable sources of energy;
(5) have their primary places of business in the
(6) intend to continue the employment of the eligible
applicant for at least 6 months of unsubsidized employment.
(d) A business receiving funds under this program shall repay 70% of the amount received for each eligible job applicant employed who does not continue in the employment of the business for at least 6 months beyond the subsidized period unless the employer dismisses an employee for good cause and works with the Employment Administrator to employ and train another person referred by the Employment Administrator. The Employment Administrator shall forward payments received under this subsection to the Coordinator on a monthly basis. The Coordinator shall deposit these payments into the General Revenue Fund.
(Source: P.A. 99-576, eff. 7-15-16.)
(20 ILCS 630/11)
Illinois 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory Committee.
(a) The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory Committee established under this Act as a continuation of the Advisory Committee created under the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Act (now repealed) is continued under this Act. The Advisory Committee shall provide oversight to the Illinois Emergency Employment Development program. The Department is responsible for the administration and staffing of the Advisory Committee.
(b) The Advisory Committee shall meet at the call of the Coordinator to do the following:
(1) establish guidelines for the selection of
(2) review recommendations of the Coordinator and
approve final selection of Employment Administrators;
(3) develop guidelines for the emergency employment
development plans to be created by each Employment Administrator;
(4) review the emergency employment development plan
submitted by the Employment Administrator of each service delivery area and approve satisfactory plans;
(5) ensure that the program is widely marketed to
employers and eligible job seekers;
(6) set policy regarding disbursement of program
(7) review program quarterly reports and make
recommendations for program improvements as needed.
(c) Membership. The Advisory Committee shall consist of 21 persons. Co-chairs shall be appointed by the Governor with the requirement that one come from the public and one from the private sector.
(d) Eleven members shall be appointed by the Governor, and any of the 11 members appointed by the Governor may fill more than one of the following required categories:
(i) Four must be from communities outside of the
(ii) At least one must be a member of a local
workforce investment board (LWIB) in his or her community.
(iii) At least one must represent organized labor.
(iv) At least one must represent business or
(v) At least one must represent a non-profit
organization that provides workforce development or job training services.
(vi) At least one must represent a non-profit
organization involved in workforce development policy, analysis, or research.
(vii) At least one must represent a non-profit
organization involved in environmental policy, advocacy, or research.
(viii) At least one must represent a group that
advocates for individuals with barriers to employment, including at-risk youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, and individuals living in poverty.
(e) The other 10 members shall be the following:
(i) The Director of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity, or his or her designee who oversees workforce development services.
(ii) The Secretary of Human Services, or his or her
designee who oversees human capital services.
(iii) The Director of Corrections, or his or her
designee who oversees prisoner re-entry services.
(iv) The Director of the Environmental Protection
Agency, or his or her designee who oversees contractor compliance.
(v) The Chairman of the Illinois Community
College Board, or his or her designee who oversees technical and career education.
(vi) A representative of the Illinois Community
College Board involved in energy education and sustainable practices, designated by the Board.
(vii) Four State legislators, one designated by
the President of the Senate, one designated by the Speaker of the House, one designated by the Senate Minority Leader, and one designated by the House Minority Leader.
(f) Appointees under subsection (d) shall serve a 2-year term and are eligible to be re-appointed one time. Members under subsection (e) shall serve ex officio or at the pleasure of the designating official, as applicable.
(Source: P.A. 99-576, eff. 7-15-16.)
(20 ILCS 630/18)
(a) An eligible employer may not terminate, lay off, or reduce the working hours of an employee for the purpose of hiring an individual with funds available under this Act.
(b) An eligible employer may not hire an individual with funds available under this Act if any other person is on layoff from the same or substantially equivalent job.
(c) In order to qualify as an eligible employer, a government or non-profit agency or business must certify to the Employment Administrator that each job created and funded under this Act:
(1) will result in an increase in employment
opportunity over the level that would otherwise be available;
(2) will not result in the displacement of currently
employed workers, including partial displacement such as reduction in hours of non-overtime work, wages, or employment benefits; and
(3) will not impair existing contracts for service
or result in the substitution of program funds for other funds in connection with work that would otherwise be performed.
(Source: P.A. 97-581, eff. 8-26-11.)