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(20 ILCS 665/) Illinois Promotion Act.

20 ILCS 665/1

    (20 ILCS 665/1) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-21)
    Sec. 1. Short title. This Act shall be known and cited as the Illinois Promotion Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/2

    (20 ILCS 665/2) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-22)
    Sec. 2. Legislative findings; policy. The General Assembly hereby finds, determines and declares:
    (a) That the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people of the State are directly dependent upon the continual encouragement, development, growth and expansion of tourism within the State;
    (b) That unemployment, the spread of indigency, and the heavy burden of public assistance and unemployment compensation can be alleviated by the promotion, attraction, stimulation, development and expansion of tourism in the State;
    (c) That the policy of the State of Illinois, in the interest of promoting the health, safety, morals and welfare of all the people of the State, is to increase the economic impact of tourism throughout the State through promotional activities and by making available grants and loans to be made to local promotion groups and others, as provided in Sections 5, 8a, and 8b of this Act, for purposes of promoting, developing, and expanding tourism destinations, tourism attractions, and tourism events.
(Source: P.A. 99-476, eff. 8-27-15.)

20 ILCS 665/3

    (20 ILCS 665/3) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-23)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. The following words and terms, whenever used or referred to in this Act, shall have the following meanings, except where the context may otherwise require:
    (a) "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity of the State of Illinois.
    (b) "Local promotion group" means any non-profit corporation, organization, association, agency or committee thereof formed for the primary purpose of publicizing, promoting, advertising or otherwise encouraging the development of tourism in any municipality, county, or region of Illinois.
    (c) "Promotional activities" means preparing, planning and conducting campaigns of information, advertising and publicity through such media as newspapers, radio, television, magazines, trade journals, moving and still photography, posters, outdoor signboards and personal contact within and without the State of Illinois; dissemination of information, advertising, publicity, photographs and other literature and material designed to carry out the purpose of this Act; and participation in and attendance at meetings and conventions concerned primarily with tourism, including travel to and from such meetings.
    (d) "Municipality" means "municipality" as defined in Section 1-1-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and hereafter amended.
    (e) "Tourism" means travel 50 miles or more one-way or an overnight trip outside of a person's normal routine.
    (f) "Municipal amateur sports facility" means a sports facility that: (1) is owned by a unit of local government; (2) has contiguous indoor sports competition space; (3) is designed to principally accommodate and host amateur competitions for youths, adults, or both; and (4) is not used for professional sporting events where participants are compensated for their participation.
    (g) "Municipal convention center" means a convention center or civic center owned by a unit of local government or operated by a convention center authority, or a municipal convention hall as defined in paragraph (1) of Section 11-65-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code, with contiguous exhibition space ranging between 30,000 and 125,000 square feet.
    (h) "Convention center authority" means an Authority, as defined by the Civic Center Code, that operates a municipal convention center with contiguous exhibition space ranging between 30,000 and 125,000 square feet.
    (i) "Incentive" means: (1) an incentive provided by a municipal convention center or convention center authority for a convention, meeting, or trade show held at a municipal convention center that, but for the incentive, would not have occurred in the State or been retained in the State; or (2) an incentive provided by a unit of local government for a sporting event held at a municipal amateur sports facility that, but for the incentive, would not have occurred in the State or been retained in the State.
(Source: P.A. 99-476, eff. 8-27-15.)

20 ILCS 665/4

    (20 ILCS 665/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-24)
    Sec. 4. Powers. The Department shall have the following powers:
    (a) To formulate a program for the promotion of tourism and the film industry in the State of Illinois, including, but not limited to, the promotion of our State Parks, fishing and hunting areas, historical shrines, vacation regions and areas of historic or scenic interest.
    (b) To cooperate with civic groups and local, State and federal departments and agencies, and agencies and departments of other states in encouraging educational tourism and developing programs therefor.
    (c) To publish tourist promotional material such as brochures and booklets.
    (d) To promote tourism in Illinois through all media, including but not limited to, the Internet, television, articles and advertisements in magazines, newspapers and travel publications and by establishing promotional exhibitions at fairs, travel shows, and similar exhibitions.
    (e) To establish and maintain travel offices at major points of entry to the State.
    (f) To recommend legislation relating to the encouragement of tourism in Illinois.
    (g) To assist municipalities or local promotion groups in developing new tourist attractions including but not limited to feasibility studies and analyses, research and development, and management and marketing planning for such new tourist attractions.
    (h) (Blank).
    (i) To implement a program of matching grants and loans to counties, municipalities, local promotion groups and others, as provided in Sections 5 and 8a of this Act, for the development or improvement of tourism attractions and tourism events in Illinois under the terms and conditions provided in this Act.
    (j) To expend funds from the International and Promotional Fund, subject to appropriation, on any activity authorized under this Act.
    (k) To do any other acts that, in the judgment of the Department, are necessary and proper in fostering and promoting tourism in the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99; 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/4a

    (20 ILCS 665/4a) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-24a)
    Sec. 4a. Funds.
    (1) All moneys deposited in the Tourism Promotion Fund pursuant to this subsection are allocated to the Department for utilization, as appropriated, in the performance of its powers under Section 4; except that during fiscal year 2013, the Department shall reserve $9,800,000 of the total funds available for appropriation in the Tourism Promotion Fund for appropriation to the Historic Preservation Agency for the operation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and State historic sites.
    As soon as possible after the first day of each month, beginning July 1, 1997 and ending on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, upon certification of the Department of Revenue, the Comptroller shall order transferred and the Treasurer shall transfer from the General Revenue Fund to the Tourism Promotion Fund an amount equal to 13% of the net revenue realized from the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act plus an amount equal to 13% of the net revenue realized from any tax imposed under Section 4.05 of the Chicago World's Fair-1992 Authority Act during the preceding month. "Net revenue realized for a month" means the revenue collected by the State under that Act during the previous month less the amount paid out during that same month as refunds to taxpayers for overpayment of liability under that Act.
    (1.1) (Blank).
    (2) As soon as possible after the first day of each month, beginning July 1, 1997 and ending on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 100th General Assembly, upon certification of the Department of Revenue, the Comptroller shall order transferred and the Treasurer shall transfer from the General Revenue Fund to the Tourism Promotion Fund an amount equal to 8% of the net revenue realized from the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax plus an amount equal to 8% of the net revenue realized from any tax imposed under Section 4.05 of the Chicago World's Fair-1992 Authority Act during the preceding month. "Net revenue realized for a month" means the revenue collected by the State under that Act during the previous month less the amount paid out during that same month as refunds to taxpayers for overpayment of liability under that Act.
    All monies deposited in the Tourism Promotion Fund under this subsection (2) shall be used solely as provided in this subsection to advertise and promote tourism throughout Illinois. Appropriations of monies deposited in the Tourism Promotion Fund pursuant to this subsection (2) shall be used solely for advertising to promote tourism, including but not limited to advertising production and direct advertisement costs, but shall not be used to employ any additional staff, finance any individual event, or lease, rent or purchase any physical facilities. The Department shall coordinate its advertising under this subsection (2) with other public and private entities in the State engaged in similar promotion activities. Print or electronic media production made pursuant to this subsection (2) for advertising promotion shall not contain or include the physical appearance of or reference to the name or position of any public officer. "Public officer" means a person who is elected to office pursuant to statute, or who is appointed to an office which is established, and the qualifications and duties of which are prescribed, by statute, to discharge a public duty for the State or any of its political subdivisions.
    (3) Notwithstanding anything in this Section to the contrary, amounts transferred from the General Revenue Fund to the Tourism Promotion Fund pursuant to this Section shall not exceed $26,300,000 in State fiscal year 2012.
    (4) As soon as possible after the first day of each month, beginning July 1, 2017, if the amount of revenue deposited into the Tourism Promotion Fund under subsection (c) of Section 6 of the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act is less than 21% of the net revenue realized from the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax during the preceding month, then, upon certification of the Department of Revenue, the State Comptroller shall direct and the State Treasurer shall transfer from the General Revenue Fund to the Tourism Promotion Fund an amount equal to the difference between 21% of the net revenue realized from the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax during the preceding month and the amount of revenue deposited into the Tourism Promotion Fund under subsection (c) of Section 6 of the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act.
(Source: P.A. 100-23, eff. 7-6-17.)

20 ILCS 665/4b

    (20 ILCS 665/4b)
    Sec. 4b. Coordinating Committee. There is created a Coordinating Committee of State agencies involved with tourism in the State of Illinois. The Committee shall consist of the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity as chairman, the Lieutenant Governor, the Secretary of Transportation or his or her designee, and the head executive officer or his or her designee of the following: the Lincoln Presidential Library; the Department of Natural Resources; the Department of Agriculture; the Illinois Arts Council; the Illinois Community College Board; the Board of Higher Education; and the Grape and Wine Resources Council. The Committee shall also include 4 members of the Illinois General Assembly, one of whom shall be named by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one of whom shall be named by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, one of whom who shall be named by the President of the Senate, and one of whom shall be named by the Minority Leader of the Senate. The Committee shall meet at least quarterly and at other times as called by the chair. The Committee shall coordinate the promotion and development of tourism activities throughout State government.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

20 ILCS 665/5

    (20 ILCS 665/5) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-25)
    Sec. 5. Marketing and private sector programs.
    (a) The Department is authorized to make grants, subject to appropriation, from the Tourism Promotion Fund to counties, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, and local promotion groups and to assist such counties, municipalities and local promotion groups in the promotion of tourism attractions and tourism events. The Department, after review of the application and if satisfied that the program and proposed expenditures of the applicant appear to be in accord with the purposes of this Act, must grant to the applicant an amount not to exceed 60% of the proposed expenditures.
    (b) The Department may make grants, subject to appropriation, from the Tourism Promotion Fund to counties, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, local promotion groups, and for-profit businesses to assist in attracting and hosting tourism events matched with funds from sources in the private sector. The Department, after review of the application and if satisfied that the program and proposed expenditures of the applicant appear to be in accord with the purposes of this Act, must grant to the applicant an amount not to exceed 50% of the proposed expenditures.
    Before any such grant may be made the county, municipality, not-for-profit organization, local promotion group, or for-profit business must make application to the Department for such grant, setting forth the studies, surveys and investigations proposed to be made and other activities proposed to be undertaken. The application shall further state, under oath or affirmation, with evidence thereof satisfactory to the Department, the amount of funds held by, committed to or subscribed to, and proposed to be expended by, the applicant for the purposes herein described and the amount of the grant for which application is made.
(Source: P.A. 100-23, eff. 7-6-17.)

20 ILCS 665/6

    (20 ILCS 665/6) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-26)
    Sec. 6. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 90-26, eff. 7-1-97. Repealed by P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/7

    (20 ILCS 665/7) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-27)
    Sec. 7. Notice of approval and grant. Upon approval of each application and the making of a grant by the Department in accordance therewith, the Department shall give notice to the applicant of such approval and grant, and shall direct the applicant to proceed with its proposed tourism program as described in its application and to use the funds allocated by the applicant for such purpose. Upon the furnishing of satisfactory evidence to the Department that the applicant has so proceeded, the grant allocated to such applicant shall be paid over on such basis to the applicant by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/8

    (20 ILCS 665/8) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-28)
    Sec. 8. Allocation of appropriations.
    (1) Amounts that are appropriated from the Tourism Promotion Fund to the Department for the purpose of making grants under Sections 5 and 6 of this Act shall be allocated by the Department as follows:
        (a) 62.5% to local promotion groups, municipalities,
    
and counties not wholly or partially within any county of more than 1 million population;
        (b) 37.5% to local promotion groups, municipalities,
    
and counties wholly or partially within any county of more than 1 million population.
    However, if sufficient local funds cannot be raised to match the allocation made under either paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection, such appropriations may be reallocated, in whole or in part, to any applicant or applicants able to qualify for a grant or may be used by the Department to promote the tourist attractions of the State of Illinois as a whole.
    (2) Amounts that are appropriated from the Tourism Promotion Fund to the Department for the purpose of making grants under Sections 5 and 6 of this Act to match funds from the private sector may be used by the Department in any county of this State.
(Source: P.A. 100-23, eff. 7-6-17.)

20 ILCS 665/8a

    (20 ILCS 665/8a) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-28a)
    Sec. 8a. Tourism grants and loans.
    (1) The Department is authorized to make grants and loans, subject to appropriations by the General Assembly for this purpose from the Tourism Promotion Fund, to counties, municipalities, local promotion groups, not-for-profit organizations, or for-profit businesses for the development or improvement of tourism attractions in Illinois. Individual grants and loans shall not exceed $1,000,000 and shall not exceed 50% of the entire amount of the actual expenditures for the development or improvement of a tourist attraction. Agreements for loans made by the Department pursuant to this subsection may contain provisions regarding term, interest rate, security as may be required by the Department and any other provisions the Department may require to protect the State's interest.
    (2) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 94-91, eff. 7-1-05.)

20 ILCS 665/8b

    (20 ILCS 665/8b)
    Sec. 8b. Municipal convention center and sports facility attraction grants.
    (a) Until July 1, 2020, the Department is authorized to make grants, subject to appropriation by the General Assembly, from the Tourism Promotion Fund to a unit of local government, municipal convention center, or convention center authority that provides incentives, as defined in subsection (i) of Section 3 of this Act, for the purpose of attracting conventions, meetings, and trade shows to municipal convention centers and attracting sporting events to municipal amateur sports facilities. Grants awarded under this Section shall be based on the net proceeds received under the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the renting, leasing, or letting of hotel rooms in the municipality for the month in which the convention, meeting, trade show, or sporting event occurs. Grants shall not exceed 80% of the incentive amount provided by the unit of local government, municipal convention center, or convention center authority. Further, in no event may the aggregate amount of grants awarded to a single municipal convention center, convention center authority, or municipal amateur sports facility exceed $200,000 in any calendar year. The Department may, by rule, require any other provisions it deems necessary in order to protect the State's interest in administering this program.
    (b) No later than May 15 of each year, through May 15, 2020, the unit of local government, municipal convention center, or convention center authority shall certify to the Department the amounts of funds expended in the previous fiscal year to provide qualified incentives; however, in no event may the certified amount pursuant to this paragraph exceed $200,000 for any municipal convention center, convention center authority, or municipal amateur sports facility in any calendar year. The unit of local government, convention center, or convention center authority shall certify (A) the net proceeds received under the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the renting, leasing, or letting of hotel rooms in the municipality for the month in which the convention, meeting, or trade show occurs and (B) the average of the net proceeds received under the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the renting, leasing, or letting of hotel rooms in the municipality for the same month in the 3 immediately preceding years. The unit of local government, municipal convention center, or convention center authority shall include the incentive amounts as part of its regular audit.
    (c) The Department shall submit a report on the effectiveness of the program established under this Section to the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2020.
(Source: P.A. 99-476, eff. 8-27-15.)

20 ILCS 665/9

    (20 ILCS 665/9) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-29)
    Sec. 9. Administration; rules. The Department is directed to administer the provisions of this Act with such flexibility so as to bring about as effective and economical a tourism program as possible. In order to effectuate and enforce the provisions of this Act, the Department is authorized to promulgate necessary rules and regulations and prescribe procedures in order to assure compliance by applicants in carrying out the purposes for which grants and loans may be made under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/10

    (20 ILCS 665/10) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-30)
    Sec. 10. Quarterly statement. The Department shall submit quarterly to the Governor and to the State Comptroller a statement on promotional activities undertaken under the terms of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/11

    (20 ILCS 665/11) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-31)
    Sec. 11. Promotional material. Any promotional material produced as the result of the financial participation of the State of Illinois under the terms of this Act shall so indicate thereon.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/13

    (20 ILCS 665/13) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-33)
    Sec. 13. Powers of municipalities and counties. For the purposes set out in this Act, the corporate authorities of each city, village or incorporated town and the county board of each county may (1) promote the advantages of the municipality or county, as the case may be, for tourism, industrial development and other activities and programs designed to stimulate employment, (2) appropriate funds for promotional activities and programs, (3) accept gifts and grants to be used for promotional purposes, and (4) join with other municipalities, counties, and local promotion groups in promotional activities and programs.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/13a

    (20 ILCS 665/13a) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-33a)
    Sec. 13a. Affirmative action. The Department shall, within 90 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of 1984, establish and maintain an affirmative action program designed to promote equal employment opportunity and eliminate the effects of past discrimination. Such program shall include a plan which shall specify goals and methods for increasing participation by women and minorities in employment by parties which receive funds pursuant to this Act. The Department shall submit a detailed plan with the General Assembly prior to March 1 of each year. Such program shall also establish procedures to ensure compliance with the plan established pursuant to this Section and with State and federal laws and regulations relating to the employment of women and minorities.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)

20 ILCS 665/14

    (20 ILCS 665/14) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-34)
    Sec. 14. Severability. If any section, subdivision, sentence or clause of this Act is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)