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FINANCE
(30 ILCS 750/) Build Illinois Act.

30 ILCS 750/Art. 9

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 9 heading)
Article 9

30 ILCS 750/9-1

    (30 ILCS 750/9-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-1)
    Sec. 9-1. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Small Business Development Act".
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/9-2

    (30 ILCS 750/9-2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-2)
    Sec. 9-2. Definitions. The following terms, whenever used or referred to in this Article, shall have the following meanings ascribed to them, except where the context clearly requires otherwise:
    (a) "Financial intermediary" means a community development corporation, a state development credit corporation, a development authority authorized to do business by an act of this State, or other public or private financing institution approved by the Department whose purpose includes financing, promoting, or encouraging economic development.
    (b) "Participating lender" means any trust company, bank, savings bank, credit union, merchant bank, investment bank, broker, investment trust, pension fund, building and loan association, savings and loan association, insurance company, venture capital company or other institution approved by the Department which assumes a portion of the financing for a business project.
    (c) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (d) "Small business" means any for-profit business in Illinois including, but not limited to, any sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, joint venture, association or cooperative, which has, including its affiliates, less than 500 full time employees, or is determined by the Department to be not dominant in its field.
    Business concerns are affiliates of one another when either directly or indirectly (i) one concern controls or has the power to control the other, or (ii) a third party or parties controls or has the power to control both. Control can be exercised through common ownership, common management and contractual relationships.
    (e) "Qualified security" means any note, stock, convertible security, treasury stock, bond, debenture, evidence of indebtedness, limited partnership interest, certificate of interest or participation in any profit-sharing agreement, preorganization certificate or subscription, transferable share, investment contract, certificate of deposit for a security, certificate of interest or participation in a patent or application therefor, or in royalty or other payments under such a patent or application, or, in general, any interest or instrument commonly known as a "security" or any certificate for, receipt for, guarantee of, or option, warrant or right to subscribe to or purchase any of the foregoing, but not including any instrument which contains voting rights or can be converted to contain voting rights in the possession of the Department.
    (f) "Loan agreement" means an agreement or contract to provide a loan or accept a mortgage or to purchase qualified securities or other means whereby financial aid is made available to a start-up, expanding, or mature, moderate risk small business.
    (g) "Loan" means a loan or acceptance of a mortgage or the purchase of qualified securities or other means whereby financial aid is made to a start-up, expanding, or mature, moderate risk small business.
    (h) "Equity investment agreement" means an agreement or contract to provide a loan or accept a mortgage or to purchase qualified securities or other means whereby financial aid is made available to or on behalf of a young, high risk, technology based small business.
    (i) "Equity investment" means a loan or acceptance of a mortgage or the purchase of qualified securities or other means whereby financial aid is made to or on behalf of a young, high risk, technology based small business.
    (j) "Project" means any specific economic development activity of a commercial, industrial, manufacturing, agricultural, scientific, service or other business, the result of which is expected to yield an increase in or retention of jobs or the modernization or improvement of competitiveness of firms and may include working capital financing, the purchase or lease of machinery and equipment, or the lease or purchase of real property but does not include refinancing current debt.
    (k) "Technical assistance agreement" means an agreement or contract or other means whereby financial aid is made available to not-for-profit organizations for the purposes outlined in Section 9-6 of this Article.
    (l) "Financial intermediary agreement" means an agreement or contract to provide a loan, investment, or other financial aid to a financial intermediary for the purposes outlined in Section 9-4.4 of this Article.
    (m) "Equity intermediary agreement" means an agreement or contract to provide a loan, investment, or other financial aid to a financial intermediary for the purposes outlined in Section 9-5.3 of this Article.
    (n) "Other investor" means a venture capital organization or association; an investment partnership, trust or bank; an individual, accounting partnership or corporation that invests funds, or any other entity which provides debt or equity financing for a business project.
    (o) "Veteran" means an Illinois resident who has served as a member of the United States Armed Forces on active duty or State active duty, a member of the Illinois National Guard, or a member of the United States Reserve Forces and who has received an honorable discharge.
(Source: P.A. 96-1106, eff. 7-19-10.)

30 ILCS 750/9-3

    (30 ILCS 750/9-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-3)
    (Text of Section from P.A. 99-933)
    Sec. 9-3. Powers and duties. The Department has the power:
    (a) To make loans or equity investments to small businesses, and to make loans or grants or investments to or through financial intermediaries. The loans and investments shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund, Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund or Illinois Equity Fund for the purpose of promoting the creation or retention of jobs within small businesses or to modernize or maintain competitiveness of firms in Illinois. The grants shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund or Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund for the purpose of technical assistance.
    (b) To make loans to or investments in businesses that have received federal Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grants as a bridge while awaiting federal Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant funds.
    (c) To enter into interagency agreements, accept funds or grants, and engage in cooperation with agencies of the federal government, local units of government, universities, research foundations, political subdivisions of the State, financial intermediaries, and regional economic development corporations or organizations for the purposes of carrying out this Article.
    (d) To enter into contracts, financial intermediary agreements, or any other agreements or contracts with financial intermediaries necessary or desirable to further the purposes of this Article. Any such agreement or contract may include, without limitation, terms and provisions including, but not limited to loan documentation, review and approval procedures, organization and servicing rights, and default conditions.
    (e) To fix, determine, charge and collect any premiums, fees, charges, costs and expenses, including without limitation, any application fees, commitment fees, program fees, financing charges, collection fees, training fees, or publication fees in connection with its activities under this Article and to accept from any source any gifts, donations, or contributions of money, property, labor, or other things of value to be held, used, and applied to carry out the purposes of this Article. All fees, charges, collections, gifts, donations, or other contributions shall be deposited into the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund.
    (f) To establish application, notification, contract, and other forms, procedures, rules or regulations deemed necessary and appropriate.
    (g) To consent, subject to the provisions of any contract with another person, whenever it deems it necessary or desirable in the fulfillment of the purposes of this Article, to the modification or restructuring of any financial intermediary agreement, loan agreement or any equity investment agreement to which the Department is a party.
    (h) To take whatever actions are necessary or appropriate to protect the State's interest in the event of bankruptcy, default, foreclosure, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of financial assistance or participation provided hereunder or to otherwise protect or affect the State's interest, including the power to sell, dispose, lease or rent, upon terms and conditions determined by the Director to be appropriate, real or personal property which the Department may receive as a result thereof.
    (i) To deposit any "Qualified Securities" which have been received by the Department as the result of any financial intermediary agreement, loan, or equity investment agreement executed in the carrying out of this Act, with the Office of the State Treasurer and held by that office until agreement to transfer such qualified security shall be certified by the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (j) To assist small businesses that seek to apply for public or private capital in preparing the application and to supply them with grant information, plans, reports, assistance, or advice on development finance and to assist financial intermediaries and participating lenders to build capacity to make debt or equity investments through conferences, workshops, seminars, publications, or any other media.
    (k) To provide for staff, administration, and related support required to manage the programs authorized under this Article and pay for staffing and administration from the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, as appropriated by the General Assembly. Administration responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, research and identification of credit disadvantaged groups; design of comprehensive statewide capital access plans and programs addressing capital gap and capital marketplace structure and information barriers; direction, management, and control of specific projects; and communicate and cooperation with public development finance organizations and private debt and equity sources.
    (l) To exercise such other powers as are necessary or incidental to the foregoing.
(Source: P.A. 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)
 
    (Text of Section from P.A. 100-377)
    Sec. 9-3. Powers and duties. The Department has the power:
    (a) To make loans or equity investments to small businesses, and to make loans or grants or investments to or through financial intermediaries. The loans and investments shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund, Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund, or Illinois Equity Revolving Fund for the purpose of promoting the creation or retention of jobs within small businesses or to modernize or maintain competitiveness of firms in Illinois. The grants shall be made from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund or Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund for the purpose of technical assistance.
    (b) To make loans to or investments in businesses that have received federal Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grants as a bridge while awaiting federal Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant funds.
    (c) To enter into interagency agreements, accept funds or grants, and engage in cooperation with agencies of the federal government, local units of government, universities, research foundations, political subdivisions of the State, financial intermediaries, and regional economic development corporations or organizations for the purposes of carrying out this Article.
    (d) To enter into contracts, financial intermediary agreements, or any other agreements or contracts with financial intermediaries necessary or desirable to further the purposes of this Article. Any such agreement or contract may include, without limitation, terms and provisions including, but not limited to loan documentation, review and approval procedures, organization and servicing rights, and default conditions.
    (e) To fix, determine, charge and collect any premiums, fees, charges, costs and expenses, including without limitation, any application fees, commitment fees, program fees, financing charges, collection fees, training fees, or publication fees in connection with its activities under this Article and to accept from any source any gifts, donations, or contributions of money, property, labor, or other things of value to be held, used, and applied to carry out the purposes of this Article. All fees, charges, collections, gifts, donations, or other contributions shall be deposited into the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, or the State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund.
    (f) To establish application, notification, contract, and other forms, procedures, rules or regulations deemed necessary and appropriate.
    (g) To consent, subject to the provisions of any contract with another person, whenever it deems it necessary or desirable in the fulfillment of the purposes of this Article, to the modification or restructuring of any financial intermediary agreement, loan agreement or any equity investment agreement to which the Department is a party.
    (h) To take whatever actions are necessary or appropriate to protect the State's interest in the event of bankruptcy, default, foreclosure, or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of financial assistance or participation provided hereunder or to otherwise protect or affect the State's interest, including the power to sell, dispose, lease or rent, upon terms and conditions determined by the Director to be appropriate, real or personal property which the Department may receive as a result thereof.
    (i) To deposit any "Qualified Securities" which have been received by the Department as the result of any financial intermediary agreement, loan, or equity investment agreement executed in the carrying out of this Act, with the Office of the State Treasurer and held by that office until agreement to transfer such qualified security shall be certified by the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (j) To assist small businesses that seek to apply for public or private capital in preparing the application and to supply them with grant information, plans, reports, assistance, or advice on development finance and to assist financial intermediaries and participating lenders to build capacity to make debt or equity investments through conferences, workshops, seminars, publications, or any other media.
    (k) To provide for staff, administration, and related support required to manage the programs authorized under this Article and pay for staffing and administration from the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, or the State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund, as appropriated by the General Assembly. Administration responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, research and identification of credit disadvantaged groups; design of comprehensive statewide capital access plans and programs addressing capital gap and capital marketplace structure and information barriers; direction, management, and control of specific projects; and communicate and cooperation with public development finance organizations and private debt and equity sources.
    (l) To exercise such other powers as are necessary or incidental to the foregoing.
(Source: P.A. 100-377, eff. 8-25-17.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-4)
    Sec. 9-4. Intermediary agreements and loans. Any loan made pursuant to this Article shall:
        (a) Be made only if a participating lender or other
    
investor also provides a portion of the financing with respect to the project. The participating lender's or other investor's risk assumption may be in the form of a loan, letter of credit, guarantee, loan participation, bond purchase, or any other form approved by the Department;
        (b) Finance no more than the lesser of 25% of the
    
total amount of any single project, or $2,000,000 for any single project, unless such limitations are waived by the Director, upon a finding that such waiver is appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Article;
        (c) Be made only if the Department determines, on the
    
basis of all information available to it, that the project would not be undertaken unless the loan is provided;
        (d) Be protected by security which may include, as
    
available, first or second mortgage positions on real or personal property, royalty payments on sales of products or services, or any other security satisfactory to the Department to secure payment of the loan agreement. Personal notes or guarantees may be required from persons owning more than 20 percent of the small business;
        (e) Be in such amount and form and contain such terms
    
and provisions with respect to property insurance, repairs, alterations, payment of taxes and assessments, delinquency charges, default remedies, additional security, and other matters as the Department shall determine adequate to protect the public interest;
        (f) Be made to a business approved by the Department
    
as responsible and creditworthy;
        (g) Be reviewed by the credit review committee
    
established by the Department pursuant to this Article;
        (h) Be made only after the Department has made a
    
determination that the loan agreement will cause a project to be undertaken which has the potential to create or retain substantial employment or to modernize or improve the competitiveness of the firm in relation to the amount of the loan;
        (i) Be made with businesses that have certified the
    
project is a new plant start-up, modernization, or expansion or a new venture opportunity and is not relocation of an existing business from another site within the State unless that relocation results in substantial employment growth.
(Source: P.A. 100-377, eff. 8-25-17.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.1

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-4.1)
    Sec. 9-4.1. Applications for loans. All applications for loans to small businesses shall be submitted to the Department on forms and subject to filing fees prescribed by the Department. The Department shall conduct such investigation and obtain such information concerning the application as it considers necessary and diligent. Complete applications received by the Department shall be forwarded to a credit review committee consisting of persons experienced in business financing, and the Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget or his designee, for a review and report concerning the advisability of approving the proposed loan. The review and report shall include facts about the company's history, job opportunities, stability of employment, past and present condition and structure, actual and pro-forma income statements, present and future market prospects and management qualifications, and any other facts deemed material to the financing request. The report shall include a reasoned opinion as to whether providing the financing would tend to fulfill the purposes of the Article. The report shall be advisory in nature only. The credit review committee shall be of such composition, act for such time, and have such powers as shall be specified by the Department.
    After consideration of such report and after such other action as is deemed appropriate, the Department shall approve or deny the application. If the Department approves the application, its approval shall specify the amount of funds to be provided by the Department loan agreement provisions. The business applicant shall be promptly notified of such action by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.2

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-4.2)
    Sec. 9-4.2. Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund.
    (a) There is hereby created the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund, hereafter referred to in this Article as the "Capital Fund" to be held as a separate fund within the State Treasury.
    The purpose of the Capital Fund is to finance intermediary agreements, administration, technical assistance agreements, loans, grants, or investments in Illinois. In addition, funds may be used for a one time transfer in fiscal year 1994, not to exceed the amounts appropriated, to the Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Revolving Fund for grants and loans pursuant to the Public Infrastructure Loan and Grant Program Act. Investments, administration, grants, and financial aid shall be used for the purposes set for in this Article. Loan financing will be in the form of loan agreements pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this Article. All loans shall be conditioned on the project receiving financing from participating lenders or other investors. Loan proceeds shall be available for project costs, except for debt refinancing.
    (b) There shall be deposited in the Capital Fund such amounts, including but not limited to:
        (i) All receipts, including dividends, principal and
    
interest payments and royalties, from any applicable loan, intermediary, or technical assistance agreement made from the Capital Fund or from direct appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund or the Build Illinois Purposes Fund (now abolished) or the General Revenue Fund by the General Assembly entered into by the Department;
        (ii) All proceeds of assets of whatever nature
    
received by the Department as a result of default or delinquency with respect to loan agreements made from the Capital Fund or from direct appropriations by the General Assembly, including proceeds from the sale, disposal, lease or rental of real or personal property which the Department may receive as a result thereof;
        (iii) Any appropriations, grants or gifts made to the
    
Capital Fund;
        (iv) Any income received from interest on investments
    
of moneys in the Capital Fund;
        (v) All moneys resulting from the collection of
    
premiums, fees, charges, costs, and expenses in connection with the Capital Fund as described in subsection (e) of Section 9-3.
    (c) The Treasurer may invest moneys in the Capital Fund in securities constituting obligations of the United States Government, or in obligations the principal of and interest on which are guaranteed by the United States Government, in obligations the principal of and interest on which are guaranteed by the United States Government, or in certificates of deposit of any State or national bank which are fully secured by obligations guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States Government.
(Source: P.A. 100-377, eff. 8-25-17.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.2a

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.2a)
    Sec. 9-4.2a. Rural micro-business loans.
    (a) In order to increase the growth of small rural businesses, the rural micro-business loan program is created and shall be administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. This program shall help small businesses that lack sufficient collateral or equity access funds at competitive terms to help create or retain jobs, modernize equipment or facilities, and maintain their competitiveness.
    (b) In the making of loans for rural micro-businesses, as defined below, the Department is authorized to employ different criteria in lieu of the general provisions of subsections (b), (d), (e), (f), (h), and (i) of Section 9-4. The Department shall adopt rules for the administration of this program.
    For purposes of this Section, "rural micro-business" means a business that: (i) employs 5 or fewer full-time employees, including the owner if the owner is an employee, and (ii) is based on the production, processing, or marketing of agricultural products, forest products, cottage and craft products, or tourism.
    (c) The Department shall determine by rule the amount, term, interest rate, and allowable uses of loans awarded under this program, except that:
        (1) The loan shall not exceed $25,000 or 50% of the
    
business project costs, unless the Director of the Department determines that a waiver of these limits is required to meet the purposes of this Act.
        (2) The loan shall only be made if the Department
    
determines that the number of jobs to be created or retained by the business is reasonable in relation to the loan funds requested.
        (3) The borrower shall provide a written statement of
    
the funds required to establish or support the business and shall provide equity capital in an amount equal to 10% of the first $10,000 of the required funds and equity capital, other loans, or leveraged capital, or any combination thereof, in an amount equal to 50% of any additional required funds.
        (4) The loan shall be in a principal amount and form
    
and contain terms and provisions with respect to security, insurance, reporting, delinquency charges, default remedies, and other matters that the Department determines are appropriate to protect the public interest and are consistent with the purposes of this Section. The terms and provisions may be less than required for similar loans not covered by this Section.
        (5) The Department shall award no less than 80% of
    
the amount available for this program for loans to businesses that are located in counties with a population of 100,000 or less.
(Source: P.A. 94-392, eff. 8-1-05.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.3

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-4.3)
    Sec. 9-4.3. Minority, veteran, female and disability loans.
    (a) In the making of loans for minority, veteran, female or disability small businesses, as defined below, the Department is authorized to employ different criteria in lieu of the general provisions of subsections (b), (d), (e), (f), (h), and (i) of Section 9-4.
    Minority, veteran, female or disability small businesses, for the purpose of this Section, shall be defined as small businesses that are, in the Department's judgment, at least 51% owned and managed by one or more persons who are minority or female or who have a disability or who are veterans.
    (b) Loans made pursuant to this Section:
        (1) Shall not exceed $400,000 or 50% of the business
    
project costs unless the Director of the Department determines that a waiver of these limits is required to meet the purposes of this Act.
        (2) Shall only be made if, in the Department's
    
judgment, the number of jobs to be created or retained is reasonable in relation to the loan funds requested.
        (3) Shall be protected by security. Financial
    
assistance may be secured by first, second or subordinate mortgage positions on real or personal property, by royalty payments, by personal notes or guarantees, or by any other security satisfactory to the Department to secure repayment. Security valuation requirements, as determined by the Department, for the purposes of this Section, may be less than required for similar loans not covered by this Section, provided the applicants demonstrate adequate business experience, entrepreneurial training or combination thereof, as determined by the Department.
        (4) Shall be in such principal amount and form and
    
contain such terms and provisions with respect to security, insurance, reporting, delinquency charges, default remedies, and other matters as the Department shall determine appropriate to protect the public interest and consistent with the purposes of this Section. The terms and provisions may be less than required for similar loans not covered by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 100-377, eff. 8-25-17.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.4

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.4)
    Sec. 9-4.4. Financial intermediary agreements.
    (a) The Department is authorized to exercise its powers and duties set forth in this Article through various financial intermediary agreements to assist young firms, including business start-ups and micro-enterprises; mature firms, including industrial expansions, modernizations, or environmental upgrades; and other targeted credit disadvantaged firms identified by the Department.
    (b) A financial intermediary agreement may include, but is not limited to, participation agreements in which the Department purchases an undivided interest in an otherwise qualifying loan made by a participating lender; seed financing or capitalization of revolving pools of money for lending or investing in third parties; financial aid for one or more credit enhancement pools of political subdivisions of the State; or financial aid for loan loss reserve accounts or certificates, provided the loss reserve accounts or certificates are established pursuant to a trust indenture executed for that purpose by a financial intermediary with a bank or trust company in the State of Illinois designated by the State Treasurer having trust powers.
(Source: P.A. 88-422.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.5

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.5)
    Sec. 9-4.5. Community economic development project.
    (a) The Department shall establish a comprehensive community economic development project. The project shall provide technical assistance to 5 communities for the following purposes:
        (1) To develop a comprehensive understanding of the
    
community.
        (2) To plan for industrial retention and development.
        (3) To establish an early warning network to warn of
    
potential business closings.
        (4) To provide on-going technical assistance in areas
    
including, but not limited to, succession planning; acquisition of companies by local entrepreneurs, with special encouragement for minorities, women, and groups of employees; job training; and technology improvement.
    (b) The Department shall select the communities that participate in the project through a competitive process open to all communities in Illinois. For purposes of this Section, "community" includes municipalities, other units of local government, and neighborhoods and regions within municipalities or other units of local government. Community direction of the project and the capacity of the community to fulfill project goals established by the Department shall be prerequisites for participation. The Department shall issue rules establishing the competitive process.
(Source: P.A. 88-191; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.6

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.6)
    Sec. 9-4.6. Financial intermediary applications.
    (a) Before implementing any financial intermediary program component, the Department may establish rules including, but not limited to, application, review, and approval procedures; form of documentation, servicing, and default conditions; the disposition of any assets remaining, subsequent to or resulting from an intermediary agreement; and procedures, forms, and manner or approval of third party applications.
    (b) Applications for funds for financial intermediary agreements may include, but shall not be limited to, history and mission of the applicant; needs to be served, which shall be consistent with the purpose of this Article; products, services, and results expected from the effort; staffing, management, and operational procedures; and budget request and capitalization of the effort.
    (c) The Department shall review the intermediary applications to determine the viability of the applicant, the consistency of the proposed project with the purposes of this Article, the economy benefits expected to be derived therefrom, the prospects for continuation of the project after Departmental assistance has been provided, and other issues that may be considered necessary.
    (d) As a part of an intermediary agreement, the Department may provide for, and the Department is authorized to rely upon, the financial intermediary to undertake on behalf of the State the review and approval of the credit, collateral security, and documentation; determination of eligibility; the collection and use of fees, premiums, or charges; the organization, servicing, and disbursement of financial assistance; and any other purposes and activities that the Department determines to be reasonable, appropriate, and consistent with the purposes of this Article.
    (e) The Department shall require as a condition of an intermediary agreement that the financial intermediary cause to be prepared at least annual transaction reports detailing the activities of the program including, the number and type of firms and amount of financing provided.
(Source: P.A. 88-422; 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.7

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.7)
    Sec. 9-4.7. Military Reservist Business Assistance Loan Program.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Period of military conflict" means (i) a period of war declared by Congress; (ii) a period of national emergency declared by Congress or by the President; or (iii) a period in which a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States is ordered to active duty pursuant to Section 12304 of Title 10 of the United States Code.
    "Owner" means a person with at least a 20% ownership interest in a small business.
    "Key employee" means an individual who is employed by a small business and whose managerial or technical expertise is critical to the successful day-to-day operation of the business.
    "Small business" means a business with 50 or fewer employees.
    "Substantial economic injury" means an economic harm to a small business that results in the inability of the small business to (i) meet its obligations as they mature; (ii) pay its ordinary and necessary operating expenses; or (iii) market, produce, or provide a product or service.
    (b) In the making of military reservist business assistance loans, the Department is authorized to employ different criteria in lieu of the general provisions of subsections (b), (d), (e), (f), (h), and (i) of Section 9-4.
    (c) From funds appropriated for that purpose, the Department shall administer a Military Reservist Business Assistance Loan Program. The Director shall make loans to small businesses (i) that lose an owner or a key employee due to a period of military conflict and (ii) that will experience substantial economic injury as a result of the loss of that owner or key employee.
    (d) The Department may accept grants, loans, or appropriations from the federal government or from any private entity to be used for the purposes of this program and may enter into contracts and agreements in connection with those grants, loans, or appropriations.
    (e) Loans made pursuant to this Section:
        (1) Shall not exceed $150,000.
        (2) Shall have an interest rate below the market rate
    
loan percent.
        (3) Shall have repayment terms determined by the
    
Department and that do not exceed 30 years.
        (4) Shall be protected by security. Financial
    
assistance may be secured by first, second, or subordinate mortgage positions on real or personal property, by royalty payments, by personal notes or guarantees, or by any other security satisfactory to the Department to secure repayment. Security valuation requirements, as determined by the Department, for the purposes of this Section, may be less than required for similar loans not covered by this Section, provided the applicant demonstrates adequate business experience, entrepreneurial training, or a combination thereof, as determined by the Department.
        (5) Shall be in the principal amount and form and
    
contain the terms and provisions with respect to security, insurance, reporting, delinquency charges, default remedies, and other matters that the Department determines are appropriate to protect the public interest and consistent with the purposes of this Section.
    (f) The Department shall not award any loan under this Section to: (i) a small business or subsidiary of that business that has already been awarded a loan under this Section within the same fiscal year; or (ii) a small business that was awarded a loan under this Section on which the balance remains unpaid.
    (g) Within 30 days after the owner or key employee returns to non-active duty status, arrangements shall be made for the repayment of the loan.
(Source: P.A. 94-485, eff. 8-8-05.)

30 ILCS 750/9-4.8

    (30 ILCS 750/9-4.8)
    Sec. 9-4.8. State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund.
    (a) There is hereby created the State Small Business Credit Initiative Fund, also referred to in this Article as the "SSBCI Fund", as a special fund in the State treasury.
    The purpose of the SSBCI Fund is to finance intermediary agreements, administration, technical assistance agreements, loans, grants, or investments in Illinois. Investments, administration grants, and financial aid shall be used for the purposes set forth in this Article. Loan financing shall be in the form of loan agreements pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in this Article. All loans shall be conditioned on the project receiving financing from participating lenders or other investors.
    (b) The following amounts shall be deposited into the SSBCI Fund:
        (1) all receipts, including dividends, principal and
    
interest payments, and royalties, from any applicable loan, intermediary, or technical assistance agreement made from the SSBCI Fund or from direct appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund or the General Revenue Fund by the General Assembly entered into by the Department;
        (2) all proceeds of assets of whatever nature
    
received by the Department as a result of default or delinquency with respect to a loan agreement made from the SSBCI Fund or from direct appropriations by the General Assembly, including proceeds from the sale, disposal, lease, or rental of real or personal property that the Department may receive as a result thereof;
        (3) any appropriations, grants, or gifts made to the
    
SSBCI Fund;
        (4) any income received from interest on investments
    
of moneys in the SSBCI Fund;
        (5) all moneys resulting from the collection of
    
premiums, fees charges, costs, and expenses described in subsection (e) of Section 9-3.
    (c) The Treasurer may invest moneys in the SSBCI Fund in securities constituting obligations of the United States Government, or in obligations the principal of and interest on which are guaranteed by the United States Government, or in certificates of deposit of any State or national bank which are fully-secured by obligations guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States Government.
(Source: P.A. 100-377, eff. 8-25-17.)

30 ILCS 750/9-5

    (30 ILCS 750/9-5) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-5)
    Sec. 9-5. Equity Investments. Any equity investment shall:
    (a) Be made only if a participating lender or other investor also provides a portion of the financing with respect to the project. The participating lender's or other investor's financing may be in the form of an equity position, convertible debt, convertible preferred stock, loan, letter of credit, guarantee, bond purchase or any other form approved by the Department;
    (b) Finance no more than the lesser of 33 1/3% of the total amount of any single project or $250,000 for any single project unless such limitations are waived by the Director upon a finding that such waiver is appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Article;
    (c) Be made only if the Department determines, on the basis of all the information available to it, that the project would not be undertaken unless the equity investment is provided;
    (d) Be protected by adequate security on equity investment agreements issued by the Department. Equity investment agreements may be secured by first or second mortgage positions on real or personal property, by royalty payments, by personal notes or guarantees, or by any other security satisfactory to the Department to secure payment of the equity investment;
    (e) Be in such principal amount and form, and contain such terms and provisions with respect to the property insurance, repairs, alterations, payment of taxes and assessments, delinquency charges, default remedies, additional security and other matters as the Department shall determine adequate to protect the public interest;
    (f) Be made to an eligible small business approved by the Department as responsible and creditworthy;
    (g) Be reviewed by the credit review committee established by the Department pursuant to this Article;
    (h) Be made only after the Department has made a determination that the loan or investment agreement will cause a project to be undertaken which has the potential to create substantial employment in relation to the principal amount of the loan or investment;
    (i) Be made for a small business that has certified the project is a new plant start-up or expansion or a new venture opportunity and is not an area relocation of an existing business from another site within Illinois unless that relocation provides substantial employment growth;
    (j) Be made for a small business which agrees: to at all times keep proper books of record and account in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles consistently applied, and agree that the Department is authorized to make or cause to be made, in such manner and at such times as the Department may reasonably require but subject to Section 9-8 of this Act, (i) inspection and audits of any books, records and papers in the custody or control of the small business or others, relating to the small business's financial or business conditions, including without limitation the making of copies thereof and extracts therefrom, and (ii) inspection and appraisals of any of the small business's assets, authorizations to all federal, State and municipal authorities and officials to furnish reports of examinations, records and other information relating to the conditions and affairs of the small business and any information from reports, returns, files and records of such authorities upon written request to the small business by the Department;
    (k) Be made only to a small business which agrees that if at any time after the Department has made an equity investment, whatever the reason for such event and whether it shall be voluntary or involuntary or be effected by operation of law or pursuant to any court or any order, rule or regulation of any governmental or non-governmental body the small business shall (a) commence a voluntary case under the federal bankruptcy laws (as now or hereafter in effect), (b) file a petition seeking to take advantage of any other laws, domestic or foreign, relating to bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, composition, winding up or adjustment of debts, (c) consent to or fail to contest in a timely and appropriate manner any petition filed against it in an involuntary case under such bankruptcy or similar laws, (d) apply for or consent to, or fail to contest in a timely and appropriate manner, the appointment of, or the taking of possession by, a receiver, custodian, trustee or liquidator of itself or of a substantial part of its property, (e) admit in writing its inability to pay, or generally not be paying, its debts as they become due, (f) make a general assignment for the benefit of creditors; then, and in every such event, in the case of any of the events specified in clauses (a) through (f) above, without any notice to the small business or any other act by the Department, the small business (or an entity acting on its behalf) shall immediately become obligated to purchase or redeem, and the Department shall immediately become obligated to sell or surrender for redemption, all such shares from the Department.
(Source: P.A. 84-1124.)

30 ILCS 750/9-5.1

    (30 ILCS 750/9-5.1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-5.1)
    Sec. 9-5.1. Applications for Illinois Equity Investments.
    (a) All applications for the Illinois Equity Investments to or on behalf of small businesses shall be submitted to the Department on forms and subject to filing fees prescribed by the Department. For business project applications, the Department shall conduct such investigation and obtain such information concerning the application as it deems necessary and diligent. Complete applications received by the Department shall be forwarded to an outside credit review committee consisting of persons experienced in new venture equity financing and the Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget, or his or her designee, for small business for a review and report concerning the advisability of approving the proposed investment. The review and report shall include facts about the company's history, job opportunities, stability of employment, past and present condition and structure, actual and pro-forma income statements, present and future market prospects and management qualifications, and any other facts deemed material to the financing request. The report shall be advisory in nature only and shall include a reasoned opinion as to whether providing the financing would tend to fulfill this purpose of the Act. Except for the Director of the Governor's Office of Management and Budget or his or her designee, the Department may utilize the services of existing outside organizations as the credit review committee.
    (b) For equity intermediary agreements, applications may include, but shall not be limited to, history and mission of the applicant; needs to be served, which shall be consistent with the purpose of this subsection; products, services, and results expected from the effort; staffing, management, and operational procedures; and budget request and capitalization of the effort. The Department shall review the intermediary applications to determine the viability of the applicant, the consistency of the proposed project with the purposes of this Article, the economic benefits expected to be derived therefrom, the prospects for continuation of the project after Departmental assistance has been provided, and other issues that may be considered necessary.
    (c) The Department shall, on the basis of the application, the report of the credit review committee, and any other appropriate information, prepare a report concerning the credit-worthiness of the proposed borrower or intermediary, the financial commitment of the participating lender or other investor, the manner in which the proposed small business or intermediary project will advance the economy of the State, and the soundness of the proposed equity investment or intermediary agreement.
    After consideration of such report and after such other action as it deems appropriate, the Department shall approve or deny the application. If the Department approves the application, its approval shall specify the amount of funds to be provided and the Department equity investment agreement provisions. The small business or intermediary applicant shall be promptly notified of such action by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

30 ILCS 750/9-5.2

    (30 ILCS 750/9-5.2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-5.2)
    Sec. 9-5.2. Illinois Equity Fund.
    (a) There is created the Illinois Equity Fund, to be held as a separate fund within the State Treasury. The purpose of the Illinois Equity Fund is to make equity investments in Illinois. All financing will be done in conjunction with participating lenders or other investors. Investment proceeds may be directed to working capital expenses associated with the introduction of new technical products or services of individual business projects or may be used for equity finance pools operated by intermediaries.
    (b) There shall be deposited in the Illinois Equity Fund such amounts, including but not limited to:
        (i) All receipts including dividends, principal and
    
interest payments, royalties, or other return on investment from any applicable loan made from the Illinois Equity Fund, from direct appropriations by the General Assembly from the Build Illinois Fund or the Build Illinois Purposes Fund (now abolished), or from intermediary agreements made from the Illinois Equity Fund entered into by the Department;
        (ii) All proceeds of assets of whatever nature
    
received by the Department as a result of default or delinquency with respect to loan agreements made from the Illinois Equity Fund, or from direct appropriations by the General Assembly including proceeds from the sale, disposal, lease or rental of real or personal property which the Department may receive as a result thereof;
        (iii) any appropriations, grants or gifts made to the
    
Illinois Equity Fund;
        (iv) any income received from interest on investments
    
of moneys in the Illinois Equity Fund.
    (c) The Treasurer may invest moneys in the Illinois Equity Fund in securities constituting direct obligations of the United States Government, or in obligations the principal of and interest on which are guaranteed by the United States Government, or in certificates of deposit of any State or national bank which are fully secured by obligations guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States Government.
(Source: P.A. 99-933, eff. 1-27-17.)

30 ILCS 750/9-5.3

    (30 ILCS 750/9-5.3)
    Sec. 9-5.3. Equity intermediary agreements.
    (a) The Department is authorized to exercise its powers and duties set forth in this Article through equity intermediary agreements to assist young, high risk, technology based firms, including business start-ups.
    (b) An equity intermediary agreement may include seed financing or capitalization of one or more equity investment pools managed by a financial intermediary, provided that the assistance is used for investing in third parties.
    (c) The Department is authorized to rely upon the financial intermediary to determine the portion of the equity investment requirements of the third party recipient to be financed and upon the documentation and analysis standards of the intermediary instead of the requirements of subsection (b) of Section 9-5.1, provided that other organizations have contributed substantially to the capitalization of the equity pool.
(Source: P.A. 88-422.)

30 ILCS 750/9-6

    (30 ILCS 750/9-6) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-6)
    Sec. 9-6. Technical Assistance Grants. Any grant made pursuant to this Article shall:
    (a) Be made only if a recipient not-for-profit organization also provides a portion of the financing with respect to the technical assistance project. The participating not-for-profit organization's financing may be in the form of cash or in-kind services or any other form approved by the Department;
    (b) Be made only if the Department determines, on the basis of all information available to it, that the technical assistance project would not be undertaken unless the grant is provided;
    (c) Be made only after the Department has made a determination that the grant will cause a technical assistance project to be undertaken which has the potential to improve the capital marketplace structure or to reduce information barriers that are impediments to the flow of capital.
(Source: P.A. 88-422.)

30 ILCS 750/9-6.1

    (30 ILCS 750/9-6.1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-6.1)
    Sec. 9-6.1. Applications for grants.
    (a) All applications for grants to not-for-profit organizations shall be submitted to the Department on forms prescribed by the Department. The Department shall conduct such investigation and obtain such information concerning the application as it deems necessary and diligent.
    (b) Each application shall at minimum address the proposed work plans, timelines, objectives, and results of the project, the persons responsible for administering the effort, the costs of completing the proposed effort, and other documentation that may be necessary.
    (c) After conducting the investigation and after such other action as is deemed appropriate, including determination that a not-for-profit organization's proposed project is in compliance with the provisions of this Article and subsection, the Department shall approve or deny the application. If the Department approves the application, its approval shall specify the amount of grants to be provided by the Department. The applicant shall be promptly notified of such action by the Department.
    (d) The Department shall establish reporting mechanisms and other informational requirements of the participants to track performance of eligible grant activities, report actual operating expenses, and provide a narrative report of eligible grant activities and accomplishments.
(Source: P.A. 88-422.)

30 ILCS 750/9-7

    (30 ILCS 750/9-7) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-7)
    Sec. 9-7. Hold Harmless. Nothing in this Article shall be construed as creating any rights of a competitor of an approved borrower or any applicant whose application is denied by the Department to challenge any application which is accepted by the Department and any loan or other agreement executed in connection therewith.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/9-8

    (30 ILCS 750/9-8) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-8)
    Sec. 9-8. Confidentiality. Any documentary materials or data made or received by any member, agent or employee of the Department, to the extent that such material or data consists of trade secrets, commercial, or financial information regarding the operation of any enterprise conducted by an applicant for, or a recipient of, any form of assistance which the Department is empowered to render under this Article, or regarding the competitive position of such enterprise in a particular field of endeavor, shall be deemed to be confidential and shall not be deemed public records; provided, however, that if the Department purchases a qualified security from such enterprise, the commercial and financial information, excluding trade secrets, shall be deemed to become a public record of the Department after the expiration of three years from the later of the date of purchase of such qualified security or the date of receipt of such information by the Department to the extent that such information is available to the holder of such qualified security.
(Source: P.A. 88-422.)

30 ILCS 750/9-9

    (30 ILCS 750/9-9) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-9)
    Sec. 9-9. Annual Report. On January 1 of each year, the Department shall report on its operations of the Illinois Capital Revolving Loan Fund and the Illinois Equity Fund for the preceding fiscal year to the Governor and the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/9-10

    (30 ILCS 750/9-10) (from Ch. 127, par. 2709-10)
    Sec. 9-10. Federal Programs. The Department is authorized to accept and expend federal monies pursuant to this Article except that the terms and conditions hereunder which are inconsistent with or prohibited by the federal authorization under which such monies are made available shall not apply with respect to the expenditure of such monies.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/9-11

    (30 ILCS 750/9-11)
    Sec. 9-11. Port Development Revolving Loan Program.
    (1) There is created in the State Treasury the Port Development Revolving Loan Fund, referred to in this Section as the Fund. Moneys in the Fund may be appropriated for the purposes of the Port Development Revolving Loan Program created by this Section to be administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in order to facilitate and enhance the utilization of Illinois' navigable waterways or the development of inland intermodal freight facilities or both. The Department may adopt rules for the administration of the Program.
    The General Assembly may make appropriations for the purposes of the Program. Repayment of loans made to individual port districts shall be paid back into the Fund to establish an ongoing revolving loan fund to facilitate continuing port development activities in the State.
    (2) Loan funds from the Program shall be made available to Illinois port districts on a competitive basis. In order to obtain assistance under the Program, a port district must submit a comprehensive application to the Department for consideration.
    Projects eligible for funding under the Program must be intermodal facilities and within the scope of powers and responsibilities as granted in each port district's enabling legislation. Loan funds shall not be used for working capital or administrative purposes by the port district.
    (3) The maximum amount which may be loaned from the Program to fund any one project is $3,000,000. Program funds may be used for up to 50% of an individual project financing. The balance of financing for an individual project must be secured by the respective district.
    The maximum loan term shall be for 20 years with an interest rate of 5% per annum. Principal and interest payments shall be made on a semi-annual basis.
    (4) In order to receive a loan from the Program, a port district must:
        (a) demonstrate that the proposed project shall
    
generate sufficient revenue to support amortization of the loan and be willing to pledge revenues from the project to loan repayment or
        (b) demonstrate that the port district can
    
financially support debt service payments through general revenue sources of the port district and pledge the full faith and credit of the port district to loan repayment.
    In order to achieve the requirement of paragraph (a) of this subsection (4), the port district may use guarantees provided under facility operating agreements or guaranteed facility use agreements from private concerns to demonstrate loan repayment ability.
    Certain infrastructure facilities developed under the Program may be general use public facilities where there is not a definitive and guaranteed revenue stream to support the project, nevertheless the facilities are important to facilitate overall long term port development objectives. In such cases, the full faith and credit of the port district may be used as loan collateral.
    (5) A loan agreement shall be executed between the port district and the State stipulating all of the terms and conditions of the loan. The Department shall release funds on a reimbursement basis for eligible costs of the project as incurred. The port district shall certify to the Department that expenses incurred during construction are in accordance with plans and specifications as approved by the Department. Funds may be drawn once per month during construction of the project.
    (6) The loan agreement shall contain customary and usual loan default provisions in the event the port district fails to make the required payments. The loan agreement shall stipulate the State's recourse in curing any default.
    In the event a port district becomes delinquent in payments to the State, that port district shall not be eligible for any future loans until the delinquency is remedied.
    (7) Individual port district project applications shall include the following:
        (a) Statement of purpose. A description of the
    
project shall be submitted along with the project's anticipated overall effect on meeting port district objectives.
        (b) Project impact. The anticipated net effects of
    
the project shall be enumerated. These impacts may include the economic impact to the State, employment impact, intermodal freight impacts, and environmental impacts.
        (c) Cost estimates and preliminary project layout.
    
The overall project development cost estimate and general site and or facility drawings.
        (d) Proposed loan amount. A statement as to the
    
amount proposed from the Program and the port district's intentions as to the source of other financing for the project.
        (e) Business Proforma. A detailed business proforma
    
must be supplied which estimates facility/project revenues as well as operating costs and debt service.
        (f) Loan collateral and guarantees. The port
    
district's intentions as to how it intends to collateralize the loan amount, including third party guarantees, pledging of project and facility revenue, or pledging general revenues of the district.
    (8) The Department shall annually invite Illinois port districts to submit projects for consideration under the Program. The Department shall perform a cost/benefit analysis of each project to determine if a project meets minimum requirements for eligibility. Those applications which meet minimum criteria shall then be ranked by the overall net positive impact on the State.
        (a) Minimum criteria shall include:
            (i) positive cost/benefit ratio;
            (ii) demonstrated economic feasibility of the
        
project; and
            (iii) the ability of the port district to repay
        
the loan.
        (b) Ranking criteria may include:
            (i) a cost/benefit ratio of project in relation
        
to other projects;
            (ii) product tonnage to be handled;
            (iii) product value to be handled;
            (iv) soundness of business proposition;
            (v) positive intermodal impacts of Illinois
        
transportation system;
            (vi) meets overall State transportation
        
objectives;
            (vii) economic impact to the State; or
            (viii) environmental benefits of the project.
    Projects shall be selected according to their ranking up to the limit of available funds. Selected projects shall be invited to submit detailed plans, specifications, operating agreements, environmental clearances, evidence of property title, and other documentation as necessitated by the project. When the Department determines all necessary requirements are met and the remainder of the project financing is available, a loan agreement shall be executed and project development may commence.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)