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FINANCE
(30 ILCS 750/) Build Illinois Act.

30 ILCS 750/Art. 1

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 1 heading)
Article 1

30 ILCS 750/1-1

    (30 ILCS 750/1-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2701-1)
    Sec. 1-1. This Act may be cited as the Build Illinois Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)

30 ILCS 750/1-2

    (30 ILCS 750/1-2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2701-2)
    Sec. 1-2. Findings and declaration of policy. The General Assembly hereby finds, determines and declares:
    (a) That Illinois is a State of diversified economic strength;
    (b) That the economic strength and climate of Illinois derives from and depends upon a sound and modernized infrastructure, strong and effective educational programs and facilities and a clean and well cared for environment;
    (c) That Illinois' economy is, however, in a state of transition, which transition in turn presents a unique opportunity for the State to act on its growth and development;
    (d) That full and continued growth and development of Illinois' economy is vital for Illinois if this State is to move forward aggressively and to build on State and national recovery thereby ensuring the continued growth and development of Illinois' advantages and opportunities to its citizens and its business community;
    (e) That in order to cultivate this strong economic growth and development in Illinois it is necessary to proceed with a plan which improves the Illinois business climate so as to encourage Illinois business to expand as well as attract new businesses, which creates and expands job and job training opportunities, which offers managerial, technical and financial assistance to small businesses; and which works in a cooperative venture and spirit with Illinois' business, labor, local government and educational communities;
    (f) That the State has a responsibility to create a beneficial climate for new and improved job opportunities for its citizens by encouraging the development of commercial businesses and industrial and manufacturing plants in Illinois, particularly within labor surplus areas;
    (g) That the State has a responsibility to its citizens to ensure that Illinois captures the advantages and opportunities made possible by scientific and technological innovation;
    (h) That vigorous economic growth in the State requires responsible and balanced stewardship of the State's environmental and natural resources and protection of the public health, with particular emphasis on management of hazardous waste and wastewater discharges as well as chemical safety by industrial and municipal facilities, for in a clean and safe Illinois economic growth can be encouraged and sustained in a manner which guarantees a healthy and prosperous future for Illinois citizens;
    (i) That a sound and comprehensive system of State and local parks, recreational and nature areas is important to the overall quality of life in Illinois, thereby facilitating the attraction of new businesses and the retention of existing businesses within the State of Illinois;
    (j) That the colleges and universities of Illinois are an important resource and partner to government and industry in fostering economic development in Illinois and that the research strengths of the State's colleges and universities should be utilized to assist in the continued development of Illinois' economy, particularly in view of the growing role of innovative and rapidly changing science and technology, which science and technology is becoming an ever increasing part of the future economic base of this State and the nation;
    (k) That additional revenues must be made available to the General Revenue Fund in order for the State to establish the financing necessary to achieve the purposes of this Act through an economical, balanced pay-as-you-go and limited obligation bond program, without diminishing the State's ability to meet its other responsibilities.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/1-3

    (30 ILCS 750/1-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2701-3)
    Sec. 1-3. The following agencies, boards and entities of State government may expend appropriations for the purposes contained in this Act: Department of Natural Resources; Department of Agriculture; Illinois Finance Authority; Capital Development Board; Department of Transportation; Department of Central Management Services; Illinois Arts Council; Environmental Protection Agency; Historic Preservation Agency; State Board of Higher Education; the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority; State Board of Education; Illinois Community College Board; Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois; Board of Trustees of Chicago State University; Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois University; Board of Trustees of Governors State University; Board of Trustees of Illinois State University; Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois University; Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University; Board of Trustees of Western Illinois University; and Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University.
(Source: P.A. 93-205, eff. 1-1-04.)

30 ILCS 750/Art. 2

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 2 heading)
Article 2

30 ILCS 750/2-1

    (30 ILCS 750/2-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2702-1)
    Sec. 2-1. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 84-109. Repealed by P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

30 ILCS 750/2-2

    (30 ILCS 750/2-2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2702-2)
    Sec. 2-2. The rights of way and easements acquired shall not exceed the amount of land or interests in land necessary to reasonably accommodate the construction, maintenance and operation of a Superconducting Super Collider.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/2-3

    (30 ILCS 750/2-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2702-3)
    Sec. 2-3. The Department of Natural Resources is authorized to lease, sell, give, donate, convey or otherwise transfer the property acquired under this Act to the United States Department of Energy for the purpose of the construction, maintenance and operation of a Superconducting Super Collider.
    No conveyance of real property or instrument transferring property by the Department of Natural Resources to the United States Department of Energy, shall be executed without the prior written approval of the Governor.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

30 ILCS 750/Art. 3

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 3 heading)
Article 3

30 ILCS 750/3-1

    (30 ILCS 750/3-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-1)
    Sec. 3-1. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois Hazardous and Solid Waste Recycling and Treatment Act".
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/3-2

    (30 ILCS 750/3-2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-2)
    Sec. 3-2. Findings and purpose. (a) The General Assembly finds:
    (1) that the land disposal of hazardous and solid wastes poses a threat to human health and the environment and that the disposal of such wastes in landfills is not the safest and most environmentally sound method of managing wastes;
    (2) that whenever possible, hazardous and solid wastes should be recycled, reclaimed, reused or treated to be detoxified; and
    (3) that although many methods for the recycling and treatment of hazardous and solid wastes currently exist, new technologies are being developed and should be promoted.
    (b) It is the purpose of this Article to establish a grant and loan program to foster the development of new hazardous waste recycling and treatment technologies and to provide incentives for the use and commercialization of such technologies.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/3-3

    (30 ILCS 750/3-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-3)
    Sec. 3-3. Definitions. For the purposes of this Article:
    "Department" means the Department of Natural Resources.
    "Hazardous waste" means a waste, or combination of wastes, which because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, or infectious characteristics may cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious, irreversible, or incapacitating reversible, illness; or pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported or disposed of, or otherwise managed, and which has been identified, by characteristics or listing, as hazardous pursuant to Section 3001 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, or pursuant to Pollution Control Board regulations.
    "Municipal waste" means garbage, general household, institutional and commercial waste, industrial lunchroom or office waste, landscape waste, and construction and demolition debris.
    "Recycling, reclamation or reuse" means a method, technique, or process designed to remove any contaminant from waste so as to render the waste reusable.
    "Solid waste" means "waste" as defined in the Environmental Protection Act.
    "Treatment" means any method, technique or process, including neutralization, designed to change the physical, chemical, or biological character or composition of any waste so as to neutralize it or render it nonhazardous, safer for transport, amenable for recovery, amenable for storage, or reduced in volume. "Treatment" includes any activity or processing designed to change the physical form or chemical composition of hazardous waste so as to render it nonhazardous.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

30 ILCS 750/3-4

    (30 ILCS 750/3-4) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-4)
    Sec. 3-4. Program. The Department of Natural Resources shall administer the Illinois Hazardous and Solid Waste Recycling and Treatment Program. The purpose of the program shall be to increase the environmentally sound management of hazardous and solid waste in Illinois. To this end, the Department shall operate a research grant and operating loan program to partially finance projects to develop and commercialize new and developing methods of recycling and treating hazardous and solid wastes.
    The Department shall make grants available to universities, research centers and businesses located in Illinois to fund projects to develop new methods for the recycling, reclamation, reuse and treatment of hazardous wastes that are not currently widely in commercial use.
    The Department shall make below market rate loans available to Illinois businesses to fund a portion of projects to institute the use of new and developing hazardous waste recycling and treatment technologies on a commercial scale.
    The Department shall make below market rate loans available to Illinois businesses to fund a portion of projects to directly increase the market capacity for recycled solid wastes by industrial facilities.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)

30 ILCS 750/3-5

    (30 ILCS 750/3-5) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-5)
    Sec. 3-5. Grant and Loan Applications. Applications for the grant and loan funding made available under this Article shall be made on prescribed forms developed by the Department which shall include, without being limited to, the following provisions:
    (1) the name, address, chief officers and general description of the applicant;
    (2) a general description of the hazardous or solid waste research or development project for which funding is requested;
    (3) such plans, equipment lists and other documents as may be required to show the type, structure and general character of the project;
    (4) costs estimates of developing, constructing, and completing the project;
    (5) in the case of a loan project, a general description of the financing plan for the project.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/3-6

    (30 ILCS 750/3-6) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-6)
    Sec. 3-6. Evaluation of Applications. The Department shall evaluate applications for research grants and loans based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:
    (1) the technical merits of the proposed project, including the feasibility and the probable degree of success of the proposed waste recycling or treatment methods.
    (2) the expected environmental benefits of the proposed project, including the degree to which the toxicity of the waste materials is expected to be reduced.
    (3) the likelihood of any adverse environmental outcomes.
    (4) the potential of the proposed project to aid compliance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act. Weight shall be given to projects which will foster compliance with subsection (h) of Section 39 of the Environmental Protection Act, which prohibits the land disposal of hazardous wastes under certain conditions.
    (5) in the case of a loan project, the percentage of the total project cost the State is asked to finance. Weight shall be given to projects which maximize the use of private funds or funds from other public sources.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/3-7

    (30 ILCS 750/3-7) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-7)
    Sec. 3-7. Powers and Duties. The Department shall have the following powers and duties:
    (1) To make grants and loans to, and accept guarantees from, universities, research institutions and businesses for the purposes of this Article. Any loan or series of loans shall be limited to an amount not to exceed $2,500,000 or 50% of the total project cost, whichever is less.
    (2) To establish such interest rates, terms of repayment and other terms and conditions regarding loans made pursuant to this Act as the Department shall deem necessary or appropriate to protect the public interest and carry out the purposes of this Article.
    (3) To accept grants, loans or appropriations from the federal government or any private entity to be used for purposes similar to this program and to enter into contracts and agreements in connection with such grants, loans or appropriations.
    (4) To adopt such rules and regulations as are necessary for the administration of this Article.
(Source: P.A. 91-357, eff. 7-29-99.)

30 ILCS 750/3-8

    (30 ILCS 750/3-8) (from Ch. 127, par. 2703-8)
    Sec. 3-8. There is hereby created in the State Treasury the Hazardous and Solid Waste Recycling and Treatment Fund. The Department is authorized to use monies deposited in the Fund, subject to appropriation, expressly for the purpose of administering the research grant and revolving loan program established pursuant to this Article. The Department is authorized to accept any grants, repayment of interest and principal on loans, reimbursements or other things of value from the federal government or from any other institution, person or corporation, public or private, for deposit in the Fund. Any monies collected as a result of foreclosure of loans or other financing agreements, or the violation of any terms thereof, under this program shall also be deposited in the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/Art. 8

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 8 heading)
Article 8

30 ILCS 750/8-1

    (30 ILCS 750/8-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-1)
    Sec. 8-1. Short Title. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Public Infrastructure Loan and Grant Programs Act".
(Source: P.A. 88-453.)

30 ILCS 750/8-2

    (30 ILCS 750/8-2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-2)
    Sec. 8-2. Definitions. As used in this Article:
    (a) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (b) "Local government" means any unit of local government as defined in Article VII, Section 1 of the 1970 Illinois Constitution.
    (c) "Business retention, development or expansion project" means the expansion of an existing, for-profit commercial, industrial, manufacturing, scientific, agricultural or service business within Illinois, or the establishment of a new such business on a site within Illinois, so long as the business to be established is not relocating from another site within the State, unless the relocation of such a business will result in a substantial increase in employment or retention of an existing such business.
    (d) "Public infrastructure" means local roads and streets, access roads, bridges, and sidewalks; waste disposal systems; water and sewer line extensions and water distribution and purification facilities, and sewage treatment facilities; rail or air or water port improvements; gas and electric utility facilities; transit capital facilities; development and improvement of publicly owned industrial and commercial sites, or other public capital improvements which are an essential precondition to a business retention, development or expansion project for the purposes of the Business Development Public Infrastructure Loan and Grant Program. "Public Infrastructure" also means capital acquisitions, construction, and improvements to other local facilities and sites, and associated permanent furnishings and equipment that are a necessary precondition to local health, safety and economic development for purposes of the Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Loan and Grant Program.
    (e) "Local public entity" means any entity as defined by Section 1-206 of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.
    (f) "Medical facility" and "public health clinic" mean any entity as defined by subsections (a) and (c), respectively, of Section 6-101 of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

30 ILCS 750/8-3

    (30 ILCS 750/8-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-3)
    Sec. 8-3. Powers of the Department. The Department has the power to:
    (a) provide business development public infrastructure loans or grants from appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund, the Fund for Illinois' Future, and the Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Fund to local governments to provide or improve a community's public infrastructure so as to create or retain private sector jobs pursuant to the provisions of this Article;
    (b) provide affordable financing of public infrastructure loans and grants to, or on behalf of, local governments, local public entities, medical facilities, and public health clinics from appropriations from the Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Fund for the purpose of assisting with the financing, or application and access to financing, of a community's public infrastructure necessary to health, safety, and economic development;
    (c) enter into agreements, accept funds or grants, and engage in cooperation with agencies of the federal government, or state or local governments to carry out the purposes of this Article, and to use funds appropriated pursuant to this Article to participate in federal infrastructure loan and grant programs upon such terms and conditions as may be established by the federal government;
    (d) establish application, notification, contract, and other procedures, rules, or regulations deemed necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of this Article;
    (e) coordinate assistance under this program with activities of the Illinois Finance Authority in order to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of State development programs;
    (f) coordinate assistance under the Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Loan and Grant Program with the activities of the Illinois Finance Authority, Illinois Housing Development Authority, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal and State programs and entities providing financing assistance to communities for public health, safety, and economic development infrastructure;
    (f-5) provide staff, administration, and related support required to manage the programs authorized under this Article and pay for the staffing, administration, and related support from the Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Revolving Fund;
    (g) exercise such other powers as are necessary or incidental to the foregoing.
(Source: P.A. 93-205 (Sections 890-10, 890-34, and 890-43), eff. 1-1-04; 94-91, eff. 7-1-05.)

30 ILCS 750/8-4

    (30 ILCS 750/8-4) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-4)
    Sec. 8-4. Business Development Public Infrastructure Loans and Grants.
    (a) The Department is authorized to provide loans, on an interest-free or below market rate basis, or grants to local governments in the State for the purpose of assisting in financing the cost of acquisition, construction, reconstruction, replacement, repair, rehabilitation, alteration, expansion, extension or improvement of public infrastructure.
    (b) Grants and loans are authorized for purposes designated in this Section, but only when the applicant local government demonstrates to the Department that it is unable to finance the public infrastructure improvement solely from local public or private revenue sources or funds.
    (c) Public infrastructure financing under this Section shall be used only where it can be shown that a business development, retention or expansion project on account of which such financing is being sought will substantially increase employment or retain a substantial number of jobs. The Department shall not make a loan or grant unless the application includes convincing evidence that a specific private business development, retention or expansion project is ready to occur and will only occur if the loan or grant is made.
    (d) In addition to establishing the essential need for financing of infrastructure to support a business development, retention or expansion project, the applicant shall be required to clearly document the employment that will occur or be retained as a result of the project, the additional non-state financial resources that will be used, and the overall financing need that exists within the locality.
    (e) The Department shall make the determination to provide public infrastructure financing to local governments on the basis of criteria established by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 88-453.)

30 ILCS 750/8-5

    (30 ILCS 750/8-5) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-5)
    Sec. 8-5. Application Procedures for Business Development Public Infrastructure Loans and Grants. Application for funds shall be made in the form and manner as the Department shall prescribe. Each application shall address, at a minimum, the following criteria:
    (a) The essential need, which must be clearly documented, for the public infrastructure financing in order to secure a business development, retention or expansion project within the community.
    (b) The applicant's financing capability and its ability to pay for, or secure the payment of, part or all of the proposed public infrastructure improvements, and the local government's tax effort, as shown by local tax rates relative to other local governments of the same type in the State.
    (c) Local financing mechanisms available to help pay for the costs of the public infrastructure project, including, but not limited to, local revenue bonds, special service area tax proceeds, local user charges, or applicable federal loans or grants.
    (d) Clear documentation that there will be a significant increase in employment or a significant number of jobs retained as a result of the business development, retention or expansion project, including assurances from the firm undertaking the project relating to the number and type of jobs to be created or retained.
    (e) The proposed public infrastructure improvements, which shall be described in detail and which shall include a showing of their relationship to existing public property and capital improvement plans, as well as the pending business development or expansion project.
    (f) Documentation that the public infrastructure financing will provide a reasonable return, either through repayment of funds loaned through the program or new or retained personnel or business income.
    (g) Details regarding the firm undertaking the business development, retention or expansion project, including the company's history, future market prospects, actual and pro forma income statements, employment projections, and related details. Documentary materials or data regarding the firm or its commercial or financial information shall be deemed confidential and shall not be deemed public records; provided, however, that information pertaining to the ownership of the firm shall not be exempt under this Section from public disclosure.
    (h) Certification that the project is a business development, retention or expansion project as defined herein.
    (i) Certification that the community has a multi-year capital improvement program, updated annually, which includes listings of specific capital projects and specifies all sources of funds for each project, and which is based on economic analysis of the costs and benefits of each project and an analysis of the implications of each project for operating, maintenance and repair costs, and shows each year what past projects have been completed, which are pending, and which have been dropped from the capital plan.
(Source: P.A. 88-453.)

30 ILCS 750/8-6

    (30 ILCS 750/8-6) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-6)
    Sec. 8-6. Business Development Public Infrastructure Loan and Grant Conditions. Business Development Public Infrastructure loans and grants awarded by the Department are subject to the following conditions:
    (a) Financial assistance through the loans or grants must be used for public infrastructure capital improvement projects.
    (b) On Business Development Public Infrastructure loans, the Department shall determine the interest rate, if any, which the loans shall bear. The Department shall set the terms and conditions for repayment of the loans. The repayment period of loans shall not exceed 20 years.
    (c) Repayments of principal and interest on loans made and any funds collected because of a default or failure to comply with the terms or conditions of a loan under this program shall be paid into the Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Revolving Fund.
    (d) The Department may take whatever actions are necessary or appropriate to protect the State's interest in the event of default, foreclosure or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the loans or grants provided under this Article, including the power to sell, dispose, lease or rent, upon terms and conditions deemed to be appropriate by the Department, real or personal property which the Department may receive as a result thereof.
(Source: P.A. 88-453.)

30 ILCS 750/8-7

    (30 ILCS 750/8-7) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-7)
    Sec. 8-7. Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Revolving Fund. (a) There is hereby created within the State Treasury the Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Revolving Fund ("Fund"). The Department shall have the authority to make expenditures from the Fund, pursuant to appropriations in furtherance of the purposes of this Article. The State Treasurer shall be custodian of the Fund and may invest such funds 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.
    (b) There shall be deposited in the Fund such amounts, including but not limited to:
    (i) All receipts, including principal and interest payments and royalties, from any loan agreement made from the Fund or pursuant to this Article 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 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 Fund;
    (iv) Any income received from interest on investments of moneys in the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/8-8

    (30 ILCS 750/8-8) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-8)
    Sec. 8-8. 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 consist of trade secrets, or commercial or financial information regarding the operation of any business conducted by a beneficiary or recipient of any form of assistance which the Department is empowered to render under this Article, or regarding the competitive position of such business in a particular field of endeavor, shall be deemed to be confidential and shall not be deemed public records; provided that information relating to the ownership of such recipient or beneficiary shall not be exempt under this Section from public disclosure requirements.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/8-9

    (30 ILCS 750/8-9) (from Ch. 127, par. 2708-9)
    Sec. 8-9. 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 expenditures of such monies.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/8-10

    (30 ILCS 750/8-10)
    Sec. 8-10. Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Loans and Grants.
    (a) The Department is authorized to provide loans or grants to or on behalf of local governments, local public entities, local medical facilities, and local public health clinics for the purpose of making affordable the financing of local public infrastructure improvements under the following conditions:
        (1) Where the Department has determined that no other
    
source of affordable financing of the public infrastructure improvement project is available, Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure loans may be provided as the sole financing source, except that no individual loan shall exceed $100,000.
        (2) Where the Department has determined that other
    
sources of financing of the public infrastructure improvement project are available, Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure loans and grants may be provided to or on behalf of those projects for the purposes of facilitating access to, or reducing the financing costs of other sources through leveraging, credit enhancement, participations, and financing cost subsidies.
    (b) The Department is authorized to provide small project Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure loans. The Department shall determine the interest rate, if any, which the loans shall bear. The repayment period for small project loans shall not exceed 10 years. No small project loan shall exceed $100,000 in principal amount. The Department shall not exceed $5,000,000 in total small project loan balances outstanding at any time. The Department is authorized to enter into cooperative agreements with other State government public infrastructure financing entities for the purpose of reliance upon their application, credit review, security, and loan closing procedures for individual small project loans. Small project Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure loans may be provided under the following conditions:
        (1) As the sole financing source when the Department
    
has determined that no other affordable financing source is available for projects that are necessary to local community health, safety, and economic development;
        (2) As partial project financing in satisfaction of
    
other financing source match requirements, to finance feasibility study and other project development costs necessary to accessing other financing, and to otherwise service financing gaps necessary to project feasibility.
    (c) The Department is authorized to provide Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure interest subsidy grants to local governments, local public entities, local medical facilities, and public health clinics having successfully applied for public infrastructure project loan financing from other State and federal financing programs and intermediaries. The Department shall only provide public infrastructure interest subsidy grants to or on behalf of projects where it has been determined that the interest subsidy is warranted to make the total project's financing affordable.
    (d) The Department is authorized to provide small project Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure grants to local governments, local public entities, local medical facilities, and public health clinics of up to 25% of the project costs where the Department has determined that affordable financing is available for the balance of the project cost, but not for the amount to be subject to the small project Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure grant. No small project grant shall exceed $100,000. The Department shall not award more than $500,000 per fiscal year in small project grants.
    (e) The Department is authorized to provide Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Credit Enhancement loans and grants to State public infrastructure financing intermediaries on behalf of local governments, local public entities, local medical facilities, and local public health clinics. Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Credit Enhancement loans and grants may be awarded to State public infrastructure financing intermediaries for the purpose of purchasing letters of credit and other forms of credit enhancements to allow the State public infrastructure financing intermediary to expand the pool of financing, or reduce the cost of financing available to local governments, local public entities, local medical facilities, and local public health clinics to finance public infrastructure projects necessary to local health, safety, and economic development. The Department shall not award an amount of Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Credit Enhancement grants which combined with the total of outstanding Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Credit Enhancement loans exceeds $1,000,000 at any time.
    (f) The Department is authorized to provide Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Funding Reserve grants for the purpose of leveraging access to, and financing costs of, funding available through other State public infrastructure financing intermediaries. Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Funding Reserve grants may only be awarded to State public infrastructure financing intermediaries authorized to provide financing to local governments, local public entities, local medical facilities, or local public health clinics for the purposes of public infrastructure projects necessary to community health, safety, and economic development. The proceeds of Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Funding Reserve grants may only be used by State public infrastructure financing intermediaries to establish loss reserve funds intended to leverage access and financing costs of the public infrastructure financing available for community public infrastructure projects. Loss reserve funds shall be established pursuant to a trust indenture executed for that purpose by the grantee financing intermediary with a bank or trust company in the State of Illinois designated by the Treasurer having trust powers and possessing capital and surplus of not less than $25,000,000. The trust indenture shall limit the uses of the reserve fund to the payment of realized losses experienced in the State public infrastructure financing intermediary's community public infrastructure financing program as shall be specified in the grant award and for the fees and other costs of administering the loss reserve fund trust. Loss reserve fund trusts funded from Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Funding Reserve grants awarded by the Department shall not exceed 25% of the total public infrastructure financing made available by the State public infrastructure financing intermediary intended to be subject to the loss reserve fund. The Department shall not in total award Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Funding Reserve grants in excess of $1,000,000.
(Source: P.A. 88-453; 89-262, eff. 8-10-95.)

30 ILCS 750/8-11

    (30 ILCS 750/8-11)
    Sec. 8-11. Application Procedures for Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Loans and Grants. Application for funds shall be made in the form and manner as the Department shall prescribe. Each application shall address, at a minimum, the following criteria:
    (a) The essential need, which must be clearly documented, for the public infrastructure financing in order to secure a health, safety or economic development project within the community.
    (b) The applicant's financing capability and its ability to pay for, or secure the payment of, part or all of the proposed public infrastructure improvements, and the local government's tax effort, as shown by local tax rates relative to other local governments of the same type in the State.
    (c) Local financing mechanisms available to help pay for the costs of the public infrastructure project, including, but not limited to, local revenue bonds, special service area tax proceeds, local user charges, or applicable federal loans or grants.
    (d) The proposed public infrastructure improvements, which shall be described in detail and which shall include a showing of their relationship to existing public property and capital improvement plans, as well as the pending health, safety or economic development project.
    (e) Certification that the project is a health, safety or economic development project as defined in this Article.
    (f) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 88-453; 89-262, eff. 8-10-95.)

30 ILCS 750/8-12

    (30 ILCS 750/8-12)
    Sec. 8-12. Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure Loan and Grant Conditions. Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure loans and grants awarded by the Department are subject to the following conditions:
    (a) Financial assistance through the loans or grants must be used for the purposes specified in Section 8-10.
    (b) On Affordable Financing of Public Infrastructure loans, the Department shall determine the interest rate, if any, that the loans shall bear. The Department shall set the terms and conditions for repayment of the loans. The repayment period of loans shall not exceed 20 years.
    (c) Repayments of principal and interest on loans made and any funds collected because of a default or failure to comply with the terms or conditions of a loan under this program shall be paid into the Public Infrastructure Construction Loan Revolving Fund.
    (d) The Department may take whatever actions are necessary or appropriate to protect the State's interest in the event of default, foreclosure or noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the loans or grants provided under this Article, including the power to sell, dispose, lease or rent, upon terms and conditions deemed to be appropriate by the Department, real or personal property that the Department may receive as a result thereof.
(Source: P.A. 88-453.)

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.)

30 ILCS 750/Art. 10

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 10 heading)
Article 10

30 ILCS 750/10-1

    (30 ILCS 750/10-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-1)
    Sec. 10-1. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Large Business Development Act".
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/10-2

    (30 ILCS 750/10-2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-2)
    Sec. 10-2. Definitions. Unless the context clearly requires otherwise:
    (a) "Financial institution" means a trust company, a bank, a savings bank, a credit union, an investment bank, a broker, an investment trust, a pension fund, a building and loan association, a savings and loan association, an insurance company or any venture capital company which is authorized to do business in the State.
    (b) "Participating lender" means any trust company, bank, savings bank, credit union, investment bank, broker, investment trust, pension fund, building and loan association, savings and loan association, insurance company or venture capital company 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) "Business" means a for-profit, legal entity in Illinois including, but not limited to, any sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, joint venture, association or cooperative.
    (e) "Loan" means an agreement or contract to provide a loan or other financial aid to a business.
    (f) "Project" means any specific economic development activity of a commercial, industrial, manufacturing, agricultural, scientific, service or other business, the result of which yields an increase in jobs and may include the purchase or lease of machinery and equipment, the lease or purchase of real property or funds for infrastructure necessitated by site preparation, building construction or related purposes but does not include refinancing current debt.
    (g) "Fund" means the Large Business Attraction Fund created in Section 10-4.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

30 ILCS 750/10-3

    (30 ILCS 750/10-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-3)
    Sec. 10-3. Powers and Duties. The Department has the power to:
    (a) Provide loans from the Build Illinois Bond Fund, the Fund for Illinois' Future, or the Large Business Attraction Fund to a business undertaking a project and accept mortgages or other evidences of indebtedness or security of such business.
    (b) Provide grants from the Build Illinois Bond Fund, the Fund for Illinois' Future, or the Large Business Attraction Fund to or for the direct benefit of a business undertaking a project. Any such grant shall (i) be made and used only for the purpose of assisting the financing of the business for the project in order to reduce the cost of financing to the business, (ii) be made only if a participating lender, or other funding source including the applicant, also provides a portion of the financing with respect to the project, and only if the Department determines, on the basis of all the information available to it, that the project would not be undertaken in Illinois unless the grant is provided, (iii) provide no more than 25% of the total dollar amount of any single project cost and be approved for amounts from the Fund not to exceed $500,000 for any single project, unless waived by the Director upon a finding that such waiver is appropriate to accomplish the purpose of this Article, (iv) be made only after the Department has determined that the grant will cause a project to be undertaken which has the potential to create substantial employment in relation to the amount of the grant, and (v) be made with a business that has certified the project is a new plant start-up or expansion and is not a relocation of an existing business from another site in Illinois unless that relocation results in substantial employment growth.
    (c) Enter into agreements, accept funds or grants and cooperate with agencies of the federal government, local units of government and local regional economic development corporations or organizations for the purposes of carrying out this Article.
    (d) Enter into contracts, letters of credit or any other agreements or contracts with financial institutions necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes of this Article. Any such agreement or contract may include, without limitation, terms and provisions relating to a specific project such as loan documentation, review and approval procedures, organization and servicing rights, default conditions and other program aspects.
    (e) Fix, determine, charge and collect any premiums, fees, charges, costs and expenses, including application fees, commitment fees, program fees, financing charges or publication fees in connection with its activities under this Article.
    (f) Establish application, notification, contract and other procedures, rules or regulations deemed necessary and appropriate.
    (g) Subject to the provisions of any contract with another person and consent to the modification or restructuring of any loan agreement to which the Department is a party.
    (h) Take any actions which 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 under this Article, 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) Acquire and accept by gift, grant, purchase or otherwise, but not by condemnation, fee simple title, or such lesser interest as may be desired, in land, and to improve or arrange for the improvement of such land for industrial or commercial site development purposes, and to lease or convey such land, or interest in land, so acquired and so improved, including sale and conveyance subject to a mortgage, for such price, upon such terms and at such time as the Department may determine, provided that prior to exercising its authority under this subsection, the Director shall find that other means of financing and developing any such project are not reasonably available and that such action is consistent with the purposes and policies of this Article.
    (j) Provide grants from the Build Illinois Bond Fund to municipalities and counties to demolish abandoned buildings pursuant to Section 11-31-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code or Section 5-1080 of the Counties Code, for the purpose of making unimproved land available for purchase by businesses for economic development. Such grants shall be provided only when: (1) the owner of property on which the abandoned building is situated has entered into a contract to sell such property; (2) the Department has determined that the grant will be used to cause a project to be undertaken which will result in the creation of employment; (3) the business which has entered into a contract to purchase the property has certified that it will use the property for a project which is a new plant start-up or expansion or a new venture opportunity and is not a relocation of an existing business from another site within the State unless that relocation results in substantial employment growth. If a municipality or county receives grants under this paragraph, it shall file a notice of lien against the owner or owners of such demolished buildings to recover the costs and expenses incurred in the demolition of such buildings pursuant to Section 11-31-1 of the Illinois Municipal Code or Section 5-1080 of the Counties Code. All such costs and expenses recovered by the county or municipality shall be paid to the Department for deposit in the Build Illinois Purposes Account. Priority shall be given to enterprise zones or those areas with high unemployment whose tax base is adversely impacted by the closing of existing factories.
    (j-5) A business accepting a grant or loan under this Article shall provide the Department with quarterly reports detailing financial and performance information as requested by the Department during the grant or loan period.
    (k) Exercise such other powers as are necessary or incidental to the foregoing.
(Source: P.A. 96-1429, eff. 1-1-11.)

30 ILCS 750/10-4

    (30 ILCS 750/10-4) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-4)
    Sec. 10-4. Loans. Any loan made under this Article shall:
    (a) Be made only if a participating lender or other funding source, including the applicant, also provides a portion of the financing with respect to the project and only if the Department determines, on the basis of all the information available to it, that the project would not be undertaken in Illinois unless the loan is provided. The other risk assumption may be in the form of a loan, letter of credit, guarantee, loan participation, bond purchase, direct cash payment, or other form approved by the Department.
    (b) Finance no more than 25% of the total amount of any single project and be approved for amounts from the Fund not to exceed $2,000,000 for any single project, unless waived by the Director upon a finding that a waiver is appropriate to accomplish the purposes of this Article.
    (c) Be protected by adequate security satisfactory to the Department to secure payment of the loan agreement.
    (d) Be in a principal amount and form and contain 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.
    (e) Include provisions to call the loan agreement as due and payable if the project is not completed, if the project fails to generate anticipated employment opportunities, or if the business ceases to operate the project.
    (f) Be made only after the Department has determined that the loan will cause a project to be undertaken that has the potential to create substantial employment in relation to the principal amount of the loan.
    (g) Be made with a business that has certified the project is a new plant start-up or expansion and is not a relocation of an existing business from another site in Illinois unless that relocation results in substantial employment growth.
    (h) All receipts, including principal and interest payments, royalties, or other payments, paid to the Department because of any loan made under this Article and all proceeds of assets of whatever nature received by the Department as a result of default and delinquency with respect to loans made under this Article, including proceeds from the sale, disposal, lease, or rental of real or personal property that the Department may receive as a result of a default or delinquency, shall be deposited into the Large Business Attraction Fund.
(Source: P.A. 91-34, eff. 7-1-99.)

30 ILCS 750/10-5

    (30 ILCS 750/10-5) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-5)
    Sec. 10-5. Loan Applications. Applications for loans shall be submitted to the Department on forms and subject to filing fees prescribed by the Department. The Department shall not be prohibited from soliciting such applications. The Department shall conduct such investigation and obtain such information concerning the business as is necessary and diligent to complete a loan agreement. The Department's investigation 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 aspects material to the financing request.
    After consideration of such data 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 and the loan agreement provisions. The business shall be promptly notified of such action by the Department.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/10-6

    (30 ILCS 750/10-6) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-6)
    Sec. 10-6. Large Business Attraction Fund.
    (a) There is created the Large Business Attraction Fund to be held as part of the State Treasury. The Department is authorized to make loans from the Fund for the purposes established under this Article. The State Treasurer shall have custody of the Fund and may invest in securities constituting direct obligations of 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 that are fully secured by obligations guaranteed as to principal and interest by the United States Government. The purpose of the Fund is to offer loans to finance large firms considering the location of a proposed plant in the State and to provide financing to carry out the purposes and provisions of paragraph (h) of Section 10-3. Financing shall be in the form of a loan, mortgage, or other debt instrument. All loans shall be conditioned on the project receiving financing from participating lenders or other sources. Loan proceeds shall be available for project costs associated with an expansion of business capacity and employment, except for debt refinancing. Targeted companies for the program shall primarily consist of established industrial and service companies with proven records of earnings that will sell their product to markets beyond Illinois and have proven multistate location options. New ventures shall be considered only if the entity is protected with adequate security with regard to its financing and operation. The limitations and conditions with respect to the use of this Fund shall not apply in carrying out the purposes and provisions of paragraph (h) of Section 10-3.
    (b) Deposits into the Fund shall include, but are not limited to:
        (1) Any appropriations, grants, or gifts made to the
    
Fund.
        (2) Any income received from interest on investments
    
of amounts from the Fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the Fund.
    (c) The State Comptroller and the State Treasurer shall from time to time, upon the written direction of the Governor, transfer from the Fund to the General Revenue Fund those amounts that the Governor determines are in excess of the amounts required to meet the obligations of the Fund.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98.)

30 ILCS 750/10-7

    (30 ILCS 750/10-7) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-7)
    Sec. 10-7. Construction. 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 750/10-8

    (30 ILCS 750/10-8) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-8)
    Sec. 10-8. Confidentiality. Any documentary materials or data made or received by any member, agent or employee of the Department shall be deemed to be confidential and shall not be deemed public records to the extent that such materials or data consist of trade secrets, commercial or financial information regarding the operation of any business conducted by an applicant for or recipient of any form of assistance under this Article or information regarding the competitive position of such business in a particular field of endeavor.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/10-9

    (30 ILCS 750/10-9) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-9)
    Sec. 10-9. Report. On January 1 of each year, the Department shall report on its operation of the Fund for the preceding fiscal year to the Governor and the General Assembly.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/10-10

    (30 ILCS 750/10-10) (from Ch. 127, par. 2710-10)
    Sec. 10-10. Federal Programs. The Department is authorized to accept and expend federal monies pursuant to this Article except that 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/Art. 11

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 11 heading)
Article 11

30 ILCS 750/11-1

    (30 ILCS 750/11-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-1)
    Sec. 11-1. Short Title. This Article shall be known and may be cited as the "Illinois Small Business Incubator Act".
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-2

    (30 ILCS 750/11-2) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-2)
    Sec. 11-2. Definitions. As used in this Article:
    (a) "Small business incubator" or "Incubator" means a property described in Sections 11-7 and 11-8.
    (b) "Community Advisory Board" or "Board" means a board created pursuant to Section 11-4.
    (c) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    (d) "Educational institution" means a local school district, a private junior college or university, or a State supported community college or university within the State.
    (e) "Local governmental unit" means a county, township, city, village or incorporated town within this State.
    (f) "Non-profit organization" means local chambers of commerce, business and economic development corporations and associations, and such other similar organizations so designated by the Department.
    (g) "Sponsor" means an educational institution, local governmental unit or non-profit organization which receives Department funds under this Article.
    (h) "Costs of establishment" means the actual costs of acquisition, whether by lease, purchase or other devices, and of construction and renovation of the incubator.
    (i) "Costs of administration" means the costs of wages or salary for the incubator manager and related clerical and administrative costs.
(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)

30 ILCS 750/11-3

    (30 ILCS 750/11-3) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-3)
    Sec. 11-3. Incubator Benefits. A small business incubator shall provide the following benefits to its tenants:
    (a) Physical space within the incubator;
    (b) Business and management assistance, agreed upon by the sponsor and the Department, which may include access to local experts in professional areas such as bookkeeping, legal services, accounting, financing, product marketing, engineering and other business support services;
    (c) Facility services, agreed upon by the sponsor and the Department, available within the incubator which may include but are not limited to typing and reception; cleaning and building security; conference, laboratory and library facilities; and duplicating machines, computers and other electronic equipment; and
    (d) As determined by the sponsor, certain professional services which focus on but are not limited to: information on government small business regulations; basic management skills; detailed advertising, promotion, marketing and sales information; control of inventory levels; recruitment of employees; labor relations; and financial counseling in areas such as venture capital, risk management, taxes, insurance and qualifying for government small business loans.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-4

    (30 ILCS 750/11-4) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-4)
    Sec. 11-4. Community Advisory Board. (a) A local governmental unit, non-profit organization or educational institution that desires to have an unoccupied or nearly unoccupied building or site designated, in whole or in part, as a small business incubator shall appoint, in conjunction with local governmental units, educational institutions, private individuals or organizations or other entities that agree to contribute monetarily or in-kind to the incubator, a Community Advisory Board to perform the duties required of the Board by this Article.
    (b) A local governmental unit, non-profit organization or educational institution may designate the board of an existing, consenting economic development entity, such as a local development corporation or a chamber of commerce, as the Community Advisory Board.
    (c) The Community Advisory Board shall be of a size that the appointing body determines to be appropriate. The members of the Community Advisory Board shall consist of representatives from key segments of the community, including but not limited to government, finance, business, labor and education. The Board shall elect from its members a chairperson.
    (d) An existing board of an economic development entity designated as a Community Advisory Board pursuant to subsection (b) must meet the composition requirements of subsection (c).
    (e) Community Advisory Board members shall serve without compensation and shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing body or until the Community Advisory Board's task is completed, whichever occurs first.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-5

    (30 ILCS 750/11-5) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-5)
    Sec. 11-5. Board duties.
    (a) Upon appointment, the Community Advisory Board shall:
        (1) identify the property under consideration for
    
designation as a small business incubator;
        (2) market the concept of a small business incubator
    
in the surrounding area;
        (3) solicit the views of the community concerning the
    
designation of the property under consideration as a small business incubator;
        (4) identify probable tenants for the small business
    
incubator; and
        (5) obtain commitments from persons, organizations,
    
businesses, local governmental units or other sources for a share of those costs not covered by rental fees or grants and for other types of incubator support.
    (b) If, after performing the duties required by subsection (a), the Board determines that a designation of the property under consideration as a small business incubator is desirable and possible, the Board shall notify the Department of its intent to conduct a feasibility study.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-6

    (30 ILCS 750/11-6) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-6)
    Sec. 11-6. Feasibility Study and Petition. (a) After filing a notice with the Department pursuant to Section 11-5, the Community Advisory Board, with the advice of the Department, shall conduct, complete and deliver to the Department, within time lines given by the Department, an in-depth incubator feasibility study. The study shall include but not be limited to all of the following factors:
    (1) Costs of establishment of the incubator such as necessary lease, purchase, renovation or construction costs associated with the site and structures;
    (2) Estimated costs of maintenance of the site and structures including utility costs and costs of financing;
    (3) Estimated wage and salary rates for the incubator manager and related administrative costs;
    (4) Estimated costs of providing incubator benefits identified in Section 11-3;
    (5) Estimated income from the incubator including the estimated rental fees collected from lessees within the incubator, the estimated annual local cash subsidies, the value of in-kind services, the value of anticipated grants from other sources and the amount of Department funds requested;
    (6) Prospects of attracting suitable businesses to the incubator and the ability of the community to develop and market the incubator; and
    (7) The ability of the community to provide necessary support for the incubator, including but not limited to technical assistance and training, assistance in attracting employees, assistance in locating prospective tenants and assistance in business start-up financing.
    (b) If, after performing the duties required by subsection (a), the Board determines that a designation of the property under consideration as a small business incubator is desirable, the Board shall transmit a completed copy of the feasibility study to the Department along with a petition from the local governmental unit, non-profit organization or educational institution requesting designation of the incubator.
(Source: P.A. 84-1124.)

30 ILCS 750/11-7

    (30 ILCS 750/11-7) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-7)
    Sec. 11-7. Government or Non-Profit Organization Sponsored Incubator.
    (a) In designating small business incubators sponsored by a unit of local government or non-profit organization, priority shall be given to those proposals that the Department determines:
        (1) Are sponsored by a local governmental unit or
    
non-profit organization which agrees to contribute monetarily or in-kind;
        (2) Consist of an unoccupied or nearly unoccupied
    
building or group of buildings on a contiguous site, an unimproved or partially improved site, or an existing incubator facility;
        (3) Have a financial commitment of at least 50% of
    
the projected costs for the establishment and administration of a building in a manner suitable for occupancy by small firms;
        (4) Have a financial commitment for the projected
    
unreimbursed costs of maintenance of the incubator for the first 3 years; unreimbursed costs of maintenance meaning total operating costs, excluding costs of administration, less rental receipts;
        (5) Are supported by local representatives of
    
business, labor and education;
        (6) Will generate a significant number of jobs;
        (7) Will provide the benefits and services identified
    
in Section 11-3, including mechanisms to provide detailed management assistance to start-up firms; and
        (8) Include local funding commitments to assist in
    
the financing of start-up firms.
    (b) During the first 5 years of operation of an incubator designated pursuant to subsection (a) the Department may provide funding, subject to appropriation, for no more than 50% of the costs of establishment and administration and development and operation.
    (c) The Department may provide ongoing funding for an incubator located in an area that qualifies for assistance under the Financially Distressed City Law.
(Source: P.A. 87-558.)

30 ILCS 750/11-8

    (30 ILCS 750/11-8) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-8)
    Sec. 11-8. Educational institution sponsored incubator.
    (a) In designating small business incubators sponsored by an educational institution, priority shall be given to those proposals the Department determines:
        (1) are sponsored by an educational institution which
    
agrees to contribute monetarily or in kind;
        (2) consist of an existing incubator facility, an
    
unoccupied or nearly unoccupied building or group of buildings on a contiguous site or unoccupied or nearly unoccupied property or unimproved or partially improved site in close proximity to the sponsoring educational institution;
        (3) have a financial commitment of at least 25% of
    
the projected costs for the establishment and administration of a site in a manner appropriate for commercial or industrial use by advanced technology firms, including the costs of necessary laboratory structures and establishing a structure suitable for occupancy by small and medium sized advanced technology firms;
        (4) have a financial commitment for the unreimbursed
    
costs of maintenance of the incubator for the first 3 years; unreimbursed costs of maintenance meaning total operating costs, excluding costs of administration, less rental receipts;
        (5) are supported by local representatives of
    
business, labor and government;
        (6) will generate a significant number of jobs;
        (7) will provide the benefits and services identified
    
in Section 11-3, including mechanisms to provide detailed management assistance to start-up firms; and
        (8) include local funding commitments to assist in
    
the financing of start-up firms.
    (b) During the first 3 years of operation of an incubator designated pursuant to subsection (a), the Department may provide funding subject to appropriation, for not more than 75% of the costs of establishment and administration and development and operation.
(Source: P.A. 84-1124.)

30 ILCS 750/11-9

    (30 ILCS 750/11-9) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-9)
    Sec. 11-9. Department Decision. (a) The Department may designate unoccupied or nearly unoccupied properties as small business incubators for the purpose of encouraging and assisting the establishment and expansion of small businesses within this State. Designation of properties as small business incubators shall be made only upon Department receipt of a petition and feasibility study pursuant to this Article.
    (b) Within 45 calendar days after receipt of the feasibility study and petition, the Department shall notify the Board of its decision to designate or withhold designation based upon the study and the criteria set forth in this Article. If the Department does not designate the property as a small business incubator, the Department shall set forth the reasons for its decision in its notification to the Board. A Board receiving a negative response may reapply for designation of the property when circumstances which led to its initial rejection have been remedied.
    (c) The Department shall administer State funding for the incubators it designates. The funding may be provided in the form of a grant or an interest free or below market rate loan. The repayment of a loan may be deferred or waived by the Department so long as the incubator continues to operate. The Department shall not provide any State funding under this Article to a designated small business incubator after the incubator's first 3 years of operation.
    (d) The level of funding provided to a designated incubator shall be based in part on the ability of the incubator to generate adequate financing for small businesses entering the incubator, on the potential of the incubator to create new jobs, on the amount of matching community resources provided to support the incubator and on related factors.
    (e) The total amount of principal and interest due on any Department loan to an incubator shall be amortized over the life of the incubator or a maximum of 15 years.
(Source: P.A. 84-1124.)

30 ILCS 750/11-10

    (30 ILCS 750/11-10) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-10)
    Sec. 11-10. Community Funding. A local governmental unit, educational institution or other community organization, public or private, singly or cooperatively, shall participate in the initial funding and in the maintenance of any facility that a sponsor requests to have designated as a small business incubator. The funding shall be in an amount sufficient to cover the costs of establishment, administration and maintenance that are not covered by rental fees or Department funds. The community shall provide funding assistance to the incubator as long as the facility needs such assistance to operate properly.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-11

    (30 ILCS 750/11-11) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-11)
    Sec. 11-11. Operation of the Incubator. (a) The sponsor of a small business incubator or its agent may hold title to the incubator facility or may lease the property from the titleholder.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), designation of a building or site as a small business incubator shall remain in effect for 15 years unless otherwise agreed to at any time during the period of designation by the Department and the sponsor.
    (c) The titleholder of a building or site designated as a small business incubator who desires to have the building or site returned to its previous use before the expiration of the 15 year designation shall notify the sponsor 5 years before the time the building will be needed. The sponsor shall notify the Department and shall publicize the closing date of the incubator, the lessees of the incubator and to the community.
    (d) The local governmental unit, non-profit organization or educational institution providing the feasibility study and petition to create an incubator shall provide for the continual operation of the incubator and may enter into agreements with public or private entities or with the Community Advisory Board to recommend potential applicants pursuant to Sections 11-12 and 11-13 or to provide small business incubator services pursuant to Section 11-3.
    (e) The incubator sponsor may reserve a reasonable portion of the incubator facility for related public purposes such as laboratory or research facilities or offices of the incubator manager.
    (f) The incubator sponsor shall report in writing at least annually to the Department on the activities of the small business incubator. The report shall include the balance sheet and profit and loss statement of the incubator; the name of each applicant it rejects and the reasons for the rejection; the name of each applicant it favorably evaluates, a description of the applicant's business and the number and types of jobs created; and the types of services provided within the incubator and other economic benefits.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-12

    (30 ILCS 750/11-12) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-12)
    Sec. 11-12. Small Business Applications. When a building is designated as a small business incubator, the incubator sponsor may begin accepting applications from persons desiring to start or expand a small business and to locate that business within a small business incubator. The application form, subject to the approval of the Department, shall request information pertaining to:
    (a) The type of business that the applicant wishes to start or expand;
    (b) An estimate of the number of employees the applicant will need in order to start or expand the business and a 2 year projection of future employment;
    (c) The skill and educational level of the employees that the applicant plans to hire;
    (d) The ability of the applicant to start or operate a successful business;
    (e) A general statement as to why the applicant wishes to be accepted into the small business incubator;
    (f) A signed statement by the applicant that he or she understands and accepts the obligations placed upon him or her under Section 11-14; and
    (g) Information that the applicant considers to be of a proprietary nature and that he or she does not want to be made public.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-13

    (30 ILCS 750/11-13) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-13)
    Sec. 11-13. Evaluation of Applicants. (a) The incubator sponsor shall evaluate all applicants who want to start or expand a small business and to locate within the small business incubator. The evaluation of applicants shall be based upon, but not be limited to, all of the following factors:
    (1) The likelihood that the business will be profitable;
    (2) Whether the product to be manufactured or the service to be rendered would be new or improved;
    (3) Whether the potential market for the product or service is regional, statewide or national;
    (4) The likelihood that the business will generate a significant number of new jobs and not eliminate existing community or area jobs;
    (5) Certification that the business is a new plant start-up or new venture opportunity and is not an area or regional relocation of an existing business, unless that relocation results in substantial growth of the business;
    (6) The likelihood that the business will be substantially aided by its location in the small business incubator.
    (b) The incubator sponsor shall forward to each local governmental unit, educational institution or other agency that has agreed to contribute monetarily or in-kind to the incubator, and to each applicant for incubator space that it favorably evaluates, notification of its decision and whether space exists.
    (c) The incubator sponsor shall notify each applicant it rejects and shall provide the reasons for the rejection.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-14

    (30 ILCS 750/11-14) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-14)
    Sec. 11-14. Lessee Responsibilities. A business which leases space within a designated incubator shall do all of the following:
    (a) Pay rent determined by the incubator sponsor. The sponsor may agree to have the rent for a predetermined number of months payable at a later date by which time the business is expected to have received committed starting capital.
    (b) Pay utilities and other associated costs determined by the sponsor.
    (c) Make every effort to relocate to a permanent location not later than 36 months after entering a small business incubator. A business may request suspension of this requirement for periods of not more than 12 months at a time. The sponsor may suspend the requirement for 12 months at a time upon a determination that a business still requires the services of the incubator.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-15

    (30 ILCS 750/11-15) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-15)
    Sec. 11-15. Department responsibilities. The Department shall work closely with the designated small business incubators, offering advice and assistance when possible, and shall promote, through advertising and other appropriate means, the concept, benefits and availability of small business incubators. The Department shall cooperate with the Community Advisory Boards, local governmental units, non-profit organizations and educational institutions to effectuate the purposes of this Article. The Department, if it finds that a Community Advisory Board or sponsor of an incubator is not operating in compliance with this Article, may withdraw State funding from the incubator. The Department shall report each January 1 to the Governor and the committees of the Senate and House of Representatives responsible for economic development as to the operations of the preceding fiscal year and the implementation of this Article. This shall include information relating to the number of applicants accepted into small business incubators, the number of small businesses in operation at the time of the report, and the structure and operations characteristics of each incubator.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-16

    (30 ILCS 750/11-16) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-16)
    Sec. 11-16. Open Meetings and Confidentiality. (a) Except as provided in subsection (c), the business of the Community Advisory Board or the incubator sponsor or its agent with respect to meeting the requirements of this Article shall be conducted in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. Public notice of the time, date and place of meetings shall be given in the manner required by the Open Meetings Act.
    (b) Except as provided in subsection (c), any written materials prepared, owned, used, possessed by or retained by the Community Advisory Board or the sponsor or its agent in the performance of an official function shall be made available to the public in compliance with The Freedom of Information Act.
    (c) The Community Advisory Board or the sponsor or its agent shall not disclose, either orally or in writing, matters of a proprietary nature such as commercial or financial information, trade secrets and confidential personal information without the consent of the party submitting the information.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/11-17

    (30 ILCS 750/11-17) (from Ch. 127, par. 2711-17)
    Sec. 11-17. 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 expenditures of such monies.
(Source: P.A. 84-109.)

30 ILCS 750/Art. 23

 
    (30 ILCS 750/Art. 23 heading)
Article 23

30 ILCS 750/23-1

    (30 ILCS 750/23-1) (from Ch. 127, par. 2723-1)
    Sec. 23-1. Wages of laborers, mechanics and other workers employed on all "public works" projects undertaken pursuant to contracts financed with appropriations from the Build Illinois Bond Fund or the Build Illinois Purposes Fund shall be subject to the provisions of the Prevailing Wage Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-1475.)