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91_HB3535ham001 LRB9112277MWgcam02 1 AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 3535 2 AMENDMENT NO. . Amend House Bill 3535 by replacing 3 the title with the following: 4 "AN ACT concerning municipal assistance."; and 5 by replacing everything after the enacting clause with the 6 following: 7 "Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Community 8 Affairs Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is 9 amended by adding Section 605-455 as follows: 10 (20 ILCS 605/605-455 new) 11 Sec. 605-455. Office of Municipal Assistance. 12 (a) The Department must provide for, staff, and 13 administer an Office of Municipal Assistance. The Office 14 shall plan and coordinate existing State programs designed to 15 aid and stimulate the economic growth of depressed areas. 16 The Office must perform, but without limitation, the 17 following: 18 (1) Gather information concerning any State or 19 federal program that is designed to revitalize or assist 20 economically depressed areas in the State and provide 21 this information to public and private entities upon -2- LRB9112277MWgcam02 1 request. 2 (2) Provide information, technical support, and 3 assistance to local officials, including, but not limited 4 to, assistance in grant applications, developing economic 5 development strategies, and complying with State and 6 federal laws, rules, and regulations affecting local 7 governments. All State agencies must cooperate with the 8 Office to provide the necessary information, materials, 9 and assistance necessary for the Office to carry out its 10 duties in an efficient manner. 11 (3) Accept grants, loans, or appropriations from the 12 State, the federal government, or any agency or 13 instrumentality of the State or federal government to be 14 used for the operating expenses of the Office and for the 15 purposes of the Office, including the making of direct 16 loans or grants of those moneys for public, private, 17 experimental, or cooperative housing, scientific 18 research, industrial parks, youth employment purposes, 19 business incubators, infrastructure development, 20 alternative energy resource development, community 21 facilities, and any other purpose related to the 22 revitalization of economically depressed areas. 23 (4) Make any rules necessary to carry out its 24 responsibilities. 25 (b) Units of local government eligible for assistance 26 under this Section must (i) be located in an area in need of 27 economic development, (ii) have developed a specific proposal 28 for economic development, and (iii) lack available local 29 revenues, resources, or knowledge necessary to implement the 30 proposal. 31 (c) This Section is repealed on January 1, 2005. 32 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect on 33 January 1, 2001.".
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