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91_HB4655 LRB9113281MWgc 1 AN ACT in relation to training and technology grant 2 programs. 3 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 4 represented in the General Assembly: 5 Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Community 6 Affairs Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is 7 amended by changing Sections 605-355, 605-800, and 605-805 8 and by adding Sections 605-807 and 605-808 as follows: 9 (20 ILCS 605/605-355) (was 20 ILCS 605/46.19a in part) 10 Sec. 605-355. Grants for research and development in 11 high technology and service sectors. 12 (a) The Department is authorized to establish a program 13 of grants to universities, community colleges, research 14 institutions, research consortiums, other not-for-profit 15 entities, and Illinois businesses for the purpose of 16 fostering research and development in the high technology and 17 the service sector leading to the development of new products 18 and services that can be marketed by Illinois businesses. All 19 grant awards shall include a contract that may provide for 20 payment of negotiated royalties to the Department if the 21 product or service to be developed by the grantee is 22 subsequently licensed for production. 23 (b) Grants may be awarded to universities and research 24 institutions to assist them in making their faculties and 25 facilities available to Illinois businesses. The grants may 26 be used by a university or research institution for purposes 27 including but not limited to the following: (i) to establish 28 or enhance computerized cataloging of all research labs and 29 university staff and make those catalogues available to 30 Illinois businesses; (ii) to market products developed by the 31 university to Illinois businesses; (iii) to review -2- LRB9113281MWgc 1 publications in order to identify, catalog, and inform 2 Illinois businesses of new practices in areas such as 3 robotics,
andbiotechnology, and e-commerce; (iv) to build an 4 on-line, information and technology system that relies on 5 other computerized networks in the United States; and (v) to 6 assist in securing temporary replacement for faculty who are 7 granted a leave of absence from their teaching duties for the 8 purpose of working full-time for an Illinois business to 9 assist that business with technology transfer. 10 (c) Grants may be awarded to universities and research 11 institutions, research consortiums, and other not-for-profit 12 entities for the purpose of identifying and supporting 13 Illinois businesses engaged in high technology and service 14 sector enterprises. The Illinois businesses identified and 15 funded shall include recipients of Small Business Innovation 16 Research Program funds under subsections (e) through (k) of 17 Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638, 18 subsections (e) through (k)). Entities receiving grants under 19 this subsection (c) shall be known as commercialization 20 centers and shall engage in one or more of the following 21 activities: 22 (1) Directing research assistance for new venture 23 creations. 24 (2) General feasibility studies of new venture 25 ideas. 26 (3) Furthering the technical and intellectual 27 skills of the managers and owners of Illinois small 28 businesses. 29 (4) Commercialization of technology and research. 30 (5) Development of prototypes and testing new 31 products. 32 (6) Identifying and assisting in securing 33 financing. 34 (7) Marketing assistance. -3- LRB9113281MWgc 1 (8) Assisting Illinois inventors in finding 2 Illinois manufacturers to produce and market their 3 inventions. 4 A commercialization center may charge a nominal fee or 5 accept royalty agreements for conducting feasibility studies 6 and other services. 7 (d) Grants may be awarded by the Department to Illinois 8 businesses to fund research and consultation arrangements 9 between businesses and universities, community colleges, 10 research institutions, research consortiums, and other 11 not-for-profit entities within this State. 12 The Department shall give priority to Illinois small 13 businesses in awarding grants. Each grant awarded under this 14 subsection (d) shall provide funding for up to 50% of the 15 cost of the research or consultation arrangements, not to 16 exceed $100,000; provided that the grant recipient utilizes 17 Illinois not for profit research and academic institutions to 18 perform the research and development function for which grant 19 funds were requested. 20 (e) Grants may be awarded to research consortiums and 21 other qualified applicants, in conjunction with private 22 sector or federal funding, for other creative systems that 23 bridge university resources and business, technological, 24 production, and development concerns. 25 (f) For the purposes of this Section: 26 "High technology" means any area of research or 27 development designed to foster greater knowledge or 28 understanding in fields such as computer science, 29 electronics, physics, chemistry, or biology for the purpose 30 of producing designing, developing, or improving prototypes 31 and new processes. 32 "Illinois business" means a "small business concern" as 33 defined in 15 U.S.C. 632 that conducts its business 34 primarily in Illinois. -4- LRB9113281MWgc 1 "Illinois research institutions" refers to not-for-profit 2 entities, which include federally funded research 3 laboratories, that conduct research and development 4 activities for the purpose of producing, designing, 5 developing, or improving prototypes and new processes. 6 "Other not-for-profit entities" means nonprofit 7 organizations based in Illinois that are primarily devoted 8 to new enterprise or product development. 9 "Private sector" has the meaning ascribed to it in 29 10 U.S.C. 1503. 11 "University" means either a degree granting institution 12 located in Illinois as defined in Section 2 of the Academic 13 Degree Act, or a State-supported institution of higher 14 learning administered by the Board of Trustees of the 15 University of Illinois, the Board of Trustees of Southern 16 Illinois University, the Board of Trustees of Chicago State 17 University, the Board of Trustees of Eastern Illinois 18 University, the Board of Trustees of Governors State 19 University, the Board of Trustees of Illinois State 20 University, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern Illinois 21 University, the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois 22 University, the Board of Trustees of Western Illinois 23 University, or the Illinois Community College Board. 24 "Venture" means any Illinois business engaged in research 25 and development to create new products or services with high 26 growth potential. 27 (g) The Department may establish a program of grant 28 assistance on a matching basis to universities, community 29 colleges, small business development centers, community 30 action agencies and other not-for-profit economic development 31 agencies to encourage new enterprise development and new 32 business formation and to encourage enterprises in this 33 State. The Department may provide grants, which shall be 34 exempt from the provisions of Section 35-360, to -5- LRB9113281MWgc 1 universities, community colleges, small business development 2 centers, community action agencies, and other not-for-profit 3 economic development entities for the purpose of making loans 4 to small businesses. All grant applications shall contain 5 information as required by the Department, including the 6 following: a program operation plan; a certification and 7 assurance that the small business applicants have received 8 business development training or education, have a business 9 and finance plan, and have experience in the proposed 10 business area; and a description of the support services that 11 the grant recipient will provide to the small business. No 12 more than 10% of the grant may be used by the grant recipient 13 for administrative costs associated with the grant. Grant 14 recipients may use grant funds under this program to make 15 loans on terms and conditions favorable to the small business 16 and shall give priority to those businesses located in high 17 poverty areas, enterprise zones, or both. 18 (Source: P.A. 90-454, eff. 8-16-97; 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.) 19 (20 ILCS 605/605-800) (was 20 ILCS 605/46.19a in part) 20 Sec. 605-800. Training grants for skills in critical 21 demand. 22 (a) Grants to provide training in fields affected by 23 critical demands for certain skills may be made as provided 24 in this Section. 25 (b) The Director may make grants to eligible employers 26 or to other eligible entities on behalf of employers as 27 authorized in subsection (c) to provide training for 28 employees in fields for which there are critical demands for 29 certain skills. 30 (c) The Director may accept applications for training 31 grant funds and grant requests from: (i) entities sponsoring 32 multi-company eligible employee training projects as defined 33 in subsection (d), including business associations, strategic -6- LRB9113281MWgc 1 business partnerships, institutions of secondary or higher 2 education, large manufacturers for supplier network 3 companies, federal Job Training Partnership Act4 administrative entities or grant recipients,and labor 5 organizations when those projects will address common 6 training needs identified by participating companies; and7 (ii) individual employers that are undertaking eligible 8 employee training projects as defined in subsection (d), 9 including intermediaries and training agents; and (iii) 10 individual employers in manufacturing, manufacturing-related, 11 technology, or technology-related fields employing less than 12 200 full-time employees. 13 (d) The Director may make grants to eligible applicants 14 as defined in subsection (c) for employee training projects 15 that include, but need not be limited to, one or more of the 16 following: 17 (1) Training programs in response to new or 18 changing technology being introduced in the workplace. 19 (2) Job-linked training that offers special skills20 for career advancement or that is preparatory for, and21 leads directly to, jobs with definite career potential22 and long-term job security. 23 (3) Training necessary to implement total quality 24 management or improvement or both management and 25 improvement systems within the workplace. 26 (4) Training related to new machinery or equipment 27 being installed in the workplace. 28 (5) Training of employees of companies that are 29 expanding into new markets or expanding exports from 30 Illinois. 31 (6) Basic, remedial, or both basic and remedial 32 training of employees as a prerequisite for other 33 vocational or technical skills training or as a condition34 for sustained employment. -7- LRB9113281MWgc 1 (7) Self-employment training of the unemployed and 2 underemployed with comprehensive, competency-based 3 instructional programs and services, entrepreneurial 4 education and training initiatives for youth and adult 5 learners in cooperation with the Illinois Institute for 6 Entrepreneurial Education, training and education, 7 conferences, workshops, and best practice information for 8 local program operators of entrepreneurial education and 9 self-employment training programs. 10 (8) Other training activities or projects, or both 11 training activities and projects, related to the support, 12 development, or evaluation of job training programs, 13 activities, and delivery systems, including training 14 needs assessment and design. 15 (e) Grants shall be made on the terms and conditions 16 that the Department shall determine. No grant made under 17 subsection (d), however, shall exceed 50% of the direct costs 18 of all approved training programs provided by the employer or 19 the employer's training agent or other entity as defined in 20 subsection (c). Under this Section, allowable costs include, 21 but are not limited to: 22 (1) Administrative costs of tracking, documenting, 23 reporting, and processing training funds or project 24 costs. 25 (2) Curriculum development. 26 (3) Wages and fringe benefits of employees. 27 (4) Training materials , including scrap product28 costs. 29 (5) Trainee travel expenses. 30 (6) Instructor costs, including wages, fringe 31 benefits, tuition, and travel expenses. 32 (7) Rent , purchase,or lease of training equipment. 33 (8) Other usual and customary training costs. 34 (f) The Director will ensure that a minimum of one -8- LRB9113281MWgc 1 on-site grant monitoring visit is conducted by the Department 2 either during the course of the grant period or within 6 3 months following the end of the grant period. The Department 4 shall verify that the grantee's financial management system 5 is structured to provide for accurate, current, and complete 6 disclosure of the financial results of the grant program in 7 accordance with all provisions, terms, and conditions 8 contained in the grant contract. 9 (g) The Director may establish and collect a schedule of 10 charges from subgrantee entities and other system users under 11 federal or State-supported training job-trainingprograms, 12 federal or State-supported technology programs, or both for 13 participating in and utilizing the Department's automated14 job-training programinformation systems or other 15 specialized, extraordinary services if the systems and 16 services and the necessary participation and utilization are 17 requirements of the federal or State training or technology 18 job-trainingprograms. All moneys moniescollected pursuant 19 to this subsection shall be deposited into the Training and 20 Technology Federal Job-Training InformationSystems Revolving 21 Fund created in Section 605-805 35-805. 22 (Source: P.A. 90-454, eff. 8-16-97; 91-239, eff. 1-1-00; 23 91-476, eff. 8-11-99; revised 10-20-99.) 24 (20 ILCS 605/605-805) (was 20 ILCS 605/46.19a in part) 25 Sec. 605-805. Training and Technology Federal26 Job-Training InformationSystems Revolving Fund. There is 27 hereby created a special fund in the State treasury to be 28 known as the Training and Technology Federal Job-Training29 InformationSystems Revolving Fund. The deposit of monies 30 into this fund shall be limited to the collection of charges 31 pursuant to subsection (g) of Section 605-800. The monies in 32 the fund may be used by the Department, subject to 33 appropriation by the General Assembly, only for the purpose -9- LRB9113281MWgc 1 of financing the maintenance and operation of the automated 2 Training and Technology Federal Job-Training Information3 Systems or other specialized, extraordinary services pursuant 4 to subsection (g) of Section 605-800. 5 (Source: P.A. 90-454, eff. 8-16-97; 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.) 6 (20 ILCS 605/605-807 new) 7 Sec. 605-807. Technology and manufacturing training 8 vouchers. 9 (a) The Director is authorized to establish, operate, 10 and maintain a system of job-linked educational and technical 11 training vouchers issued to qualified institutions on behalf 12 of employees of technology, technology-related, 13 manufacturing, or manufacturing-related companies which, upon 14 redemption, shall defray part of the tuition and fee expenses 15 for qualified educational and technical training programs. 16 (1) All benefits provided in this Section must be 17 in the form of tuition or educational fee vouchers 18 redeemable by a qualified educational or technical 19 training entity for reimbursable services performed by 20 the entity on behalf of the individual presenting the 21 voucher. 22 (2) Each tuition or educational fee voucher must 23 state on its face the value of the voucher and the 24 conditions to be met for partial or full redemption. 25 (3) Each tuition or educational fee voucher must 26 refer to all provisions, rules, and regulations governing 27 the proper use of the voucher and all penalties that may 28 result in the event the voucher is not used in 29 accordance with those provisions, rules, and regulations. 30 (b) An employee is entitled to receive benefits under 31 this Section if it is determined that: 32 (1) the individual is an employee of an eligible 33 company and employed in the State of Illinois; -10- LRB9113281MWgc 1 (2) the employee has enrolled in a job-linked 2 program at a qualified institution or training provider 3 that has been certified by the Department as eligible for 4 reimbursement for the acquisition of additional skills 5 relevant to the employer's need by means of individual or 6 multi-course programs or certifications that may contain 7 educational or technical components; and 8 (3) the employee (i) has not been issued vouchers 9 in the maximum amount authorized under subsection (c) 10 within the 24 months previous to the pending 11 determination of eligibility for benefits and (ii) is not 12 receiving funds for the educational or technical training 13 programs from another State or federally-funded program. 14 (c) An individual who claims benefits under this Section 15 and who is entitled to receive benefits under subsection (b) 16 may receive vouchers. The aggregate value of the vouchers, 17 for the 12 months commencing on the first day of the week 18 during which a claim is made, may not exceed 50% of the 19 aggregate costs for tuition or other educational fees 20 eligible for payment under rules of the Department. In no 21 event, however, may the aggregate value of the vouchers 22 issued together with all such vouchers issued within the 24 23 months previous to the determination of eligibility exceed 24 $3,000. 25 No person may receive vouchers under this Section unless 26 funds have been appropriated or otherwise made available for 27 the purposes of this Section during the fiscal year. 28 A voucher is deemed to be received by the individual 29 making a claim for benefits under this Section at the time 30 the Department delivers the voucher to the entity providing 31 qualified educational or technical training services. 32 Delivery of a voucher by the Department to a training 33 provider is the same as though the individual on whose behalf 34 the voucher is made delivered the voucher himself or herself. -11- LRB9113281MWgc 1 A voucher may not be issued for any qualified claim after 52 2 weeks after the first day of the week during which the claim 3 is made and for educational or technical training services 4 that are not completed before 92 weeks after the first day of 5 the week during which the claim is made. 6 (d) An individual entitled to benefits under this 7 Section must apply the benefits toward defraying the cost of 8 qualified job-linked educational or technical training 9 programs that will help qualify the individual to meet his or 10 her employer's skill needs. 11 Upon becoming admitted to a qualified job-linked 12 educational or technical training program, the individual may 13 cause the entity that operates the program to notify the 14 Department of the individual's admission, the cost of 15 participation in the program, the courses of instruction that 16 comprises the program, and the term periods of the program. 17 Upon receiving the notice described in this subsection 18 and conducting any other investigations it determines are 19 necessary to make certain the individual is qualified and has 20 been admitted to a qualified educational or technical 21 training program, the Department shall immediately issue a 22 voucher in the appropriate amount. The voucher must be 23 delivered to the entity providing the qualified training 24 program. A copy of the voucher shall be delivered to the 25 individual receiving benefits and to his or her employer. 26 Upon receipt of the voucher, the entity shall deliver the 27 voucher to the State Comptroller who shall draw a warrant on 28 the State Treasurer for payment to the training entity from 29 the Department's appropriations. 30 (e) The Department must, on or before the beginning of 31 each fiscal year, publish a list of qualified training 32 courses, training programs, and training providers. The 33 training must be provided by an educational, vocational, or 34 technical training institution that is located in Illinois -12- LRB9113281MWgc 1 and that is (i) operated by a public school as provided in 2 the School Code or by a public community college as provided 3 in the Public Community College Act, (ii) operated, publicly 4 or privately, on a not-for-profit basis and meets standards 5 substantially equivalent to those of comparable institutions 6 operated by this State or by public community colleges, (iii) 7 operated by a college or any business, trade, technical, or 8 vocational school that is recognized or accredited by a 9 recognized national or multi-state organization or 10 association that regularly recognizes or accredits colleges 11 or schools, or (iv) operated by a public or private company 12 or training entity that can provide industry-recognized 13 technical training resulting in portable or transferable 14 skills or certifications to the employee of direct benefit to 15 the employee's current employer. The Department may amend the 16 published list of qualified training courses, training 17 programs, and training providers at any time during the 18 course of the State fiscal year in response employer demand. 19 (20 ILCS 605/605-808 new) 20 Sec. 605-808. School-to-work grants. The Director may 21 make grants to support innovative programs that foster 22 school-to-work efforts. In making these grant awards, the 23 Director shall give priority consideration to those projects 24 with demonstrated employer involvement and commitment that 25 address critical current or projected future skill shortages 26 in the workforce that are hindering or have the potential to 27 hinder the Department's economic development activities. 28 Grant funds may be used for, but are not necessarily limited 29 to, the following: 30 (1) New program development activities, including 31 skill standards development. 32 (2) Curriculum development. 33 (3) Career and industry awareness. -13- LRB9113281MWgc 1 (4) Educator industry awareness workshops. 2 (5) Professional development days for teachers. 3 (6) Student support mechanisms, stipends, or both. 4 (7) Student work-site experience stipends. 5 (8) Skill aptitude tests, assessment tests, or 6 both. 7 (9) Administrative costs of a project, not to 8 exceed 15% of the total grant award including indirect 9 costs. 10 (10) Other usual and customary costs. 11 Section 10. The Prairie State 2000 Authority Act is 12 amended by adding Section 1.5 as follows: 13 (20 ILCS 4020/1.5 new) 14 Sec. 1.5. Transfer to the Department of Commerce and 15 Community Affairs. All obligations of the Prairie State 2000 16 Authority that are outstanding on the effective date of this 17 amendatory Act of the 91st General Assembly are transferred 18 to the Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Any 19 appropriations made to the Authority that are unexpended on 20 the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General 21 Assembly are transferred to the Department of Commerce and 22 Community Affairs. 23 Moneys remaining in the Prairie State 2000 Fund on the 24 effective date of this amendatory Act of the 91st General 25 Assembly may be used, subject to appropriation, by the 26 Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. 27 Section 15. The State Finance Act is amended by changing 28 Section 5.195 as follows: 29 (30 ILCS 105/5.195) (from Ch. 127, par. 141.195) 30 Sec. 5.195. The Training and Technology Federal Job-14- LRB9113281MWgc 1 Training InformationSystems Revolving Fund. 2 (Source: P.A. 84-1124.) 3 (20 ILCS 605/605-360 rep.) 4 Section 20. The Department of Commerce and Community 5 Affairs Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is 6 amended by repealing Section 605-360. 7 (20 ILCS 4020/2 rep.) 8 (20 ILCS 4020/3 rep.) 9 (20 ILCS 4020/4 rep.) 10 (20 ILCS 4020/7 rep.) 11 (20 ILCS 4020/8 rep.) 12 (20 ILCS 4020/9 rep.) 13 (20 ILCS 4020/10 rep.) 14 (20 ILCS 4020/11 rep.) 15 (20 ILCS 4020/12 rep.) 16 (20 ILCS 4020/13 rep.) 17 (20 ILCS 4020/14 rep.) 18 (20 ILCS 4020/15 rep.) 19 (20 ILCS 4020/16 rep.) 20 (20 ILCS 4020/17 rep.) 21 (20 ILCS 4020/18 rep.) 22 (20 ILCS 4020/19 rep.) 23 (20 ILCS 4020/22 rep.) 24 Section 25. The Prairie State 2000 Authority Act is 25 amended by repealing Sections 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 26 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 22. 27 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon 28 becoming law. -15- LRB9113281MWgc 1 INDEX 2 Statutes amended in order of appearance 3 20 ILCS 605/605-355 was 20 ILCS 605/46.19a in part 4 20 ILCS 605/605-800 was 20 ILCS 605/46.19a in part 5 20 ILCS 605/605-805 was 20 ILCS 605/46.19a in part 6 20 ILCS 605/605-807 new 7 20 ILCS 605/605-808 new 8 20 ILCS 4020/1.5 new 9 30 ILCS 105/5.195 from Ch. 127, par. 141.195 10 20 ILCS 605/605-360 rep. 11 20 ILCS 4020/2 rep. 12 20 ILCS 4020/3 rep. 13 20 ILCS 4020/4 rep. 14 20 ILCS 4020/7 rep. 15 20 ILCS 4020/8 rep. 16 20 ILCS 4020/9 rep. 17 20 ILCS 4020/10 rep. 18 20 ILCS 4020/11 rep. 19 20 ILCS 4020/12 rep. 20 20 ILCS 4020/13 rep. 21 20 ILCS 4020/14 rep. 22 20 ILCS 4020/15 rep. 23 20 ILCS 4020/16 rep. 24 20 ILCS 4020/17 rep. 25 20 ILCS 4020/18 rep. 26 20 ILCS 4020/19 rep. 27 20 ILCS 4020/22 rep.
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