Synopsis As Introduced Amends the State Commemorative Dates Act. Provides that the fifth day of March of each year shall be designated as the Day of the Horse, to be observed throughout the State as a day to encourage citizens to honor and celebrate the role of equines in the history and character of Illinois, and to recognize the benefits of the equine industry to the economy, agriculture, tourism, and quality of life in Illinois.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Retailers' Occupation Tax Act. Provides that, from March 1, 2010 to July 31, 2012, the exemption for manufacturing, assembling, or graphic arts machinery or equipment shall also apply to a business enterprise which (i) complies with certain job creation and investment criteria, (ii) receives certification from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, (iii) was a Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity certified business enterprise in 2009, and (iv) retained a minimum of 500 full-time equivalent jobs in Illinois in 2009 and 2010, 675 full-time equivalent jobs in Illinois in 2011, 850 full-time equivalent jobs in Illinois in 2012, and 1,000 full-time equivalent jobs in Illinois in 2013. Provides that those jobs must have been created in the manufacturing sector as defined by the North American Industry Classification System. Effective immediately.