Full Text of HB2083 97th General Assembly
HB2083eng 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Sections 605-456, 605-460, and 605-465 as
(20 ILCS 605/605-456 new)
Survey and report on business incentives.
(a) The Department shall contact businesses that are
located in the State or have been identified as having left the
State. The Department shall request that the business complete
a survey, developed by the Department, that includes
information regarding (i) why the business left, if applicable,
and the location to which the business relocated and (ii) any
incentives that are needed to keep and attract the business.
(b) The Department shall compile the results of the surveys
and any other relevant information provided to the Department.
By each July 1, the Department shall report to the General
Assembly upon its compilation of the previous year's survey
responses and any of the other relevant information. The report
must identify, at a minimum, the most common responses,
categorized by industry and region, regarding (i) why
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businesses left Illinois, (ii) what incentives would have
influenced businesses to remain in Illinois, and (iii) to which
cities and states the businesses have relocated.
(c) For the purposes of this Section, a business is defined
as one that is engaged in interstate or intrastate commerce for
the purpose of manufacturing, processing, assembling,
warehousing, or distributing products, conducting research and
development, providing tourism services, or providing services
in interstate commerce, office industries, or agricultural
processing, but excluding retail, retail food, health, or
(d) The Department shall adopt rules for the implementation
of this Section.
(20 ILCS 605/605-460 new)
Engineering excellence program.
(a) Coordination between engineering schools and private
business is an important tool in fostering innovation.
Universities have eager students, experienced faculty, and
state-of-the-art research facilities. Businesses have existing
markets, production capital, and evolving needs. The General
Assembly believes that universities and businesses should
share resources to allow students to participate in the
research and development area of innovative design and to allow
businesses to benefit from the developing skills of these
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(b) In order to facilitate engineering excellence, the
Department shall develop a program to achieve the goals set
forth in subsection (a). Under this program, the Department
(1) Annually contact the State's major public and
private universities with engineering schools.
(2) Request a one-page written summary of the
internship, externship, or residency programs operated by
the engineering college of each of the contacted
(3) Identify the manufacturing businesses within 50
miles of each university that responded under paragraph (2)
that could benefit from assistance in the area of
(4) Send a letter to each manufacturer identified under
paragraph (3), informing it of the university's program and
advising the business to contact the university if it
wishes to participate in the engineering school's program.
(c) The Department shall adopt rules for the implementation
of this Section.
(20 ILCS 605/605-465 new)
Comprehensive website information.
(a) The Department's official website must contain a
comprehensive list of State, local, and federal economic
benefits available to businesses in each of the State's
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counties and municipalities that the Department includes on its
website. In order to do so:
(1) The Department annually must request a summary of
available economic benefits from each of the State's
counties and municipalities that are linked to the
(2) The information obtained under paragraph (1) must
be published on the related web pages of the Department's
(3) The Department's website shall also provide
information regarding available federal economic benefits
to the extent possible.
(b) The Department shall adopt rules for the implementation
of this Section.