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Full Text of HB2083  97th General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
6amended by adding Sections 605-456, 605-460, and 605-465 as
8    (20 ILCS 605/605-456 new)
9    Sec. 605-456. Survey and report on business incentives.
10    (a) The Department shall contact businesses that are
11located in the State or have been identified as having left the
12State. The Department shall request that the business complete
13a survey, developed by the Department, that includes
14information regarding (i) why the business left, if applicable,
15and the location to which the business relocated and (ii) any
16incentives that are needed to keep and attract the business.
17    (b) The Department shall compile the results of the surveys
18and any other relevant information provided to the Department.
19By each July 1, the Department shall report to the General
20Assembly upon its compilation of the previous year's survey
21responses and any of the other relevant information. The report
22must identify, at a minimum, the most common responses,
23categorized by industry and region, regarding (i) why



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1businesses left Illinois, (ii) what incentives would have
2influenced businesses to remain in Illinois, and (iii) to which
3cities and states the businesses have relocated.
4    (c) For the purposes of this Section, a business is defined
5as one that is engaged in interstate or intrastate commerce for
6the purpose of manufacturing, processing, assembling,
7warehousing, or distributing products, conducting research and
8development, providing tourism services, or providing services
9in interstate commerce, office industries, or agricultural
10processing, but excluding retail, retail food, health, or
11professional services.
12    (d) The Department shall adopt rules for the implementation
13of this Section.
14    (20 ILCS 605/605-460 new)
15    Sec. 605-460. Engineering excellence program.
16    (a) Coordination between engineering schools and private
17business is an important tool in fostering innovation.
18Universities have eager students, experienced faculty, and
19state-of-the-art research facilities. Businesses have existing
20markets, production capital, and evolving needs. The General
21Assembly believes that universities and businesses should
22share resources to allow students to participate in the
23research and development area of innovative design and to allow
24businesses to benefit from the developing skills of these



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1    (b) In order to facilitate engineering excellence, the
2Department shall develop a program to achieve the goals set
3forth in subsection (a). Under this program, the Department
5        (1) Annually contact the State's major public and
6    private universities with engineering schools.
7        (2) Request a one-page written summary of the
8    internship, externship, or residency programs operated by
9    the engineering college of each of the contacted
10    universities.
11        (3) Identify the manufacturing businesses within 50
12    miles of each university that responded under paragraph (2)
13    that could benefit from assistance in the area of
14    innovative design.
15        (4) Send a letter to each manufacturer identified under
16    paragraph (3), informing it of the university's program and
17    advising the business to contact the university if it
18    wishes to participate in the engineering school's program.
19    (c) The Department shall adopt rules for the implementation
20of this Section.
21    (20 ILCS 605/605-465 new)
22    Sec. 605-465. Comprehensive website information.
23    (a) The Department's official website must contain a
24comprehensive list of State, local, and federal economic
25benefits available to businesses in each of the State's



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1counties and municipalities that the Department includes on its
2website. In order to do so:
3        (1) The Department annually must request a summary of
4    available economic benefits from each of the State's
5    counties and municipalities that are linked to the
6    Department's website.
7        (2) The information obtained under paragraph (1) must
8    be published on the related web pages of the Department's
9    website.
10        (3) The Department's website shall also provide
11    information regarding available federal economic benefits
12    to the extent possible.
13    (b) The Department shall adopt rules for the implementation
14of this Section.