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Full Text of HB2927  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 Illinois Emergency Employment Development
5Act is amended by changing Sections 2, 3, 6, 7, 9 and by adding
6Sections 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, and 18 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 630/2)  (from Ch. 48, par. 2402)
8    Sec. 2. For the purposes of this Act, the following words
9have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section.
10    (a) "Advisory Committee" means the 21st Century Workforce
11Development Fund Advisory Committee, established under the
1221st Century Workforce Development Fund Act.
13    (b) (a) "Coordinator" means the Illinois Emergency
14Employment Development Coordinator appointed under Section 3.
15    (c) "Department" means the Illinois Department of Commerce
16and Economic Opportunity.
17    (d) "Director" means the Director of Commerce and Economic
19    (e) (b) "Eligible business" means a for-profit business.
20    (f) (c) "Eligible employer" means an eligible nonprofit
21agency, or an eligible business.
22    (g) (d) "Eligible job applicant" means a person who (1) has
23been a resident of this State for at least one year; and (2) is



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1unemployed; and (3) is not receiving and is not qualified to
2receive unemployment compensation or workers' compensation;
3and (4) is determined by the employment administrator to be
4likely to be available for employment by an eligible employer
5for the duration of the job. :
6        A. (1) has been a resident of this State for at least
7    one year; and (2) is unemployed; and (3) is not receiving
8    and is not qualified to receive unemployment compensation
9    or workers' compensation; and (4) is determined by the
10    employment administrator to be likely to be available for
11    employment by an eligible employer for the duration of the
12    job; or
13        B. is otherwise eligible for services under the Job
14    Training Partnership Act (29 USCA 1501 et seq.).
15    In addition, a farmer who resides in a county qualified
16under Federal Disaster Relief and who can demonstrate severe
17financial need may be considered unemployed under this
19    (h) (e) "Eligible nonprofit agency" means an organization
20exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954,
21Section 501(c)(3).
22    (i) (f) "Employment administrator" means the
23administrative entity designated by the Coordinator, and
24approved by the Advisory Committee, to administer the
25provisions of this Act in each service delivery area. With
26approval of the Advisory Committee, the Coordinator may



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1designate an administrative entity authorized under the
2Workforce Investment Act or private, public, or non-profit
3entities that have proven effectiveness in providing training,
4workforce development, and job placement services to
5low-income individuals Manager of the Department of Commerce
6and Economic Opportunity Job Training Programs Division or his
7or her designee.
8    (j) "Fringe benefits" means all non-salary costs for each
9person employed under the program, including, but not limited
10to, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and health
11benefits, as would be provided to non-subsidized employees
12performing similar work.
13    (k) (g) "Household" means a group of persons living at the
14same residence consisting of, at a maximum, spouses and the
15minor children of each.
16    (l) (h) "Program" means the Illinois Emergency Employment
17Development Program created by this Act consisting of temporary
18work relief projects in nonprofit agencies and new job creation
19in the private sector.
20    (i) "Service Delivery Area" means that unit or units of
21local government designated by the Governor pursuant to Title
22I, Part A, Section 102 of the Job Training Partnership Act (29
23USCA et seq.).
24    (j) "Excess unemployed" means the number of unemployed in
25excess of 6.5% of the service delivery area population.
26    (k) "Private industry council" means governing body of each



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1service delivery area created pursuant to Title I, Section 102
2of the Job Training Partnership Act (29 USC 1501 et seq.).
3    (m) "Service delivery area" means an area designated as a
4Local Workforce Investment Area by the State.
5    (n) "Workforce Investment Act" means the federal Workforce
6Investment Act of 1998, any amendments to that Act, and any
7other applicable federal statutes.
8(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)
9    (20 ILCS 630/3)  (from Ch. 48, par. 2403)
10    Sec. 3. Illinois Emergency Employment Development
12    (a) The governor shall may appoint an Illinois Emergency
13Employment Development Coordinator to administer the
14provisions of this Act. The coordinator shall be within the
15Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, but shall be
16responsible directly to the governor. The coordinator shall
17have the powers necessary to carry out the purpose of the
19    (b) The coordinator shall:
20        (1) recommend one or more Employment Administrators
21    for each service delivery area for approval by the Advisory
22    Committee, with recommendations based on the demonstrated
23    ability of the Employment Administrator to identify and
24    address local needs Coordinate the Program with other State
25    agencies;



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1        (2) enter into a contract with one or more Employment
2    Administrators in each service delivery area Coordinate
3    administration of the program with the general assistance
4    program;
5        (3) assist the Employment Administrator in developing
6    a satisfactory plan if an Employment Administrator submits
7    one that does not conform to program requirements Set
8    policy regarding disbursement of program funds; and
9        (4) convene and provide staff support to the Advisory
10    Committee;
11        (5) coordinate the program with other State agencies
12    and services including public benefits and workforce
13    programs for unemployed individuals; and Perform general
14    program marketing and monitoring functions.
15        (6) perform general program marketing and monitoring
16    functions.
17    (c) The coordinator shall administer the program within the
18Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The Director
19of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall provide
20administrative support services to the coordinator for the
21purposes of the program.
22    (d) The coordinator shall report to the Governor, the
23Advisory Committee, Illinois Job Training Coordinating Council
24and the General Assembly on a quarterly basis concerning (1)
25the number of persons employed under the program; (2) the
26number and type of employers under the program; (3) the amount



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1of money spent in each service delivery area for wages for each
2type of employment and each type of other expenses; (4) the
3number of persons who have completed participation in the
4program and their current employment, educational or training
5status; and (5) any information requested by the General
6Assembly, the Advisory Committee, or governor or deemed
7pertinent by the coordinator; and (6) any identified violations
8of this Act and actions taken. Each report shall include
9cumulative information, as well as information for each
11    (e) Rules. The Director of Commerce and Economic
12Opportunity, with the advice of the coordinator and the
13Advisory Committee, shall adopt rules for the administration
14and enforcement of this Act.
15(Source: P.A. 96-995, eff. 1-1-11.)
16    (20 ILCS 630/6)  (from Ch. 48, par. 2406)
17    Sec. 6. Program funds; uses. Funds appropriated for the
18purposes of the program shall not exceed $10 million per fiscal
20    Funds appropriated for the purposes of the program may be
21used as follows:
22    (a) To provide a State contribution for wages and fringe
23benefits for eligible job applicants for a maximum of 1,040
24hours over a maximum period of 52 26 weeks per job applicant.
25For eligible job applicants participating in a job training



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1program, the State contribution for wages may be used for a
2maximum period of 52 weeks per job applicant. The minimum
3allowable hourly wage for job applicants employed in this
4program shall not be below 120% of the current State minimum
5wage rate. At least 75% of the funds appropriated for the
6program must be used to pay wages and fringe benefits for
7eligible job applicants. State contribution amounts are as
9        (1) For for-profit business employers, the The State
10    contribution for wages shall be 50% of the minimum
11    allowable hourly wage wages up to a maximum of $4 per hour
12    for each eligible job applicant employed. The State
13    contribution for fringe benefits may be up to 25% of the
14    State wage contribution $1 per hour for each eligible job
15    applicant employed. The employer must match wages in an
16    amount equal to or greater than the State contribution for
17    this program. Employers are responsible for the remaining
18    costs of any benefits provided and other employment related
19    costs. The However, the employer may use funds from other
20    sources to provide increased wages and benefits to the
21    applicants it employs. During the first fiscal year in
22    which the program is in effect, at least 75% of the funds
23    appropriated for the program must be used to pay wages for
24    eligible job applicants. During each subsequent fiscal
25    year in which the program is in effect, at least 85% of the
26    funds appropriated for the program must be used to pay



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1    wages for eligible job applicants;
2        (2) For non-profit employers participating in this
3    program, the State contribution for wages shall be 75% of
4    the minimum allowable hourly wage for each eligible job
5    applicant employed. The State contribution for fringe
6    benefits may be up to 25% of the state wage contribution
7    per hour for each eligible job applicant employed. The
8    employer must match wages in an amount equal to or greater
9    than the State contribution for this program. The State
10    contribution may be used to provide workers' compensation
11    coverage to applicants employed by government or
12    non-profit agencies under this Act. Employers are
13    responsible for the remaining costs of any benefits. The
14    employer may use funds from other sources to provide
15    increased wages and benefits to the applicants it employs.
16    (b) To provide child care services or subsidies or other
17supportive services necessary to maintain employment to
18applicants employed under the program;
19    (c) To provide workers' compensation coverage to
20applicants employed by nonprofit agencies under the program;
21    (d) To provide job search assistance, labor market
22orientation, job seeking and work readiness skills, and
23referral for other services;
24    (e) To purchase supplies and materials for projects
25creating permanent improvements to public property in an amount
26not to exceed one percent of the funds appropriated; and .



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1    (f) To reimburse the Department in an amount not to exceed
21% of the funds appropriated for the actual cost of
3administering this Act, and to reimburse the Employment
4Administrators in an amount not to exceed 4.5% of the funds
5allocated to them for their actual cost of administering this
6Act. The Director and the Employment Administrators shall
7leverage funds from other sources to cover the administrative
8costs of this program whenever possible.
9    The Employment Administrator of each service delivery area
10shall submit to the Coordinator a spending plan establishing
11that funds allocated to the service delivery area will be used
12within one year after the effective date, in the manner
13required by this Act. Any funds allocated to a service delivery
14area for which there is no spending plan approved by the
15Coordinator shall be returned to the Department and may be
16reallocated by the Coordinator to other Employment
18(Source: P.A. 84-792.)
19    (20 ILCS 630/7)  (from Ch. 48, par. 2407)
20    Sec. 7. Duties of State agencies.
21    (a) The Department of Employment Security Commerce and
22Economic Opportunity shall post information publicizing
23publicize the program and shall provide staff assistance as
24requested by employment administrators in the screening of
25businesses and the collection of data about participants in the



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2    (b) The Secretary of Human Services shall make available to
3each employment administrator lists of local child care
4providers through the Child Care Resource and Referral Network
5available to persons employed under the program. The Director
6of Children and Family Services shall provide to each
7employment administrator lists of currently licensed local day
8care facilities, updated quarterly, to be available to all
9persons employed under the program.
10    (c) The Secretary of Human Services shall post information
11publicizing the program to applicants and recipients of take
12all steps necessary to inform each applicant for public aid of
13the availability of the program.
14(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)
15    (20 ILCS 630/9)  (from Ch. 48, par. 2409)
16    Sec. 9. (a) Eligible businesses. A business employer is an
17eligible employer if it enters into a written contract, signed
18and subscribed to under oath, with the employment administrator
19for its service delivery area containing assurances that:
20    (1) funds received by a business shall be used only as
21permitted under the program;
22    (2) the business has submitted a plan to the employment
23administrator (1) describing the duties and proposed
24compensation of each employee proposed to be hired under the
25program; and (2) demonstrating that with the funds provided



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1under the program the business is likely to succeed and
2continue to employ persons hired under the program;
3    (3) the business will use funds exclusively for
4compensation and fringe benefits of eligible job applicants and
5will provide employees hired with these funds with fringe
6benefits and other terms and conditions of employment
7comparable to those provided to other employees of the business
8who do comparable work;
9    (4) the funds are necessary to allow the business to begin,
10or to employ additional people, but not to fill positions which
11would be filled even in the absence of funds from this program;
12    (5) the business will cooperate with the coordinator in
13collecting data to assess the result of the program; and
14    (6) the business is in compliance with all applicable
15affirmative action, fair labor, health, safety, and
16environmental standards.
17    (b) In allocating funds among eligible businesses, the
18employment administrator shall give priority to businesses
19which best satisfy the following criteria:
20    (1) have a high potential for growth and long-term job
22    (2) are labor intensive;
23    (3) make high use of local and State resources;
24    (4) are under ownership of women and minorities;
25    (4-5) meet the definition of a small business as defined in
26Section 5 of the Small Business Advisory Act;



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1    (4-10) produce energy conserving materials or services or
2are involved in development of renewable sources of energy;
3    (5) have their primary places of business in the State; and
4    (6) intend to continue the employment of the eligible
5applicant for at least 6 months of unsubsidized employment.
6    (c) (Blank). If the eligible employee remains employed for
76 months of unsubsidized employment, his employer may apply for
8a bonus equal to 1/6 of the subsidy provided to the employer
9for that employee under this Act.
10    (d) A business receiving funds under this program shall
11repay 70% of the amount received for each eligible job
12applicant employed who does not continue in the employment of
13the business for at least 6 months beyond the subsidized period
14unless the employer dismisses an employee for good cause and
15works with the Employment Administrator to employ and train
16another person referred by the Employment Administrator. The
17Employment Administrator shall forward payments received under
18this subsection to the Coordinator on a monthly basis. The
19Coordinator shall deposit these payments into the Illinois 21st
20Century Workforce Development Fund.
21(Source: P.A. 84-1399.)
22    (20 ILCS 630/11 new)
23    Sec. 11. Illinois 21st Century Workforce Development Fund
24Advisory Committee.
25    (a) The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory



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1Committee, established under the 21st Century Workforce
2Development Fund Act, shall provide oversight to the Illinois
3Emergency Employment Development program.
4    (b) The Advisory Committee shall meet at the call of the
5Coordinator to do the following:
6        (1) establish guidelines for the selection of
7    Employment Administrators;
8        (2) review recommendations of the Coordinator and
9    approve final selection of Employment Administrators;
10        (3) develop guidelines for the emergency employment
11    development plans to be created by each Employment
12    Administrator;
13        (4) review the emergency employment development plan
14    submitted by the Employment Administrator of each service
15    delivery area and approve satisfactory plans;
16        (5) ensure that the program is widely marketed to
17    employers and eligible job seekers;
18        (6) set policy regarding disbursement of program
19    funds; and
20        (7) review program quarterly reports and make
21    recommendations for program improvements as needed.
22    (20 ILCS 630/12 new)
23    Sec. 12. Allocation of funds among service delivery areas.
24    (a) 90% of the funds available for allocation to Employment
25Administrators for the program must be allocated among service



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1delivery areas as follows: each service delivery area shall be
2eligible to receive that proportion of the funds available
3which equals the number of unemployed persons in the service
4delivery area divided by the total number of unemployed persons
5in the State for the 12-month period ending on the most recent
6March 31.
7    (b) 10% of the funds available for allocation to employment
8administrators under the program must be allocated at the
9discretion of the Advisory Committee to Employment
11        (1) who will maximize the use of the funds through
12    coordination with other programs and State, local, and
13    federal agencies, through the use of matching funds, or
14    through the involvement of low-income constituent groups;
15        (2) who have demonstrated need beyond the allocation
16    available under subsection (a); and
17        (3) who have demonstrated outstanding performance in
18    job creation.
19    (20 ILCS 630/13 new)
20    Sec. 13. Allocation within service delivery areas;
21priorities. Allocation of funds within a service delivery area
22shall be determined by the Employment Administrator in each
23service delivery area. The Employment Administrator shall give
24priority to job applicants who: (i) live in households with no
25other earned income source; (ii) have been unemployed for 6



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1months or more; or (iii) who would otherwise be eligible to
2receive Temporary Aid to Needy Families under Article IV of the
3Public Aid Code, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or
4general assistance under Article VI of the Illinois Public Aid
6    (20 ILCS 630/14 new)
7    Sec. 14. Employment Administrators; powers and duties.
8    (a) The Employment Administrator for each service delivery
9area has the powers and duties given in this Section and any
10additional duties given by the Coordinator.
11    (b) Each Employment Administrator shall develop an
12emergency employment development plan for its service delivery
13area under guidelines developed by the Advisory Committee and
14submit it to the Coordinator within the period allowed by the
15Coordinator. To the extent feasible, the Employment
16Administrator shall seek input from potential eligible
17employers and the public. The Employment Administrator shall
18consult with local sources of information to identify current
19local needs, including, but not limited to, local Workforce
20Investment Boards, economic development councils, community
21action agencies, and local Labor Market Information from the
22Department of Employment Security.
23    (c) Each Employment Administrator shall publicize the
24program within its service delivery area to seek maximum
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1    (d) Each Employment Administrator shall enter into
2contracts with eligible employers setting forth the terms of
3their participation in the program as required by this Act.
4    (e) Each Employment Administrator shall screen job
5applicants and employers to achieve the best possible placement
6of eligible job applicants with eligible employers.
7    (f) Each Employment Administrator shall maintain a list of
8eligible job applicants unable to secure employment under the
9program at the time of application. The list shall prioritize
10eligible job applicants and shall be used to fill jobs with
11eligible employers as they become available. Each Employment
12Administrator shall receive and coordinate referrals from
13other local organizations.
14    (g) Each Employment Administrator shall cooperate with
15local educational and training institutions to coordinate and
16publicize the availability of their resources to assure that
17applicants may receive training needed before or while employed
18in jobs which are available under the program.
19    (h) Each Employment Administrator may disburse funds not to
20exceed 1% of the amount allocated to its service delivery area
21for the purchase of supplies and materials for projects
22creating permanent improvements to public property.
23    (20 ILCS 630/17 new)
24    Sec. 17. Work incentive demonstration project. The
25coordinator and members of the Advisory Committee shall explore



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1avaliable resources to leverage in combination with the wage
2subsidies in this Act to develop a Transitional Jobs program.
3This Transitional Jobs program would prioritize services for
4individuals with limited experience in the labor market and
5barriers to employment, including but not limited to,
6recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families,
7Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or other related
8public assistance, and people with criminal records.
9    (20 ILCS 630/18 new)
10    Sec. 18. Worker displacement.
11    (a) An eligible employer may not terminate, lay off, or
12reduce the working hours of an employee for the purpose of
13hiring an individual with funds available under this Act.
14    (b) An eligible employer may not hire an individual with
15funds available under this Act if any other person is on layoff
16from the same or substantially equivalent job.
17    (c) In order to qualify as an eligible employer, a
18government or non-profit agency or business must certify to the
19Employment Administrator that each job created and funded under
20this Act:
21        (1) will result in an increase in employment
22    opportunity over the level that would otherwise be
23    available;
24        (2) will not result in the displacement of currently
25    employed workers, including partial displacement such as



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1    reduction in hours of non-overtime work, wages, or
2    employment benefits; and
3        (3) will not impair existing contracts for service or
4    result in the substitution of program funds for other funds
5    in connection with work that would otherwise be performed.
6    Section 10. The Corporate Accountability for Tax
7Expenditures Act is amended by changing Section 5 as follows:
8    (20 ILCS 715/5)
9    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
10    "Base years" means the first 2 complete calendar years
11following the effective date of a recipient receiving
12development assistance.
13    "Date of assistance" means the commencement date of the
14assistance agreement, which date triggers the period during
15which the recipient is obligated to create or retain jobs and
16continue operations at the specific project site.
17    "Default" means that a recipient has not achieved its job
18creation, job retention, or wage or benefit goals, as
19applicable, during the prescribed period therefor.
20    "Department" means, unless otherwise noted, the Department
21of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or any successor agency.
22    "Development assistance" means (1) tax credits and tax
23exemptions (other than given under tax increment financing)
24given as an incentive to a recipient business organization



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1pursuant to an initial certification or an initial designation
2made by the Department under the Economic Development for a
3Growing Economy Tax Credit Act, River Edge Redevelopment Zone
4Act, and the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act, including the High
5Impact Business program, (2) grants or loans given to a
6recipient as an incentive to a business organization pursuant
7to the River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act, Large Business
8Development Program, the Business Development Public
9Infrastructure Program, or the Industrial Training Program,
10(3) the State Treasurer's Economic Program Loans, (4) the
11Illinois Department of Transportation Economic Development
12Program, and (5) all successor and subsequent programs and tax
13credits designed to promote large business relocations and
14expansions. "Development assistance" does not include tax
15increment financing, assistance provided under the Illinois
16Enterprise Zone Act and River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act
17pursuant to local ordinance, participation loans, or financial
18transactions through statutorily authorized financial
19intermediaries in support of small business loans and
20investments or given in connection with the development of
21affordable housing. "Development assistance" includes
22assistance under the Illinois Emergency Employment Program
23pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Development Act.
24    "Development assistance agreement" means any agreement
25executed by the State granting body and the recipient setting
26forth the terms and conditions of development assistance to be



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1provided to the recipient consistent with the final application
2for development assistance, including but not limited to the
3date of assistance, submitted to and approved by the State
4granting body.
5    "Full-time, permanent job" means either: (1) the
6definition therefor in the legislation authorizing the
7programs described in the definition of development assistance
8in the Act or (2) if there is no such definition, then as
9defined in administrative rules implementing such legislation,
10provided the administrative rules were in place prior to the
11effective date of this Act. On and after the effective date of
12this Act, if there is no definition of "full-time, permanent
13job" in either the legislation authorizing a program that
14constitutes economic development assistance under this Act or
15in any administrative rule implementing such legislation that
16was in place prior to the effective date of this Act, then
17"full-time, permanent job" means a job in which the new
18employee works for the recipient at a rate of at least 35 hours
19per week.
20    "New employee" means either: (1) the definition therefor in
21the legislation authorizing the programs described in the
22definition of development assistance in the Act or (2) if there
23is no such definition, then as defined in administrative rules
24implementing such legislation, provided the administrative
25rules were in place prior to the effective date of this Act. On
26and after the effective date of this Act, if there is no



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1definition of "new employee" in either the legislation
2authorizing a program that constitutes economic development
3assistance under this Act nor in any administrative rule
4implementing such legislation that was in place prior to the
5effective date of this Act, then "new employee" means a
6full-time, permanent employee who represents a net increase in
7the number of the recipient's employees statewide. "New
8employee" includes an employee who previously filled a new
9employee position with the recipient who was rehired or called
10back from a layoff that occurs during or following the base
12    The term "New Employee" does not include any of the
14        (1) An employee of the recipient who performs a job
15    that was previously performed by another employee in this
16    State, if that job existed in this State for at least 6
17    months before hiring the employee.
18        (2) A child, grandchild, parent, or spouse, other than
19    a spouse who is legally separated from the individual, of
20    any individual who has a direct or indirect ownership
21    interest of at least 5% in the profits, capital, or value
22    of any member of the recipient.
23    "Part-time job" means either: (1) the definition therefor
24in the legislation authorizing the programs described in the
25definition of development assistance in the Act or (2) if there
26is no such definition, then as defined in administrative rules



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1implementing such legislation, provided the administrative
2rules were in place prior to the effective date of this Act. On
3and after the effective date of this Act, if there is no
4definition of "part-time job" in either the legislation
5authorizing a program that constitutes economic development
6assistance under this Act or in any administrative rule
7implementing such legislation that was in place prior to the
8effective date of this Act, then "part-time job" means a job in
9which the new employee works for the recipient at a rate of
10less than 35 hours per week.
11    "Recipient" means any business that receives economic
12development assistance. A business is any corporation, limited
13liability company, partnership, joint venture, association,
14sole proprietorship, or other legally recognized entity.
15    "Retained employee" means either: (1) the definition
16therefor in the legislation authorizing the programs described
17in the definition of development assistance in the Act or (2)
18if there is no such definition, then as defined in
19administrative rules implementing such legislation, provided
20the administrative rules were in place prior to the effective
21date of this Act. On and after the effective date of this Act,
22if there is no definition of "retained employee" in either the
23legislation authorizing a program that constitutes economic
24development assistance under this Act or in any administrative
25rule implementing such legislation that was in place prior to
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1any employee defined as having a full-time or full-time
2equivalent job preserved at a specific facility or site, the
3continuance of which is threatened by a specific and
4demonstrable threat, which shall be specified in the
5application for development assistance.
6    "Specific project site" means that distinct operational
7unit to which any development assistance is applied.
8    "State granting body" means the Department, any State
9department or State agency that provides development
10assistance that has reporting requirements under this Act, and
11any successor agencies to any of the preceding.
12    "Temporary job" means either: (1) the definition therefor
13in the legislation authorizing the programs described in the
14definition of development assistance in the Act or (2) if there
15is no such definition, then as defined in administrative rules
16implementing such legislation, provided the administrative
17rules were in place prior to the effective date of this Act. On
18and after the effective date of this Act, if there is no
19definition of "temporary job" in either the legislation
20authorizing a program that constitutes economic development
21assistance under this Act or in any administrative rule
22implementing such legislation that was in place prior to the
23effective date of this Act, then "temporary job" means a job in
24which the new employee is hired for a specific duration of time
25or season.
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1development assistance.
2(Source: P.A. 93-552, eff. 8-20-03; 94-793, eff. 5-19-06;
394-1021, eff. 7-12-06.)
4    Section 15. The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Act
5is amended by changing Section 15 as follows:
6    (30 ILCS 787/15)
7    Sec. 15. Use of Fund.
8    (a) Role of Fund. Subject to appropriation, resources
9Resources from the Fund are intended to be used flexibly to
10support innovative and locally-driven strategies, to leverage
11other funding sources, and to fill gaps in existing workforce
12development resources in Illinois. They are not intended to
13supplant existing workforce development resources.
14    (b) Distribution of funds. Funds shall be distributed
15through competitive grantmaking processes administered by the
16Department and overseen by the Advisory Committee. No more than
176% of funds used for grants may be retained by the Department
18for administrative costs or for program evaluation or technical
19assistance activities.
20    (c) Grantmaking. The Department must administer funds
21through competitive grantmaking in accordance with the
22priorities described in this Act. Grantmaking must be used to
23support workforce development strategies consistent with the
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1are not limited to the following:
2        (i) Expanded grantmaking for existing State workforce
3    development strategies, including the Job Training and
4    Economic Development Program and programs designed to
5    increase the number of persons traditionally
6    underrepresented in the building trades, specifically
7    minorities and women.
8        (ii) Workforce development initiatives that help the
9    least skilled adults access employment and education
10    opportunities, including transitional jobs programs and
11    educational bridge programming that integrate basic
12    education and occupational skills training.
13        (iii) Sectoral strategies that develop
14    industry-specific workforce education and training
15    services that lead to existing or expected jobs with
16    identified employers and that include services to ensure
17    that low-income, low-skilled adults can be served.
18        (iv) Support for the development and implementation of
19    workforce education and training programs in the energy
20    efficiency, renewable energy, and pollution control
21    cleanup and prevention industries.
22        (v) Support for planning activities that: ensure that
23    workforce development and education needs of low-skilled
24    adults are integrated into industry-specific career
25    pathways; analyze labor market data to track workforce
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1    increase the capacity of communities to provide workforce
2    services to low-income, low-skilled adults.
3    (d) Allowable expenditures. Grant funds are limited to
4expenditures for the following:
5        (i) Basic skills training, adult education,
6    occupational training, job readiness training, and
7    soft-skills training for which financial aid is otherwise
8    not available.
9        (ii) Workforce development-related services including
10    mentoring, job development, support services,
11    transportation assistance, and wage subsidies, that are
12    tied to participation in training and employment.
13        (iii) Capacity building, program development, and
14    technical assistance activities necessary for the
15    development and implementation of new workforce education
16    and training strategies.
17    No more than 5% of any grant may be used for administrative
19    (e) Eligible applicants. For grants under this Section,
20eligible applicants include the following:
21        (i) Any private, public, and non-profit entities that
22    provide education, training, and workforce development
23    services to low-income individuals.
24        (ii) Educational institutions.
25        (iii) Labor and business associations.
26(Source: P.A. 96-771, eff. 8-28-09.)



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1    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,