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Full Text of HB4053  94th General Assembly


Rep. Michael J. Madigan

Filed: 5/17/2005





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2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4053 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5 Illinois Global Partnership Act.
6     Section 5. Definitions. As used in this Act, unless the
7 context requires otherwise:
8     "Board" means the board of directors of Illinois Global
9 Partnership, Inc.
10     "IGP" or "Partnership" means Illinois Global Partnership,
11 Inc., the not-for-profit entity incorporated as provided in
12 this Act.
13     Section 10. Findings; purpose. The General Assembly finds
14 that it is important to encourage international business
15 developments for Illinois companies and to encourage
16 international tourism in Illinois by creating partnerships
17 that open markets, by accessing customers, and by facilitating
18 transactions. Therefore, the purpose of the Illinois Global
19 Partnership, Inc., is to build Illinois' profile as a region
20 prepared to do business with the world and as a world tourism
21 destination. The Partnership shall encourage international
22 business development for Illinois companies and international
23 tourism by affecting policy and creating partnerships that open



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1 markets, access customers, and facilitate transactions.
2     Section 15. Partnership established. A not-for-profit
3 corporation to be known as "Illinois Global Partnership, Inc."
4 is created. IGP shall be incorporated under the General Not for
5 Profit Corporation Act of 1986 and shall be registered,
6 incorporated, organized, and operated in compliance with the
7 laws of this State. IGP shall not be a State agency. The
8 General Assembly determines, however, that public policy
9 dictates that IGP operate in the most open and accessible
10 manner consistent with its public purpose. To this end, the
11 General Assembly specifically declares that IGP and its board
12 and advisory committee shall adopt and adhere to the provisions
13 of the State Records Act, the Open Meetings Act, and the
14 Freedom of Information Act.
15     IGP shall establish one or more corporate offices, at least
16 one of which shall be located in Sangamon County.
17     Section 20. Board of directors. IGP shall be governed by a
18 board of directors. The IGP board of directors shall consist of
19 13 members. Five of the members shall be voting members
20 appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the
21 Senate. The Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of
22 Representatives, the President and Minority Leader of the
23 Senate, the Lieutenant Governor, the Director of Agriculture,
24 the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the
25 Director of the Illinois Finance Authority, or the designee of
26 each, shall be non-voting ex officio members.
27     Of the members appointed by the Governor, one member must
28 have a background in agriculture, one member must have a
29 background in manufacturing, and one member must have a
30 background in international business relations.
31     Of the initial members appointed by the Governor, 3 members
32 shall serve 4-year terms and 2 members shall serve 2-year terms



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1 as designated by the Governor. Thereafter, members appointed by
2 the Governor shall serve 4-year terms. A vacancy among members
3 appointed by the Governor shall be filled by appointment by the
4 Governor for the remainder of the vacated term.
5     Members of the board shall receive no compensation but
6 shall be reimbursed for expenses incurred in the performance of
7 their duties.
8     The Governor shall designate the chairman of the board
9 until a successor is designated. The board shall meet at the
10 call of the chair.
11     Section 25. Powers of IGP. IGP has the power to:
12         (1) Host monthly leadership forums to give small groups
13     of top business leaders the ability to interact with top
14     federal, State, and local governmental officials.
15         (2) Manage trips to Washington, D.C., for key business
16     leaders, giving this group exposure to top policy makers in
17     the federal administration and Congress.
18         (3) Manage trips to the State for members of Congress
19     and their staffs, giving this group exposure to Illinois
20     businesses, research facilities, and other statewide
21     highlights.
22         (4) Host monthly trade missions from international
23     companies, introducing these influential travelers to key
24     leaders at Illinois businesses for the expressed purpose of
25     building partnerships with suppliers and customers.
26         (5) Manage trips to other states and foreign countries
27     for Illinois business leaders to give them and their
28     respective companies exposure to new and expanding
29     markets.
30         (6) Manage meetings with prospective partners to
31     discuss products, markets, pricing, and other elements of
32     the transaction.
33         (7) Attract international participation in high



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1     profile Illinois projects.
2         (8) Make recommendations to the Governor and the
3     members of the General Assembly concerning the role the
4     State performs in international business development.
5         (9) Assist Illinois businesses to engage in, expand,
6     and increase foreign trade.
7         (10) Establish or co-sponsor mentoring conferences,
8     using experienced manufacturing exporters, to explain and
9     provide information to prospective export manufacturers
10     and businesses concerning the process of exporting to both
11     domestic and international opportunities.
12         (11) Provide technical assistance to prospective
13     export manufacturers and businesses seeking to establish
14     domestic and international export opportunities.
15         (12) Coordinate with the Department of Commerce and
16     Economic Opportunity's Small Business Development Centers
17     to link buyers with prospective export manufacturers and
18     businesses.
19         (13) Promote, both domestically and abroad, products
20     made in Illinois in order to inform consumers and buyers of
21     their high quality standards and craftsmanship.
22         (14) Develop an electronic data base to compile
23     information on international trade and investment
24     activities in Illinois companies, provide access to
25     research and business opportunities through external data
26     bases, and connect this data base through international
27     communication systems with appropriate domestic and
28     worldwide networks users.
29         (15) Collect and distribute to foreign commercial
30     libraries directories, catalogs, brochures, and other
31     information of value to foreign businesses considering
32     doing business in this State.
33         (16) Establish an export finance awareness program to
34     provide information to banking organizations about methods



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1     used by banks to provide financing for businesses engaged
2     in exporting and about other State and federal programs to
3     promote and expedite export financing.
4         (17) Undertake a survey of Illinois' businesses to
5     identify exportable products and the businesses interested
6     in exporting.
7         (18) In cooperation with the Department of
8     Agriculture, (i) provide assistance to those manufacturing
9     and service companies that desire to export agricultural
10     machinery, implements, equipment, other manufactured
11     products, and professional services; (ii) encourage
12     Illinois companies to initiate exporting or increase their
13     export sales of agricultural and manufactured products;
14     (iii) cooperate with agencies and instrumentalities of the
15     federal government in trade development activities in
16     overseas markets; (iv) conduct the necessary research
17     within Illinois and in overseas markets in order to assist
18     exporting companies; (v) promote the State of Illinois as a
19     source of agricultural and manufactured products through
20     information and promotion campaigns overseas; and (vi)
21     conduct an information program for foreign buyers of
22     Illinois agricultural and manufactured products.
23         (19) In cooperation with the Department of
24     Agriculture, establish overseas offices for (i) the
25     promotion of the export of Illinois agricultural and
26     manufactured products; (ii) representation of Illinois
27     seaports; (iii) economic development; and (iv) tourism
28     promotion and services.
29         (20) Charge fees for and recover the costs of its
30     services.
31         (21) Possess and exercise authority and responsibility
32     with respect to the State's international tourism
33     programs, initiatives, undertakings, and efforts. IGP and
34     its board may exercise their powers and shall perform their



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1     duties in accordance with the fulfillment of IGP's
2     responsibility for international tourism. State executive
3     branch agencies must consult with IGP before continuing or
4     undertaking any international tourism program or programs
5     authorized by law as of or after the effective date of this
6     Act.
7         (22) Assume from the Department of Commerce and
8     Economic Opportunity and the Department of Agriculture on
9     July 1, 2005, all personnel, books, records, papers,
10     documents, property both real and personal, and pending
11     business in any way pertaining to the Office of Trade and
12     Investment and the Bureau of Marketing, respectively.
13     Section 30. Powers of the board of directors. The board of
14 directors shall have the power to:
15     (1) Secure funding for programs and activities of IGP from
16 federal, State, local, and private sources and from fees
17 charged for services and published materials; solicit,
18 receive, hold, invest, and administer any grant, payment, or
19 gift of funds or property; and make expenditures consistent
20 with the powers granted to it.
21     (2) Make and enter into contracts and other instruments
22 necessary or convenient for the exercise of its powers and
23 functions.
24     (3) Sue and be sued, and appear and defend in all actions
25 and proceedings, in its corporate name to the same extent as a
26 natural person.
27     (4) Adopt, use, and alter a common corporate seal for IGP.
28     (5) Elect or appoint officers and agents as its affairs
29 require and allow them reasonable compensation.
30     (6) Adopt, amend, and repeal bylaws, not inconsistent with
31 the powers granted to it or the articles of incorporation, for
32 the administration of the affairs of IGP and the exercise of
33 its corporate powers.



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1     (7) Acquire, enjoy, use, and dispose of patents,
2 copyrights, and trademarks and any licenses, royalties, and
3 other rights or interests thereunder or therein.
4     (8) Do all acts and things necessary or convenient to carry
5 out the powers granted to it.
6     Section 35. President. The board shall appoint a
7 President, who is the chief executive officer of the board and
8 of IGP. In addition to any other duties set forth in this Act,
9 the President shall do the following:
10         (1) Direct and supervise the administrative affairs
11     and activities of the board and of IGP, in accordance with
12     the board's rules and policies.
13         (2) Attend meetings of the board.
14         (3) Keep minutes of all proceedings of the board.
15         (4) Approve all accounts for salaries, per diem
16     payments, and allowable expenses of the board and IGP
17     employees and consultants and approve all expenses
18     incidental to the operation of the board and IGP.
19         (5) Report and make recommendations to the board on the
20     merits and status of any proposed facility.
21         (6) Perform any other duty that the board requires for
22     carrying out the provisions of this Act.
23     Section 40. Advisory committee. An advisory committee is
24 established for the benefit of IGP and its board of directors
25 in the performance of their powers, duties, and functions under
26 this Act. The board shall provide for the number,
27 qualifications, and appointment of members of the advisory
28 committee.
29     Section 45. Employees. The Department of Commerce and
30 Economic Opportunity and the Department of Agriculture may
31 establish a lease agreement program under which IGP may hire



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1 any individual who, as of July 1, 2005, is employed by the
2 Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity or the
3 Department of Agriculture or who, as of July 1, 2005, is
4 employed by the Office of the Governor and has responsibilities
5 specifically in support of an international trade or tourism
6 program. Under the agreement, the employee shall retain his or
7 her status as a State employee but shall work under the direct
8 supervision of IGP. Retention of State employee status shall
9 include the right to participate in the State Employees
10 Retirement System. The Department of Central Management
11 Services shall establish the terms and conditions of the lease
12 agreements.
13     Section 50. Finances; audits; annual report.
14     (a) IGP may accept funds, grants, gifts, and services from
15 the government of the United States or its agencies, from this
16 State or its departments, agencies, or instrumentalities, from
17 any other governmental unit, and from private and civic sources
18 for the purpose of funding any projects authorized by this Act.
19 IGP may receive appropriations.
20     (b) Services of personnel, use of equipment and office
21 space, and other necessary services may be accepted from
22 members of the board as part of IGP's financial support.
23     (c) State funds appropriated for the operations and
24 functions of IGP for fiscal year 2011 and each fiscal year
25 thereafter should not exceed 60% of IGP's funding from all
26 sources for the fiscal year.
27     (d) The board shall arrange for the annual financial audit
28 of IGP by one or more independent certified public accountants
29 in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
30 The annual audit results shall be included in the annual report
31 required under subsection (e).
32     (e) IGP shall report annually on its activities and
33 finances to the Governor and the members of the General



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1 Assembly.
2     Section 55. Agriculture marketing. IGP has authority and
3 responsibility with respect to:
4     (1) Marketing and promotion of Illinois agricultural
5 products.
6     (2) Consulting services and marketing information for
7 Illinois agribusinesses.
8     (3) Representing Illinois at trade shows and seminars
9 related to the State's agricultural exporting capabilities.
10     Section 60. Other State programs. Notwithstanding any
11 other law to the contrary, the Department of Agriculture and
12 all other State executive branch agencies must consult with IGP
13 before continuing or undertaking any international marketing
14 program or programs authorized by law as of or after the
15 effective date of this Act.
16     (20 ILCS 605/605-610 rep.)
17     (20 ILCS 605/605-615 rep.)
18     (20 ILCS 605/605-620 rep.)
19     (20 ILCS 605/605-625 rep.)
20     (20 ILCS 605/605-630 rep.)
21     Section 90. The Department of Commerce and Economic
22 Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
23 amended by repealing Sections 605-610, 605-615, 605-620,
24 605-625, and 605-630.
25     Section 97. Severability. The provisions of this Act are
26 severable under Section 1.31 of the Statute on Statutes.
27     Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,
28 2005.".