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Full Text of HB2927  97th General Assembly


Rep. Sidney H. Mathias

Filed: 3/15/2011





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 2927 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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.



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1    (d) "Director" means the Director of Commerce and Economic
3    (e) (b) "Eligible business" means a for-profit business.
4    (f) (c) "Eligible employer" means an eligible nonprofit
5agency, or an eligible business.
6    (g) (d) "Eligible job applicant" means a person who (1) has
7been a resident of this State for at least one year; and (2) is
8unemployed; and (3) is not receiving and is not qualified to
9receive unemployment compensation or workers' compensation;
10and (4) is determined by the employment administrator to be
11likely to be available for employment by an eligible employer
12for the duration of the job. :
13        A. (1) has been a resident of this State for at least
14    one year; and (2) is unemployed; and (3) is not receiving
15    and is not qualified to receive unemployment compensation
16    or workers' compensation; and (4) is determined by the
17    employment administrator to be likely to be available for
18    employment by an eligible employer for the duration of the
19    job; or
20        B. is otherwise eligible for services under the Job
21    Training Partnership Act (29 USCA 1501 et seq.).
22    In addition, a farmer who resides in a county qualified
23under Federal Disaster Relief and who can demonstrate severe
24financial need may be considered unemployed under this
26    (h) (e) "Eligible nonprofit agency" means an organization



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1exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1954,
2Section 501(c)(3).
3    (i) (f) "Employment administrator" means the
4administrative entity designated by the Coordinator, and
5approved by the Advisory Committee, to administer the
6provisions of this Act in each service delivery area. With
7approval of the Advisory Committee, the Coordinator may
8designate an administrative entity authorized under the
9Workforce Investment Act or private, public, or non-profit
10entities that have proven effectiveness in providing training,
11workforce development, and job placement services to
12low-income individuals Manager of the Department of Commerce
13and Economic Opportunity Job Training Programs Division or his
14or her designee.
15    (j) (g) "Household" means a group of persons living at the
16same residence consisting of, at a maximum, spouses and the
17minor children of each.
18    (k) (h) "Program" means the Illinois Emergency Employment
19Development Program created by this Act consisting of temporary
20work relief projects in nonprofit agencies and new job creation
21in the private sector.
22    (i) "Service Delivery Area" means that unit or units of
23local government designated by the Governor pursuant to Title
24I, Part A, Section 102 of the Job Training Partnership Act (29
25USCA et seq.).
26    (j) "Excess unemployed" means the number of unemployed in



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1excess of 6.5% of the service delivery area population.
2    (k) "Private industry council" means governing body of each
3service delivery area created pursuant to Title I, Section 102
4of the Job Training Partnership Act (29 USC 1501 et seq.).
5    (l) "Service delivery area" means an area designated as a
6Local Workforce Investment Area by the State.
7    (m) "Workforce Investment Act" means the federal Workforce
8Investment Act of 1998, any amendments to that Act, and any
9other applicable federal statutes.
10(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)
11    (20 ILCS 630/3)  (from Ch. 48, par. 2403)
12    Sec. 3. Illinois Emergency Employment Development
14    (a) The governor shall may appoint an Illinois Emergency
15Employment Development Coordinator to administer the
16provisions of this Act. The coordinator shall be within the
17Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, but shall be
18responsible directly to the governor. The coordinator shall
19have the powers necessary to carry out the purpose of the
21    (b) The coordinator shall:
22        (1) recommend one or more Employment Administrators
23    for each service delivery area for approval by the Advisory
24    Committee, with recommendations based on the demonstrated
25    ability of the Employment Administrator to identify and



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



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



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1hours over a maximum period of 52 26 weeks per job applicant.
2For eligible job applicants participating in a job training
3program, the State contribution for wages may be used for a
4maximum period of 52 weeks per job applicant. The minimum
5allowable hourly wage for job applicants employed in this
6program shall not be below 120% of the current State minimum
7wage rate. At least 75% of the funds appropriated for the
8program must be used to pay wages and fringe benefits for
9eligible job applicants. State contribution amounts are as
11        (1) For for-profit business employers, the The State
12    contribution for wages shall be 50% of the minimum
13    allowable hourly wage wages up to a maximum of $4 per hour
14    for each eligible job applicant employed. The State
15    contribution for fringe benefits may be up to 25% of the
16    State wage contribution $1 per hour for each eligible job
17    applicant employed. The employer must match wages in an
18    amount equal to or greater than the State contribution for
19    this program. Employers are responsible for the remaining
20    costs of any benefits provided and other employment related
21    costs. The However, the employer may use funds from other
22    sources to provide increased wages and benefits to the
23    applicants it employs. During the first fiscal year in
24    which the program is in effect, at least 75% of the funds
25    appropriated for the program must be used to pay wages for
26    eligible job applicants. During each subsequent fiscal



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1    year in which the program is in effect, at least 85% of the
2    funds appropriated for the program must be used to pay
3    wages for eligible job applicants;
4        (2) For non-profit employers participating in this
5    program, the State contribution for wages shall be 75% of
6    the minimum allowable hourly wage for each eligible job
7    applicant employed. The State contribution for fringe
8    benefits may be up to 25% of the state wage contribution
9    per hour for each eligible job applicant employed. The
10    employer must match wages in an amount equal to or greater
11    than the State contribution for this program. The State
12    contribution may be used to provide workers' compensation
13    coverage to applicants employed by government or
14    non-profit agencies under this Act. Employers are
15    responsible for the remaining costs of any benefits. The
16    employer may use funds from other sources to provide
17    increased wages and benefits to the applicants it employs.
18    (b) To provide child care services or subsidies or other
19supportive services necessary to maintain employment to
20applicants employed under the program;
21    (c) To provide workers' compensation coverage to
22applicants employed by nonprofit agencies under the program;
23    (d) To provide job search assistance, labor market
24orientation, job seeking and work readiness skills, and
25referral for other services;
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1creating permanent improvements to public property in an amount
2not to exceed one percent of the funds appropriated; and .
3    (f) To reimburse the Department in an amount not to exceed
41% of the funds appropriated for the actual cost of
5administering this Act, and to reimburse the Employment
6Administrators in an amount not to exceed 4.5% of the funds
7allocated to them for their actual cost of administering this
8Act. The Director and the Employment Administrators shall
9leverage funds from other sources to cover the administrative
10costs of this program whenever possible.
11    The Employment Administrator of each service delivery area
12shall submit to the Coordinator a spending plan establishing
13that funds allocated to the service delivery area will be used
14within one year after the effective date, in the manner
15required by this Act. Any funds allocated to a service delivery
16area for which there is no spending plan approved by the
17Coordinator shall be returned to the Department and may be
18reallocated by the Coordinator to other Employment
20(Source: P.A. 84-792.)
21    (20 ILCS 630/7)  (from Ch. 48, par. 2407)
22    Sec. 7. Duties of State agencies.
23    (a) The Department of Employment Security Commerce and
24Economic Opportunity shall post information publicizing
25publicize the program and shall provide staff assistance as



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



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



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1are involved in development of renewable sources of energy;
2    (5) have their primary places of business in the State; and
3    (6) intend to continue the employment of the eligible
4applicant for at least 6 months of unsubsidized employment.
5    (c) (Blank). If the eligible employee remains employed for
66 months of unsubsidized employment, his employer may apply for
7a bonus equal to 1/6 of the subsidy provided to the employer
8for that employee under this Act.
9    (d) A business receiving funds under this program shall
10repay 70% of the amount received for each eligible job
11applicant employed who does not continue in the employment of
12the business for at least 6 months beyond the subsidized period
13unless the employer dismisses an employee for good cause and
14works with the Employment Administrator to employ and train
15another person referred by the Employment Administrator. The
16Employment Administrator shall forward payments received under
17this subsection to the Coordinator on a monthly basis. The
18Coordinator shall deposit these payments into the Illinois 21st
19Century Workforce Development Fund.
20(Source: P.A. 84-1399.)
21    (20 ILCS 630/11 new)
22    Sec. 11. Illinois 21st Century Workforce Development Fund
23Advisory Committee.
24    (a) The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Advisory
25Committee, established under the 21st Century Workforce



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



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



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



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1Nutrition Assistance Program, or other related public
2assistance to take full advantage of the jobs created by this
3Act, the Secretary of Human Services shall inform each
4applicant or recipient of benefits of the availability of this
6    (b) The Coordinator and members of the Advisory Committee
7shall explore available resources to leverage in combination
8with the wage subsidies in this Act to develop a Transitional
9Jobs program. This Transitional Jobs program would prioritize
10services for individuals with limited experience in the labor
11market and barriers to employment, including but not limited
12to, recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families,
13Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or other related
14public assistance, and people with criminal records.
15    (20 ILCS 630/18 new)
16    Sec. 18. Worker displacement.
17    (a) An eligible employer may not terminate, lay off, or
18reduce the working hours of an employee for the purpose of
19hiring an individual with funds available under this Act.
20    (b) An eligible employer may not hire an individual with
21funds available under this Act if any other person is on layoff
22from the same or substantially equivalent job.
23    (c) In order to qualify as an eligible employer, a
24government or non-profit agency or business must certify to the
25Employment Administrator that each job created and funded under



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1this Act:
2        (1) will result in an increase in employment
3    opportunity over the level that would otherwise be
4    available;
5        (2) will not result in the displacement of currently
6    employed workers, including partial displacement such as
7    reduction in hours of non-overtime work, wages, or
8    employment benefits; and
9        (3) will not impair existing contracts for service or
10    result in the substitution of program funds for other funds
11    in connection with work that would otherwise be performed.
12    Section 10. The Corporate Accountability for Tax
13Expenditures Act is amended by changing Section 5 as follows:
14    (20 ILCS 715/5)
15    Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:
16    "Base years" means the first 2 complete calendar years
17following the effective date of a recipient receiving
18development assistance.
19    "Date of assistance" means the commencement date of the
20assistance agreement, which date triggers the period during
21which the recipient is obligated to create or retain jobs and
22continue operations at the specific project site.
23    "Default" means that a recipient has not achieved its job
24creation, job retention, or wage or benefit goals, as



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



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1affordable housing. "Development assistance" includes
2assistance under the Illinois Emergency Employment Program
3pursuant to the Illinois Emergency Development Act.
4    "Development assistance agreement" means any agreement
5executed by the State granting body and the recipient setting
6forth the terms and conditions of development assistance to be
7provided to the recipient consistent with the final application
8for development assistance, including but not limited to the
9date of assistance, submitted to and approved by the State
10granting body.
11    "Full-time, permanent job" means either: (1) the
12definition therefor in the legislation authorizing the
13programs described in the definition of development assistance
14in the Act or (2) if there is no such definition, then as
15defined in administrative rules implementing such legislation,
16provided the administrative rules were in place prior to the
17effective date of this Act. On and after the effective date of
18this Act, if there is no definition of "full-time, permanent
19job" in either the legislation authorizing a program that
20constitutes economic development assistance under this Act or
21in any administrative rule implementing such legislation that
22was in place prior to the effective date of this Act, then
23"full-time, permanent job" means a job in which the new
24employee works for the recipient at a rate of at least 35 hours
25per week.
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1the legislation authorizing the programs described in the
2definition of development assistance in the Act or (2) if there
3is no such definition, then as defined in administrative rules
4implementing such legislation, provided the administrative
5rules were in place prior to the effective date of this Act. On
6and after the effective date of this Act, if there is no
7definition of "new employee" in either the legislation
8authorizing a program that constitutes economic development
9assistance under this Act nor in any administrative rule
10implementing such legislation that was in place prior to the
11effective date of this Act, then "new employee" means a
12full-time, permanent employee who represents a net increase in
13the number of the recipient's employees statewide. "New
14employee" includes an employee who previously filled a new
15employee position with the recipient who was rehired or called
16back from a layoff that occurs during or following the base
18    The term "New Employee" does not include any of the
20        (1) An employee of the recipient who performs a job
21    that was previously performed by another employee in this
22    State, if that job existed in this State for at least 6
23    months before hiring the employee.
24        (2) A child, grandchild, parent, or spouse, other than
25    a spouse who is legally separated from the individual, of
26    any individual who has a direct or indirect ownership



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1    interest of at least 5% in the profits, capital, or value
2    of any member of the recipient.
3    "Part-time job" means either: (1) the definition therefor
4in the legislation authorizing the programs described in the
5definition of development assistance in the Act or (2) if there
6is no such definition, then as defined in administrative rules
7implementing such legislation, provided the administrative
8rules were in place prior to the effective date of this Act. On
9and after the effective date of this Act, if there is no
10definition of "part-time job" in either the legislation
11authorizing a program that constitutes economic development
12assistance under this Act or in any administrative rule
13implementing such legislation that was in place prior to the
14effective date of this Act, then "part-time job" means a job in
15which the new employee works for the recipient at a rate of
16less than 35 hours per week.
17    "Recipient" means any business that receives economic
18development assistance. A business is any corporation, limited
19liability company, partnership, joint venture, association,
20sole proprietorship, or other legally recognized entity.
21    "Retained employee" means either: (1) the definition
22therefor in the legislation authorizing the programs described
23in the definition of development assistance in the Act or (2)
24if there is no such definition, then as defined in
25administrative rules implementing such legislation, provided
26the administrative rules were in place prior to the effective



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1date of this Act. On and after the effective date of this Act,
2if there is no definition of "retained employee" in either the
3legislation authorizing a program that constitutes economic
4development assistance under this Act or in any administrative
5rule implementing such legislation that was in place prior to
6the effective date of this Act, then "retained employee" means
7any employee defined as having a full-time or full-time
8equivalent job preserved at a specific facility or site, the
9continuance of which is threatened by a specific and
10demonstrable threat, which shall be specified in the
11application for development assistance.
12    "Specific project site" means that distinct operational
13unit to which any development assistance is applied.
14    "State granting body" means the Department, any State
15department or State agency that provides development
16assistance that has reporting requirements under this Act, and
17any successor agencies to any of the preceding.
18    "Temporary job" means either: (1) the definition therefor
19in the legislation authorizing the programs described in the
20definition of development assistance in the Act or (2) if there
21is no such definition, then as defined in administrative rules
22implementing such legislation, provided the administrative
23rules were in place prior to the effective date of this Act. On
24and after the effective date of this Act, if there is no
25definition of "temporary job" in either the legislation
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1assistance under this Act or in any administrative rule
2implementing such legislation that was in place prior to the
3effective date of this Act, then "temporary job" means a job in
4which the new employee is hired for a specific duration of time
5or season.
6    "Value of assistance" means the face value of any form of
7development assistance.
8(Source: P.A. 93-552, eff. 8-20-03; 94-793, eff. 5-19-06;
994-1021, eff. 7-12-06.)
10    Section 15. The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Act
11is amended by changing Section 15 as follows:
12    (30 ILCS 787/15)
13    Sec. 15. Use of Fund.
14    (a) Role of Fund. Subject to appropriation, resources
15Resources from the Fund are intended to be used flexibly to
16support innovative and locally-driven strategies, to leverage
17other funding sources, and to fill gaps in existing workforce
18development resources in Illinois. They are not intended to
19supplant existing workforce development resources.
20    (b) Distribution of funds. Funds shall be distributed
21through competitive grantmaking processes administered by the
22Department and overseen by the Advisory Committee. No more than
236% of funds used for grants may be retained by the Department
24for administrative costs or for program evaluation or technical



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1assistance activities.
2    (c) Grantmaking. The Department must administer funds
3through competitive grantmaking in accordance with the
4priorities described in this Act. Grantmaking must be used to
5support workforce development strategies consistent with the
6priorities outlined in this Act. Strategies may include, but
7are not limited to the following:
8        (i) Expanded grantmaking for existing State workforce
9    development strategies, including the Job Training and
10    Economic Development Program and programs designed to
11    increase the number of persons traditionally
12    underrepresented in the building trades, specifically
13    minorities and women.
14        (ii) Workforce development initiatives that help the
15    least skilled adults access employment and education
16    opportunities, including transitional jobs programs and
17    educational bridge programming that integrate basic
18    education and occupational skills training.
19        (iii) Sectoral strategies that develop
20    industry-specific workforce education and training
21    services that lead to existing or expected jobs with
22    identified employers and that include services to ensure
23    that low-income, low-skilled adults can be served.
24        (iv) Support for the development and implementation of
25    workforce education and training programs in the energy
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1    cleanup and prevention industries.
2        (v) Support for planning activities that: ensure that
3    workforce development and education needs of low-skilled
4    adults are integrated into industry-specific career
5    pathways; analyze labor market data to track workforce
6    trends in the State's energy-related initiatives; or
7    increase the capacity of communities to provide workforce
8    services to low-income, low-skilled adults.
9    (d) Allowable expenditures. Grant funds are limited to
10expenditures for the following:
11        (i) Basic skills training, adult education,
12    occupational training, job readiness training, and
13    soft-skills training for which financial aid is otherwise
14    not available.
15        (ii) Workforce development-related services including
16    mentoring, job development, support services,
17    transportation assistance, and wage subsidies, that are
18    tied to participation in training and employment.
19        (iii) Capacity building, program development, and
20    technical assistance activities necessary for the
21    development and implementation of new workforce education
22    and training strategies.
23    No more than 5% of any grant may be used for administrative
25    (e) Eligible applicants. For grants under this Section,
26eligible applicants include the following:



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1        (i) Any private, public, and non-profit entities that
2    provide education, training, and workforce development
3    services to low-income individuals.
4        (ii) Educational institutions.
5        (iii) Labor and business associations.
6(Source: P.A. 96-771, eff. 8-28-09.)
7    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,