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Full Text of SB0508  99th General Assembly


Rep. Fred Crespo

Filed: 5/25/2015





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 508 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Illinois Promotion Act is amended by
5changing Sections 2 and 3 and by adding Section 8b as follows:
6    (20 ILCS 665/2)  (from Ch. 127, par. 200-22)
7    Sec. 2. Legislative findings; policy. The General Assembly
8hereby finds, determines and declares:
9    (a) That the health, safety, morals and general welfare of
10the people of the State are directly dependent upon the
11continual encouragement, development, growth and expansion of
12tourism within the State;
13    (b) That unemployment, the spread of indigency, and the
14heavy burden of public assistance and unemployment
15compensation can be alleviated by the promotion, attraction,
16stimulation, development and expansion of tourism in the State;



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1    (c) That the policy of the State of Illinois, in the
2interest of promoting the health, safety, morals and welfare of
3all the people of the State, is to increase the economic impact
4of tourism throughout the State through promotional activities
5and by making available grants and loans to be made to local
6promotion groups and others, as provided in Sections 5, and 8a,
7and 8b of this Act, for purposes of promoting, developing, and
8expanding tourism destinations, tourism attractions, and
9tourism events.
10(Source: P.A. 92-38, eff. 6-28-01.)
11    (20 ILCS 665/3)  (from Ch. 127, par. 200-23)
12    Sec. 3. Definitions. The following words and terms,
13whenever used or referred to in this Act, shall have the
14following meanings, except where the context may otherwise
16    (a) "Department" means the Department of Commerce and
17Economic Opportunity of the State of Illinois.
18    (b) "Local promotion group" means any non-profit
19corporation, organization, association, agency or committee
20thereof formed for the primary purpose of publicizing,
21promoting, advertising or otherwise encouraging the
22development of tourism in any municipality, county, or region
23of Illinois.
24    (c) "Promotional activities" means preparing, planning and
25conducting campaigns of information, advertising and publicity



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1through such media as newspapers, radio, television,
2magazines, trade journals, moving and still photography,
3posters, outdoor signboards and personal contact within and
4without the State of Illinois; dissemination of information,
5advertising, publicity, photographs and other literature and
6material designed to carry out the purpose of this Act; and
7participation in and attendance at meetings and conventions
8concerned primarily with tourism, including travel to and from
9such meetings.
10    (d) "Municipality" means "municipality" as defined in
11Section 1-1-2 of the Illinois Municipal Code, as heretofore and
12hereafter amended.
13    (e) "Tourism" means travel 50 miles or more one-way or an
14overnight trip outside of a person's normal routine.
15    (f) "Municipal amateur sports facility" means a sports
16facility that: (1) is owned by a unit of local government; (2)
17has contiguous indoor sports competition space; (3) is designed
18to principally accommodate and host amateur competitions for
19youths, adults, or both; and (4) is not used for professional
20sporting events where participants are compensated for their
22    (g) "Municipal convention center" means a convention
23center or civic center owned by a unit of local government or
24operated by a convention center authority, or a municipal
25convention hall as defined in paragraph (1) of Section 11-65-1
26of the Illinois Municipal Code, with contiguous exhibition



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1space ranging between 30,000 and 125,000 square feet.
2    (h) "Convention center authority" means an Authority, as
3defined by the Civic Center Code, that operates a municipal
4convention center with contiguous exhibition space ranging
5between 30,000 and 125,000 square feet.
6    (i) "Incentive" means: (1) an incentive provided by a
7municipal convention center or convention center authority for
8a convention, meeting, or trade show held at a municipal
9convention center that, but for the incentive, would not have
10occurred in the State or been retained in the State; or (2) an
11incentive provided by a unit of local government for a sporting
12event held at a municipal amateur sports facility that, but for
13the incentive, would not have occurred in the State or been
14retained in the State.
15(Source: P.A. 94-793, eff. 5-19-06.)
16    (20 ILCS 665/8b new)
17    Sec. 8b. Municipal convention center and sports facility
18attraction grants.
19    (a) Until July 1, 2020, the Department is authorized to
20make grants, subject to appropriation by the General Assembly,
21from the Tourism Promotion Fund to a unit of local government,
22municipal convention center, or convention center authority
23that provides incentives, as defined in subsection (i) of
24Section 3 of this Act, for the purpose of attracting
25conventions, meetings, and trade shows to municipal convention



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1centers and attracting sporting events to municipal amateur
2sports facilities. Grants awarded under this Section shall be
3based on the net proceeds received under the Hotel Operators'
4Occupation Tax Act for the renting, leasing, or letting of
5hotel rooms in the municipality for the month in which the
6convention, meeting, trade show, or sporting event occurs.
7Grants shall not exceed 80% of the incentive amount provided by
8the unit of local government, municipal convention center, or
9convention center authority. Further, in no event may the
10aggregate amount of grants awarded to a single municipal
11convention center, convention center authority, or municipal
12amateur sports facility exceed $200,000 in any calendar year.
13The Department may, by rule, require any other provisions it
14deems necessary in order to protect the State's interest in
15administering this program.
16    (b) No later than May 15 of each year, through May 15,
172020, the unit of local government, municipal convention
18center, or convention center authority shall certify to the
19Department the amounts of funds expended in the previous fiscal
20year to provide qualified incentives; however, in no event may
21the certified amount pursuant to this paragraph exceed $200,000
22for any municipal convention center, convention center
23authority, or municipal amateur sports facility in any calendar
24year. The unit of local government, convention center, or
25convention center authority shall certify (A) the net proceeds
26received under the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the



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1renting, leasing, or letting of hotel rooms in the municipality
2for the month in which the convention, meeting, or trade show
3occurs and (B) the average of the net proceeds received under
4the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the renting,
5leasing, or letting of hotel rooms in the municipality for the
6same month in the 3 immediately preceding years. The unit of
7local government, municipal convention center, or convention
8center authority shall include the incentive amounts as part of
9its regular audit.
10    (c) The Department shall submit a report on the
11effectiveness of the program established under this Section to
12the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2020.
13    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
14becoming law.".