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Full Text of HB2643  102nd General Assembly




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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois
6is amended by renumbering and changing Section 605-1045 as
8    (20 ILCS 605/605-1047)
9    Sec. 605-1047 605-1045. Local Coronavirus Urgent
10Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE) Support Program.
11    (a) Purpose. The Department may receive, directly or
12indirectly, federal funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund
13provided to the State pursuant to Section 5001 of the federal
14Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to
15provide financial support to units of local government for
16purposes authorized by Section 5001 of the federal Coronavirus
17Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and related
18federal guidance. Upon receipt of such funds, and
19appropriations for their use, the Department shall administer
20a Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local
21CURE) Support Program to provide financial support to units of
22local government that have incurred necessary expenditures due
23to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Department shall



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1provide by rule the administrative framework for the Local
2CURE Support Program.
3    (b) Allocations. A portion of the funds appropriated for
4the Local CURE Support Program may be allotted to
5municipalities and counties based on proportionate population.
6Units of local government, or portions thereof, located within
7the five Illinois counties that received direct allotments
8from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund will not be included
9in the support program allotments. The Department may
10establish other administrative procedures for providing
11financial support to units of local government. Appropriated
12funds may be used for administration of the support program,
13including the hiring of a service provider to assist with
14coordination and administration.
15    (c) Administrative Procedures. The Department may
16establish administrative procedures for the support program,
17including any application procedures, grant agreements,
18certifications, payment methodologies, and other
19accountability measures that may be imposed upon recipients of
20funds under the grant program. Financial support may be
21provided in the form of grants or in the form of expense
22reimbursements for disaster-related expenditures. The
23emergency rulemaking process may be used to promulgate the
24initial rules of the grant program.
25    (d) Definitions. As used in this Section:
26        (1) "COVID-19" means the novel coronavirus virus



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1    disease deemed COVID-19 by the World Health Organization
2    on February 11, 2020.
3        (2) "Local government" or "unit of local government"
4    means any unit of local government as defined in Article
5    VII, Section 1 of the Illinois Constitution.
6        (3) "Third party administrator" means a service
7    provider selected by the Department to provide operational
8    assistance with the administration of the support program.
9    (e) Powers of the Department. The Department has the power
11        (1) Provide financial support to eligible units of
12    local government with funds appropriated from the Local
13    Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Fund
14    to cover necessary costs incurred due to the COVID-19
15    public health emergency that are eligible to be paid using
16    federal funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund.
17        (2) Enter into agreements, accept funds, issue grants
18    or expense reimbursements, and engage in cooperation with
19    agencies of the federal government and units of local
20    governments to carry out the purposes of this support
21    program, and to use funds appropriated from the Local
22    Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Fund
23    fund upon such terms and conditions as may be established
24    by the federal government and the Department.
25        (3) Enter into agreements with third-party
26    administrators to assist the state with operational



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1    assistance and administrative functions related to review
2    of documentation and processing of financial support
3    payments to units of local government.
4        (4) Establish applications, notifications, contracts,
5    and procedures and adopt rules deemed necessary and
6    appropriate to carry out the provisions of this Section.
7    To provide for the expeditious and timely implementation
8    of this Act, emergency rules to implement any provision of
9    this Section may be adopted by the Department subject to
10    the provisions of Section 5-45 of the Illinois
11    Administrative Procedure Act.
12        (5) Provide staff, administration, and related support
13    required to manage the support program and pay for the
14    staffing, administration, and related support with funds
15    appropriated from the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation
16    Emergency (Local CURE) Fund.
17        (6) Exercise such other powers as are necessary or
18    incidental to the foregoing.
19    (f) Local CURE Financial Support to Local Governments. The
20Department is authorized to provide financial support to
21eligible units of local government including, but not limited
22to, certified local health departments for necessary costs
23incurred due to the COVID-19 public health emergency that are
24eligible to be paid using federal funds from the Coronavirus
25Relief Fund.
26        (1) Financial support funds may be used by a unit of



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1    local government only for payment of costs permitted to be
2    covered with moneys from the Coronavirus Relief Fund
3    pursuant to Section 601(d)(3) of the Social Security Act,
4    as amended, or any other federal law that: (i) are
5    necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health
6    emergency of COVID-19; (ii) were not accounted for in the
7    most recent budget approved as of March 27, 2020 for the
8    unit of local government; and (iii) were incurred between
9    March 1, 2020 and December 30, 2020.
10        (2) A unit of local government receiving financial
11    support funds under this program shall certify to the
12    Department that it shall use the funds in accordance with
13    the requirements of paragraph (1) and that any funds
14    received but not used for such purposes shall be repaid to
15    the Department.
16        (3) The Department shall make the determination to
17    provide financial support funds to a unit of local
18    government on the basis of criteria established by the
19    Department.
20(Source: P.A. 101-636, eff. 6-10-20; revised 8-3-20.)