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Full Text of HB2304  101st 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 is
6amended by adding Section 605-1025 as follows:
7    (20 ILCS 605/605-1025 new)
8    Sec. 605-1025. Training in the Building Trades Program.
9    (a) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Commerce
10and Economic Opportunity may establish a Training in the
11Building Trades Program to award grants to community-based
12organizations for the purpose of establishing training
13programs for persons who are 18 through 35 years of age and
14have an interest in the building trades. Persons eligible to
15participate in the Program shall include youth who have aged
16out of foster care and have an interest in the building trades.
17The Department of Children and Family Services, in consultation
18with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, shall
19identify and refer eligible youth to those community-based
20organizations that receive grants under this Section. Under the
21training programs, each participating person shall receive the
23        (1) Formal training and education in the fundamentals



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1    and core competencies in the person's chosen trade. Such
2    training and education shall be provided by a trained and
3    skilled tradesman or journeyman who is a member of a trade
4    union and who is paid the general prevailing rate of hourly
5    wages in the locality in which the work is to be performed.
6        (2) Hands-on experience to further develop the
7    person's building trade skills by participating in
8    community improvement projects involving the
9    rehabilitation of vacant and abandoned residential
10    property in economically depressed areas of the State.
11    Selected organizations shall also use the grant money to
12establish an entrepreneurship program to provide eligible
13persons with the capital and business management skills
14necessary to successfully launch their own businesses as
15contractors, subcontractors, real estate agents, or property
16managers or as any other entrepreneurs in the building trades.
17Eligibility under the entrepreneurship program shall be
18restricted to persons who reside in one of the economically
19depressed areas selected to receive community improvement
20projects in accordance with this subsection and who have
21obtained the requisite skill set for a particular building
22trade after successfully completing a training program
23established in accordance with this subsection. Grants
24provided under this Section may also be used to purchase the
25equipment and materials needed to rehabilitate any vacant and
26abandoned residential property that is eligible for



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1acquisition as described in subsection (b).
2    (b) Property eligible for acquisition and rehabilitation
3under the Training in the Building Trades Program.
4        (1) A community-based organization that is selected to
5    participate in the Training in the Building Trades Program
6    may enter into an agreement with a financial institution to
7    rehabilitate abandoned residential property in foreclosure
8    with the express condition that, after the rehabilitation
9    project is complete, the financial institution shall:
10            (A) sell the residential property for no less than
11        its fair market value; and
12            (B) use any proceeds from the sale to (i) reimburse
13        the community-based organization for all costs
14        associated with rehabilitating the property and (ii)
15        make satisfactory payment for any other claims against
16        the property. Any remaining sale proceeds of the
17        residential property shall be retained by the
18        financial institution.
19        (2)(A) A unit of local government may enact an
20    ordinance that permits the acquisition and rehabilitation
21    of abandoned residential property under the Training in the
22    Building Trades Program. Under the ordinance, any owner of
23    residential property that has been abandoned for at least 3
24    years shall be notified that the abandoned property is
25    subject to acquisition and rehabilitation under the
26    Program and that if the owner does not respond to the



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1    notice within the time period prescribed by the unit of
2    local government, the owner shall lose all right, title,
3    and interest in the property. Such notice shall be given as
4    follows:
5            (i) by mailing a copy of the notice by certified
6        mail to the owner's last known mailing address;
7            (ii) by publication in a newspaper published in the
8        municipality or county where the property is located;
9        and
10            (iii) by recording the notice with the office of
11        the recorder of the county in which the property is
12        located.
13        (B) If the owner responds to the notice within the time
14    period prescribed by the unit of local government, the
15    owner shall be given the option to either bring the
16    property into compliance with all applicable fire,
17    housing, and building codes within 6 months or enter into
18    an agreement with a community-based organization under the
19    Program to rehabilitate the residential property. If the
20    owner chooses to enter into an agreement with a
21    community-based organization to rehabilitate the
22    residential property, such agreement shall be made with the
23    express condition that, after the rehabilitation project
24    is complete, the owner shall:
25            (i) sell the residential property for no less than
26        its fair market value; and



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1            (ii) use any proceeds from the sale to (a)
2        reimburse the community-based organization for all
3        costs associated with rehabilitating the property and
4        (b) make satisfactory payment for any other claims
5        against the property. Any remaining sale proceeds of
6        the residential property shall be distributed as
7        follows:
8                (I) 20% shall be distributed to the owner.
9                (II) 80% shall be deposited into the Training
10            in the Building Trades Fund created under
11            subsection (e).
12    (c) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
13shall select from each of the following geographical regions of
14the State a community-based organization with experience
15working with the building trades:
16        (1) Central Illinois.
17        (2) Northeastern Illinois.
18        (3) Southern (Metro-East) Illinois.
19        (4) Southern Illinois.
20        (5) Western Illinois.
21    (d) Grants awarded under this Section shall be funded
22through appropriations from the Training in the Building Trades
23Fund created under subsection (e). The Department of Commerce
24and Economic Opportunity may adopt any rules necessary to
25implement the provisions of this Section.
26    (e) The Training in the Building Trades Fund is created as



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1a special fund in the State treasury. The Fund shall consist of
2any moneys deposited into the Fund as provided in subparagraph
3(B) of paragraph (2) of subsection (b) and any moneys
4appropriated to the Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity for the Training in the Building Trades Program.
6Moneys in the Fund shall be expended for the Training in the
7Building Trades Program under subsection (a) and for no other
8purpose. All interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall be
9deposited into the Fund.
10    Section 10. The State Finance Act is amended by adding
11Section 5.891 as follows:
12    (30 ILCS 105/5.891 new)
13    Sec. 5.891. The Training in the Building Trades Fund.
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect January
151, 2020.