(805 ILCS 35/17) (from Ch. 32, par. 1017)
    Sec. 17. Each corporation organized under this Act shall have power:
    (1) To sue and be sued, complain and defend, in its corporate name;
    (2) To have perpetual succession, unless a limited period of duration is stated in its articles of incorporation;
    (3) To adopt a corporate seal and to use it, or a facsimile thereof, as required or permitted by law;
    (4) To borrow money and otherwise incur indebtedness for any of the purposes of the corporation; to issue its bonds, debentures, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, whether secured or unsecured, therefor; and to secure the same by mortgage, pledge, deed of trust or other lien on its property, franchises, rights and privileges of every kind and nature or any part thereof;
    (5) To lend money to, and to guarantee, indorse, or act as surety on the bonds, notes, contracts or other obligations of, or otherwise assist financially any person, firm, corporation, association, partnership or joint venture, other than a financial institution, and to establish and regulate the terms and conditions with respect to any such loans or financial assistance and the charges for interest and service connected therewith; but no such corporation shall make any loan unless the borrower submits satisfactory evidence that his or its application for a loan has been rejected by at least one conventional lending institution;
    (6) To purchase, receive, hold, lease or otherwise acquire, and to sell, convey, mortgage, lease, pledge, or otherwise dispose of, upon such terms and conditions as the board of directors may deem advisable, real and personal property, together with such rights and privileges as may be incidental and appurtenant thereto and the use thereof, including, but not restricted to, any real or personal property acquired by the corporation from time to time in the satisfaction of debts or enforcement of obligations;
    (7) To acquire the good will, business, rights, real and personal property and other assets, or any part thereof, of such persons, firms, corporations, joint stock companies, associations, partnerships, joint ventures or trusts as may be in furtherance of the corporate purposes provided herein, and to assume, undertake, guarantee or pay the obligations, debts and liabilities of any such person, firm, corporation, joint stock company, association or trust, other than a financial institution;
    (8) To acquire improved or unimproved real estate for the purpose of constructing industrial plants or other business establishments thereon or for the purpose of disposing of such real estate to others for the construction of industrial plants or other business establishments, and, in furtherance of the corporate purpose provided herein, to acquire, construct or reconstruct, alter, repair, maintain, operate, sell, lease or otherwise dispose of industrial plants or business establishments;
    (9) To acquire, subscribe for, own, hold, sell, assign, transfer, mortgage, pledge or otherwise dispose of the stock, shares, bonds, debentures, notes or other securities and evidences of interest in, or indebtedness of, any person, partnership, firm, corporation, joint stock company, association, trust or other joint ventures, and, while the owner or holder thereof, to exercise all the rights, powers and privileges of ownership, including the right to vote thereon;
    (10) To invest idle funds, temporarily, in United States Government securities. However, no calls for loans from its members shall be made without applying such idle funds, although so invested, to the purpose for which such call is made;
    (11) To cooperate with and avail itself of the facilities of governmental agencies; and to cooperate with and assist, and otherwise encourage, local organizations in the several communities of the State the purpose of which shall be the promotion, assistance and development of the business prosperity and economic welfare of such communities and of this State;
    (12) To make any and all contracts and to do and perform any and all acts necessary or convenient for the exercise of the powers granted by this Act;
    (13) To elect or appoint officers, agents and employees of the corporation and to define their duties and fix their compensation;
    (14) Subject to the provisions of Section 4 of this Act, to conduct its business within or without this State;
    (15) To accept gifts or grants of money, service or property, real or personal.
    No development credit corporation has power to assume the management and control of a business enterprise except in cases of default on loans extended to the business enterprise when the loan agreement so provides and, in such cases, the development credit corporation must divest itself of control within 2 years.
(Source: P.A. 82-933.)