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30 ILCS 575/4

    (30 ILCS 575/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 132.604)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on June 30, 2024)
    Sec. 4. Award of State contracts.
    (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), not less than 30% of the total dollar amount of State contracts, as defined by the Secretary of the Council and approved by the Council, shall be established as an aspirational goal to be awarded to businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities; provided, however, that of the total amount of all State contracts awarded to businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities pursuant to this Section, contracts representing at least 16% shall be awarded to businesses owned by minorities, contracts representing at least 10% shall be awarded to women-owned businesses, and contracts representing at least 4% shall be awarded to businesses owned by persons with disabilities.
    (a-5) In addition to the aspirational goals in awarding State contracts set under subsection (a), the Commission shall by rule further establish targeted efforts to encourage the participation of businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities on State contracts. Such efforts shall include, but not be limited to, further concerted outreach efforts to businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.
    The above percentage relates to the total dollar amount of State contracts during each State fiscal year, calculated by examining independently each type of contract for each agency or public institutions of higher education which lets such contracts. Only that percentage of arrangements which represents the participation of businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities on such contracts shall be included. State contracts subject to the requirements of this Act shall include the requirement that only expenditures to businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities that perform a commercially useful function may be counted toward the goals set forth by this Act. Contracts shall include a definition of "commercially useful function" that is consistent with 49 CFR 26.55(c).
    (b) Not less than 20% of the total dollar amount of State construction contracts is established as an aspirational goal to be awarded to businesses owned by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities; provided that, contracts representing at least 11% of the total dollar amount of State construction contracts shall be awarded to businesses owned by minorities; contracts representing at least 7% of the total dollar amount of State construction contracts shall be awarded to women-owned businesses; and contracts representing at least 2% of the total dollar amount of State construction contracts shall be awarded to businesses owned by persons with disabilities.
    (c) (Blank).
    (c-5) All goals established under this Section shall be contingent upon the results of the most recent disparity study conducted by the State.
    (d) Within one year after April 28, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-8), the Department of Central Management Services shall conduct a social scientific study that measures the impact of discrimination on minority and women business development in Illinois. Within 18 months after April 28, 2009 (the effective date of Public Act 96-8), the Department shall issue a report of its findings and any recommendations on whether to adjust the goals for minority and women participation established in this Act. Copies of this report and the social scientific study shall be filed with the Governor and the General Assembly.
    By December 1, 2020, the Department of Central Management Services shall conduct a new social scientific study that measures the impact of discrimination on minority and women business development in Illinois. By June 1, 2022, the Department shall issue a report of its findings and any recommendations on whether to adjust the goals for minority and women participation established in this Act. Copies of this report and the social scientific study shall be filed with the Governor and the General Assembly. By December 1, 2022, the Commission on Equity and Inclusion Business Enterprise Program shall develop a model for social scientific disparity study sourcing for local governmental units to adapt and implement to address regional disparities in public procurement.
    (e) All State contract solicitations that include Business Enterprise Program participation goals shall require bidders or offerors to include utilization plans. Utilization plans are due at the time of bid or offer submission. Failure to complete and include a utilization plan, including documentation demonstrating good faith efforts when requesting a waiver, shall render the bid or offer non-responsive.
    Except as permitted under this Act or as otherwise mandated by federal law or regulation, in response those who submit bids or proposals for State contracts subject to the provisions of this Act, whose bids or proposals are successful but include a utilization plan that fails to demonstrate good faith efforts to meet the goals set forth in the solicitation of that deficiency and may allow the bidder or offeror a period not to exceed 10 calendar days from the date of notification to cure that deficiency in the bid or proposal. The deficiency in the bid or proposal may only be cured by contracting with additional subcontractors who are certified by the Business Enterprise Program at the time of bid submission. Any increase in cost to a contract for the addition of a subcontractor to cure a bid's deficiency or to ensure diversity participation on the contract shall not affect the bid price, shall not be used in the request for an exemption in this Act, and in no case shall an identified subcontractor with a certification made pursuant to this Act be terminated from the contract without the written consent of the State agency or public institution of higher education entering into the contract. Submission of a blank utilization plan renders a bid or offer non-responsive and is not curable. The Commission on Equity and Inclusion shall be notified of all bids or offers that fail to include a utilization plan or that include a utilization plan with deficiencies.
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) (Blank).
    (h) State agencies and public institutions of higher education shall notify the Commission on Equity and Inclusion of all non-responsive bids or proposals for State contracts.
(Source: P.A. 101-170, eff. 1-1-20; 101-601, eff. 1-1-20; 101-657, Article 1, Section 1-5, eff. 1-1-22; 101-657, Article 40, Section 40-130, eff. 1-1-22; 102-29, eff. 6-25-21; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21.)