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 1        AN ACT concerning tourism.

 2        Be  it  enacted  by  the People of the State of Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section 5.  The Civil Administrative Code of Illinois  is
 5    amended by changing and renumbering Section 46.6d as follows:

 6        (20 ILCS 605/605-707) (was 20 ILCS 605/46.6d)
 7        Sec. 605-707. 46.6d.  International Tourism Program.
 8        (a)  The  Department  of  Commerce  and Community Affairs
 9    must establish a grant  program  for  international  tourism.
10    The  Department  shall  develop  and implement the program on
11    January 1, 2000  by  rule.   As  part  of  the  program,  the
12    Department  may work in cooperation with local convention and
13    tourism  bureaus  in  Illinois   in   the   coordination   of
14    international  tourism  efforts  at the State and local level
15    shall assist the City of  Chicago's  Office  of  Tourism  and
16    other  convention  and  tourism  bureaus  in  Chicago  in the
17    formation  of  the  Illinois  Partnership  for  International
18    Meetings  and  Tourism  under  the  General  Not  For  Profit
19    Corporation  Act  of  1986.   The  Partnership's   Board   of
20    Directors  shall  consist  of  the  Director  of Commerce and
21    Community Affairs or his or her designee, the chief executive
22    of the City of Chicago's Office of  Tourism,  and  3  members
23    appointed  by the Director of Commerce and Community Affairs.
24    One of the Director's  appointees  shall  be  a  person  with
25    leadership  experience  at a convention and tourism bureau in
26    Chicago certified by the Department, and 2 of the  Director's
27    appointees  shall  be  persons  with leadership experience at
28    convention and tourism bureaus in the State outside the  City
29    of   Chicago   certified   by   the  Department  with  active
30    international tourism marketing programs.  The Department may
31    powers and duties of the Partnership shall be to (i) work  in
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 1    cooperation  work  with  local convention and tourism bureaus
 2    the Department  for  efficient  use  of  their  international
 3    tourism   marketing   resources,  (ii)  promote  Illinois  in
 4    international meetings and tourism markets, (iii)  work  with
 5    convention  and  tourism  bureaus  throughout  the  State  to
 6    increase  the  number  of international tourists to Illinois,
 7    and (iv) provide training, research, technical  support,  and
 8    grants  to  certified convention and tourism bureaus, and (v)
 9    provide staff, administration, and related  support  required
10    to  manage  the  programs  under this Section in cities other
11    than Chicago.
12        (b)  The Department shall make the grants and pay for the
13    staffing, administration, and related support from  money  in
14    the International Tourism Fund, a special fund created in the
15    State  Treasury.   Of  the amounts deposited into the Fund in
16    fiscal year 2000 after January 1, 2000, 55% shall be used for
17    grants to convention and tourism bureaus  in  Chicago  (other
18    than  the  City of Chicago's Office of Tourism) and 45% shall
19    be used for development of  international  tourism  in  areas
20    outside  of  Chicago  grants  to the Illinois Partnership for
21    International Meetings and Tourism.  Of the amounts deposited
22    into the Fund in fiscal year 2001 and thereafter, 27.5% shall
23    be used for  grants  to  the  City  of  Chicago's  Office  of
24    Tourism,  27.5%  shall be used for grants to other convention
25    and tourism bureaus in Chicago, and 45%  shall  be  used  for
26    administrative  expenses  authorized  under  this Section and
27    development of international  tourism  in  areas  outside  of
28    Chicago,  of  which  grants  to  the Illinois Partnership for
29    International Meetings and Tourism.  Of the  amounts  granted
30    to  the  Partnership,  not less than $1,000,000 shall be used
31    annually to make grants to convention and tourism bureaus  in
32    cities    other   than   Chicago   that   demonstrate   their
33    international tourism appeal and request to develop or expand
34    their international tourism marketing program.
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 1        (c)  A convention  and  tourism  bureau  is  eligible  to
 2    receive  grant  moneys  under  this  Section if the bureau is
 3    certified to receive funds under Title  14  of  the  Illinois
 4    Administrative  Code,  Section  550.35 (i) is a unit of local
 5    government or is an entity established under the General  Not
 6    For  Profit  Corporation Act of 1986, (ii) is affiliated with
 7    at least one municipality or county, (iii) employs  at  least
 8    one  full-time  staff  person,  and  (iv) is certified by the
 9    Department as the designated recipient to serve  an  area  of
10    the  State.   The City of Chicago's Office of Tourism and all
11    convention and tourism bureaus must  provide  matching  funds
12    equal  to  the  grant  to  be  eligible to receive the grant.
13    Grants received by the City of Chicago's  Office  of  Tourism
14    and  by  convention  and  tourism  bureaus  in Chicago may be
15    expended for the general purposes  of  promoting  conventions
16    and tourism.
17    (Source: P.A. 91-604, eff. 8-16-99; revised 10-21-99.)

18        Section  10.   The  Illinois  Promotion Act is amended by
19    changing Section 8a as follows:

20        (20 ILCS 665/8a) (from Ch. 127, par. 200-28a)
21        Sec. 8a. Tourism grants and loans; fund.
22        (1) The Department  is  authorized  to  make  grants  and
23    loans,  subject to appropriations by the General Assembly for
24    this purpose from the Tourism Promotion Fund or  the  Tourism
25    Attraction  Development  Matching  Grant  Fund,  to counties,
26    municipalities, or local promotion groups, or  and  loans  to
27    for-profit  businesses  for the development or improvement of
28    tourism attractions in Illinois.  These Such grants and loans
29    shall not exceed $1,000,000 $100,000 and shall not exceed 50%
30    of the entire amount  of  the  actual  expenditures  for  the
31    development   or   improvement   of   a  tourist  attraction.
32    Agreements for loans made by the Department pursuant to  this
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 1    subsection  may  contain  provisions regarding term, interest
 2    rate, security as may be required by the Department  and  any
 3    other  provisions  the  Department may require to protect the
 4    State's interest.
 5        (2)  There is hereby created a special fund in the  State
 6    Treasury  to  be  known as the Tourism Attraction Development
 7    Matching Grant Fund.  The deposit of monies  into  this  fund
 8    shall  be limited to the repayments of principal and interest
 9    from loans made pursuant to subsection (1).
10    (Source: P.A. 89-262, eff. 8-10-95.)

11        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
12    becoming law.

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