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 1        AN ACT concerning mass transit.

 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 adding Section 49.35 as follows:

 6        (20 ILCS 2705/49.35 new)
 7        Sec.   49.35.   Build   Illinois   Transit  Program;  new
 8    facilities and service.
 9        (a) The Department of Transportation must  establish  the
10    Build  Illinois  Transit  Program for the construction of and
11    acquisition  of  property  and   equipment   for   new   mass
12    transportation   facilities   and   new   or   expanded  mass
13    transportation service, including rapid transit,  rail,  bus,
14    and  other  equipment used in connection with mass transit by
15    the State, a public or private entity, or 2 or more of  these
16    entities   authorized   to   provide   and   promote   public
17    transportation within the State.
18        (b) For the purpose of this Section:
19        "Carrier"     means     any   public  or  private  entity
20    authorized to provide mass transportation within the State.
21        "Facilities"  comprise all  real  and  personal  property
22    used in or appurtenant to a mass transportation system.
23        "Mass   Transportation"   means  transportation  provided
24    within  the  State  by  rapid  transit,  rail, bus, or  other
25    conveyance available  to  the public   on    a  regular   and
26    continuing  basis.
27        "Unit  of  local  government" has the meaning provided in
28    Section 1 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution.
29        (c)  Under  the  Build  Illinois  Transit  Program,   the
30    Department   may  (i)  enter  into  contracts  for  new  mass
31    transportation facilities and (ii) make grants, funded by the
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 1    bonds authorized  in  paragraph  (4)  of  subsection  (b)  of
 2    Section   4   of   the  General Obligation Bond Act.  For the
 3    payment of the principal  and  interest  on  the  bonds,  the
 4    Comptroller  must  order  transferred  and the Treasurer must
 5    transfer $293,000,000 annually from the General Revenue  Fund
 6    to  the  Build  Illinois Transit Program Fund, a special fund
 7    created in the State Treasury, until the bonds are retired.
 8        (d) The  Department  must  make  Build  Illinois  Transit
 9    grants  to  units  of  local governments and carriers for the
10    construction of and acquisition of property and equipment for
11    new mass transportation facilities  and  to  provide  new  or
12    expanded  mass  transportation  service.   The grants must be
13    made upon terms  and  conditions that in the judgment of  the
14    Secretary  are necessary to ensure their proper and effective
15    use.  The  Department  must  make   grants   for   new   mass
16    transportation  facilities  and systems and to provide new or
17    expanded mass transportation service within the State to:
18             (1) Maximize federal funds for  the  assistance   of
19        new mass  transportation facilities in Illinois.
20             (2)   Facilitate   the   movement  of  all  persons,
21        including those persons who because   of  age,   economic
22        circumstance, or physical infirmity are unable to drive.
23             (3)  Contribute  to  an improved environment through
24        the reduction of air, water,  and noise pollution.
25             (4) Reduce traffic congestion and  suburban  highway
26        and road sprawl.
27             (5)  Facilitate   the   transportation  of  Illinois
28        residents to places  of  employment  and  to  commercial,
29        medical, and shopping districts.
30             (6)  Increase   the  frequency  and  reliability  of
31        public transit service.
32        The  Secretary   must  establish  procedures  for  making
33    application  for  the  Build  Illinois  Transit  grants.  The
34    procedures must provide for public notice of all applications
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 1    and give  reasonable  opportunity  for  the   submission   of
 2    comments   and    objections   by  interested   parties.  The
 3    procedures must be  designed  with  a  view  to  facilitating
 4    simultaneous  application for a  grant  to the Department and
 5    to the federal government. The grants or matching grants  may
 6    not  be  made in a total amount that exceeds 100% of the  net
 7    project  cost.  Amounts in excess of the project cost must be
 8    promptly returned to the Department.

 9        Section 10.  The State Finance Act is amended  by  adding
10    Section 5.490 as follows:

11        (30 ILCS 105/5.490 new)
12        Sec. 5.490.  The Build Illinois Transit Program Fund.

13        Section  15.   The General Obligation Bond Act is amended
14    by changing Sections 2 and 4 as follows:

15        (30 ILCS 330/2) (from Ch. 127, par. 652)
16        Sec. 2. Authorization for Bonds.  The State  of  Illinois
17    is  authorized  to issue, sell and provide for the retirement
18    of General Obligation Bonds of the State of Illinois  in  the
19    total amount of $14,795,296,392 $10,895,296,392 herein called
20    "Bonds".
21        Of  the  total  amount  of  bonds authorized above, up to
22    $2,200,000,000 in aggregate original principal amount may  be
23    issued  and sold in accordance with the Baccalaureate Savings
24    Act in the form of General Obligation College Savings Bonds.
25        Of the total amount of  bonds  authorized  above,  up  to
26    $300,000,000  in  aggregate  original principal amount may be
27    issued and sold in accordance with the Retirement Savings Act
28    in the form of General Obligation Retirement Savings Bonds.
29        The issuance and sale of Bonds pursuant  to  the  General
30    Obligation  Bond Act is an economical and efficient method of
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 1    financing the capital needs of  the  State.   This  Act  will
 2    permit  the  issuance  of  a multi-purpose General Obligation
 3    Bond with uniform terms and features.   This  will  not  only
 4    lower  the  cost  of registration but also reduce the overall
 5    cost of  issuing  debt  by  improving  the  marketability  of
 6    Illinois General Obligation Bonds.
 7        Bonds  shall  be  issued  for the categories and specific
 8    purposes expressed in Sections 2 through 8 and Section 16  of
 9    this Act.
10    (Source: P.A. 90-1, eff. 2-20-97; 90-8, eff. 12-8-97; 90-549,
11    eff. 12-8-97; 90-586, eff. 6-4-98.)

12        (30 ILCS 330/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 654)
13        Sec.  4.   Transportation.   The amount of $6,384,270,000
14    $2,484,270,000 is authorized for use  by  the  Department  of
15    Transportation  for  the  specific  purpose  of promoting and
16    assuring rapid, efficient, and safe  highway,  air  and  mass
17    transportation  for the inhabitants of the State by providing
18    monies, including the making of grants  and  loans,  for  the
19    acquisition,   construction,  reconstruction,  extension  and
20    improvement of the following  transportation  facilities  and
21    equipment,  and  for  the  acquisition  of  real property and
22    interests  in  real  property  required  or  expected  to  be
23    required in connection therewith as follows:
24        (a)  $1,411,000,000   for   State   highways,    arterial
25    highways,  freeways,  roads,  bridges,  structures separating
26    highways and  railroads  and  roads,  and  bridges  on  roads
27    maintained  by  counties,  municipalities,  townships or road
28    districts for the following specific purposes:
29             (1)  $1,310,000,000 for use statewide,
30             (2)  $3,641,000  for   use   outside   the   Chicago
31        urbanized area,
32             (3)  $7,543,000 for use within the Chicago urbanized
33        area,
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 1             (4)  $13,060,600 for use within the City of Chicago,
 2             (5)  $57,894,500  for  use  within  the  counties of
 3        Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will, and
 4             (6)  $18,860,900 for use  outside  the  counties  of
 5        Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will.
 6        (b)  $4,783,270,000   $883,270,000   for   mass   transit
 7    facilities,   as  defined  in  Section  49.19  of  the  Civil
 8    Administrative Code of  Illinois,  including  rapid  transit,
 9    rail, bus and other equipment used in connection therewith by
10    the   State   or   any  unit  of  local  government,  special
11    transportation  district,  municipal  corporation  or   other
12    corporation  or  public  authority  authorized to provide and
13    promote public transportation within the State or two or more
14    of  the  foregoing  jointly,  for  the   following   specific
15    purposes:
16             (1)  $787,470,000 statewide,
17             (2)  $83,350,000  for  use  within  the  counties of
18        Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will,
19             (3)  $12,450,000 for use  outside  the  counties  of
20        Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will,.
21             (4)  $3,900,000,000  for  the Build Illinois Transit
22        Program.
23        (c)  $190,000,000 for airport or aviation facilities  and
24    any   equipment   used  in  connection  therewith,  including
25    engineering and land acquisition costs, by the State  or  any
26    unit  of  local  government, special transportation district,
27    municipal  corporation  or  other   corporation   or   public
28    authority  authorized to provide public transportation within
29    the State, or two or more of the foregoing acting jointly.
30    (Source: P.A. 89-235, eff. 8-4-95; 90-1, eff. 2-20-97;  90-8,
31    eff.  12-8-97  (changed  from 6-1-98 by P.A. 90-549); 90-586,
32    eff. 6-4-98.)

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