|Public Act 101-0469|
|HB2304 Enrolled||LRB101 06225 KTG 51250 b|
AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is
amended by adding Section 605-1025 as follows:
(20 ILCS 605/605-1025 new)
Training in the Building Trades Program.
(a) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity may establish a Training in the
Building Trades Program to award grants to community-based
organizations for the purpose of establishing training
programs for persons who are 18 through 35 years of age and
have an interest in the building trades. Persons eligible to
participate in the Program shall include youth who have aged
out of foster care and have an interest in the building trades.
The Department of Children and Family Services, in consultation
with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, shall
identify and refer eligible youth to those community-based
organizations that receive grants under this Section. Under the
training programs, each participating person shall receive the
(1) Formal training and education in the fundamentals
and core competencies in the person's chosen trade. Such
training and education shall be provided by a trained and
skilled tradesman or journeyman who is a member of a trade
union and who is paid the general prevailing rate of hourly
wages in the locality in which the work is to be performed.
(2) Hands-on experience to further develop the
person's building trade skills by participating in
community improvement projects involving the
rehabilitation of vacant and abandoned residential
property in economically depressed areas of the State.
Selected organizations shall also use the grant money to
establish an entrepreneurship program to provide eligible
persons with the capital and business management skills
necessary to successfully launch their own businesses as
contractors, subcontractors, real estate agents, or property
managers or as any other entrepreneurs in the building trades.
Eligibility under the entrepreneurship program shall be
restricted to persons who reside in one of the economically
depressed areas selected to receive community improvement
projects in accordance with this subsection and who have
obtained the requisite skill set for a particular building
trade after successfully completing a training program
established in accordance with this subsection. Grants
provided under this Section may also be used to purchase the
equipment and materials needed to rehabilitate any vacant and
abandoned residential property that is eligible for
acquisition as described in subsection (b).
(b) Property eligible for acquisition and rehabilitation
under the Training in the Building Trades Program.
(1) A community-based organization that is selected to
participate in the Training in the Building Trades Program
may enter into an agreement with a financial institution to
rehabilitate abandoned residential property in foreclosure
with the express condition that, after the rehabilitation
project is complete, the financial institution shall:
(A) sell the residential property for no less than
its fair market value; and
(B) use any proceeds from the sale to (i) reimburse
the community-based organization for all costs
associated with rehabilitating the property and (ii)
make satisfactory payment for any other claims against
the property. Any remaining sale proceeds of the
residential property shall be retained by the
(2)(A) A unit of local government may enact an
ordinance that permits the acquisition and rehabilitation
of abandoned residential property under the Training in the
Building Trades Program. Under the ordinance, any owner of
residential property that has been abandoned for at least 3
years shall be notified that the abandoned property is
subject to acquisition and rehabilitation under the
Program and that if the owner does not respond to the
notice within the time period prescribed by the unit of
local government, the owner shall lose all right, title,
and interest in the property. Such notice shall be given as
(i) by mailing a copy of the notice by certified
mail to the owner's last known mailing address;
(ii) by publication in a newspaper published in the
municipality or county where the property is located;
(iii) by recording the notice with the office of
the recorder of the county in which the property is
(B) If the owner responds to the notice within the time
period prescribed by the unit of local government, the
owner shall be given the option to either bring the
property into compliance with all applicable fire,
housing, and building codes within 6 months or enter into
an agreement with a community-based organization under the
Program to rehabilitate the residential property. If the
owner chooses to enter into an agreement with a
community-based organization to rehabilitate the
residential property, such agreement shall be made with the
express condition that, after the rehabilitation project
is complete, the owner shall:
(i) sell the residential property for no less than
its fair market value; and
(ii) use any proceeds from the sale to (a)
reimburse the community-based organization for all
costs associated with rehabilitating the property and
(b) make satisfactory payment for any other claims
against the property. Any remaining sale proceeds of
the residential property shall be distributed as
(I) 20% shall be distributed to the owner.
(II) 80% shall be deposited into the Training
in the Building Trades Fund created under
(c) The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
shall select from each of the following geographical regions of
the State a community-based organization with experience
working with the building trades:
(1) Central Illinois.
(2) Northeastern Illinois.
(3) Southern (Metro-East) Illinois.
(4) Southern Illinois.
(5) Western Illinois.
(d) Grants awarded under this Section shall be funded
through appropriations from the Training in the Building Trades
Fund created under subsection (e). The Department of Commerce
and Economic Opportunity may adopt any rules necessary to
implement the provisions of this Section.
(e) The Training in the Building Trades Fund is created as
a special fund in the State treasury. The Fund shall consist of
any moneys deposited into the Fund as provided in subparagraph
(B) of paragraph (2) of subsection (b) and any moneys
appropriated to the Department of Commerce and Economic
Opportunity for the Training in the Building Trades Program.
Moneys in the Fund shall be expended for the Training in the
Building Trades Program under subsection (a) and for no other
purpose. All interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall be
deposited into the Fund.
The State Finance Act is amended by adding
Section 5.891 as follows:
(30 ILCS 105/5.891 new)
The Training in the Building Trades Fund.
This Act takes effect January