Bill Text: IL HB0156 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Enrolled

Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. Makes a technical change in a Section concerning a tax credit for property taxes.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Democrat 41-9)

Status: (Enrolled) 2018-12-11 - Sent to the Governor [HB0156 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HB0156-Enrolled.html

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1 AN ACT concerning revenue.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 3. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Act is amended by
5changing Section 4 as follows:
6 (20 ILCS 655/4) (from Ch. 67 1/2, par. 604)
7 Sec. 4. Qualifications for Enterprise Zones.
8 (1) An area is qualified to become an enterprise zone
10 (a) is a contiguous area, provided that a zone area may
11 exclude wholly surrounded territory within its boundaries;
12 (b) comprises a minimum of one-half square mile and not
13 more than 12 square miles, or 15 square miles if the zone
14 is located within the jurisdiction of 4 or more counties or
15 municipalities, in total area, exclusive of lakes and
16 waterways; however, in such cases where the enterprise zone
17 is a joint effort of three or more units of government, or
18 two or more units of government if situated in a township
19 which is divided by a municipality of 1,000,000 or more
20 inhabitants, and where the certification has been in effect
21 at least one year, the total area shall comprise a minimum
22 of one-half square mile and not more than thirteen square
23 miles in total area exclusive of lakes and waterways;

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1 (c) (blank);
2 (d) (blank);
3 (e) is (1) entirely within a municipality or (2)
4 entirely within the unincorporated areas of a county,
5 except where reasonable need is established for such zone
6 to cover portions of more than one municipality or county
7 or (3) both comprises (i) all or part of a municipality and
8 (ii) an unincorporated area of a county; and
9 (f) meets 3 or more of the following criteria:
10 (1) all or part of the local labor market area has
11 had an annual average unemployment rate of at least
12 120% of the State's annual average unemployment rate
13 for the most recent calendar year or the most recent
14 fiscal year as reported by the Department of Employment
15 Security;
16 (2) designation will result in the development of
17 substantial employment opportunities by creating or
18 retaining a minimum aggregate of 1,000 full-time
19 equivalent jobs due to an aggregate investment of
20 $100,000,000 or more, and will help alleviate the
21 effects of poverty and unemployment within the local
22 labor market area;
23 (3) all or part of the local labor market area has
24 a poverty rate of at least 20% according to the latest
25 federal decennial census, 50% or more of children in
26 the local labor market area participate in the federal

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1 free lunch program according to reported statistics
2 from the State Board of Education, or 20% or more
3 households in the local labor market area receive food
4 stamps according to the latest federal decennial
5 census;
6 (4) an abandoned coal mine, or a brownfield (as
7 defined in Section 58.2 of the Environmental
8 Protection Act), or an inactive nuclear powered
9 electrical generation facility where spent nuclear
10 fuel is stored on-site is located in the proposed zone
11 area, or all or a portion of the proposed zone was
12 declared a federal disaster area in the 3 years
13 preceding the date of application;
14 (5) the local labor market area contains a presence
15 of large employers that have downsized over the years,
16 the labor market area has experienced plant closures in
17 the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting
18 more than 50 workers, or the local labor market area
19 has experienced State or federal facility closures in
20 the 5 years prior to the date of application affecting
21 more than 50 workers;
22 (6) based on data from Multiple Listing Service
23 information or other suitable sources, the local labor
24 market area contains a high floor vacancy rate of
25 industrial or commercial properties, vacant or
26 demolished commercial and industrial structures are

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1 prevalent in the local labor market area, or industrial
2 structures in the local labor market area are not used
3 because of age, deterioration, relocation of the
4 former occupants, or cessation of operation;
5 (7) the applicant demonstrates a substantial plan
6 for using the designation to improve the State and
7 local government tax base, including income, sales,
8 and property taxes;
9 (8) significant public infrastructure is present
10 in the local labor market area in addition to a plan
11 for infrastructure development and improvement;
12 (9) high schools or community colleges located
13 within the local labor market area are engaged in ACT
14 Work Keys, Manufacturing Skills Standard
15 Certification, or other industry-based credentials
16 that prepare students for careers; or
17 (10) the change in equalized assessed valuation of
18 industrial and/or commercial properties in the 5 years
19 prior to the date of application is equal to or less
20 than 50% of the State average change in equalized
21 assessed valuation for industrial and/or commercial
22 properties, as applicable, for the same period of time.
23 As provided in Section 10-5.3 of the River Edge
24Redevelopment Zone Act, upon the expiration of the term of each
25River Edge Redevelopment Zone in existence on the effective
26date of this amendatory Act of the 97th General Assembly, that

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1River Edge Redevelopment Zone will become available for its
2previous designee or a new applicant to compete for designation
3as an enterprise zone. No preference for designation will be
4given to the previous designee of the zone.
5 (2) Any criteria established by the Department or by law
6which utilize the rate of unemployment for a particular area
7shall provide that all persons who are not presently employed
8and have exhausted all unemployment benefits shall be
9considered unemployed, whether or not such persons are actively
10seeking employment.
11(Source: P.A. 97-905, eff. 8-7-12.)