Bill Text: IL SB2528 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Engrossed

Bill Title: Amends the Illinois Promotion Act. Removes a sunset date from provisions concerning grants from the Tourism Promotion Fund. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 3-1)

Status: (Engrossed) 2018-05-31 - Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee [SB2528 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB2528-Engrossed.html

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1 AN ACT concerning State government.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Promotion Act is amended by
5changing Section 8b as follows:
6 (20 ILCS 665/8b)
7 Sec. 8b. Municipal convention center and sports facility
8attraction grants.
9 (a) Until July 1, 2022 July 1, 2020, the Department is
10authorized to make grants, subject to appropriation by the
11General Assembly, from the Tourism Promotion Fund to a unit of
12local government, municipal convention center, or convention
13center authority that provides incentives, as defined in
14subsection (i) of Section 3 of this Act, for the purpose of
15attracting conventions, meetings, and trade shows to municipal
16convention centers and attracting sporting events to municipal
17amateur sports facilities. Grants awarded under this Section
18shall be based on the net proceeds received under the Hotel
19Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the renting, leasing, or
20letting of hotel rooms in the municipality for the month in
21which the convention, meeting, trade show, or sporting event
22occurs. Grants shall not exceed 80% of the incentive amount
23provided by the unit of local government, municipal convention

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1center, or convention center authority. Further, in no event
2may the aggregate amount of grants awarded to a single
3municipal convention center, convention center authority, or
4municipal amateur sports facility exceed $200,000 in any
5calendar year. The Department may, by rule, require any other
6provisions it deems necessary in order to protect the State's
7interest in administering this program.
8 (b) No later than May 15 of each year, through May 15,
92020, the unit of local government, municipal convention
10center, or convention center authority shall certify to the
11Department the amounts of funds expended in the previous fiscal
12year to provide qualified incentives; however, in no event may
13the certified amount pursuant to this paragraph exceed $200,000
14for any municipal convention center, convention center
15authority, or municipal amateur sports facility in any calendar
16year. The unit of local government, convention center, or
17convention center authority shall certify (A) the net proceeds
18received under the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the
19renting, leasing, or letting of hotel rooms in the municipality
20for the month in which the convention, meeting, or trade show
21occurs and (B) the average of the net proceeds received under
22the Hotel Operators' Occupation Tax Act for the renting,
23leasing, or letting of hotel rooms in the municipality for the
24same month in the 3 immediately preceding years. The unit of
25local government, municipal convention center, or convention
26center authority shall include the incentive amounts as part of

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1its regular audit.
2 (b-5) Grants awarded to a unit of local government,
3municipal convention center, or convention center authority
4may be made by the Department of Commerce and Economic
5Opportunity from appropriations for those purposes for any
6fiscal year, without regard to the fact that the qualification
7or obligation may have occurred in a prior fiscal year.
8 (c) The Department shall submit a report on the
9effectiveness of the program established under this Section to
10the General Assembly no later than January 1, 2022 January 1,
12(Source: P.A. 99-476, eff. 8-27-15.)
13 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
14becoming law.