IEZA Revised By-Laws

The following revised IEZA by-laws are to be voted on at the 2007 Adminstrators Training Conference in Moline, Illinois. The vote for these by-laws will take place on the final day of the conference, Friday, May 18, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. This year's spring conference is being held at the Stoney Creek Inn.

(Go to to the bottom of this article for the PDF file of the By-Laws.)

BY-LAWS OF THE ILLINOIS ENTERPRISE ZONE ASSOCIATION

ARTICLE 1 – General

1.1 NAME. The name of the association shall be the ILLINOIS ENTERPRISE ZONE ASSOCIATION hereinafter referred to as "ASSOCIATION."

1.2 DEFINITION. The ASSOCIATION is a creative coalition of enterprise zone officials, economic development professionals and prominent business leaders organized to promote, strengthen and enhance the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program.

1.3 PURPOSE. The purpose of the ASSOCIATION is to provide a forum for Illinois Enterprise Zone representatives to coordinate, respond to and support the needs, efforts and concerns of individual enterprise zones in Illinois.

1.4 OFFICE OF ASSOCIATION. The office of the ASSOCIATION shall be the office designated by the President of the Board of Directors as the case may be from time to time.

1.5 FISCAL YEAR. The fiscal year of the ASSOCIATION shall begin on the first day of January and end on the thirty-first day of the succeeding December of each twelve-month period.

ARTICLE 2 – Membership

2.1 CATEGORIES OF MEMBERSHIP. The ASSOCIATION shall have two categories of members. The designation of each category and the qualifications of the members of each category shall be as follows:

  • A. VOTING MEMBERS. A voting Member shall consist of one (1) representative member from each Enterprise Zone where such Enterprise Zone has been created pursuant to the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act as approved by the State of Illinois. Each Enterprise Zone shall have one (1) voting member and one (1) vote.
  • B. NON-VOTING MEMBERS. A Nonvoting Member shall consist of any individual, partnership, corporation or other entity which desires to foster the purpose of the ASSOCIATION. Each nonvoting member does not have any voting privileges on any business brought before the membership or Board of Directors.

2.2 ELECTION OF MEMBERS. Voting and Nonvoting Members shall be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors.

2.3 TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP. The Board of Directors by affirmative vote of twothirds (2/3) of all Board members present and voting at a regular or special meeting of the Board shall suspend or expel a member for cause after an appropriate hearing, and shall, by a majority vote of those present and voting at a regular or special meeting of the Board, terminate the membership of any member who becomes ineligible for membership, or suspend or expel any member who shall be in default in the payment of dues.

2.4 RESIGNATION. Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Secretary, but such resignation shall not relieve the member so resigning of the obligation to pay any dues, assessments or other charges theretofore accrued and unpaid.

2.5 REINSTATEMENT. Upon written request signed by a former member and filed with the Secretary, the Board of Directors may, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the Board, reinstate such former member to membership under such terms as the Board may deem appropriate.

2.6 DUES. Dues for voting members shall be determined by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and voting at a regular or special meeting. Dues for nonvoting members shall be by structured categories and shall be determined by a majority vote of the membership present and voting at a regular or special meeting. The Board of Directors shall make recommendations on dues changes to the membership prior to any vote by the membership. Payment of dues for each fiscal year shall be made to the Treasurer prior to the annual meeting. No voting member shall be entitled to vote or hold office until dues have been paid.

2.7 MEMBERSHIP LIST. It shall be the duty of the member to notify the President of any change in the member representing an enterprise zone in time for proper notice of meetings and events; otherwise, such notice is waived.

ARTICLE 3 – Meetings

3.1 REGULAR MEETINGS. Regular meetings of the membership of the ASSOCIATION shall be held on the third Friday of a designated month in each quarter of the fiscal year or as otherwise designated by the President.

3.2 SPECIAL MEETINGS. Special meetings of the membership of the ASSOCIATION for any purpose or purposes may be called by the President or by a majority of the Board of Directors and shall be called by the President or Board of Directors upon request of a majority of the membership of the ASSOCIATION. No business shall be transacted at any special meeting of the membership except as shall be set forth in the notice of the meeting.

3.3 ANNUAL MEETING. The annual meeting of the members of the ASSOCIATION shall be held within ninety (90) days of the end of the fiscal year.

3.4 PLACES OF MEETINGS. Meetings will be held at the places designated by the President.

3.5 NOTICE OF MEETINGS. Written notice stating the place, day and hour of the meetings, and in the cases of a special meeting, the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is called, shall be delivered or mailed to each member at the last known mailing address of such member not less than ten (10) days prior to regular meetings or five (5) days prior to special meetings.

3.6 QUORUM. A majority of the voting members of the ASSOCIATION shall constitute a quorum. Enterprise Zones may appear and be counted toward the quorum either through their respective representative members or by the proxy of the representative member.

3.7 PROXIES. At all meetings of the membership, any voting member may vote and be counted toward a quorum by proxy executed in writing by the representative member or by his/her authorized attorney-in-fact. Such proxy shall be filed with the Secretary.

ARTICLE 4 – Officers and Directors

4.1 BOARD OF DIRECTORS. The business affairs of the ASSOCIATION shall be managed by its Board of Directors.

4.2 NUMBER, TENURE AND QUALIFICATIONS. The number of persons on the Board of Directors shall be no less than nine (9) or greater than twelve (12). The Board of Directors shall include the Past President, President, Vice- President, Secretary, Treasurer and the following committee chairmen and co-chairmen as elected by the membership: Membership Chairman and Co-Chairman, Legislative Chairman,Marketing Chairman and Co-Chairman, and Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (DCEO) Liaison. All members of the Board of Directors shall be voting members and representative member of their respective Enterprise Zones.

4.3 PRESIDENT. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors; of the Executive Committee and of the membership. The President shall provide leadership on the development of ASSOCIATION Policies in coordination with the Board of Directors. The President shall prepare an annual budget in coordination with the Executive Committee. The President may assign such duties as may be necessary to other members of the ASSOCIATION. The president shall call meetings and perform other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the office.

4.4 PAST PRESIDENT. The Past President shall advise the President, Executive Committee and Board of Directors and perform such other duties as assigned by the President.

4.5 VICE PRESIDENT. The Vice President shall assist the President in the guidance and coordination of ASSOCIATION activities. The Vice President shall carry out any other duties as assigned by the President. In the absence of, or in the event of the incapacity of, the President, the Vice President shall assume the duties of the President. The Vice President shall perform such other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the office.

4.6 SECRETARY. The Secretary shall keep an accurate list of the ASSOCIATION members; notify members, Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors of their respective meetings; prepare and distribute notices and minutes of all meetings; report to the membership on the election of officers and perform such other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the office.

4.7 TREASURER. The Treasurer shall receive and disburse ASSOCIATION funds upon approval; collect dues and assessments; assist the President in preparing the annual budget; maintain accounts which shall be open to inspection by members and which shall be subject to audit; prepare for each meeting of the Board of Directors and membership a financial report to include a current balance sheet and income statement and perform such other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the office.

4.8 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND CO-CHAIRMAN. The Membership Chairman and Co-Chairman shall exist as Zone Administrator Membership Chairman & Business Membership Co-Chairman and they shall be responsible for the recruitment and retention of members. They shall report on the status of the membership at all meetings of the Board of Directors and membership. They shall perform such other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the position.

4.9 LEGISLATIVE CHAIRMAN. The Legislative Chairman shall monitor all legislation before the federal and state government which affects the ASSOCIATION and its members. He/she shall report at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the membership on the status of such legislation. He/she shall perform such other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the position.

4.9 MARKETING CHAIRMAN AND CO-CHAIRMAN. The Marketing Chairman and Co- Chairman shall coordination of the promotion of the purpose of the ASSOCIATION. They shall publish the ASSOCIATION newsletter. They shall report at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the membership on the status of the ASSOCIATION’S marketing program. They shall perform such other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the position.

4.10 DCEO LIAISON. The DCEO Liaison shall coordinate the mutually beneficial relationship between the ASSOCIATION and DCEO. He/she shall report at all meetings of the Board of Directors and the membership on DCCA issues. He/she shall perform such other duties in accordance with these by-laws or customary to the position.

4.11 DCEO ENTERPRISE ZONE MANAGER. The DCEO State Enterprise Zone Program Manager may be appointed as a voting member of the board by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the Board of Directors.

4.12 ELECTION AND TERM OF OFFICE. The term of office for each officer and committee chairman shall be two (2) years. Five (5) members of the Board of Directors shall be elected in even-numbered years and six (6) members in the odd-numbered years. Each member of the Board of Directors shall hold office until the next election by the membership or until his/her successor shall have been duly elected. Elections shall occur during the last quarter of the fiscal year.

4.13 REGULAR MEETINGS. Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held in conjunction with meetings of the membership or as called by the President.

4.14 SPECIAL MEETINGS. Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by or at the request of the President or a majority of the Board of Directors. The person or persons authorized to call special meetings shall establish the location of said meeting and provide five (5) days notice except as waived by all members of the Board.

4.15 ACTION WITHOUT MEETING. Any action required or permitted to be taken at any meeting of the Board of Directors or any committee thereof may be taken without a meeting if consent setting forth the actions so taken is provided and taken by all of the Board members that would have been entitled to vote action had a meeting been held. Actions without meeting may be taken by means including but not limited to: teleconference; videoconference; facsimile; or email, provided board members are represented in the numbers required for ordinary actions as spelled out elsewhere in these By-Laws.

4.16 QUORUM. A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum, but if less than a majority is present at a meeting, a majority of the Board members present may adjourn the meeting without further notice.

4.17 VOTING. A majority vote of the Board of Directors present and voting shall be required for an act or resolution under consideration to constitute an act or resolution of the Board of Directors except where otherwise indicated in these by-laws.

4.18 VACANCIES. Any vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors may be filled by an affirmative vote of the majority of the remaining Board members even if the remaining Board members constitute less than a quorum of the Board. A Board member elected to fill a vacancy shall be elected for the unexpired term of his/her predecessor in office.

4.19 REMOVAL OF DIRECTORS. At a special meeting of the membership called expressly for that purpose, Board members may be removed. The entire Board of Directors may be removed with or without cause by a vote of the holders of a majority of the voting members entitled to vote at an election of the Board.

ARTICLE 5 – Executive Committee

5.1 COMPOSITION. Management of the affairs of the ASSOCIATION may be expedited by an Executive Committee composed of the President, Past President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Other members of the Board of Directors may attend meetings as needed as nonvoting members.

5.2 DUTIES. The Executive Committee shall perform such duties as may be assigned to it by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall ratify Executive Committee actions in and with these by-laws.

5.3 MEETINGS AND QUORUMS. Meetings of the Executive Committee53 shall be called by the President or by majority the Committee members. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for transaction of business.

ARTICLE 6 – Amendments

6.1 AMENDMENTS TO BY-LAWS. The by-laws may be amended or repealed and new bylaws may be adopted only by a majority vote of the membership present and voting at a regular or special meeting. Proposed amendments must be presented to the membership no later than five (5) days prior to said meeting. ADOPTED BY THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE ILLINOIS ENTERPRISE ZONE ASSOCIATION ON THIS NINTH DAY OF OCTOBER, 1991 AND EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1, 1991. AMENDED AND EFFECTIVE JUNE 22, 2001.

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IEZA Fall 2006 Fall Conference Report

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The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association conducted a fall conference October 11 -13 in Rock Falls, IL which is one of the 11 units of government that is the Whiteside County Enterprise Zone. There were more than 50 attendees, most of which were zone administrators, mayors, board members, and consultants. All attendees were greeted with a great reception of good eats and drinks, especially the great dinner cooked by Jeff Rose of Colonial Rose in Grand Detour, IL.

On Thursday morning we heard presentations by Rock Falls Community Development Corporation Executive Director Christian Tscheschlok, on the Sauk Valley Partners Info Search Data Base use within Whiteside County as a cooperative effort of the Greater Sterling Development Corporation, the Rock Falls Community Development Corporation, and Whiteside County Economic Development. This data base is a collation of available building sites, buildings, and community assets as well as county information. It also includes a neat tool that will help you estimate enterprise zone abatement.

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Greater Sterling Development Director David Barajas and Sterling City Administrator Jay Wieland gave a presentation on the Redevelopment of the Former Northwestern Steel & Wire Property. This is quite a story as many former steel mill properties have sat closed and abandoned for many years, just turning into rusty eye sores. But not in Sterling – they have a great cooperative story to tell. All but approximately 100 acres have been either redeveloped or sold to a new developer, and more than 400 new jobs have been created. No “sit back and feel sorry for me” attitude in Sterling, that is for sure! It was a great joy and continues to be in working on the project to provide enterprise zone benefits with city officials.

After a great lunch at the Candlelight Inn we boarded a Scenic Stage Line Bus for a couple of tours. First stop, was a project I am very proud of, a $72 million investment within the Whiteside County Enterprise Zone, the Wal-Mart Mechanized Distribution Center #7024. This new Wal-Mart DC opened this past April. What a place! Unless you have been through such a facility, you have no idea what they could use all of that 900,000 square foot of space for. Along with the great investment, there have been 700 good paying jobs created at the facility and more than 100 new trucking jobs for the area.

Next, onto Drives Incorporated in Fulton, IL via a scenic drive down historic US Route 30, also known as the Lincoln Highway.

Drives Incorporated has grown from a small manufacturer of very simple chains used primarily in some ag equipment to being a leading manufacturer of a wide array of customized chains and auger products used in modern ag equipment and to convey any number of commodities and materials. Drives also manufactures an extensive product line of high precision roller chains used in the oil and gas industry and other power transmission applications. Its products are supplied to many big name companies in all parts of North America. During the past few years, Drives also started shipping its products to customers in Europe, Australia, South America, and many other parts of the world.

When asked why a little company in Fulton, Illinois has prospered these 45 plus years, most of the 400 Drives folks will talk about the Drives Pyramid of Core Values, its Guiding Principles that everyone including its executives, management staff, and its frontline shop floor experts are expected to embrace and abide by every day in their dealing with each other, customers and the community. We got to meet several of the management team, including my daughter Roxanne Bailey. Thanks to all of you for telling her she looks just like me!

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Continuing on our tour, we drove a few blocks to the banks of the Mississippi River and “de Immigrant”, the authentic Dutch Windmill built in the Netherlands specifically for Fulton, that sits on a berm along the flood control dike. Our hosts at the windmill told us the history and showed how the grain is milled at this authentic replica. What a treat as we got to meet Sally Heffernan’s mom, who is a volunteer at the windmill. Of course I have known her for a long time – what a great lady!

Our bus trip back to Rock Falls was filled with fun and laughter, with us catching Mary Heitzig sleeping! Do we have that picture anywhere?

Friday was filled with visits from State Senator Todd Sieben and State Representative Jerry Mitchell, as well as discussions and a presentation on the new River’s Edge pilot program by Thomas Henderson, Illinois DCEO. We then went onto legislative issues. One of the issues was whether IEZA should support legislation to make ethanol plants and wind farms state tax exempt for building materials and state utility taxes. This seems to be a really hot topic right now with the many ethanol plants and wind farms that are in the planning stages in the State of Illinois. The biggest request we are getting as zone administrators today is for the addition of territory to our zones so that these projects can get these exemptions. This eats up a lot the acreage in our zones of which we are limited to. We feel as an association we could and would support such legislation. More on this in the near future.

IEZA elections were conducted with the following nominations being made and approved: Secretary – Barb Koch; Marketing/Newsletter Co-Chairs – JoEllen Seil and Mark Williams; and Legislative/DCEO Liaison – John Thompson.

Goals & Objectives for 2007

The IEZA board has drafted it goals and objectives for 2007.

GOAL I: Continue to improve communications and record keeping with all individuals, governments, organizations and businesses involved in the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program.

  • Objective: Approve and publish revised IEZA By-Laws.
  • Objective: Produce printed and electronic IEZA Newsletters.
  • Objective: Utilize ISBE resource assistance to continue the education of Zone Administrators, educators and school board members on the relationship between enterprise zone abatement and the general state aid formula.
  • Objective: Implement new IEZA Web Site. Objective: Maintain centralized comprehensive mailing lists for membership information, conferences and newsletters. Integrate with online IEZA Web Site.
  • Objective: Create IEZA electronic information distribution system for rapid dissemination of critical zone related information.

GOAL II: Continue to broaden awareness of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program through cooperative efforts with other Economic Development organizations. Objective: Continue to coordinate with other ED organizations.

  • Objective: Link new IEZA Web Site to Web Sites of IEZA members, DCEO, IDC and ITIA.

GOAL III: Increase membership of Zone Administrators and other business categories.

  • Objective: Maintain contact with each zone administrator by mail and electronic means. Objective: Conduct ongoing retention and recruitment efforts.
  • Objective: Contact certified businesses and professional member candidates.

GOAL IV: Remain active in the enterprise zone legislative process.

  • Objective: Monitor and inform members of legislation affecting zones.
  • Objective: Poll IEZA Board members to determine if a position should be taken on specific legislation.
  • Objective: Contact legislators regarding IEZA’s position on legislation and encourage members to make individual contacts.

GOAL V: Educate new zone administrators.

  • Objective: Provide continuing education for members through workshops and conferences.

GOAL VI: Promote successful investment and job creation utilizing Illinois Enterprise Zone incentives.

  • Objective: Expand mailing and electronic distribution of the IEZA Newsletter and IEZA press releases to State and local agencies and the media.

Highlights of the IEZA 2005 Fall Conference

The 2005 IEZA Fall Conference and Annual Meeting was held in Champaign October 19-21. The Board of Director’s would like to give a great big “THANKS” to Jeanne Gustafson who hosted the conference and coordinated all of the conference speakers and tours. Mr. Tom Costello, Champaign County EDC Chair met early arrivals at a reception held on the evening of the 19th and opened the conference on the 20th with a nice warm welcome.

Speakers and topics included:

  • Enterprise Zone Application Processes and Application Fees given by Betty Steinert and Sally Heffernan
  • John Gremer of KPMG and Stan Cichoswski of Deloitte Tax LLP discussed recent tax issues
  • Terry Denison discussed Foreign Trade Zones.

While there were many informative speakers and topics, the tours of the University of Illinois Enterprise Works facility and the Beckman Institute highlighted the conference entitled, “Innovative Approaches to Economic Development.” Peter Fox of the Fox Development Group led an informative panel discussion with the team that takes projects from innovation to commercialization within the research park.

Attendees were treated to a special vocal performance at Smith Hall given by internationally renowned opera singer Delre’ Smith accompanied by the IEZA’s own Jeanne Gustafson on the piano. After a moving prologue given by Delre’ about one of his recent opera venues, their non-operatic and somewhat risque’ rendition of “Row, Row, Row,” brought the audience to their feet. Bravo!