20-year Extension Bill Advances out of Senate

Senate Bill 3659 has been passed by the Illinois Senate and has now moved to the House for consideration.  This bill is an agreed bill with bi-partisan support and provides for Illinois Enterprise Zones to have the ability to extend their termination dates by an additional 20 years.  The bill has also been given the firm promise in the Senate that no Prevailing Wage mandate will be attached.  The Officers and Board of IEZA have worked with both sides of the aisle in Springfield and others to bring this measure that preserves the viability of the Enterprise Zone Program for an additional 20 years.

Just below is the IEZA position paper.  A pdf of this document is at the bottom of this article.



The Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA) supports passage of Senate Bill-3659 which seeks to extend the term of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program for an additional twenty (20) years. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program is a proven economic development partnership between the State of Illinois and local units of government and has a documented history of making the difference for projects seeking to locate in Illinois. The incentives allowed under the Enterprise Zone Program have enabled both existing companies and new ventures alike to make decisions regarding job creation, job retention and capital investment resulting in a stronger Illinois economy.

SB-3659 would extend the Zone Program for twenty (20) years similar to what was done by the 91st General Assembly and signed by the Governor in 2000. As one of the bill’s leading proponents the IEZA Membership represents more than three-fourths (3/4ths) of the zone professionals in the State of Illinois including the overwhelming majority of the ninety-seven (97) zones themselves. The IEZA and its leadership believe the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program to be of particular importance in today’s highly competitive world of economic development. Recent negative impacts to Illinois resulting from a national and global economic crisis make it even more important to preserve and extend this program.

SB-3659 as amended by Amendment #2 is supported by IEZA. This bi-partisan bill Sponsored by Senator Michael Frerichs (D) of Champaign and Chief Co-Sponsor Senator Gary Dahl (R) of Peru is a good example of both sides of the aisle demonstrating support for economic development in Illinois. IEZA appreciates their cooperation and urges the rest of the General Assembly to support the bill. IEZA also values the efforts of other sister organizations from across the State of Illinois including the Illinois Municipal League, Illinois Chamber, Illinois Manufacturer’s Association, Illinois Development Council and others who have worked to bring this extension legislation to the 96th General Assembly.

SB-3659 preserves one of the few available Illinois’ incentive programs. Further, it does so using mechanisms that primarily result in a self-funding methodology that utilizes local property tax abatement with formulas voluntarily created and agreed to by local taxing districts; building material sales tax exemptions initiated jointly by the State of Illinois and the local jurisdictions; and various other investment and income tax credits to incent projects through business income tax credit allowances. All of these incentives are governed under a “but for” imperative in the Enterprise Program which only grants incentives if a project is undertaken by an existing company for new investment in Illinois or for a new company coming to an Illinois enterprise zone. It is a quid pro quo that results in no incentive if there is no investment made or jobs created.

The past ten (10) years’ DCEO annual reports to the General Assembly on Enterprise Zone job retention, creation and investment total as follows:

Jobs Retained: 188,031
Jobs Created: 159,235
Total Investment: $ 29.423 billion

This successful record of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program speaks for itself. The past ten years of documented investments in buildings and capital equipment totaling nearly $30 billion have assured that nearly 350,000 Illinois citizens received or kept their jobs here in Illinois. These were only the direct jobs reported and do not include all of the untold spin off created by enterprise zone projects across the state. The Illinois Enterprise Zone Program enabled those investments and helped to retain and create those jobs. By extending this valuable program SB-3659 will strengthen Illinois, create investment, and retain and create jobs for Illinois citizens.

Unless the General Assembly acts to extend the Zone Program, enterprise zones will soon begin to expire all across Illinois. The time is now to enact this extension legislation. The time is now to send a message that Illinois is interested in and wants to support economic development and business investment here in our great state.

Why Support SB-3659, Amendment #2?

  • SB-3659 preserves enterprise zones as a premier economic development tool in Illinois’ tool box. What else is out there to create the kind of incentives zones bring?
  • Illinois Enterprise Zones have a proven record of stimulating investment and job creation for both existing Illinois companies and for helping those companies from outside our state to decide to come to Illinois.
  • SB-3659 would result in increased investment and job retention and creation resulting in stabilized and increased state revenues.
  • Ask yourself “Is now the time to send a positive message to the citizens of Illinois that the General Assembly is serious about helping to preserve Illinois jobs?

We sincerely and respectfully ask you to support Senate Bill-3659 without further amendment and to enact it this spring session of the 96th General Assembly.

Illinois Enterprise Zone Association
200 East Knox Street
Morrison, Illinois 61270

John R. Thompson, President
Lee County Ind. Dev. Assn.
(815) 284-3361 (217) 422-9520

J. Craig Coil, Vice President
EDC of Decatur and Macon County

Other Officers and Board Members:

Betty Steinert, Past President
Whiteside County Economic Development

Barb Koch, Secretary
Illinois Valley Area Chamber and Economic Development

Cathy Schluckebeir, Treasurer
City of Quincy

Brandi Stennett, Board Member
City of Mt. Carmel

Janice Kerin, Board Member
St. Clair County

Nora Fesco-Ballerine, Board Member
North Central Illinois Council of Governments

Tom Henderson
Illinois Tax Increment Association



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Dixon’s UPM Raflata Receives Award

ieza-upmaward.jpgIllinois Chamber and Illinois Development Council Present “Edies” to Recognize those who Imagine, Design, Invest, Build and Bring Jobs, Growth and Prosperity to Illinois Communities.

Five Illinois Economic Development projects were presented with Edie Awards at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting in Chicago June 25. Governor Pat Quinn, keynote speaker for the luncheon meeting, praised their accomplishments in creating jobs and investing in Illinois.

Edie Awards (E-D, for Economic Development) are given jointly by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Development Council (IDC) to recognize economic development projects throughout Illinois that were completed last year. Winners were notified in May, and officials representing each winner were invited to receive their awards at the Chamber’s annual meeting at the Hilton Hotel. Dixon Mayor Jim Burke and LCIDA President John Thompson were in attendance to see representatives from UPM Raflatac, Inc. receive their Edie Award.

The company invested $109 million in a new pressure sensitive label stock manufacturing facility and distribution center in Dixon after a multi-state search covering 92 potential locations, including a final win against a site in Northwest Indiana. There are 115 employees working at the 287,000 square-foot plant.

The Edie Awards have up to fifteen categories based on geography (City of Chicago, Metropolitan Chicago or statewide projects) and development type: manufacturing, commercial, energy, technology and transportation/distribution. The Illinois Chamber and IDC asked for nominations from across the state for development projects completed in 2008 in any of those categories and had a joint awards committee review the nominees and determine the projects most worthy of an Edie Award.

Though the Illinois Chamber and IDC spend time and resources advocating policies to make Illinois a better place to do business, both organizations believe it’s also important to showcase recent accomplishments — especially when they translated into more jobs, tax base and economic vitality in our state.

The five winners of the 2009 Edie Award are as diverse as Illinois’ economy. To see the other winners or for more on this story, see the Illinois Chamber website, www.ilchamber.org.

2008 Fall Conference Presentations now online

presentation.jpgThe presentations for the 2008 Annual Fall Conference held September 10-12 at Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria, Illinois have been made available for your convenience. 

An FYI — several of these presentations are very large in size.  Please note the file size next to the name of the presentation before downloading. 


Click on any image below to get a slideshow of each presentation cover. 

Designated Zone Organization (DZO) Process by Susan Schlupp, City of Peoria, ED

  pdf DZO Presentation 7.35 Mb



Riverway Business Park by Dennis Kief, Pekin City Administrator

pdf City of Pekin Presentation 11.78 Mb


East Peoria Downtown 2010 by Ty Livingston, City of East Peoria

pdf East Peoria Downtown Presentation 6.29 Mb


Wind Turbines and How they Are Assessed by By: Wendy Ryerson and Ron Kane

pdf Wind Assessment Presentation 5.42 Mb


Competing States Taxes & Incentives by John Gremer, KPMG

pdf Competing States Tax Incentives Presentation 1.56 Mb


City of Washington

pdf City of Washington Presentation 1.48 Mb



2008 Fall Conference Presentations

presentation.jpgThe presentations for the 2008 Annual Fall Conference held September 10-12 at Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria, Illinois have been made available for your convenience. 

An FYI — several of these presentations are very large in size.  Please note the file size next to the name of the presentation before downloading. 


Designated Zone Organization (DZO) Process by Susan Schlupp, City of Peoria, ED

  pdf DZO Presentation 7.35 Mb

Riverway Business Park by Dennis Kief, Pekin City Administrator

pdf City of Pekin Presentation 11.78 Mb

East Peoria Downtown 2010 by Ty Livingston, City of East Peoria

pdf East Peoria Downtown Presentation 6.29 Mb

Wind Turbines and How hey Are Assessed by By: Wendy Ryerson and Ron Kane

pdf Wind Assessment Presentation 5.42 Mb

Competing States Taxes & Incentives by John Gremer, KPMG

pdf Competing States Tax Incentives Presentation 1.56 Mb

City of Washington

pdf City of Washington Presentation 1.48 Mb

Updated Zone Termination Dates

To: IEZA Membership
From: John Thompson:

Re: Termination dates

When the IEZA met at our Spring Conference in Bloomington, the Administrator’s Manual that was distributed on CD contained a list of Zone Termination Dates. Three zones were listed with termination dates occurring in the past. I requested a review by DCEO and am now providing the updated dates for those three zones who have all been certified by DCEO for their termination date 10-year extensions.

Please include these corrections in your records.

  • Calumet Region's termination date is December 31, 2017
  • Greenville/Smithboro's termination date is December 31, 2017
  • Mendota/LaSalle County's termination date is December 31, 2017

John R. Thompson
IOM, ACE President/CEO/Zone Administrator
Dixon Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lee County Industrial Development Association
Lee County Enterprise Zone Administrative Office
101 West Second Street, Suite 301
Dixon, Illinois 61021
Phone – 815.284.3361
Fax – 815.284.3675
E-mail – dchamber@essex1.com

April 2008 Conference Report

theatre-47.jpg What a great conference in Bloomington/Normal!

Normal’s Uptown revitalization project is really rolling along. With the renovation of some of the old buildings and the construction of the new buildings that look they are older buildings, it was really something to see. What a project and how the city, economic development, and businesses have worked together to make it all happen. I have and will continue to tell everyone that will listen about the Uptown Normal project and that they need to visit now and again once the projects are completed.

Twin Oaks (Horizon) Wind Farm tour was a great success also. I don’t know about the other attendees, but I couldn’t hear a thing standing right under a wind turbine and it was really a windy day. What a neat project to have in your backyard.

twin-groves1-36.jpg Thank you to all who made presentation and participated in the April training conference! We make a great group of professionals and represent our prospective communities and counties well. Here are some pictures you may enjoy from the conference.

Have a great summer and we will see you in East Peoria on September 10-12th.


Betty J. Steinert
IEZA President Whiteside County Enterprise Zone Administrator



Click below to see full size image slideshow.

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2008 Finalized IEZA By-Laws Published

As published in the 2008 Goals & Objectives, the By-laws of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association has been published as follows:

By-laws in pdf format available at the end of this article.



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.


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 Non-voting 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. 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.


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 on such date as set by the Board of Directors.

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.

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Goals & Objectives for 2008

During the IEZA’s 2007 Annual Board Retreat (October 30 – November 1, 2007), the Board approved the following Goals & Objectives for 2008:

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 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: Maintain and update IEZA Web Site.
  • Objective: Maintain centralized comprehensive mailing lists for membership information, conferences and newsletters. Integrate with online IEZA Web Site.
  • Objective: Create web-based 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: Link IEZA web site to web sites of IEZA members, DCEO, IDC, ITIA and other Enterprise Zone application-related sites (examples: AG Review, Gas Use Tax Exemption, etc.).

GOAL III: Continue to 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: Analyze and track policies for impacts and effects on the Illinois Enterprise Zone Act and regulations.
  • Objective: Poll IEZA members to assist in determining if positions should be taken on specific legislation.
  • Objective: Contact legislators regarding IEZA’s positions on legislation and encourage members to make individual contacts.

GOAL V: Educate zone administrators.

  • Objective: Provide continuing education for members through workshops and conferences.
  • Objective: Conduct feasibility study for future implementation of a Certified Zone Administrator professional designation through IEZA.
  • Objective: Conduct survey(s) related to IEZA and member needs.

GOAL VI: Improve assessment of successful investment and job creation that utilizes Illinois Enterprise Zone incentives and programs.

  • Objective: Examine data collection methods and devise reporting methodologies to better reflect Illinois Enterprise Zone economic impacts at the local, regional and statewide levels.

Meet with James Mathes of IL. State Board of Education

IEZA Fall Conference Presenter James Mathes of Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will be available to speak with you one-on-one at the IEZA Fall Conference, on how the Enterprise Zone Abatement affects your school’s state aid funding.

This is your chance to meet with Jim in a private environment at the conference and ask the questions you may have and to review how your school district state aid formula works. See how in many cases your school benefits not only from the new jobs and investment but also through the state aid formula for school districts who participate in the abatement process.

Jim will be available on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 10:30-11:00 am and on Friday, Sept. 28 from 9:00-11:00 am. You do not have to have an appointment but it is suggested. Please email Betty Steinert at bsteinert@whiteside.org with your preferred date and time. For more information on the conference please check out events on this web page.

Mike Pierceall Taking Position in Carbondale

Long time IEZA member and Economic Development colleague Mike Pierceall has moved employment from The Alliance of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon to Carbondale. The Alliance’s loss will be Carbondale’s gain. Mike’s accomplishments couldn’t have been stated any better than in the article written by Kerry L. Smith in the “Illinois Business Journal.” The article (follows just below) is a great tribute to Mike, and after receiving permission we decided to put the article on the IEZA web page. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did. Mike, you will always be a part of our group and we look forward to continuing to work with you!
Betty Steinert, President, IEZA

At the end of July, the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon community said "so long" to one of its most valuable professionals and wished him the very best as he headed further south to continue his economic development and planning career in Carbondale.

That individual is Mike Pierceall, a name many of your recognize. For the past nine years, Mike poured himself into the nonprofit economic development organization known as TheAlliance of Edwardsville & Glen Carbon. With a graduate degree and more than 25 years' experience in planning, Mike could have easily sought – and secured – work solely in the private sector, but he opted back then for a four year old, public-privagte organization (TheAlliance) because he saw the vital importance of its existence.

And he still does today, nearly a decade later. Ask Mike what he's most proud of, and his assistant, Liz Saul, is at or near the top of that list. She's the creator of the impressive website that draws thousands of visitors per month, many of them site location experts and site developers keenly interested in what Southwestern Illinois has to offer. In fact, it was recognized in 2006 by the International Economic Development Council as the best economic development webs site for communities with a population of 50,000 and under.

Mike is also very proud of effective, behind-the-scenes approach TheAlliance has perfected through the years. The Interstate 55 Corridor Plan is a classic example of this success, he says. Roughly 60 professionals donated their time and expertise as members of several project action teams. The project, which is just moving into its second phase, won an award for governmental coordination by the St. Louis chapter of the American Planning Association.

Being the first point of contact with developers, Mike says, is probably one of the the most valuable services TheAlliance provides its members, which include the city of Edewardsville, the village of Glen Carbon, Madison County and a host of for-profit area companies ranging from banks to engineering firms to utility companies and more. To the municipalities in particular, who do not have full time economic development directors on staff, TheAlliance fulfills that role in a big way. TheAlliance is there to catch the call from the developers, quickly feed them the demographics and site information, drive them around the area and provide whatever else they need – in the quick timeframe in which they need it – better equipping the municipality to handle any negotiations at a later point.

When Mike started working for TheAlliance back in the summer of 1998, the organization's budget totaled only $90,000 in cash. (The organization is also supported with in-kind contributions.) Nine years hense, TheAlliance's cash budget is still only $140,000. Of that total, approximately 65 percent is funded by the public sector, 30 percent by the private sector and 5 percent by other sources such as its annual Wine Fest.

It's obvious that Southwestern Illinois' residential and commerical growth continues to increase. It's obvious that the costs of marketing a region don't decrease. It's obvious that the development and site selection industry is extremely competitive, and that if we don't tout what we've got, someone else somewhere else will be touting what they've got to the same group of site seekers.

Recently TheAlliance asked its public sector partners to consider a modest increase in the amount of funding their municipalities contribute to the organization. They met with enthusiasm and support from some and less than that from others. The public-private partnership that TheAlliance represents has been an effective and resourceful means of meeting the needs of both communities in a cost-sharing manner.

To make a point relevant to TheAlliance's funding challenges, I think it's important to mention the change in thinking that the city of Collinsville went through over the past 10-15 years. The city's leadership was once thought of collectively as a "sleeping giant" that believed growth would just come to it automatically without having to plan for it or work toward it- or invest additional money to make it happen. But it wasn't until Collinsville invested in full-time city professionals skilled in development and planning, and until the mindset, and actually the faces of the elected officials, were changed who represented the city itself, that it embarked on a path of good growth.

I hope the municipality of municipalities who haven't quite comprehended the great value they're getting from TheAlliance as their tremendous "economic development subcontractor" will catch on very quickly and be able to increase their already good investment in this worthy organization.

We wish Mike Pierceall the very best in Carbondale; we know we haven't seen the last of him around these parts. The legacy he's built in the form of a stronger "Alliance" among the development community of Southwestern Illinois will continue to bear fruit in the form of strong communities. Thank you, Mike, from all of us.

Kerry L. Smith is president and chief executive office of the Illinois Business Journal . She can be reached at ksmith@ibjonline.com .