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“This is about making sure our local governments are including every community in their contracting process.” - State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville)

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation aimed at increasing participation of minority-owned businesses in local government contracts passed the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee today.

Senate Bill 2610, sponsored by State Senator James F. Clayborne, Jr. (D-Belleville), would require counties and cities that receive more than $1 million in motor fuel tax revenue from the Illinois Department of Transportation to implement a business enterprise program before they receive their funds from IDOT.

The program would set goals for the inclusion of minority-, veteran-, female- and disability-owned businesses for government contracts. Currently, 21 counties and 46 municipalities receive more than $1 million in motor fuel tax revenues from IDOT.

Clayborne said requiring cities and counties to include these underrepresented communities in their contracting will open new avenues of opportunities for businesses.

“This is about making sure our local governments are including every community in their contracting process,” Clayborne said. “Our local governments should be investing in the communities they serve and this measure will guarantee that they are.”

The legislation will now go before the whole Senate for a vote.

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