Illinois Contract Participation Goals for Businesses Owned by Minorities, Women and People with Disabilities
Illinois’ Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act (30 ILCS 575/) establishes, as an aspirational goal, that not less than 20% of the total dollar amount of State contracts be awarded to businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities.
More specifically, it establishes that at least 11% be awarded to businesses owned by minorities, at least 7% be awarded to female-owned businesses, and at least 2% be awarded to businesses owned by persons with disabilities.For State construction contracts, the law establishes, as a goal, that not less than 20% of the total dollar amount be awarded to minority and female owned businesses, and that 50% of that amount be awarded to female owned businesses.
These aspirational goals apply to all State departments, agencies and public institutions of higher education.In addition, the University of Illinois is required to establish a goal of awarding not less than 25% of the annual dollar value of all contracts, purchase orders, and other agreements to minority-owned businesses or businesses owned by a person with a disability, and 5% of the annual dollar value the contracts to female-owned businesses. The term "games" has the meaning set forth in the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (2016) Law.
The law declares that it is the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage the continuing economic development of minority and female owned and operated businesses, and that minority and female owned and operated businesses participate in the State's procurement process as both prime and subcontractors. It further declares that it is the public policy of the State of Illinois to promote and encourage each State agency and public institution of higher education to use businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities in the area of goods and services.
The State of Illinois Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act is set to expire on June 30, 2020 and will need to be re-authorized by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor of Illinois.