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“Every community in our state should share in the benefits of government contracts,” Clayborne said. “This measure makes sure that disadvantaged communities are not left behind in the contracting process.”

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

The program is designed to increase the inclusion of minority-, veteran-, female- and disability-owned businesses in government contracting. 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.

“Every community in our state should share in the benefits of government contracts,” Clayborne said. “This measure makes sure that disadvantaged communities are not left behind in the contracting process.”

The legislation will now go to the House of Representatives.

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