Harris041119SPRINGFIELD – To push for greater fairness and diversity in contract work, Senator Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) proposed new legislation setting goals for larger municipalities to include minority-owned businesses.

“There are minority-owned businesses across the state looking for opportunities to contract with the state,” Harris said. “We need our larger municipalities to help include those businesses by being more intentional about contracting minority businesses.”

The legislation would set goals for cities which receive more than $1 million in state motor fuel taxes to hire more minority-owned and -operated businesses when awarding contracts. The measure is an effort to include more minority-, veteran- and woman-owned businesses in local government contracting.

Forty-six municipalities and 21 counties received more than $1 million in fiscal year 2017.

Senate Bill 177 requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to assist municipalities in implementing business enterprise programs.

The outlined municipalities would have to set a goal of awarding no less than 20 percent of the total dollar amount of state contracts to businesses owned by minorities, women and persons with disabilities. All contractors would need to satisfy all existent qualifications.

The measure was approved by the Senate on Thursday.

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