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CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Newsletter - April 2017
April 12, 2017
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CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable Newsletter


Alarms Sound About IL Ratings
Market participants are increasingly contemplating the impact of the state's potential fall to junk. From the buyside's perspective, such a drop would both sting the state's reputation and drive up borrowing costs as investment grade accounts are forced to shed the state's paper and forgo further purchases.

$50K Grant to Help Twin City Families Increase Energy Efficiency
A grant of almost $50,000 will help Twin City area families increase their energy efficiency and financial stability. Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) received the award of $49,953 from Ameren Illinois to assist clients who are part of MCCA's Income Support Program.

Kendall Co. IL to Provide Economic Development Cash to Cities
The Kendall County Board voted 5-4 to allow the county to loan local governments - including the county - money through its economic development revolving loan funds. Those voting against the measure said they didn't know the parameters of the loans to governments before voting on the measure.

IL Lawmakers Propose Revamped Edge Tax Credit Program
The proposal effectively rebrands the EDGE program under the Business and Employment Development Tax Credit Act. The measure would cap total credits at $50 million annually and set a five-year duration for each credit. The proposal would also expand awards to include companies who retain workers.

CenterPoint Inland Port Back for More PABs
One of the only freight facilities to take advantage of a 12-year-old federal private activity bond program is readying its fourth round of financing. The CenterPoint Joliet Terminal Railroad LLC plans to place up to $150 million of unrated Surface Freight Transfer Facilities Revenue Bonds as soon as this spring.

Downtown Aurora, IL Could See Two More RLF Projects
No sooner did Invest Aurora announce the formation of the new revolving loan fund for renovating older buildings in Aurora, and announce its first recipient, than it came forward with the potential second and third recipients.

Starved Rock Group Will Reopen IL Business Development Center
The Starved Rock Country Alliance has secured funding to open a regional SBDC. It will replace the Small Business Development Center which closed in 2016 after operating for more than 30 years. The closure came after the Community College announced it was no longer able to host the center.

Upcoming Events

CDFA Illinois Conference
May 2, 2017 - Chicago, IL
Join the CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable for a special one-day conference hosted at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Illinois economy going forward.

Intro Tax Increment Finance WebCourse
May 10 - 11, 2017 - Daily: 12:00 - 5:00 PM Eastern
This course brings TIF deal-making and best practices into focus through a two-day program targeting the entire TIF community including economic developers, public agency representatives, bond issuers, legal professionals, developers, financial advisors, and other stakeholders. 

Illinois News

Joliet Eyes Tax Incentives for Rock Run Crossings
The Herald-News | Mar. 27 | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)

City Using TIF Zones to Benefit Businesses
My Journal Courier | Mar. 27 | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)

Niles, IL Officials Meeting With Developers To Market Touhy Triangle TIF
Journal Online | Mar. 23 | Tax Increment Finance (TIF)

How Long Can IL Hold Onto Investment Grade Ratings?
The Bond Buyer | Mar. 16 | Bond Finance | State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)

SIUE Business Development Center Supports Food Venture
River Bender | Mar. 11 | Access to Capital | Food Systems Finance

Madison County May Receive up to $1M to Support Weatherization
The Telegraph | Mar. 11 | Energy Finance

$1B Pawnee Power Plant May Produce up to 1,100 MW
The State Journal Register | Mar. 9 | Energy Finance | Incentives

IL HB 2946 Would Reinstate Angel Investment Tax Credit
JD Supra | Mar. 8 | Innovation Finance | Tax Credits


State Partner

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Illinois Finance Authority

Venue Sponsor

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Principal Sponsor

Ehlers Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Premium Sponsor

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause Bryan Cave LLP First American Bank Ice Miller LLP KeyBanc Capital Markets MB Financial Bank, NA Peckham Guyton Albers & Viets, Inc. SB Friedman Development Advisors Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Supporting Sponsor

Illinois Tax Increment Association Jacob & Klein Ltd. Kane, McKenna & Associates, Inc Reyes Kurson

For information about sponsoring the CDFA Illinois Financing Roundtable, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement or contact CDFA.

The Council of Development Finance Agencies is a national association dedicated to the advancement of development finance concerns and interests. CDFA is comprised of the nation's leading and most knowledgeable members of the development finance community representing public, private and non-profit entities alike. For more information about CDFA, visit www.cdfa.net or e-mail info@cdfa.net.

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Columbus, OH 43215
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