(65 ILCS 100/1) (from Ch. 85, par. 6031)
Sec. 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Sports Stadium Act.
(Source: P.A. 86-110.)
(65 ILCS 100/2) (from Ch. 85, par. 6032)
Sec. 2. Legislative finding and declaration. It is hereby found that as a result of aging sports facilities in the metropolitan area of Chicago and the recent construction of modern facilities for professional sports teams in competing metropolitan areas in other states, there is a shortage in the Chicago metropolitan area of competitive modern sports facilities suitable for use by professional sports teams, as well as for other events.
It is further found that while government has constructed and owned many such sports facilities in Illinois and throughout the United States, it is desirable where possible for ownership and management to remain private so that public costs and burdens are reduced, efficiency enhanced, and development encouraged. Sports facilities operated by private enterprise face risks of a substantially different magnitude than most private businesses because of high debt costs, long amortization schedules, fluctuating patterns of utilization, changing trends in spectator and tourist interest, and unpredictable prospects which even optimum management sometimes cannot stabilize.
It is therefore necessary and appropriate for government to assist and cooperate in stabilizing the risks and burdens associated with private enterprises which engage in developing such facilities and to provide limited assistance and incentives to such enterprises. The government cooperation and incentives can realize the benefits of such facilities at much lower public cost than if government must fully construct and operate the projects.
It is further found that as a result of the costs to renovate or replace aging sports facilities, the difficulty of remodeling such facilities to include modern amenities, the intermittent utilization of such buildings as contrasted with other commercial buildings, the current high costs of taxable private financing, and the financial risk of promoting, developing and establishing new privately financed professional sports facilities without the assistance contemplated in this Act, the private sector is unable to construct economically adequate, fully competitive modern professional sports facilities.
It is further found that major professional sports and entertainment stadiums and facilities can promote the public interest in redevelopment of blighted neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities. Construction of such facilities can be planned so as to stimulate urban renewal and community redevelopment in neighborhoods afflicted with high unemployment, inadequate and substandard housing, and other social problems. It is an appropriate and desirable public purpose for government to facilitate, assist and cooperate in the development of such facilities so as to bring economic benefits to the local community and to help solve the social problems in blighted neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities.
It is further found that the creation of the modern professional sports facilities and the other results contemplated by this Act would stimulate economic activity in the City of Chicago, County of Cook and State of Illinois, including the creation and maintenance of jobs, the creation of new and lasting infrastructure and other improvements, and the retention and attraction of sports and entertainment events which generate economic activity.
It is further found that professional sports facilities are magnets for substantial intrastate and interstate tourism resulting in increased retail sales, hotel and restaurant sales and entertainment industry sales, all of which increase job availability, economic growth and State and local government tax revenues and enhance Illinois interstate tourism, which is a major industry in Illinois.
It is further found that in order to achieve the objectives of this Act and to realize the full economic benefits associated with the construction and operation of new professional sports facilities, it is desirable that construction be undertaken as expeditiously as possible, it being further found that immediate acquisition of a site or sites and construction of such a facility or facilities is in the public interest.
It is further found that the areas expected to be impacted by the professional sports facilities contemplated by this Act are severely blighted and in need of commercial development.
It is further found that the creation of the modern professional sports facilities and the other results contemplated by this Act constitute a public purpose and a public use and benefit in the public interest.
(Source: P.A. 86-110.)
(65 ILCS 100/3) (from Ch. 85, par. 6033)
Sec. 3. In order to accomplish the purposes of this Act, a municipality with a population in excess of 2,000,000 may acquire by eminent domain, by a complaint filed before July 1, 1992, pursuant to Article VII of the Code of Civil Procedure (now the Eminent Domain Act), and such municipality may acquire by immediate vesting of title, commonly referred to as "quick take," pursuant to Sections 7-102 through 7-112 of the Code of Civil Procedure (now Article 20 of the Eminent Domain Act), real or personal property or interests in real or personal property located within any of the following described parcels for the purpose of facilitating the construction of an indoor stadium for professional sports and amusement events having a seating capacity of less than 28,000:
THAT PART OF SECTIONS 7 AND 18, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 14 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS: ON THE NORTH BY THE NORTH LINE OF WASHINGTON STREET, ON THE EAST BY THE EAST LINE OF PAULINA STREET, ON THE SOUTH BY THE SOUTH LINE OF ADAMS STREET AND ON THE WEST BY THE WEST LINE OF DAMEN AVENUE (BUT EXCEPTING THE BLOCK BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY THE SOUTH LINE OF WASHINGTON STREET, ON THE EAST BY THE WEST LINE OF HERMITAGE AVENUE, ON THE SOUTH BY THE NORTH LINE OF WARREN BOULEVARD AND ON THE WEST BY THE EAST LINE OF WOOD STREET; ALSO EXCEPTING THE BLOCK BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY THE SOUTH LINE OF MONROE STREET, ON THE EAST BY THE WEST LINE OF WOOD STREET, ON THE SOUTH BY THE NORTH LINE OF ADAMS STREET AND ON THE WEST BY THE EAST LINE OF HONORE STREET; ALSO EXCEPTING LOTS 17 AND 18 IN BLOCK 5 OF ASHLANDS SECOND ADDITION TO CHICAGO, A SUBDIVISION OF THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH EAST 1/4 OF SAID SECTION 18, IN THE WEST 1/2 OF THE NORTH EAST 1/4 OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 14 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS; ALSO EXCEPTING THE BLOCK BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY THE SOUTH LINE OF WASHINGTON BOULEVARD, ON THE EAST BY THE WEST LINE OF WOLCOTT AVENUE, ON THE SOUTH BY THE NORTH LINE OF WARREN BOULEVARD AND ON THE WEST BY THE EAST LINE OF DAMEN AVENUE; ALSO EXCEPTING LOTS 43 THROUGH 48 IN H. H. WALKER'S RESUBDIVISION OF BLOCKS 12 AND 13 IN S.F. SMITH'S SUBDIVISION OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER IN THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 14 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS).
LOTS 14 THROUGH 24 AND LOTS 33 THROUGH 48, BOTH INCLUSIVE, IN THE SUBDIVISION OF BLOCK 61 OF CANAL TRUSTEES' SUBDIVISION OF SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 14 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS.
THE BLOCK BOUNDED ON THE NORTH BY THE SOUTH LINE OF MADISON STREET, BOUNDED ON THE EAST BY THE WEST LINE OF DAMEN AVENUE, BOUNDED ON THE SOUTH BY THE NORTH LINE OF MONROE STREET, BOUNDED ON THE WEST BY THE EAST LINE OF SEELEY AVENUE IN THE EAST 1/2 OF THE NORTH WEST 1/4 OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 39 NORTH, RANGE 14 EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, IN COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS.
However, such municipality shall not have the power to acquire by eminent domain any property located within the foregoing parcels which is owned, leased, used or occupied by the Chicago Board of Education, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Chicago Park District, or any unit of local government, and which was also so owned, leased, used or occupied on January 1, 1989.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)
(65 ILCS 100/3.5)
Sec. 3.5. Eminent domain. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, any power granted under this Act to acquire property by condemnation or eminent domain is subject to, and shall be exercised in accordance with, the Eminent Domain Act.
(Source: P.A. 94-1055, eff. 1-1-07.)
(65 ILCS 100/4) (from Ch. 85, par. 6034)
Sec. 4. Limitation on challenges. The General Assembly finds that it is necessary and desirable to reduce the risk that persons who expend or commit substantial sums in reliance on the provisions of this Act will be exposed to deferred litigation which might jeopardize financial and other arrangements necessary to carry out promptly the purposes of this Act. Therefore, no later than 30 days after the effective date of this Act, the clerk of any municipality having a population in excess of 2,000,000 shall cause to be published a notice setting forth:
(a) a copy of this Act;
(b) a statement that no action or proceeding to contest the validity of the liquor referendum provisions of Section 9-2a of the Liquor Control Act of 1934, as amended by this amendatory Act of 1989, or the tax stabilization provisions of Sections 10-205 through 10-220 of the Property Tax Code may be commenced in any court more than 6 months after publication of the notice required by this Section; and
(c) a statement that a proposal for the construction of a new stadium in such municipality has been made, if that has occurred.
The notice shall be published in full, in 8 point type or the equivalent thereof, within such 30-day period in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the county in which such municipality is located and in the Illinois counties contiguous to such county. No action or proceeding to contest the validity of any provision of Section 9-2a of the Liquor Control Act of 1934, as amended by this amendatory Act of 1989, or Sections 10-205 through 10-220 of the Property Tax Code may be commenced in any court by the People of the State of Illinois; or any person, firm, corporation or other legal entity, public or private; or any unit of local government, school district or taxing district; or any association of persons; or any government officer, department, political subdivision or agency; or any successor in interest to any of the foregoing, unless written notice of intention to institute such action or proceeding is filed with the clerk of such municipality within 6 months following the date of publication of the notice required by this Section and such action or proceeding is commenced within one year following the date of publication of the notice.
(Source: P.A. 88-670, eff. 12-2-94.)