IDOR Releases New Process Instructions for Sales Tax Exemption Certificates

EFFECTIVE June 17, 2013

Contractors and other entities participating in a real estate construction, rehabilitation, or renovation project in an Enterprise Zone or a River Edge Redevelopment Zone – or for a state-certified High Impact Business – may purchase building materials for the project exempt from sales tax.

Beginning July 1, 2013, the building materials exemption will be available only to those contractors or other entities with a certificate issued by the Illinois Department of Revenue.

This bulletin provides a brief description of the requirements. For complete information about what you need, visit their website at and click on the “Business Incentives Reporting and Building Materials Exemption Certification” link.

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pdfEZ-1 Building Materials Exemption Certification28.18 KB

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January 2007

betty2.jpgWelcome to the new web site of the Illinois Enterprise Zone Association (IEZA)!

When I became President last year, one of my goals was to have a new web site created for the organization. One, in which we could promote the successes we have had in our zones due to the benefits of the Enterprise Zone program. I also wanted an easier and more efficient way to reach our audience with updated information that can help all of us do the best job we can for the program.

Valuable Resource

Our new website is inviting, well organized and provides a comprehensive store of information designed to educate our members, enterprise zone administrators, developers and other public and private partner organizations. Affinity AV New Media Design, has and continues to do a great job on our new site. John Thompson and I have been working closely with Jack Hughes and Jayne Rose to create the website our organization really needed. I think they have done a great job and look forward to continuing to work with them.

New Zone Directory

We have completely overhauled our Enterprise Zone directory for the new website. Finding out who the contact is for any given part of Illinois is as simple as clicking on the Illinois map by county or by simply using our search box. Each listing shows where in Illinois they are located, which counties and communities they serve and the administrator's complete contact information. IEZA members are highlighted in our listings to show their contribution to our association.

Next Up – Email Newsletters

Our next project will be to broadcast email newsletters to all IEZA paid members containing information, concerns and updates on not only what the board has been working on but also our partner organizations such as Illinois Development Council (IDC) and the Illinois Tax Increment Tax Association (ITIA). Our website will allow us to capture email subscription requests and automatically oversee the "opt-in" confirmation process to conform to conform to "can the spam" laws. Obviously, publishing email newsletters is an incredibly efficient way for us to communicate with you on items of importance to the Enterprise Zone Program in Illinois, so please go to our homepage to subscribe to our email list and keep in sync with our work.

Get Us Your Stories!

Now that newsletter publishing will be shifting from print to the web and email, we will be publishing more on what is happening with enterprise zones in Illinois. So please keep us updated on what's new and exciting in your neck of the woods. You can contact me at or JoEllen Seil at with your news.

We hope you find our new web site helpful and informative and please don't hesitate to give us ideas on how we can continue to make it useful to all our members.

UPM Raflatac to Bring Hi-Tech MFG Plant To Dixon, IL


UPM Raflatac , Inc. has purchased a 62-acre site at I-88 and Illinois Route 26, at Dixon adjacent to the Lee County Business Park and has begun construction of a new pressure sensitive labelstock factory. Project completion is scheduled for first quarter 2008 with an estimated investment value of $109 million.

Dixon facilities will join Raflatac’s other North American operations in Fletcher, NC; Wilkes-Barre, PA; and Ontario, CA. Raflatac has around 2,300 total employees and has indicated they will employ 160+ employees. Ultimate facility designs are being completed by O’Neal, Inc, Greenville, SC and are expected to be in excess of 200,000 SF. The site selection process was conducted through Deloitte Consulting, LLP, Chicago.

Lee County Industrial Development Association (LCIDA) coordinated efforts to secure Raflatac’s commitment to the Dixon and State of Illinois site choice and is proud to have brought this massive investment in process manufacturing by a European-based company to our region of Illinois.

Construction management is through Marathon/Architects/Engineers/Planners, LLC, an Appleton (WI)-based member of the Jaako-Poyry Group, specialists in paper processes.

Raflatac is part of UPM, one of the world’s leading producers of printing papers. The UPM Group’s sales for 2005 were EUR 9.3 billion, and it has over 31,000 employees with production in 15 countries. UPM’s main markets are Europe and North America.

Wal-Mart DC Rising in Whiteside County


Development to result in 700 new good-paying jobs with benefits.

As a result of cooperative efforts, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is almost finished with the construction of the warehouse/distribution center in Whiteside County.

This project has entailed the construction of a state-of-the-art, $62M, 900,000 square foot facility that will provide quality jobs for more than 700 full time employees. This summer more than 40 management positions were filled to start coordination of the hiring and start up of the distribution center.

While some of the management team have already moved to Whiteside County many will not move until the first of the year. Many of these individuals are coming from all over the United States, but some are local employees who will be moving into management positions. Last month while here for training the management team spent a Friday working on local projects, such as at the Morrison Day Care Center on the playground and equipment. They also helped with fixing a roof on a home in the Sterling area. They don’t even live here yet and they are out working on community projects.

Applications are now being excepted and hiring will start very soon for the more than seven hundred (700) hundred positions. The facility will be open for business in April 2006. Advertised wages at the distribution center will start at $13/hr. for warehouse positions, maintenance supervisor at $16/hr., and maintenance technicians at $16/hr. with 50-cent incremental raises every three months. These jobs will also provide a benefit package that includes: comprehensive medical/ dental plan, 401K plan, company profit sharing, and life insurance, just to mention a few.

The impact of the location of the Wal-Mart Distribution to Whiteside County will not only create an estimated $110.2M increased annual economic activity, but will also provide the value of the employees in volunteering for our communities not to mention the contributions that will be added to our non for profit organizations by contributions from Wal-Mart.

January 2006

Dear Members,

A new year is almost upon us. I can’t believe it was just New Year’s 2005! Have I been that busy? I think we have all been that busy and that is a good thing in my book. With the application for extensions of termination dates (don’t forget to get yours done if you haven’t), the additions of new territory for projects, and submitting those site selection requests consumes a lot of time. I hope you have all been as busy as I have.

One of the best ways to spend your time wisely is to be a member of the Illinois Enterprise Zone (IEZA) and attend the administrator training sessions and conferences. This is where and when you will find out how to correctly write applications, answer sales tax exemption questions, keep updated on any pending changes in the law pertaining to enterprise zones, help suggest new legislation when needed, and see what is happening in other zones in the state. Networking with other zone administrators is so valuable to your job and if you aren’t a member or participating you should be! 2006 looks to be an exciting year, with the administrators’ training session scheduled for April in the Rockford area and the fall conference to be held in Whiteside County in October. For the administrators’ training, the board is working on a good panel of presenters and topics. I know it will be very educational for all.

At the fall conference I will plan tours of some of the new and existing projects in the Whiteside County Enterprise Zone. Some exciting things have been happening around here and I look forward to showcasing them.

The board is always looking forparticipants in planning these training sessions and if you would like to make a presentation or have someone you feel would be of interest, please let us know.

Our board worked hard at the board retreat in November and got a lot accomplished for the next year. We will meet again in February so if you have any suggestions on how we can make the IEZA a better organization, please let me know before then.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Terry Denison for serving as president the past two years!

I am looking forward to serving as your president of the Illinois Enterprise Zone for the next two years. Please have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Betty J. Steinert,
IEZA President

Enterprise Zone to Help Keep the Lights On

On August 14, 2003 at 4:11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Ontario, Canada and much of the Northeastern United States were hit by the largest blackout in North American history. Fifty million people lost their electricity, and darkness covered an area from New York to Toronto to Ohio. Lights went out, subways ground to a halt, refrigeration shut down and business stopped cold in its tracks. Days passed slowly before some electricity consumers had power restored. Could that happen here? What would you or your businesses do if this happened? These are really important questions.


The Lee County Enterprise Zone (LCEZ) in northwest Illinois is helping to make sure that an outage like 2003’s will never happen to us in the Midwest. Duke Energy will be adding “dark start” capability to their Lee County facility using Caterpillar diesel generators. In 2001 Duke Energy completed an 8-unit peak generating power plant in Nachusa, Illinois near Dixon in the LCEZ. At the time, Duke saw the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program as a very important incentive tool to enable them to make the $218 million investment in the facility. Today, as part of a new contract to provide “dark start” capability to ComEd, Duke is again investing in the LCEZ.


On or before January 1, 2005 Duke will have installed at its Lee County Generating Station three new 1.4-megawatt diesel generators capable of starting one of the Duke peaker units if the grid should experience a blackout. Like most power plants today, these facilities make electricity but also need electricity from an outside source to enable them to start up. It is a kind of Catch-22, and with this new “dark start” capability the Duke peakers will be stand-alone and can start each other.

The sequence would go something like this:

  • Upon experiencing a blackout situation, Duke would be critical to ComEd’s Restoration Plan and would fire up the CAT diesels, generating enough power to start one of the 80-megawatt peaker units.
  • That unit can then provide power to start the other seven units on site, bringing 640-megawatts of total power back on line.
  • This will begin to restore grid stability and provide power for early restoration, as load would demand.
  • Lee County Station power would feed the grid to handle critical loads, help restart other generating assets and balance the overall load and stability on the Midwest grid itself.

Duke will invest $2.6 million in the stand-alone Caterpillar Diesel Generator Dark Start Project. The weather-protected units will be installed on concrete pads adjacent to Unit # 1. Duke is pleased to use Caterpillar units for this project. CAT itself is a big user of Illinois’ Enterprise Zone programs so it is good to see their product as part of the Lee County project. Equipment is scheduled for delivery on site by October 15 with complete installation and operational capability by January 1, 2005.

Thanks to Jim Cumbow, Superintendent of O&M and Kate Perez of Public Affairs for Duke Energy, the United States Air Force and CBC News for source material contributing to this article and for photos. For more information contact John Thompson, Lee County Enterprise Zone Administrator at 815-284-3361 or


Rayovac to open 570,000 SF Packaging and DC in Dixon, IL


The Lee County Enterprise Zone in Dixon recently announced a high-profile project that had been kept under wraps as the highly secretive “Project Kodiak” for many months. It was revealed by Zone Administrator and President of Lee County Industrial Development Association (LCIDA) John Thompson that the facility was in fact going to be a new 576,000 square foot (expandable to 800,000 SF) packaging and distribution center for the Rayovac Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin.

Thompson made the announcement along with Dixon Mayor James Burke timed just after Rayovac made the project known to its own employees and stockholders. Rayovac had been working for well over a year to develop the Dixon project as part of its new global strategies that included purchase of the German battery company Varta. With the Varta acquisition, Rayovac is one of the world’s leading battery and lighting device companies with revenues over $1 billion. Rayovac products are sold in over 115 countries.

The new $20 million distribution and packaging center complex is located in the Lee County Business Park owned by LCIDA and contained in the Lee County Enterprise Zone. Construction began last June and Rayovac anticipates full operation later into 2003. The facility consolidates distribution and packaging operations currently being handled at several Rayovac facilities and outside suppliers. A total of 300 employees are expected to work in the complex when the ramp-up is complete.

Higgins Development Partnership of Chicago is the real estate developer for the building complex and Mc Shane Construction, one of the Mc Shane Companies, is the contractor for the building that covers 18 acres, including truck aprons, of the 55-acre site.

Dixon was chosen after an in-depth study encompassing an evaluation of alternate solutions to eliminate current inefficient multi-location operations and to best serve the Company’s ever growing customer base. The site search stretched throughout the mid-central and mid-east portions of the United States. The Facility and Location Strategy Implementation Department of Chicago-based Deloitte & Touche acted as consultants for Rayovac.

“This new centralized packaging and distribution center is expected to result in significant annual savings in freight, inventory and operating costs,” said Dave Jones, Rayovac Chairman and CEO.

Locating the new complex in Dixon near the new $200 million-plus Union Pacific Railroad intermodal (also in the Lee County Enterprise Zone) being built in nearby Rochelle, will allow Rayovac to better serve its entire U.S. customer base while significantly reducing freight costs. The centralization will also reduce inventory levels necessary in Rayovac’s current multi-location architecture.

“Successful companies understand the importance of having easy access to their markets. Illinois has long been known as the nation’s transportation hub, and the siting of this project in Dixon further bolsters that claim,” said Illinois Governor George H. Ryan. “Initiatives like Illinois FIRST have infused a significant amount of resources into upgrading the state’s infrastructure in order for us to maintain this leadership role in the way goods are distributed across the country.”

The Dixon facility will serve as Rayovac’s main packaging facility for its products and will be the company’s largest distribution center in North America. Rayovac also operates distribution centers in Fresno, CA, La Vergne, TN, and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

Rayovac is eligible to receive benefits through the Illinois Enterprise Zone Program due to its location in the Lee County Zone at Dixon. Rayovac is also eligible to receive EDGE tax credits administered through DCCA.

The Rayovac announcement was very well received in Dixon, Lee County, throughout the region and across Illinois. “We are thrilled to have a household name such as Rayovac here,” said Dixon Mayor Jim G. Burke. “The facility will provide quality jobs to hundreds of our citizens and it doesn’t get any better than that.”

“LCIDA worked had for over a year to site this project. We got strong support from the State of Illinois,” said John Thompson. “DCCA’s Pam McDonough, Dennis Pescitelli, Craig Coil, Tom Henderson, Mark Gauss, Dave Goben and Dennis Gorss were especially helpful along with the City of Dixon and its Mayor Burke, Finance Commissioner Bridgeman, the City Council and department heads,” Thompson concluded.

The Rayovac facility is clearly visible in Rayovac’s new blue, black and gray corporate colors at the Dixon interchange of I-88 and Illinois Route 26. Rayovac plans a major opening celebration and open house at the end of March.