Illinois Disproportionately Impacted Areas – Bill 1438

by 
Admin
September 2019

Since the passing of Bill 1438 May 31, 2019, we’ve been waiting to see how the Social Equity piece unfolds. We’re so excited to put our home state on the map, but we’ve all been waiting on very important data. What data is that you say?

Well, Bill 1438 defines “Social Equity” as:

  • an applicant with at least 51% ownership and
    control by one or more individuals who have resided for at
    least 5 of the preceding 10 years in a Disproportionately
    Impacted Area;
  • an applicant with at least 51% ownership and
    control by one or more individuals who: (1) have been arrested for, convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent for any offense that is eligible for expungement under this Act; or (2) is a member of an impacted family;
  • for applicants with a minimum of 10 full-time employees, an applicant with at least 51% of current employees who: (1) currently reside in a Disproportionately Impacted Area; or (2) have been arrested for, convicted of, or adjudicated delinquent for any offense that is eligible for expungement under this Act or (3) member of an impacted family.

Now what is considered a Disproportionately Impacted Area? Well, according to the bill, a Disproportionately Impacted Area is an area that meets one of the following criteria:

  • the area has a poverty rate of at least 20% according to the latest federal decennial census
  • 75% or more of the children in the area participate in the federal free lunch program according to reported statistics from the State Board of Education
  • at least 20% of the households in the area receive assistance under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  • the area has an average unemployment rate, as determined by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, that is more than 120% of the national unemployment average, as determined by the United States Department of Labor, for a period of at least 2 consecutive calendar years preceding the date of the application
  • has high rates of arrest, conviction, and incarceration related to the sale, possession, use, cultivation, manufacture, or transport of cannabis.

So we’ve decided to do a bit of research based on data publicly accessible from the US Census Bureau and Illinois State Records.

Below, you may find free downloads on proposed zip codes meeting the first four criteria.

For more information on Social Equity and how your company can qualify, please reach out to Illinois Equity Staffing (IES) at info@illinoisequitystaffing.com.

Update: DCEO has released the DIA on their website and excluded most areas with small populations. We suggest that if you decide to appeal your status, to have Census data and proof of residence ready.

Our download form below will allow you to decipher WHY your zip code is Social Equity, which is just as important as Social Equity itself.

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