Enterprise zone applications under review

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity officials say applications for enterprise zones in Illinois are being reviewed.

Enterprise zones are aimed at improving conditions in areas with poor economies throughout the state.  However, only a limited number of enterprise zones are allowed each year.  Under state law, new zones are given a 15-year term.

IDCEO officials say only 49 of the 67 submitted applications will be approved.  Most of the applications are from Chicago, with other applications coming from Belleville, Champaign, and suburbs south of Chicago.

Officials say several different factors are taken into consideration when making the decision, such as the ability to offer career skills programs at high schools, or a high vacancy rate of commercial or industrial buildings.
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