Q. What are the new hiring preference requirements on Illinois public works projects?
A. On June 16, 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn signed House Bill 6349, the Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act (known as the Illinois Preference Act) (Public Act 96-929).
The law requires organizations that receive state funds for public works projects to employ a workforce that is composed of at least 90% Illinois residents during periods of excessive unemployment.
Specifically, that’s when the Illinois unemployment rate exceeds 5% for at least two consecutive months.