River Edge Redevelopment Zone

The River Edge Redevelopment Zone Program (RERZ) helps revive and redevelop environmentally challenged properties adjacent to rivers in Illinois.  The River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act authorizes the Illinois Department of Commerce to designate zones in five cities:  Aurora,   East St. Louis, Elgin, Peoria and Rockford.

RERZ provides several incentives authorized by State law. Two of these – sales tax exemption and property tax abatement (if offered in the zone) – are administered by the local zone administrators.  The others involve tax incentives are claimed on your Illinois Income Tax filing forms.

  • Environmental Remediation Tax Credit:  Allows for a credit against State Income Taxes for some non-reimbursed eligible costs for remediation work done on an RERZ site resulting in a “No Further Remediation Letter” being issued.  This requires a joint review by the Department of Commerce and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  The credit is 0.25 for each dollar spent for non-reimbursed remediation expenses.  Contact the IEPA for further information.
  • Dividend Income Deduction:  Allows individuals, corporations, trusts and estates to deduct an amount equal to dividends paid to them by a corporation that conducts substantially all of its operation in the RERZ from their taxable income.
  • Interest Income Deduction:  Allows financial corporations to deduct an amount equal to the interest received for a loan for development in an RERZ from their corporate State Income tax.  Loans must be secured by property located within an RERZ.
  • Building Materials Sales Tax Exemption:  Allows for exemption of sales tax on construction materials for non-residential projects within the RERZ.  Forms necessary to claim this “point-of-sales” exemption are available from the local administrator.
  • Property Tax Abatement:  RERZs may offer property tax abatement within the zone.  To determine if a property tax abatement is vailable, contact the local zone administrator.

For tax information on the River Edge Redevelopment Program, click here.

For more information about the Environmental Remediation Tax Credit, contact the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

For general information about RERZs, contact:

Ben Denney
Assistant Deputy Director
Business Development 
Correct 217-524-4144 to read 217-782-4240
TYY: 800.785.6055 

For more information about the Peoria RERZ, contact:
Leslie McKnight
Senior Development Specialist
City of Peoria
(City Hall) 419 Fulton Street, Room 207, Peoria, IL 61602

For information about the Rockford RERZ, contact:
Karl F. Franzen
Economic Development Coordinator
City of Rockford
779-348-7419 - office

For information about the Aurora RERZ, contact:
Bill Wiet
Chief Development Officer
City of Aurora
1 South Broadway
Aurora, IL 60507

For more information about the East St. Louis RERZ, contact:
Deletra Hudson
City Manager
City of East St. Louis
301 River Park Drive
East St. Louis, IL 62201

Tina M. Phillips
Economic Development Specialist
City of East St. Louis
301 River Park Drive
East St. Louis, IL 62201
618.482.6665 (office)
618.207.0272 (mobile)

For more information about the Elgin RERZ, contact:
Richard G. Kozal
Assistant City Manager
City of Elgin
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120-5555