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CDB Fair Employment Practice

CDB Fair Employment Practice (FEP)

  • The MBE/WBE/VBE/PBE Participation Program provides opportunities for minority, women, veteran, and persons with disability owned firms.
  • DHR Minority/Female Workforce Program, offers equal employment opportunities to minority and female tradespersons in accordance with the Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS 5/7-105(A)) and the Rules established by the Department of Human Rights (44 Ill. Adm. Code 750). CDB oversees and monitors compliance on State-funded construction projects. 

FEP Compliance Technicians are frequently available at CDB's pre-bid and pre-construction meetings to aid in the clarification of the programs and procedures. They are also periodically available at the construction sites in conjunction with the FEP programs.

More information on the program can be found at

The Business Enterprise for Minorities, Women, and Persons with Disabilities Act

30 ILCS 575/7(5)

Each chief procurement officer, as defined in the Illinois Procurement Code, shall maintain on his or her official Internet website a database of waivers granted under this Section with respect to contracts under his or her jurisdiction. The database, which shall be updated periodically as necessary, shall be searchable by contractor name and by contracting State agency.

Click here to access the database of waivers granted for participation of minority, women, and persons with disability businesses on construction contracts awarded by the Capital Development Board.​​​​​​​

Veterans Set-Aside Goal

(30 ILCS 500/45-57)

  • Projects with a total estimate construction cost of $250,000 or greater are generally assessed goals for the utilization of VBE certified firms. Veteran firms must be certified with CMS to be eligible for this program. Prime contractors and certified MBE/WBE/VBE/PBE firms bidding as prime contractors are encouraged to use VBE certified subcontractors/suppliers.
  • Not less than 3% of the total dollar amount of State contracts shall be established as a goal to be awarded to Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business and Veteran-Owned Small Business.

Financial Incentives or Other Advantages for Veterans and Illinois Ex-Offenders

(30 ILCS 500/45-70)

  • Vendors are encouraged to hire qualified veterans and qualified Illinois ex-offenders as part of any solicitation by the Chief Procurement Officer for the Capital Development Board.
  • Vendors who hire qualified veterans or ex-offenders may be eligible for Illinois tax credits (35 ILCS 5/216 and 5/217). Please contact the Illinois Department of Revenue for tax credit information (312-814-3215).