(5 ILCS 385/2)
(from Ch. 127, par. 3552)
(a) Any employee of a State agency who is in default on the
repayment of any educational loan for a period of 6 months or more and in
an amount of $600 or more shall, as a condition of employment, make a
satisfactory loan repayment arrangement with the maker or guarantor of the loan.
(b) As of the effective date of this Act, any employment application
forms used by any State agency shall include a statement to be signed by
the applicant concerning whether the applicant is in default as provided in this Section.
(c) Any employee who is in default on an educational loan shall make a
satisfactory loan repayment arrangement with the maker or guarantor of the
loan prior to the completion of the sixth month of employment or within 6
months from the effective date of this Act, whichever is later. The State
agency shall confirm the establishment of a satisfactory repayment
arrangement by obtaining a written certification from the maker or
guarantor of the loan. The State agency shall inform the employee of the
opportunity to establish a repayment plan through payroll deductions in
accordance with the State Salary and Annuity Withholding Act.
(d) Should an employee fail to establish a satisfactory repayment
arrangement prior to the completion of the sixth month of employment, the
State agency shall terminate the individual's employment.
(e) The maker or guarantor of the loan shall determine what constitutes
a satisfactory repayment arrangement; however, no maker or guarantor
shall require an employee to pay more than 20% of his or her gross monthly
income unless federal law requires a larger payment on the educational loan.
(Source: P.A. 85-827.)