(20 ILCS 5/5-550)
(was 20 ILCS 5/6.23)
In the Department of Human Services.
A State Rehabilitation
Council, hereinafter referred to as the Council, is hereby established for
the purpose of advising the Secretary and the vocational rehabilitation
administrator of the provisions of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in matters concerning individuals
with disabilities and the provision of rehabilitation services. The Council
shall consist of 25 members appointed by the Governor after soliciting
recommendations from representatives of organizations representing a broad
range of individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in
individuals with disabilities. The Governor shall appoint to this Council
(1) One representative of a parent training center
established in accordance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
(2) One representative of the client assistance
(3) One vocational rehabilitation counselor who has
knowledge of and experience with vocational rehabilitation programs. (If an employee of the Department is appointed, that appointee shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member.)
(4) One representative of community rehabilitation
program service providers.
(5) Four representatives of business, industry, and
(6) Eight representatives of disability advocacy
groups representing a cross section of the following:
(A) individuals with physical, cognitive,
sensory, and mental disabilities; and
(B) parents, family members, guardians,
advocates, or authorized representative of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty in representing themselves or who are unable, due to their disabilities, to represent themselves.
(7) One current or former applicant for, or recipient
of, vocational rehabilitation services.
(8) Three representatives from secondary or higher
(9) One representative of the State Workforce
(10) One representative of the Illinois State Board
of Education who is knowledgeable about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
of, or a member designated
the Statewide Independent Living Council
created under Section 12a of the Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Act, the
chairperson of the Blind
Services Planning Council created under the Bureau for the Blind Act, and the
vocational rehabilitation administrator
serve as ex officio members.
The vocational rehabilitation administrator
shall have no vote.
The Council shall select a Chairperson.
The Chairperson and at least 12 other
members of the Council shall have a recognized disability.
One member shall be a senior citizen age 60 or over. A majority of the
Council members shall not be employees of the Department of Human Services.
Current members of the Rehabilitation Services Council shall serve
until members of the newly created Council are appointed.
The terms of all members appointed before the effective date of Public Act
88-10 shall expire on July 1, 1993. The
appointed under Public Act 88-10 shall
be appointed to serve for
staggered terms beginning July 1, 1993, as follows: 7 members shall be
appointed for terms of 3 years, 7 members shall be appointed for terms of 2
years, and 6 members shall be appointed for terms of one year. Thereafter, all
appointments shall be for terms of 3 years. Vacancies shall be filled for
Appointments to fill vacancies in unexpired terms and new terms shall be
filled by the Governor or by the Council if the Governor delegates that power
Council by executive order.
Members shall serve until their successors are appointed and
qualified. No member, except the representative of the client assistance
program, shall serve for more than 2 full terms.
Members shall be reimbursed
for their actual expenses incurred in the performance of their duties,
including expenses for travel, child care, and personal assistance services,
member who is not employed or who must forfeit wages from other employment
shall be paid reasonable compensation for each day the member is engaged in
performing the duties of the Council.
shall meet at least 4 times per year at times and places designated by the
Chairman upon 10 days written notice to the members. Special meetings may
be called by the Chairperson or 7 members of the
Council upon 7 days written
notice to the other members. Nine members shall constitute a
No member of the Council shall cast a vote on any matter that would provide
direct financial benefit to the member or otherwise give the appearance of a
conflict of interest under Illinois law.
Council shall prepare and submit to the
the reports and findings
that the vocational rehabilitation administrator may request or
that the Council deems fit.
The Council shall select jointly with the
a pool of
qualified persons to serve as impartial hearing officers.
The Council shall, with the vocational rehabilitation unit in the Department,
jointly develop, agree to, and review annually State goals and priorities and
jointly submit annual reports of progress to the federal Commissioner of
Rehabilitation Services Administration.
To the extent that there is a disagreement between the Council and the unit
Department of Human Services responsible for the administration of the
vocational rehabilitation program, regarding the resources
necessary to carry out the functions of the Council as set forth in this
disagreement shall be resolved by the Governor.
(Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00; 91-540, eff.
8-13-99; 92-16, eff. 6-28-01.)