(20 ILCS 415/17) (from Ch. 127, par. 63b117)
    Sec. 17. Status of Present Employees.
    Employees holding positions in the State service herein shall continue under the following conditions:
    (1) Employees who have been appointed as a result of having passed examinations in existing merit systems, and who have satisfactorily passed their probationary period, or who have been promoted in accordance with the rules thereunder, shall be continued without further examination, but shall be otherwise subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made pursuant to it.
    (2) All other such employees shall be continued in their respective positions if they pass a qualifying examination prescribed by the Director prior to October 1, 1958, and satisfactorily complete their respective probationary periods. Employees in federally aided programs, which on July 1, 1956, were subject to Federal merit system standards, who have not been appointed from registers established as result of merit system examinations shall qualify through open competitive examinations for their positions and certification from the resulting registers. Those who fail to qualify as provided herein shall be dismissed from their positions. Nothing herein precludes the reclassification or reallocation as provided by this Act of any position held by any such incumbent.
(Source: P.A. 76-628.)