(20 ILCS 1305/1-15)
    Sec. 1-15. Department; Secretary; organization.
    (a) The Department of Human Services, created in Section 5-15 of the Departments of State Government Law (20 ILCS 5/5-15), shall begin operation on July 1, 1997.
    (b) The Department shall be under the direction of the Secretary of Human Services and 2 Assistant Secretaries, as provided in the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois.
    (c) The Governor may appoint up to 7 Associate Secretaries to head the major programmatic divisions of the Department. Associate Secretaries shall be appointed for 2-year terms and shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate in the same manner as the Assistant Secretaries. The compensation of Associate Secretaries shall be determined by the Secretary.
    (d) The Secretary shall create divisions and administrative units within the Department and shall assign functions, powers, duties, and personnel as may now or in the future be required by federal law. The Secretary may create other divisions and administrative units and may assign other functions, powers, duties, and personnel as may be necessary or desirable to carry out the functions and responsibilities vested by law in the Department.
(Source: P.A. 91-239, eff. 1-1-00.)