(20 ILCS 2421/60)
(a) Blind vendors operating vending facilities are subject to the applicable license or permit requirements of the county or municipality in which the facility is located necessary for the conduct of their business.
(b) Vendors licensed pursuant to this Act are authorized to keep guide animals with them while operating vending facilities subject to public health laws and rules.
(c) The Secretary, the Director, and the Committee shall cooperate in the development of rules to be promulgated by the Department regarding life standards for vending facility equipment. Such rules shall include, but are not limited to, the life expectancy of equipment; time periods within which equipment should be replaced; exceptions to the replacement time periods for equipment with no service problem history; and replacement schedules for equipment subject to excessive failures not the fault of the vendor.
(d) The Secretary, through the Director, shall assign adequate personnel to carry out duties related to the administration and management of this Act. In selecting personnel to fill any program position under this subsection, the Secretary shall ensure that the Committee has full advance opportunity to review the selections, to submit comments thereon, and to assess the adequacy of staffing levels for the program.
(e) The Secretary shall provide each vendor access to: all financial information, his or her performance ratings, and all other individual personnel documents and data maintained by the Department. This includes providing each vendor a written copy of all rules and policies adopted pursuant to this Act. Upon request, the information shall be furnished in the medium most accessible by the vendor.
(f) The surviving spouse of a current Illinois licensed blind vendor who dies may continue to operate the facility for a period of 6 months following the death of the vendor, provided that the surviving spouse is qualified by experience or training to manage the facility.
(g) The Secretary shall, by rule, require licensed blind vendors to obtain additional training to operate a blind vending facility for State property determined by a State agency to be high security property.
(Source: P.A. 96-644, eff. 1-1-10.)