(20 ILCS 2805/15)
Veterans advisory council.
(a) A veterans advisory council shall be established in the State of Illinois. The council shall consist of at least 21 members as follows:
(1) Four members of the General Assembly, appointed
one each by the President of the Senate, the Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, preferably from a legislative or representative district in which a State-operated veterans home is located.
(2) Six veterans appointed by the Director of
(3) One veteran appointed by the commander or
president of each veterans service organization that is chartered by the federal government and by the State of Illinois and elects to appoint a member.
(4) One person appointed by the Adjutant General of
the Illinois National Guard.
(5) One person appointed by the Illinois Attorney
(6) One person appointed by the Illinois Secretary of
(7) One person appointed by the Director of the
Illinois Department of Employment Security.
(8) One person appointed by each military family
organization that is chartered by the federal government.
No member of the council shall be an employee or representative of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.
Members of the council shall serve without compensation or reimbursement.
(b) At the initial meeting of the council, the members shall elect from among themselves a chairman. The members shall draw lots to determine the length of their terms so that 9 members have terms that expire on July 1, 2005 and the remaining members have terms that expire on July 1, 2006. Thereafter, all members of the council shall be appointed for terms of 2 years.
The appointing authority may at any time make an appointment to fill a vacancy for the unexpired term of a member.
(c) The council shall meet quarterly or at the call of the chairman or at the call of the Director of Veterans' Affairs or the Governor. The Department shall provide meeting space and clerical and administrative support services for the council.
(c-5) The council shall investigate the re-entry process for service members who return to civilian life after being engaged in an active theater. The investigation shall include the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, homelessness, disabilities, and other issues the council finds relevant to the re-entry process. By July 1, 2018 and by July 1 of each year thereafter, the council shall present an annual report of its findings to the Governor, the Attorney General, the Director of Veterans' Affairs, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The council's investigation and annual report responsibilities of this subsection shall be a continuation of the investigation and annual report responsibilities of the Illinois Discharged Servicemembers Task Force created under Section 20 of this Act.
(d) The council has the power to do the following:
(1) Advise the Department of Veterans' Affairs with
respect to the fulfillment of its statutory duties.
(2) Review and study the issues and concerns that are
most significant to Illinois veterans and advise the Department on those issues and concerns.
(3) Receive a report from the Director of Veterans'
Affairs or the Director's designee at each meeting with respect to the general activities of the Department.
(4) Report to the Governor and the General Assembly
annually describing the issues addressed and the actions taken by the council during the year as well as any recommendations for future action.
(e) The council established under this Section replaces any Illinois Veterans Advisory Council established under Executive Order No. 3 (1982).
(Source: P.A. 100-10, eff. 6-30-17.)