(20 ILCS 5095/5)
(Section scheduled to be repealed on December 31, 2018)
The General Assembly finds the following:
(1) Nearly 10% of Illinois' population is limited
English proficient, giving Illinois the 5th largest limited English proficient population in the United States at over 1.1 million residents.
(2) Language barriers continue to exist for many
Illinois residents who are limited English proficient, and these barriers limit their ability to fully participate in civic life and maximize their economic productivity.
(3) Language barriers for limited English
proficient residents create very real challenges when trying to access information about available government services or an individual's legal rights or obligations under State and local laws.
(4) Title VI of the Civil Rights Act requires
program recipients of federal funds, such as certain State agencies, to take reasonable steps to ensure that limited English proficient persons have meaningful access to their programs and activities.
(5) The public safety, health, economic prosperity,
and general welfare of all Illinois residents is furthered by increasing language access to State programs and services.
(Source: P.A. 100-320, eff. 8-24-17.)