(305 ILCS 5/1-1)
(from Ch. 23, par. 1-1)
purpose-Aims in providing financial aid and services. The purpose of this Code
is to assist in the alleviation and prevention
of poverty and thereby to protect and promote the health and welfare of all
the people of this State.
To accomplish this purpose, this Code authorizes financial aid and
social welfare services for persons in need thereof by reason of
unemployment, illness, or other cause depriving them of the means of a
livelihood compatible with health and well-being, and provides for the
development, use and coordination of all resources in this State,
governmental and private.
The Illinois Department
shall establish such standards of
financial aid and services as will encourage and assist applicants and
recipients to maintain a livelihood compatible with health and well being
and to develop their self-reliance and realize their capacities for
self-care, self-support, and responsible citizenship.
The maintenance and strengthening of the family unit shall be a
principal consideration in the administration of this Code. All public aid
policies shall be formulated and administered to achieve this end.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)