(305 ILCS 5/3-10.8) (from Ch. 23, par. 3-10.8)
    Sec. 3-10.8. Joint tenancy interest.) A joint tenancy interest in real property shall be subject to the lien created by Section 3-10. The filing and approval of an application for aid under this Article on or after the effective date of this Code shall constitute a severance of the joint tenancy, effective on the date of the filing or recording of the notice of lien.
    The severance shall be solely for the purpose of enforcing the lien. For all other purposes, the joint tenancy shall remain in effect and be unimpaired.
    The lien shall be enforceable only to the extent of the interest of the recipient. A fractional part of the property, to be determined by dividing the total value of the property by the number of joint tenants, shall be presumed to have belonged absolutely to the recipient.
    A release of lien executed under Section 3-10.6 and filed, registered or recorded as provided in Sections 3-10.2 and 3-10.3, or the expiration of the 5 year period of limitation or any renewal period where no judicial proceedings are pending for the enforcement of the lien, shall nullify the severance of the joint tenancy. Judicial proceedings for the enforcement of the lien against registered land or any judgment predicated on such proceedings shall not affect such registered land unless the provisions of "An Act concerning land titles", approved May 1, 1897, as amended, are complied with. In either case the acceptance of aid thereafter shall, upon the recording or filing of a notice of lien under Sections 3-10.2 and 3-10.3, again result in the severance of the joint tenancy of the recipient. The repeal of the 1949 Code shall not affect the validity of a lien or severance of a joint tenancy interest established prior to the effective date of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 79-1365.)