(4) be held at a location convenient to the applicant.
At the hearing, the administrative review board may deny the application
based on an investigation of the person's eligibility, or the board may
appoint a substitute payee, require more frequent visits or consultations,
more frequent financial reports or require any other action to the extent
permitted by State and federal law and regulations. A decision by the
administrative review board to deny a person's application shall only be
based on the person's failure to qualify under the eligibility criteria
applicable to all applicants for the public assistance program in question.
Any decision by the administrative review board may be appealed pursuant to
the provisions of this Code. In no instance shall the administrative review
board delay the hearing or its decision beyond the time allowed under State
or federal law and regulations for determining an applicant's eligibility
for public assistance.
If the person has been determined eligible, the Illinois Department or
the local governmental unit may recoup prior payments obtained in violation
of this Article from the current cash assistance grants, unless such payments
have previously been repaid. The Illinois Department or the local governmental
unit, on a case by case basis, shall limit the amount deducted from the current
cash assistance grant so as not to cause undue hardship to the person.
(b) To the extent permitted under federal law, any person found
guilty of a first violation of this Article or of any law of the United
of any state which is substantially similar to Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 for
violations related to public assistance or medical assistance programs of the
kind provided under this Code may be suspended from eligibility for public
aid under this Code. Any person found guilty of a second or subsequent
violation of this Article or of any law of the United States or of any state
which is substantially similar to Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 for violations
related to public assistance or medical assistance programs of the kind
provided under this Code shall be ineligible for public aid under this
(c) In no instance shall this Section adversely affect the eligibility
of children who are in need of public aid under this Code, or the amount
of the grant received by such children. If a child's caretaker relative
is adversely affected by this Section, a substitute payee may be appointed
until the Illinois Department can determine, by rule, that the caretaker
relative can manage the public aid in the best interest of the child.
(d) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or
other legal entity that has been convicted of a violation of this Article
shall be prohibited from participating as a vendor of goods or services
to recipients of public aid under this Code. Such prohibition shall extend
to any person with management responsibility in a firm, corporation,
association, agency, institution, or other legal entity that has been
convicted of any such violation and to an officer or person owning, either
directly or indirectly, 5% or more of the shares of stock or other
evidences of ownership in a corporation.
(e) Any employee of the Illinois Department, county department or local
governmental unit who has been found guilty of a violation of this Article
shall be terminated from employment.
(Source: P.A. 89-489, eff. 1-1-97; 90-725, eff. 8-7-98.)