(525 ILCS 50/7)
(from Ch. 48, par. 2557)
Illinois Young Adult Conservation Corps.
With respect to the
Illinois Young Adult Conservation Corps program:
(a) Enrollment. The Illinois Young Adult Conservation Corps shall be limited to citizens of this State who
at the time of enrollment are 18 through 25 years of age inclusive and who
The Department shall make public notification of the availability of jobs
for young adults in the Illinois Young Adult Conservation Corps by the means of
newspapers, electronic media, educational facilities, units of local
government and the Department of Employment Security offices.
The Department shall promulgate reasonable rules pertaining to
application for jobs with the Illinois Young Adult Conservation Corps.
Any applicant who knowingly and purposely provides wrongful information
regarding age, employment or educational records shall be deemed ineligible to
participate in the program. Any applicant who successfully gains
employment in the program and is later proven to have falsified his or her
application shall be dismissed immediately from the program.
(b) Terms of Employment.
Once enrolled in the Illinois Young Adult Conservation Corps, each enrollee shall receive at least the
standard minimum wage as set by the State of Illinois and shall work
normal working hours as determined by the Department. The enrollees shall
not be classified as employees of the State for purposes of contributions
to the State Employees' Retirement System of Illinois or any other public employment
retirement system of the State.
(c) Permissible Activities. The Director shall designate suitable projects in
which enrollees of the program shall participate. No project designated
for enrollee participation shall result in the displacement of individuals
currently employed or positions currently existing, either directly or
under contract with any private
contractor, by the Department through the reduction of overtime or nonovertime
hours, wages or employment benefits.
Projects so designated by the Director shall be for the purpose of
enhancing public lands owned or leased by the Department or developing and enhancing projects or initiatives undertaken in whole or part by the Department.
Such projects shall include improving the habitat of fauna and flora;
improving utilization of conservation or recreation facilities and lands by the public; improving
water quality; and any other project deemed by the Department to improve
economic and recreational quality of the State owned or leased lands.
All projects designated for activity by the Director shall be within a
reasonable commuting time for each enrollee. To the extent possible, the
Director shall designate areas where a pool of enrollees may work. In no
circumstance shall enrollees be required to spend more than 1 1/2 hours of
commuting time to a project or a designated area; provided, an enrollee may agree to spend more
than 1 1/2 hours of commuting time to a project or a designated area.
(Source: P.A. 97-738, eff. 7-5-12.)