(750 ILCS 5/712)
(from Ch. 40, par. 712)
(a) The Supreme Court may make Rules concerning the
certification of counties for inclusion in the child support enforcement
program and the application of the procedures created by Sections 709
through 712 in the various counties.
The Supreme Court shall inform each circuit court and clerk of the court
of the availability of the program to reimburse counties desiring to
participate in the program of enforcement of child support payments.
The Supreme Court shall also distribute to each circuit court and clerk
of the court any materials prepared by the Child and Spouse Support Unit
comparing child support enforcement in counties included and not included in
(b) The Department of Healthcare and Family Services, through the Child and Spouse
Support Unit provided for by Section 10-3.1 of the Illinois Public Aid
Code, shall have general supervision of the child support programs created
by Sections 709 through 712 and shall have the powers and duties provided
in this Section, including the following:
(1) to make advance payments to any county included
in the program for expenses in preparing programs to enforce payment of child support to the clerk from appropriations made for such purposes by the General Assembly;
(2) to make payments to each covered county to pay
for its reasonable expenses actually necessary to maintain a continuing program not paid for by fees, penalties, or other monies; provided that, with respect to that portion of the program on behalf of dependent children included in a grant of financial aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code the Unit shall pay only such expenses as is its current practice or as it may deem appropriate; provided further that the Unit shall only pay expenses of the entire program subject to the availability of federal monies to pay the majority of expenses of the entire child support enforcement program; provided further that the Unit or Department may set standards relating to enforcement which have to be met by any county seeking to enter a contract with the Department for reimbursement of expenses of the entire enforcement program prior to an application for reimbursement being approved and the contract granted; and provided further that such standards may relate to, but are not limited to the following factors: maintenance of the payment record, the definition of delinquency; the period of time in which a delinquency must be determined, the payor notified, the remittance received, the referral to the state's attorney made, and the payment remitted by the clerk to the payee or other party entitled to the payment; the conditions under which referral will not be made to the state's attorney; and the definitions and procedures for other matters necessary for the conduct and operation of the program;
(3) to monitor the various local programs for
enforcement of child support payments to the clerk;
(4) to act to encourage enforcement whenever local
enforcement procedures are inadequate;
(5) to receive monies from any source for assistance
in enforcement of child support; and
(6) to assist any county desirous of assistance in
establishing and maintaining a child support enforcement program.
(c) Any county may apply for financial assistance to the Unit to
initiate or maintain a program of child support enforcement. Every county
which desires such assistance shall apply according to procedures
established by the Unit. In its application, it shall state the following:
financial needs, personnel requirements, anticipated caseloads, any
amounts collected or anticipated in fees or penalties, and any other
information required by the Unit.
(d) In the case that any advance money is given to any county under this
Section to initiate an enforcement system, the county shall reimburse the
state within 2 years from the date such monies are given to it. The Unit
may establish an appropriate schedule of reimbursement for any county.
(e) In the event of the unavailability of federal monies to pay for the
greater part of the costs to a county of the child support enforcement
program under Sections 709 through 712 and the resulting cessation of state
participation, the operation of the child support enforcement program under
Sections 709 through 712 shall terminate. The date and the method of
termination shall be determined by Supreme Court Rule.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)