(750 ILCS 24/10)
Plan for Unified Child Support Services.
(a) By July 1, 2003 and by July 1 of each subsequent year, a State's
Attorney, in cooperation with the appropriate county officials, may
submit to the Department a Plan for a Unified Child Support Services Program
that includes all of the components set forth in Section 15 of this Act and
that includes a projected budget of the necessary and reasonable direct and
indirect costs for operation of the Program. The Plan may provide for phasing
in the Program with different implementation dates.
(b) By December 1 of the year in which a Plan is submitted, the Department
shall approve or reject the Plan. If the Plan is approved, the Department and
the State's Attorney shall enter into an intergovernmental agreement
incorporating the Plan, subject to the approval of the Attorney General and
the appropriate county board. If the Plan is rejected, the Department must
set forth (i) specific reasons that the Plan fails to satisfy the specific
goals and requirements of this Act or other State or federal requirements and
(ii) specific reasons that the necessary and reasonable costs for operation of
the Plan could not be agreed upon.
(c) Any State's Attorney who submits a Plan pursuant to this Act shall
commit to manage the Program for a period of no less than 3 years.
(d) If a Plan is rejected, or if for any reason an intergovernmental
agreement is not signed, the prior agreement under this Act shall continue in
effect until a new intergovernmental agreement is signed or the agreement is
(e) The Department may impose a restriction that no more than 3 State's
Attorneys may begin operating a Program in a given year. The Department shall
develop a procedure for fair and orderly consideration of Plans as they are
submitted or as interest by a State's Attorney is otherwise demonstrated.
(f) In any county in which a Unified Child Support Services Program is
operating, the Clerk of the Circuit Court may submit to the Department a plan
for filing, recording, and making available for retrieval all administrative
orders of parentage and administrative orders setting, modifying, or
terminating child support obligations for all IV-D cases pending in the county
on the implementation date of the Program and all new cases in the IV-D Child
Support Program. The Department shall approve or reject the plan, according to
the criteria set forth in subsection (b), and shall enter into the
appropriate intergovernmental agreement incorporating the plan unless the
Department can demonstrate that it has an alternative approach.
(Source: P.A. 92-876, eff. 6-1-03.)