(820 ILCS 205/8) (from Ch. 48, par. 31.8)
    Sec. 8. Authority to issue employment certificates.
    (a) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Act, the City or County Superintendent of Schools, or their duly authorized agents, are authorized to issue an employment certificate for any minor under sixteen (16) years of age, said certificate authorizing and permitting the appearance of such minor in a play or musical comedy with a professional traveling theatrical production on the stage of a duly licensed theatre wherein not more than two performances are given in any one day and not more than eight performances are given in any one week, or nine when a holiday occurs during the week, or in a musical recital or concert: Provided, that such minor is accompanied by his parent or guardian or by a person in whose care the parent or guardian has placed the minor and whose connection with the performance or with the operation of the theatre in which the minor is to appear is limited to the care of such minor or of minors appearing therein: And provided further, that such minor shall not appear on said stage or in a musical recital or concert, attend rehearsals, or be present in connection with such appearance or rehearsals, in the theatre where the play or musical comedy is produced or in the place where the concert or recital is given, for more than a total of six (6) hours in any one day, or on more than six (6) days in any one week, or for more than a total of twenty-four (24) hours in any one week, or after the hour of 11 postmeridian; and provided further, no such minor shall be excused from attending school except as authorized pursuant to Section 26-1 of the School Code. Application for such certificate shall be made by the manager of the theatre, or by the person in the district responsible for the musical recital or concert, and by the parent or guardian of such minor to the City or County Superintendent of Schools or his authorized agent at least fourteen (14) days in advance of such appearance. The City or County Superintendent of Schools or his agent may issue a permit if satisfied that adequate provision has been made for the educational instruction of such minor, for safeguarding his health and for the proper moral supervision of such minor, and that proper rest and dressing room facilities are provided in the theatre for such minor.
    (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of this Act, the City or Regional Superintendent of Schools, or their duly authorized agents, are authorized to issue an employment certificate for any minor under 16 years of age, such certificate authorizing and permitting the appearance of such minor as a model or in a motion picture, radio or television production: Provided, that no such minor shall be excused from attending school except as authorized pursuant to Section 26-1 of The School Code. The Department of Labor shall promulgate rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this subsection. Such rules and regulations shall be designed to protect the health and welfare of child models or actors and to insure that the conditions under which minors are employed, used or exhibited will not impair their health, welfare, development or proper education.
    (c) In situations where a minor from another state seeks to obtain an Illinois employment certificate, the Department shall work with a City or Regional Superintendent of Schools, or the State Superintendent of Education, or his or her duly authorized agents, to issue the certificate. The Superintendent may waive the requirement in Section 12 of this Act that a minor submit his or her application in person, if the minor resides in another state.
(Source: P.A. 96-1247, eff. 7-23-10.)