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(15 ILCS 310/) Secretary of State Merit Employment Code.

15 ILCS 310/1

    (15 ILCS 310/1) (from Ch. 124, par. 101)
    Sec. 1. Title. This Act shall be known and may be cited as the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code, and shall apply to employment within the Office of the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/2

    (15 ILCS 310/2) (from Ch. 124, par. 102)
    Sec. 2. Purpose. The purpose of the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code is to establish for the Office of the Secretary of State a system of personnel administration based upon merit principles and scientific methods.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/3

    (15 ILCS 310/3) (from Ch. 124, par. 103)
    Sec. 3. Definitions. For the purpose of this Act, unless the context indicates otherwise, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed to them as follows:
    "Commission". The Merit Commission created by this Act.
    "Department". Department of Personnel-Secretary of State.
    "Director". Director of the Department of Personnel-Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98; 90-422, eff. 8-15-97.)

15 ILCS 310/4

    (15 ILCS 310/4) (from Ch. 124, par. 104)
    Sec. 4. Organization. There is created in the Office of the Secretary of State:
    (a) a Department of Personnel, headed by a Director, which shall be a division of the Office of the Secretary of State with primary responsibility for personnel transactions; and
    (b) a Merit Commission.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98; 90-422, eff. 8-15-97.)

15 ILCS 310/5

    (15 ILCS 310/5) (from Ch. 124, par. 105)
    Sec. 5. Jurisdictions; exemptions. All offices and positions of employment in the Office of the Secretary of State shall be subject to this Act unless specifically exempted herein.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/5a

    (15 ILCS 310/5a) (from Ch. 124, par. 105a)
    Sec. 5a. Definition of jurisdictions. There are created 3 separate areas of jurisdiction of the Department, as follows:
    (1) Jurisdiction A, with respect to the classification and compensation of positions in the Office of the Secretary of State.
    (2) Jurisdiction B, with respect to the positions in the Office of the Secretary of State to which persons must hold appointments on a basis of merit and fitness.
    (3) Jurisdiction C, with respect to conditions of employment in the Office of the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/5b

    (15 ILCS 310/5b) (from Ch. 124, par. 105b)
    Sec. 5b. General exemptions. The following positions in the Office of the Secretary of State shall be exempt from jurisdictions A, B and C, unless such jurisdictions shall be extended as provided in this Act;
    (1) The Secretary of State, the Deputy Secretary of State and the Assistant Secretary of State.
    (2) The personal secretaries and administrative assistants to the Secretary of State, the Deputy Secretary of State and the Assistant Secretary of State.
    (3) Persons exercising substantial executive or administrative functions who have, as their primary responsibility, the operation of an organizational entity in the Office of the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/5c

    (15 ILCS 310/5c) (from Ch. 124, par. 105c)
    Sec. 5c. Partial exemptions. The following positions in the Office of the Secretary of State are exempt from jurisdictions A, B and C to the extent stated for each unless these jurisdictions are extended as provided in this Act:
    (1) Special agents selected by the Inspector General appointed pursuant to Section 14 of the Secretary of State Act and licensed attorneys in positions as legal or technical advisors, except in those positions paid from federal funds if such exemption is inconsistent with federal requirements, are exempt from jurisdiction B only to the extent that Sections 10b.1, 10b.3 and 10b.5 of this Code need not be met.
    (2) All unskilled positions, unless such exemption is inconsistent with federal requirements in those positions paid from federal funds, for which the principal job requirement is good physical condition are exempt from jurisdiction B.
    (3) The Merit Commission, upon written recommendation of the Director, shall exempt from jurisdiction B other positions which, in the judgment of the Commission, are by their nature highly confidential or involve principal administrative responsibility for the determination of policy or principal administrative responsibility for the way in which policies are carried out, except in those positions paid from federal funds if such exemption is inconsistent with federal requirements. No position which has the powers of a law enforcement officer, except executive security officers, may be exempted under this section.
    (4) The personal secretaries and chief deputy to persons exempted under paragraph (3) of Section 5b of this Act are exempt from jurisdiction B, unless such exemption is inconsistent with federal requirements in those positions paid from federal funds.
    (5) Positions which are paid a prevailing rate of wage are exempt from jurisdiction B.
(Source: P.A. 97-833, eff. 7-20-12.)

15 ILCS 310/5d

    (15 ILCS 310/5d) (from Ch. 124, par. 105d)
    Sec. 5d. Extension of jurisdiction B to unskilled positions. The Director of Personnel may, with the approval of the Secretary of State, extend jurisdiction B to any unskilled position or positions, the principal job requirement of which is good physical condition.
    Employees in positions to which jurisdiction B is extended pursuant to this Section shall be continued in their respective positions provided that they pass a qualifying examination prescribed by the Director within 6 months after jurisdiction B is extended to such positions, and provided they satisfactorily complete their respective probationary periods. Such qualifying examinations shall be similar to those required for entrance examinations for comparable positions in the Office of the Secretary of State. Appointments of such employees shall be without regard to eligible lists.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/6

    (15 ILCS 310/6) (from Ch. 124, par. 106)
    Sec. 6. Director - appointment - qualifications. The Department of Personnel shall have an officer at its head who shall be known as Director of Personnel. He shall be appointed by the Secretary of State, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director of Personnel shall be a person who shall have had practical working experience in the field of personnel administration.
(Source: P.A. 85-378.)

15 ILCS 310/6a

    (15 ILCS 310/6a) (from Ch. 124, par. 106a)
    Sec. 6a. Director - powers and duties. The Director shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
    (1) To apply and carry out this law and the rules adopted hereunder.
    (2) To attend meetings of the Commission.
    (3) To establish and maintain a roster of all employees subject to this Act, in which there shall be set forth, as to each employee, the class, title, pay status, and other pertinent data.
    (4) Subject to such exemptions or modifications as may be necessary to assure the continuity of federal contributions for positions paid from federal funds, to make appointments to vacancies; to approve all written charges seeking discharge, demotion, or other disciplinary measures provided in this Act and to approve transfers of employees from one geographical area to another in the State.
    (5) To formulate and administer service wide policies and programs for the improvement of employee effectiveness, including training, safety, health, incentive recognition, counseling, welfare and employee relations.
    (6) To conduct negotiations affecting pay, hours of work, or other working conditions of employees subject to this Act.
    (7) To investigate from time to time the operation and effect of this law and the rules made thereunder and to report his or her findings and recommendations to the Commission and the Secretary of State.
    (8) To make such reports as he may consider desirable to the Commission and the Secretary of State, or as the Secretary of State or Commission may request.
    (9) To enter into agreements with professional or educational organizations or the Illinois State Department of Central Management Services for the purpose of obtaining professional or technical assistance in the administration of this Act.
    (10) To perform any other lawful acts necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes and provisions of this law.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98; 90-422, eff. 8-15-97.)

15 ILCS 310/6b

    (15 ILCS 310/6b) (from Ch. 124, par. 106b)
    Sec. 6b. Certification of payrolls. On or after the effective date of this Act, no State disbursing or auditing officer shall make or approve or take part in making or approving any payment for personal service to any person holding a position in the Office of the Secretary of State subject to this Act with the exception of those exempt under Section 5b unless the payroll voucher or account of such pay bears the certification of the Director, or of his authorized agent, that each person named therein has been appointed and employed in accordance with the provisions of this law, and rules, regulations and orders thereunder.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/7

    (15 ILCS 310/7) (from Ch. 124, par. 107)
    Sec. 7. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 80-13. Repealed by 90-372, eff. 7-1-98, and 90-422, eff. 8-15-97.)

15 ILCS 310/7a

    (15 ILCS 310/7a) (from Ch. 124, par. 107a)
    Sec. 7a. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 80-13. Repealed by 90-372, eff. 7-1-98, and 90-422, eff. 8-15-97.)

15 ILCS 310/7b

    (15 ILCS 310/7b) (from Ch. 124, par. 107b)
    Sec. 7b. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 80-13. Repealed by 90-372, eff. 7-1-98, and 90-422, eff. 8-15-97.)

15 ILCS 310/7c

    (15 ILCS 310/7c) (from Ch. 124, par. 107c)
    Sec. 7c. Powers. In addition to the duties imposed elsewhere in this Act, the Merit Commission may:
    (1) advise the Secretary of State and the Director of Personnel on problems concerning personnel administration.
    (2) Obtain from the Director of the Department of Personnel and from the Merit Commission such reports as it may consider desirable.
    (3) Foster the interest of institutions of learning and of industrial, civic, professional and employee organizations in the improvement of personnel standards in the Office of the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98; 90-422, eff. 8-15-97.)

15 ILCS 310/8

    (15 ILCS 310/8) (from Ch. 124, par. 108)
    Sec. 8. Merit Commission. There shall be a Merit Commission for the Office of the Secretary of State, composed of 5 members appointed by the Secretary of State with the advice and consent of the Senate. The members of the Commission shall be persons in sympathy with the application of merit principles to public employment in the Office of the Secretary of State. Not more than 3 members may be affiliated with the same political party.
(Source: P.A. 89-375, eff. 8-18-95.)

15 ILCS 310/8a

    (15 ILCS 310/8a) (from Ch. 124, par. 108a)
    Sec. 8a. Terms, compensation. Members of the Merit Commission shall be initially appointed as follows:
        (1) One member to serve for 2 years and until his
    
successor is appointed;
        (2) One member to serve for 4 years and until his
    
successor is appointed; and
        (3) One member to serve for 6 years and until his
    
successor is appointed.
    Thereafter, members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Secretary of State for six year terms with the advice and consent of the Senate.
    A member of the Commission shall be appointed as Chairman by the Secretary of State for a two-year term. The Secretary of State may appoint the Chairman for consecutive terms. The Chairman may also be appointed as the Administrator responsible for overseeing the Commission staff and day-to-day operations of the Commission.
    The Secretary of State may appoint a person to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of a six year term for the remainder of the unexpired term with the advice and consent of the Senate.
    The salary of the Chairman of the Commission shall be $10,000 per annum or an amount set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater, and other members of the Commission shall be paid $7,500 per annum or an amount set by the Compensation Review Board, whichever is greater. They shall be entitled to reimbursement for necessary traveling and other official expenditures necessitated by their official duties. If the Chairman of the Commission is also appointed as the Administrator of the Commission, the Chairman's salary will be set by the Secretary.
(Source: P.A. 97-833, eff. 7-20-12.)

15 ILCS 310/8b

    (15 ILCS 310/8b) (from Ch. 124, par. 108b)
    Sec. 8b. Meetings. The Merit Commission shall meet periodically in accordance with a schedule established by the chairman and at such other times as necessary, upon a three-day written notice. Three members shall constitute a quorum.
(Source: P.A. 89-375, eff. 8-18-95.)

15 ILCS 310/8c

    (15 ILCS 310/8c) (from Ch. 124, par. 108c)
    Sec. 8c. Duties and powers of the Commission. The Merit Commission, in addition to any other duties prescribed in this Act, shall have the following duties and powers:
        (1) Upon written recommendations by the Director of
    
Personnel, to exempt from jurisdiction B of this Act positions which, in the judgment of the Commission, are by their nature highly confidential or involve principal administrative responsibility for the determination of policy or principal administrative responsibility for the way in which policies are carried out. No position which has the powers of a law enforcement officer, except executive security officers, may be exempted under this section.
        (2) To require such special reports from the Director
    
as it may consider desirable.
        (3) To disapprove original rules or any part thereof
    
and any amendment thereof within 30 calendar days after the submission of such rules to the Merit Commission by the Director.
        (4) To disapprove within 30 calendar days from date
    
of submission the position classification plan and any revisions thereof submitted by the Director as provided in the rules.
        (5) To hear appeals of employees who do not accept
    
the allocation of their positions under the classification plan.
        (6) To hear and approve or disapprove written charges
    
filed seeking the discharge or demotion of employees or suspension totaling more than 30 calendar days in any 12 month period, as provided in Section 9, appeals as provided in Section 9a of this Act, and appeals from transfers from one geographical area in the state to another, and in connection therewith to administer oaths, subpoena witnesses and compel the production of books and papers.
        (7) (Blank).
        (8) To make an annual report regarding the work of
    
the Commission to the Secretary of State, such report to be a public record.
        (9) If any violation of this Act is found, the
    
Commission shall direct compliance in writing.
        (10) To appoint such employees, experts and special
    
assistants as may be necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the commission under this Act. Employees, experts and special assistants so appointed by the Commission shall be subject to jurisdictions A, B and C of this Act, except the Chairman of the Commission when serving as the Administrator of the Commission shall not be subject to jurisdictions A, B, and C of this Act.
        (11) To promulgate rules and regulations necessary to
    
carry out and implement their powers and duties under this Act, with authority to amend such rules from time to time pursuant to The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
        (12) Within one year of the effective date of this
    
amendatory Act of 1985, the Commission shall adopt rules and regulations which shall include all Commission policies implementing its duties under Sections 8, 9, 10 and 15 of this Act. These rules and regulations shall include, but not be limited to, the standards and criteria used by the Commission and Hearing Officers in making discretionary determinations during hearing procedures.
        (13) To hear or conduct investigations as it deems
    
necessary of appeals of layoff filed by employees appointed under Jurisdiction B after examination, provided that such appeals are filed within 15 calendar days following the effective date of such layoff and are made on the basis that the provisions of the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code or the rules promulgated thereunder have been violated or have not been complied with. All hearings shall be public. A decision shall be rendered within 60 days after receipt of the transcript of the proceedings. The Commission shall order the reinstatement of the employee if it is proven that the provisions of the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code or the rules promulgated thereunder have been violated or have not been complied with. In connection therewith the Commission may administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, and compel the production of books and papers.
(Source: P.A. 97-833, eff. 7-20-12.)

15 ILCS 310/9

    (15 ILCS 310/9) (from Ch. 124, par. 109)
    Sec. 9. Hearings - disciplinary action. No certified officer or employee under jurisdiction B, relating to merit and fitness, who has been appointed under the rules and after examination, shall be removed, discharged or demoted, or suspended for a period of more than 30 calendar days, except for cause, upon written charges approved by the Director of Personnel, and after an opportunity to be heard in his own defense if he makes written request to the Commission within 15 calendar days after the serving of the written charges upon him. Upon the receipt of such a request for hearing, the Commission shall grant a hearing within 45 calendar days. The time and place of the hearing shall be fixed by the Commission, and due notice thereof shall be given the Director of Personnel and the employee. The hearing shall be public, and the officer or employee is entitled to call witnesses in his own defense and to have the aid of counsel. The finding of the Commission shall be rendered within 60 calendar days after the receipt of the transcript of the proceedings. If the finding and decision is not rendered within 60 calendar days after receipt of the transcript of the proceedings, the employee shall be considered to be reinstated and shall receive full compensation for the period for which he was suspended. The finding and decision of the Commission or officer or board appointed by it to conduct such investigation, when approved by the Commission, shall be certified to the Director, and shall be forthwith enforced by the Director. In making its finding and decision, or in approving the finding and decision of some officer or board appointed by it to conduct such investigation the Merit Commission may, for disciplinary purposes, suspend an employee for a period of time not to exceed 90 calendar days, and in no event to exceed a period of 120 calendar days from the date of any suspension of such employee, pending investigation of such charges. If the Commission certifies a decision that an officer or employee is to be retained in his position and if it does not order a suspension for disciplinary purposes, the officer or employee shall receive full compensation for any period during which he was suspended pending the investigation of the charges.
    Nothing in this Section shall limit the authority to suspend an employee for a reasonable period not exceeding 30 calendar days.
(Source: P.A. 98-810, eff. 8-1-14.)

15 ILCS 310/9a

    (15 ILCS 310/9a) (from Ch. 124, par. 109a)
    Sec. 9a. Hearings - transaction used as subterfuge for discharge. A certified employee who believes that he or she has been separated from employment in the Office of the Secretary of State by a personnel transaction used as a subterfuge for discharge may, within 15 calendar days after the final decision of the Director of Personnel on the transaction, appeal in writing to the Commission. The appeal must allege specific facts which, if proven, would establish a prima facie case that the employee was in effect discharged contrary to and in violation of the requirements of Section 9 of this Act. Any appeal which fails to allege sufficient and specific facts to support the allegation may be summarily dismissed by the Commission. The Commission in due exercise of its discretion may make its decision on the appeal after an investigation of the allegations or it may order a hearing held on any disputed issues of fact or law. In any hearing called under the provisions of this section to resolve a dispute of fact, the employee has the burden of establishing by the introduction of competent evidence a prima facie case proving that the employee was pretextually discharged. Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude employees from timely asserting other rights given to them under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/9b

    (15 ILCS 310/9b) (from Ch. 124, par. 109b)
    Sec. 9b. Administrative review. All final administrative decisions of the Merit Commission shall be subject to judicial review pursuant to the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, as heretofore or hereafter amended. The term "administrative decision" is defined as in Section 3-101 of the Code of Civil Procedure.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

15 ILCS 310/9c

    (15 ILCS 310/9c) (from Ch. 124, par. 109c)
    Sec. 9c. Every employee reinstated for the period for which he was improperly suspended, discharged or laid off shall receive full compensation for such period notwithstanding the fact that any person was employed to perform any duties of such employee during the time of such suspension, discharge or layoff. For purposes of this Section 9c, full compensation shall mean compensation such suspended, discharged or laid off employee would have earned in the position classification during the period of suspension, discharge or layoff less amounts earned by the employee from any other source and unemployment compensation payments received during such period.
(Source: P.A. 83-441.)

15 ILCS 310/10

    (15 ILCS 310/10) (from Ch. 124, par. 110)
    Sec. 10. Rules. The Director of Personnel shall prepare and submit to the Merit Commission proposed rules for all positions and employees subject to this Act. Such rules or any part thereof shall have the force and effect of law. Copies of all such rules, and of all changes therein, duly certified by the Director of Personnel, shall be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State. Before a new rule or an amendment to a rule may be adopted a public hearing thereon, at which interested persons may be heard, shall be conducted by the Department of Personnel. Notice of the times and places of such hearings shall be given by the Department of Personnel, in such form and manner as shall be prescribed by the Director. Proposed new rules or amendments may be inspected by any interested person during regular business hours at such office or offices of the Department of Personnel as may be designated by the Director of Personnel at any time after service of notice of time and place of hearing. After the hearing thereon, proposed new rules or amendments may be revised by the Director of Personnel without further hearing to incorporate changes suggested at such public hearing, and the Director of Personnel may submit same to the Merit Commission with or without revision. If proposed new rules or amendments so submitted are not disapproved by the Commission within 30 calendar days after the Commission's receipt thereof, they may be filed by the Director of Personnel in the Office of the Secretary of State, and shall thereafter have the force and effect of law, subject to the provisions of "The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act", approved September 22, 1975, as amended.
    The rules and amendments thereto shall include provisions as specified in Sections 10a through 10e.
(Source: P.A. 83-333.)

15 ILCS 310/10a

    (15 ILCS 310/10a) (from Ch. 124, par. 110a)
    Sec. 10a. Jurisdiction A - classification and pay. For positions in the Office of the Secretary of State with respect to the classification and pay:
        (1) For the preparation, maintenance, and revision by
    
the Director, subject to approval by the Commission, of a position classification plan for all positions subject to this Act, based upon similarity of duties performed, responsibilities assigned, and conditions of employment so that the same schedule of pay may be equitably applied to all positions in the same class. Unless the Commission disapproves such classification plan or any revision thereof within 30 calendar days, the Director shall allocate every such position to one of the classes in the plan. Any employee affected by the allocation of a position to a class shall after filing with the Director of Personnel within 30 calendar days of the allocation a request for reconsideration thereof in such manner and form as the Director may prescribe, be given a reasonable opportunity to be heard by the Director. If the employee does not accept the decision of the Director he may, within 15 calendar days after receipt of the reconsidered decision, appeal to the Merit Commission.
        (2) For a pay plan to be prepared by the Director for
    
all employees subject to this Act. Such pay plan may include provisions for uniformity of starting pay, an increment plan, area differentials, a delay not to exceed one year in the reduction of the pay of employees whose positions are reduced in rank or grade by reallocation because of a loss of duties or responsibilities after their appointments to such positions, prevailing rates of wages in those classifications in which employers are now paying or may hereafter pay such rates of wage and other provisions. Such pay plan shall become effective only after it has been approved by the Secretary of State. Amendments to the pay plan will be made in the same manner. Such pay plan shall provide that each employee shall be paid at one of the rates set forth in the pay plan for the class of position in which he is employed. Such pay plan shall provide for a fair and reasonable compensation for services rendered.
(Source: P.A. 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)

15 ILCS 310/10b

    (15 ILCS 310/10b) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b)
    Sec. 10b. Jurisdiction B - merit and fitness. For positions in the Office of the Secretary of State with respect to selection and tenure on a basis of merit and fitness, those matters specified in Sections 10b.1 through 10b.17.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.1

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.1) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.1)
    Sec. 10b.1. Competitive examinations.
    (a) For open competitive examinations to test the relative fitness of applicants for the respective positions. Tests shall be designed to eliminate those who are not qualified for entrance into the Office of the Secretary of State and to discover the relative fitness of those who are qualified. The Director may use any one of or any combination of the following examination methods which in his judgment best serves this end: investigation of education and experience; test of cultural knowledge; test of capacity; test of knowledge; test of manual skill; test of linguistic ability; test of character; test of physical skill; test of psychological fitness. No person with a record of misdemeanor convictions except those under Sections 11-1.50, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9, 11-14, 11-15, 11-17, 11-18, 11-19, 11-30, 11-35, 12-2, 12-6, 12-15, 14-4, 16-1, 21.1-3, 24-3.1, 24-5, 25-1, 28-3, 31-1, 31-4, 31-6, 31-7, 32-1, 32-2, 32-3, 32-4, and 32-8, subdivisions (a)(1) and (a)(2)(C) of Section 11-14.3, and sub-sections 1, 6 and 8 of Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code of 1961 or the Criminal Code of 2012, or arrested for any cause but not convicted thereon shall be disqualified from taking such examinations or subsequent appointment unless the person is attempting to qualify for a position which would give him the powers of a peace officer, in which case the person's conviction or arrest record may be considered as a factor in determining the person's fitness for the position. All examinations shall be announced publicly at least 2 weeks in advance of the date of examinations and may be advertised through the press, radio or other media.
    The Director may, at his discretion, accept the results of competitive examinations conducted by any merit system established by Federal law or by the law of any State, and may compile eligible lists therefrom or may add the names of successful candidates in examinations conducted by those merit systems to existing eligible lists in accordance with their respective ratings. No person who is a non-resident of the State of Illinois may be appointed from those eligible lists, however, unless the requirement that applicants be residents of the State of Illinois is waived by the Director of Personnel and unless there are less than 3 Illinois residents available for appointment from the appropriate eligible list. The results of the examinations conducted by other merit systems may not be used unless they are comparable in difficulty and comprehensiveness to examinations conducted by the Department of Personnel for similar positions. Special linguistic options may also be established where deemed appropriate.
    (b) The Director of Personnel may require that each person seeking employment with the Secretary of State, as part of the application process, authorize an investigation to determine if the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime and if so, the disposition of those convictions; this authorization shall indicate the scope of the inquiry and the agencies which may be contacted. Upon this authorization, the Director of Personnel may request and receive information and assistance from any federal, state or local governmental agency as part of the authorized investigation. The investigation shall be undertaken after the fingerprinting of an applicant in the form and manner prescribed by the Department of State Police. The investigation shall consist of a criminal history records check performed by the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or some other entity that has the ability to check the applicant's fingerprints against the fingerprint records now and hereafter filed in the Department of State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history records databases. If the Department of State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conduct an investigation directly for the Secretary of State's Office, then the Department of State Police shall charge a fee for conducting the criminal history records check, which shall be deposited in the State Police Services Fund and shall not exceed the actual cost of the records check. The Department of State Police shall provide information concerning any criminal convictions, and their disposition, brought against the applicant or prospective employee of the Secretary of State upon request of the Department of Personnel when the request is made in the form and manner required by the Department of State Police. The information derived from this investigation, including the source of this information, and any conclusions or recommendations derived from this information by the Director of Personnel shall be provided to the applicant or prospective employee, or his designee, upon request to the Director of Personnel prior to any final action by the Director of Personnel on the application. No information obtained from such investigation may be placed in any automated information system. Any criminal convictions and their disposition information obtained by the Director of Personnel shall be confidential and may not be transmitted outside the Office of the Secretary of State, except as required herein, and may not be transmitted to anyone within the Office of the Secretary of State except as needed for the purpose of evaluating the application. The only physical identity materials which the applicant or prospective employee can be required to provide the Director of Personnel are photographs or fingerprints; these shall be returned to the applicant or prospective employee upon request to the Director of Personnel, after the investigation has been completed and no copy of these materials may be kept by the Director of Personnel or any agency to which such identity materials were transmitted. Only information and standards which bear a reasonable and rational relation to the performance of an employee shall be used by the Director of Personnel. The Secretary of State shall adopt rules and regulations for the administration of this Section. Any employee of the Secretary of State who gives or causes to be given away any confidential information concerning any criminal convictions and their disposition of an applicant or prospective employee shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor unless release of such information is authorized by this Section.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11; 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.2

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.2) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.2)
    Sec. 10b.2. Promotions. For promotions which shall give consideration to the applicant's qualifications and performance record, seniority and conduct. An advancement in rank or grade to a vacant position constitutes a promotion.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.3

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.3) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.3)
    Sec. 10b.3. Eligible lists. For the establishment of eligible lists for appointment to positions in the Office of the Secretary of State upon which lists shall be placed the names of successful candidates in order of their relative excellence in the respective examinations. The Director may establish eligible list by numerical ratings or rankings such as superior, excellent, qualified or well-qualified. Such rules may provide for lists by area or location, for removal of those not available for or refusing employment, for minimum and maximum duration of such lists, and for such other provisions as may be necessary.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.4

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.4) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.4)
    Sec. 10b.4. Rejection of candidates or eligibles. For the rejection of candidates or eligibles who fail to comply with reasonable, previously specified job requirements of the Director in regard to such factors as physical and psychological condition, training and experience; who have been guilty of infamous or disgraceful conduct; who are addicted to alcohol to excess or to controlled substances; or who have attempted any deception or fraud in connection with an examination.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.5

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.5) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.5)
    Sec. 10b.5. Appointments. For the appointment of a person standing among the 10 highest on the appropriate eligible list to fill a vacancy, or from the highest ranking group if the list is by rankings instead of numerical ratings, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of Section 5C and Section 16 of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-403, eff. 8-1-03.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.6

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.6) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.6)
    Sec. 10b.6. Period of probation. For a period of probation not to exceed six months before appointment or promotion is complete, and during which period a probationer may, with the consent of the Director of Personnel, be discharged or reduced in class or rank, or replaced on the eligible list.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.7

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.7) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.7)
    Sec. 10b.7. For the granting of appropriate preference in entrance examinations to qualified persons who have been members of the armed forces of the United States or to qualified persons who, while citizens of the United States, were members of the armed forces of allies of the United States in time of hostilities with a foreign country, and to certain other persons as set forth in this Section.
    (a) As used in this Section:
        (1) "Time of hostilities with a foreign country"
    
means any period of time in the past, present, or future during which a declaration of war by the United States Congress has been or is in effect or during which an emergency condition has been or is in effect that is recognized by the issuance of a Presidential proclamation or a Presidential executive order and in which the armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service medals are awarded according to Presidential executive order.
        (2) "Armed forces of the United States" means the
    
United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Service in the Merchant Marine that constitutes active duty under Section 401 of federal Public Law 95-202 shall also be considered service in the Armed Forces of the United States for purposes of this Section.
    (b) The preference granted under this Section shall be in the form of points added to the final grades of the persons if they otherwise qualify and are entitled to appear on the list of those eligible for appointments.
    (c) A veteran is qualified for a preference of 10 points if the veteran currently holds proof of a service connected disability from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or an allied country or if the veteran is a recipient of the Purple Heart.
    (d) A veteran who has served during a time of hostilities with a foreign country is qualified for a preference of 5 points if the veteran served under one or more of the following conditions:
        (1) The veteran served a total of at least 6 months,
    
or
        (2) The veteran served for the duration of
    
hostilities regardless of the length of engagement, or
        (3) The veteran was discharged on the basis of
    
hardship, or
        (4) The veteran was released from active duty because
    
of a service connected disability and was discharged under honorable conditions.
    (e) A person not eligible for a preference under subsection (c) or (d) is qualified for a preference of 3 points if the person has served in the armed forces of the United States, the Illinois National Guard, or any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and the person: (1) served for at least 6 months and has been discharged under honorable conditions or (2) has been discharged on the ground of hardship or (3) was released from active duty because of a service connected disability. An active member of the National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States is eligible for the preference if the member meets the service requirements of this subsection (e).
    (f) The rank order of persons entitled to a preference on eligible lists shall be determined on the basis of their augmented ratings. When the Director establishes eligible lists on the basis of category ratings such as "superior", "excellent", "well-qualified", and "qualified", the veteran eligibles in each such category shall be preferred for appointment before the non-veteran eligibles in the same category.
    (g) Employees in positions covered by jurisdiction B who, while in good standing, leave to engage in military service during a period of hostility, shall be given credit for seniority purposes for time served in the armed forces.
    (h) A surviving unremarried spouse of a veteran who suffered a service connected death or the spouse of a veteran who suffered a service connected disability that prevents the veteran from qualifying for civil service employment shall be entitled to the same preference to which the veteran would have been entitled under this Section.
    (i) A preference shall also be given to the following individuals: 10 points for one parent of an unmarried veteran who suffered a service connected death or a service connected disability that prevents the veteran from qualifying for civil service employment. The first parent to receive a civil service appointment shall be the parent entitled to the preference.
(Source: P.A. 87-796.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.8

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.8) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.8)
    Sec. 10b.8. Emergency appointments. For emergency appointments to any position in the Office of the Secretary of State for a period not to exceed 90 calendar days, to meet emergency situations. Emergency appointments may be made without regard to eligible lists but may not be renewed.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.9

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.9) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.9)
    Sec. 10b.9. Temporary appointments. For temporary appointments for a period not to exceed 6 months out of any 12 month period to any position in the Office of the Secretary of State determined to be temporary or seasonal in nature by the Director of personnel.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.10

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.10) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.10)
    Sec. 10b.10. Provisional appointments. For provisional appointments for a period not to exceed 6 months out of any 12 month period to a position without competitive examination when there is no appropriate eligible list available.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.11

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.11) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.11)
    Sec. 10b.11. Transfers. For transfer from a position to a similar position involving similar qualifications, duties, responsibilities and salary ranges. If a transfer is from one geographical location in the State to another, and the employee has not requested such transfer, then the employee shall be reimbursed for all reasonable transportation expense incurred in connection with moving to such new location.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.12

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.12) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.12)
    Sec. 10b.12. Reinstatements. For reinstatements with the approval of the Director of Personnel of persons who held certified status under this Code, the "Personnel Code" or the University Civil Service System of Illinois and who resign in good standing or who are laid off.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.13

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.13) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.13)
    Sec. 10b.13. Layoffs. For layoffs by reason of lack of funds or work, abolition of a position or material change in duties or organization and for reemployment of employees so laid off, giving consideration in both layoffs and reemployment to seniority in service and performance record.
    The rules may provide for the reinstatement of sick leave and vacation days not liquidated in money upon the reemployment without regard to time of reemployment of any employee who is the subject of a layoff under these rules.
(Source: P.A. 83-441.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.14

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.14) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.14)
    Sec. 10b.14. Performance records. To foster staff development and utilization by means of records of performance of all employees in the Office of the Secretary of State. The performance records may be considered in determining salary increases provided in the Pay Plan. The performance records shall be considered as a factor in determining salary decreases, the order of layoffs due to a lack of funds or work, reinstatement, demotions, discharges and geographical transfers.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.15

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.15) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.15)
    Sec. 10b.15. Disciplinary actions. For the imposition as a disciplinary measure of suspension from the Office of the Secretary of State without pay for not longer than 30 calendar days. Notice of such disciplinary action shall be given in writing immediately to the Director of Personnel, who may review any such actions.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.16

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.16) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.16)
    Sec. 10b.16. Discharge or demotion - hearings - statement of reasons. For hearing before discharge or demotion with the prior approval of the Director of Personnel only for cause after appointment is completed, after the person to be discharged or demoted has been presented in writing with the reasons for requesting such discharge or demotion. The statement of reasons shall be filed immediately with the Director of Personnel.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.17

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.17) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.17)
    Sec. 10b.17. Trainee programs. For trainee programs and for the appointment of persons to positions in trainee programs, hereinafter called "trainee appointments". Trainee appointments may be made with or without examination, but may not be made to positions in any class that is not in a trainee program approved by the Director of Personnel. Persons who receive trainee appointments do not acquire any rights under jurisdiction B of the Merit Employment Code by virtue of their appointments.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10b.18

    (15 ILCS 310/10b.18) (from Ch. 124, par. 110b.18)
    Sec. 10b.18. Veterans hospital visits. An employee who is also a veteran shall be permitted 4 days per year to visit a veterans hospital for examination of a military service connected disability. The 4 days shall not be charged against any sick leave currently available to the employee.
(Source: P.A. 97-949, eff. 8-13-12.)

15 ILCS 310/10c

    (15 ILCS 310/10c) (from Ch. 124, par. 110c)
    Sec. 10c. Jurisdiction C - conditions of employment. For positions in the Office of the Secretary of State with respect to conditions of employment:
    (1) For establishment of a plan for resolving employee grievances and complaints, excluding compulsory arbitration.
    (2) For hours of work, holidays and attendance regulation in the various classes of positions in the Office of the Secretary of State; for annual, sick and special leaves of absence, with or without pay or with reduced pay; for compensatory time off for overtime or for pay for overtime, and for the rate at which compensatory time off is to be allowed or for the rate which is to be paid for overtime. If the services of an employee in the Office of the Secretary of State are terminated by reason of his retirement, disability or death, he or his estate, as the case may be, shall be paid a lump sum for the number of days for leave for personal business which the employee had accumulated but not used as of the date his services were terminated, in an amount equal to 1/2 of his pay per working day times the number of such leave days so accumulated and not used.
    (3) For the development and operation of programs to improve the work effectiveness and morale of employees in the Office of the Secretary of State, including training, safety, health, welfare, counseling and employee relations.
    (4) For the establishment of a sick pay plan in accordance with Section 36 of "An Act in relation to State finance", approved June 10, 1919, as amended.
(Source: P.A. 81-1472.)

15 ILCS 310/10d

    (15 ILCS 310/10d) (from Ch. 124, par. 110d)
    Sec. 10d. Extension to exempt positions. For the extension of all or any of the jurisdictions of the Department of Personnel to positions exempted by this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/10e

    (15 ILCS 310/10e) (from Ch. 124, par. 110e)
    Sec. 10e. For such other rules and administrative regulations, not inconsistent with this law, as may be proper and necessary for the accomplishment of the purposes of this law.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/11

    (15 ILCS 310/11) (from Ch. 124, par. 111)
    Sec. 11. Transfers from other merit systems. Any employee subject to the jurisdiction of the "Personnel Code" as established under the Governor of the State of Illinois or any employee subject to the jurisdiction of the University Civil Service System of Illinois who is an active employee and has been certified under either merit system may, with the approval of the Director of Personnel, be transferred to a comparable position of employment subject to the provisions of this Code. Said employee shall retain the same status in the merit system established by this Code as held under the "Personnel Code" or the University Civil Service System of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/12

    (15 ILCS 310/12) (from Ch. 124, par. 112)
    Sec. 12. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), employees of the Office of the Secretary of State - election to public office - leave of absence - re-entry of service. Any person holding a position in the Office of the Secretary of State, who is elected to public office, shall, upon request, be granted a leave of absence, without pay, from such position. The leave of absence shall continue so long as he or she remains an elected officer or for a period of 5 years, whichever is shorter.
    If such person files a written request with the Director of Personnel to re-enter active service with the Office of the Secretary of State within the 30 day period following the termination of his or her leave of absence he or she may be reinstated to his or her former position or a position of comparable duties, responsibilities, and pay. The Office of the Secretary of State shall, by mail, notify an employee on leave of absence under this Section on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly of the leave of absence change.
    (b) Employees on leave of absence under this Section on the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly are subject to the following conditions:
        (1) An employee whose leave of absence has not
    
exceeded 5 years shall be subject to the requirements of subsection (a) of this Section.
        (2) An employee whose leave of absence has exceeded 5
    
years shall not be barred from re-entering active service by the 5 year limit under subsection (a) of this Section if the employee files a written request to re-enter active service as required under subsection (a) of this Section within 30 days of the date that the Secretary of State mailed the notice to the employee as required under subsection (a) of this Section. The Secretary of State may reinstate the employee as provided in subsection (a) of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 98-175, eff. 8-5-13.)

15 ILCS 310/13

    (15 ILCS 310/13) (from Ch. 124, par. 113)
    Sec. 13. Unlawful acts prohibited.
    (1) No person shall make any false statement, certificate, mark, rating or report with regard to any test, certification, or appointment made under any provision of this law, or in any manner commit or attempt to commit any fraud preventing the impartial execution of this law and the rules.
    (2) No person shall, directly or indirectly, give, render, pay, offer, solicit, or accept any money, service, or other valuable consideration for or on account of any appointment, proposed appointment, promotion, or proposed promotion to, or any advantage in, a position in the Office of the Secretary of State.
    (3) No person shall defeat, deceive, or obstruct any person in his right to examination, eligibility, certification, or appointment under this law, or furnish to any person any special or secret information for the purpose of affecting the rights or prospects of any person with respect to employment in the Office of the Secretary of State.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/14

    (15 ILCS 310/14) (from Ch. 124, par. 114)
    Sec. 14. Records of the Department of Personnel. The records of the Department, including eligible registers, except such records as the rules may properly require to be held confidential for reasons of public policy, shall be public records and shall be open to public inspection, subject to reasonable regulations as to the time and manner of inspection which may be prescribed by the Director.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/15

    (15 ILCS 310/15) (from Ch. 124, par. 115)
    Sec. 15. Oaths, testimony, and the production of records. The Commission, each member of the Commission and the Director shall have power to administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, and compel the production of books and papers pertinent to any investigation or hearing authorized by this law. Any person who shall fail to appear in response to a subpoena or to answer any question or produce any books or papers pertinent to any such investigation or hearing or who shall knowingly give false testimony in relation to any investigation or hearing under this Act shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A.80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/16

    (15 ILCS 310/16) (from Ch. 124, par. 116)
    Sec. 16. Status of present employees. Employees holding positions in the Office of the Secretary of State herein shall continue under the following conditions:
    (1) Employees who have been appointed as the result of having passed examinations in accordance with the provisions of the "Personnel Code", and who have satisfactorily passed the probationary period or who have been promoted in accordance with the rules thereunder, shall be continued without further examination, but shall be otherwise subject to provisions of this Act and the rules made pursuant to it.
    (2) Employees who have been appointed as the result of having passed examinations pursuant to the provisions of the "Personnel Code" but have not completed their probationary period on the effective date of this Act shall be continued without further examination but shall be otherwise subject to provisions of this Act and the rules made pursuant to it. Time served on probation prior to the effective date of this Act shall count as time served on the probationary period provided by this Act.
    (2.5) Persons who, immediately before the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly, were employees with investigatory functions of the Inspector General within the Office of the Secretary of State and who are subject to the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code shall be appointed to the position of inspector, as described in Section 14 of the Secretary of State Act, if they: (i) meet the requirements described in Section 14 of the Secretary of State Act; (ii) pass a qualifying examination as prescribed by the Director of Personnel within 6 months after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 93rd General Assembly; and (iii) satisfactorily complete their respective probationary periods. The qualifying examination for inspectors shall be similar to those required for entrance examinations for comparable positions in the Office of the Secretary of State. Inspectors shall be appointed without regard to eligible lists. Nothing in this subsection precludes the Office of the Secretary of State from reclassifying or reallocating employees who would otherwise qualify as inspectors.
    (3) All other such employees subject to the provisions of this Act shall be continued in their respective positions if they pass a qualifying examination prescribed by the Director within 9 months from the effective date of this Act, and satisfactorily complete their respective probationary periods. Such qualifying examinations shall be similar to those required for entrance examinations for comparable positions in the Office of the Secretary of State. Appointments of such employees shall be without regard to eligible lists. Nothing herein precludes the reclassification or reallocation as provided by this Act of any position held by such incumbent.
    (4) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to prejudice, reduce, extinguish or affect the rights or privileges determined through judicial process to have been conferred on any present or past employee under the Illinois Personnel Code. In the event that any court of competent jurisdiction shall determine that present or past employees of the Secretary of State have any rights arising from the Illinois Personnel Code, those rights shall be recognized under this Act.
    (5) Any person who, as a result of any court order, court approved stipulation or settlement, has any employment or re-employment rights prior to the effective date of this Act shall continue to have such rights after the effective date of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 93-559, eff. 8-20-03.)

15 ILCS 310/17

    (15 ILCS 310/17) (from Ch. 124, par. 117)
    Sec. 17. Ethics disclosure. No employee of the Office of the Secretary of State may violate any constitutional or statutory requirement to make ethics disclosure, and violation thereof shall be a basis for discharge notwithstanding any other provision of this Act.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/17.5

    (15 ILCS 310/17.5)
    Sec. 17.5. State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.
    (a) Disciplinary action under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act against a person subject to this Act is within the jurisdiction of the Executive Ethics Commission and is not within the jurisdiction of this Act.
    (b) Any hearing to contest disciplinary action against a person subject to this Act pursuant to an agreement between an Executive Inspector General and an ultimate jurisdictional authority, as defined in the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act, shall be conducted by the Executive Ethics Commission and not under this Act, at the request of that person.
(Source: P.A. 96-555, eff. 8-18-09.)

15 ILCS 310/18

    (15 ILCS 310/18) (from Ch. 124, par. 118)
    Sec. 18. Affirmative Action. The Secretary of State shall appoint an Equal Employment Opportunity Officer who shall serve until his or her successor is appointed and qualified.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)

15 ILCS 310/18a

    (15 ILCS 310/18a) (from Ch. 124, par. 118a)
    Sec. 18a. Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. The Equal Employment Opportunity Officer shall, within 90 days after the effective date of this Act and annually thereafter, submit to the Secretary of State a plan for assuring equal employment opportunity. This plan shall include a current detailed status report (a) indicating, by each position in the service of the Secretary of State, the number, percentage, and average salary of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities employed; (b) identifying all positions in which the percentage of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities employed is less than 4/5 the percentage of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities in the State work force; (c) specifying the goals and methods for increasing the percentage of women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities employed in these positions; and (d) indicating progress and problems towards meeting equal employment opportunity goals.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

15 ILCS 310/18b

    (15 ILCS 310/18b) (from Ch. 124, par. 118b)
    Sec. 18b. Duties of Secretary of State's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. The Secretary of State's Equal Employment Opportunity Officer shall:
        (1) set forth a detailed and uniform method and
    
requirement by which the Office of the Secretary of State shall develop and implement equal employment opportunity plans as required in Section 19;
        (2) establish reporting procedures for measuring
    
progress and evaluation performance in achieving equal employment opportunity goals;
        (3) provide technical assistance and training to
    
officials of the Office of the Secretary of State in achieving equal employment opportunity goals;
        (4) develop and implement training programs to help
    
women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities qualified for government positions and positions with government contractors;
        (5) report quarterly to the Secretary of State on
    
progress, performance, and problems in meeting equal employment opportunity goals; and
        (6) head a staff to assist him or her in performing
    
his or her powers and duties.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

15 ILCS 310/18c

    (15 ILCS 310/18c) (from Ch. 124, par. 118c)
    Sec. 18c. Supported employees.
    (a) The Director shall develop and implement a supported employment program. It shall be the goal of the program to appoint a minimum of 10 supported employees to Secretary of State positions before June 30, 1992.
    (b) The Director shall designate a liaison to work with State agencies and departments under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State and any funder or provider or both in the implementation of a supported employment program.
    (c) As used in this Section:
        (1) "Supported employee" means any individual who:
            (A) has a severe physical or mental disability
        
which seriously limits functional capacities including but not limited to mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, work tolerance or work skills, in terms of employability as defined, determined and certified by the Department of Human Services; and
            (B) has one or more physical or mental
        
disabilities resulting from amputation; arthritis; blindness; cancer; cerebral palsy; cystic fibrosis; deafness; heart disease; hemiplegia; respiratory or pulmonary dysfunction; an intellectual disability; mental illness; multiple sclerosis; muscular dystrophy; musculoskeletal disorders; neurological disorders, including stroke and epilepsy; paraplegia; quadriplegia and other spinal cord conditions; sickle cell anemia; and end-stage renal disease; or another disability or combination of disabilities determined on the basis of an evaluation of rehabilitation potential to cause comparable substantial functional limitation.
        (2) "Supported employment" means competitive work in
    
integrated work settings:
            (A) for individuals with severe disabilities for
        
whom competitive employment has not traditionally occurred, or
            (B) for individuals for whom competitive
        
employment has been interrupted or intermittent as a result of a severe disability, and who because of their disability, need on-going support services to perform such work. The term includes transitional employment for individuals with chronic mental illness.
        (3) "Participation in a supported employee program"
    
means participation as a supported employee that is not based on the expectation that an individual will have the skills to perform all the duties in a job class, but on the assumption that with support and adaptation, or both, a job can be designed to take advantage of the supported employee's special strengths.
        (4) "Funder" means any entity either State, local or
    
federal, or private not-for-profit or for-profit that provides monies to programs that provide services related to supported employment.
        (5) "Provider" means any entity either public or
    
private that provides technical support and services to any department or agency subject to the control of the Governor, the Secretary of State or the University Civil Service System.
    (d) The Director shall establish job classifications for supported employees who may be appointed into the classifications without open competitive testing requirements. Supported employees shall serve in a trial employment capacity for not less than 3 or more than 12 months.
    (e) The Director shall maintain a record of all individuals hired as supported employees. The record shall include:
        (1) the number of supported employees initially
    
appointed;
        (2) the number of supported employees who
    
successfully complete the trial employment periods; and
        (3) the number of permanent targeted positions by
    
titles.
    (f) The Director shall submit an annual report to the General Assembly regarding the employment progress of supported employees, with recommendations for legislative action.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

15 ILCS 310/19

    (15 ILCS 310/19) (from Ch. 124, par. 119)
    Sec. 19. Penalties. Except as otherwise provided, any person who willfully violates any provision of this Act or of the rules shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. Each violation shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
(Source: P.A. 80-13.)