(20 ILCS 2421/5)
As used in this Act:
"Blind licensee" means a blind person licensed by the Department to operate a vending facility on State, federal, or other
"Blind person" means a person whose central visual acuity does not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses or whose visual acuity, if better than 20/200, is accompanied by a limit to the field of vision in the better eye to such a degree that its widest diameter subtends an angle of no greater than 20 degrees. In determining whether an individual is blind, there shall be an examination by a physician skilled in diseases of the eye, or by an optometrist, whichever the individual shall select.
"Building" means only the portion of a structure owned or leased by the State or any State agency.
"Cafeteria" means a food dispensing facility capable of providing
a broad variety of prepared foods and beverages (including hot meals)
primarily through the use of a line where the customer serves himself
or herself from displayed selections. A cafeteria may be fully automatic or some
limited waiter or waitress service may be available and provided within
a cafeteria and table or booth seating facilities are always provided.
"Committee" means the Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors, an independent representative body for blind vendors established by the federal Randolph-Sheppard Act.
"Department" means the Department of Human Services.
"Director" means the Bureau Director of the Bureau for the Blind in the Department of Human Services.
"Federal property" means any structure, land, or other real
property owned, leased, or occupied by any department, agency or
instrumentality of the United States (including the Department of
Defense and the U.S. Postal Service), or any other instrumentality
wholly owned by the United States, or by any department or agency of the
District of Columbia or any territory or possession of the United
"License" means a written instrument issued by the Department to a blind person, authorizing such person to operate a vending
facility on State, federal, or other property.
"Net proceeds" means the amount remaining from the sale of
articles or services of vending facilities, and any vending machine or
other income accruing to blind vendors after deducting the cost of such
sale and other expenses (excluding any set-aside charges required to be paid
by the blind vendors).
"Normal working hours" means an 8-hour work period between the
approximate hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
"Other property" means property that is not State or federal property and
on which vending facilities are established or operated by the use of
any funds derived in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from the
operation of vending facilities on any State or federal property.
"Priority" means the right of a blind person licensed by the Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, to operate a vending facility on any and all State property in the State of Illinois, in the same manner and to the same extent as the priority is provided to blind licensees on federal property under the Randolph-Sheppard Act, 20 U.S.C. 107, and federal regulations, 34 C.F.R. 395.30.
"Secretary" means the Secretary of Human Services.
"Set-aside funds" means funds that accrue to the Department from an assessment against the net income of each vending
facility in the State's vending facility program and any income from
vending machines on State or federal property that accrues to the Department.
"State agency" means any department, board, commission, or agency created by the Constitution or Public Act, whether in the executive, legislative, or judicial branch.
"State property" means all property owned, leased, or rented by any State agency. For purposes of this Act, "State property" does not include property owned or controlled by a unit of local government, a public school district, or a public university, college, or community college.
"Vending facility" means automatic vending machines,
snack bars, cart service, counters, rest areas, and such other appropriate
auxiliary equipment that may be operated by blind vendors and that
is necessary for the sale of newspapers, periodicals, confections,
tobacco products, foods, beverages, and notions
dispensed automatically or manually and prepared on or off the premises
in accordance with all applicable health laws, and including the vending
and payment of any lottery tickets or shares authorized by State law and
conducted by a State agency within the State. "Vending facility" does not include cafeterias, restaurants, the Department of Corrections' non-vending machine commissaries, the Department of
Juvenile Justice's non-vending machine commissaries, or commissaries and employment programs of the Division of Mental Health or Division of Developmental Disabilities that are operated by residents or State employees.
"Vending machine", for the purpose of assigning vending machine
income under this Act, means a coin, currency, or debit card operated machine that
dispenses articles or services, except that those machines operated by
the United States Postal Service for the sale of postage stamps or other
postal products and services, machines providing services of a
recreational nature, and telephones shall not be considered to be
"Vending machine income" means the commissions or fees paid to the State from vending machine operations on State property where the machines are operated, serviced,
or maintained by, or with the approval of, a State agency by a commercial or not-for-profit vending concern that operates, services, and maintains vending machines.
"Vendor" means a blind licensee who is operating a vending
facility on State, federal, or other property.
(Source: P.A. 96-644, eff. 1-1-10.)