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EXECUTIVE BRANCH
(20 ILCS 1805/) Military Code of Illinois.

20 ILCS 1805/Art. IV-A

 
    (20 ILCS 1805/Art. IV-A heading)
ARTICLE IV-A. MILITARY FUNERAL HONORS

20 ILCS 1805/28.1

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.1)
    Sec. 28.1. Purpose. This Article establishes the Illinois Military Funeral Honors Program to ensure, subject to the appropriation of adequate funds, an appropriate final tribute to deceased veterans and Governors in the absence of federal military funeral honors or funeral honors provided by veteran organizations. This Article establishes procedures that ensure this tribute on behalf of a grateful citizenry to honor deceased veterans in recognition of their service to the State of Illinois and to the United States of America. The rendering of military funeral honors is the ceremonial paying of respects and final demonstration of gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended freedom.
(Source: P.A. 92-76, eff. 1-1-02.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.2

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.2)
    Sec. 28.2. Administration. The Adjutant General of Illinois, as Director of the Department of Military Affairs, shall administer the Military Funeral Honors Program.
(Source: P.A. 92-76, eff. 1-1-02.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.3

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.3)
    Sec. 28.3. State funeral honors. The funeral honors entitlement established by this Article may be provided to an eligible veteran only if (i) a request for military funeral honors has been made on behalf of the deceased veteran to federal authorities and (ii) military funeral honors are not to be provided by federal authorities, regardless of the reason. Governors are entitled to funeral honors without a federal request.
(Source: P.A. 92-76, eff. 1-1-02.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.4

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.4)
    Sec. 28.4. Eligibility. Only veterans and Governors are eligible for military funeral honors under this Article. In this Article, "veteran" means an Illinois resident who is a veteran as defined in subsection (h) of Section 1491 of Title 10 of the United States Code. Governors are eligible for military funeral honors because of their service as Commander-in-Chief of the military forces of the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 92-76, eff. 1-1-02.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.5

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.5)
    Sec. 28.5. Waiver authority.
    (a) With approval of the Governor, the Adjutant General may waive the requirement established in Section 28.3 of this Article if the Adjutant General determines in writing that it is in the best interests of the State of Illinois to do so.
    (b) Waiver authority under this Section may be delegated only to the Assistant Adjutant General for Army or the Assistant Adjutant General for Air.
(Source: P.A. 92-76, eff. 1-1-02.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.6

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.6)
    Sec. 28.6. Policy.
    (a) A member of the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard may be ordered to funeral honors duty in accordance with this Article. Members of the Illinois National Guard ordered to funeral honors duty in accordance with this Article are considered to be in the active service of the State for all purposes except for pay, and the provisions of Sections 52, 53, 54, 55, and 56 of the Military Code of Illinois apply if a member of the Illinois National Guard is injured or becomes a person with a disability in the course of those duties.
    (b) The Adjutant General may provide support for other authorized providers who volunteer to participate in a funeral honors detail conducted on behalf of the Governor. This support is limited to transportation and training.
    (c) On or after July 1, 2006, if the Adjutant General determines that Illinois National Guard personnel are not available to perform military funeral honors in accordance with this Article, the Adjutant General may authorize another appropriate organization to provide one or more of its members to perform those honors and, subject to appropriations for that purpose, shall authorize the payment of a $100 stipend to the organization.
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15; 99-557, eff. 1-1-17.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.7

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.7)
    Sec. 28.7. Presentation of State flag. When a member of the Illinois National Guard dies while serving in duty or training statuses pursuant to Title 10 or Title 32 of the United States Code as approved by the member's service component, the Adjutant General, the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, or the Assistant Adjutant General for Air shall present one State flag of Illinois to the next of kin of the deceased Illinois National Guard member who receives the United States burial flag, or that person's designee, as soon as is practicable.
(Source: P.A. 100-69, eff. 8-11-17.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.8

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.8)
    Sec. 28.8. Rules. The Adjutant General, as Director of the Department of Military Affairs, must adopt appropriate rules to implement this program.
(Source: P.A. 92-76, eff. 1-1-02.)

20 ILCS 1805/28.9

    (20 ILCS 1805/28.9)
    Sec. 28.9. Availability of funds. Nothing in this Article establishes any entitlement to military funeral honors if the Adjutant General determines that Illinois National Guard or other appropriate personnel are not available to perform those honors or if adequate appropriated funds are not available to fund this program.
(Source: P.A. 94-359, eff. 7-1-06.)