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PUBLIC AID
(305 ILCS 5/) Illinois Public Aid Code.

305 ILCS 5/6-4

    (305 ILCS 5/6-4) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-4)
    Sec. 6-4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 85-1209. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/6-5

    (305 ILCS 5/6-5) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-5)
    Sec. 6-5. Medical practitioners. In supplying persons receiving basic maintenance support with necessary treatment, care, and supplies required because of illness or disability or with acute medical treatment, care, and supplies a local governmental unit may provide for the services of persons designated in Section 5-8 of Article V.
(Source: P.A. 89-646, eff. 1-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/6-6

    (305 ILCS 5/6-6) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-6)
    Sec. 6-6. Funeral and Burial.
    If the estate of a deceased recipient is insufficient to pay for funeral and burial expenses and if no other resources including assistance from legally responsible relatives or the United States Veterans Administration, are available for such purposes, there shall be paid, in accordance with the standards, rules and regulations of the Illinois Department, such amounts as may be necessary to meet costs of the funeral, burial space, and cemetery charges, or to reimburse any person not financially responsible for the deceased who has voluntarily made expenditures for such costs.
(Source: P.A. 90-372, eff. 7-1-98.)

305 ILCS 5/6-7

    (305 ILCS 5/6-7) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-7)
    Sec. 6-7. Exemption for Townships. Nothing in this Article shall be construed as requiring townships to provide, in whole or in part, medical assistance to persons who are not residents of the State of Illinois.
    In all instances under this Article where medical aid or assistance to a person who is not a resident of this State would otherwise be, in whole or in part, the responsibility of a township, the Illinois Department shall be responsible for such provision.
    The Illinois Department shall, by rule or regulation, insure that provision of such aid or assistance to a non-resident is identical to the uniform standard of eligibility established by the Illinois Department.
(Source: P.A. 81-519.)

305 ILCS 5/6-8

    (305 ILCS 5/6-8) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-8)
    Sec. 6-8. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-21, eff. 7-1-95. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/6-9

    (305 ILCS 5/6-9) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-9)
    Sec. 6-9. (a) (1) A local governmental unit may provide assistance to households under its General Assistance program following a declaration by the President of the United States of a major disaster or emergency pursuant to the Federal Disaster Relief Act of 1974, as now or hereafter amended, if the local governmental unit is within the area designated under the declaration. Assistance under this Section may be provided to households which have suffered damage, loss or hardships as a result of the major disaster or emergency. Assistance under this Section may be provided to households without regard to the eligibility requirements and other requirements of this Code. Assistance under this Section may be provided only during the 90-day period following the date of declaration of a major disaster or emergency.
    (2) A local governmental unit shall not use State funds to provide assistance under this Section. If a local governmental unit receives State funds to provide General Assistance under this Article, assistance provided by the local governmental unit under this Section shall not be considered in determining whether a local governmental unit has qualified to receive State funds under Article XII. A local governmental unit which provides assistance under this Section shall not, as a result of payment of such assistance, change the nature or amount of assistance provided to any other individual or family under this Article.
    (3) This Section shall not apply to any municipality of more than 500,000 population in which a separate program has been established by the Illinois Department under Section 6-1.
    (b) (1) A local governmental unit may provide assistance to households for food and temporary shelter. To qualify for assistance a household shall submit to the local governmental unit: (A) such application as the local governmental unit may require; (B) a copy of an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (hereinafter "FEMA") or the Small Business Administration (hereinafter "SBA") for assistance; (C) such other proof of damage, loss or hardship as the local governmental unit may require; and (D) an agreement to reimburse the local governmental unit for the amount of any assistance received by the household under this subsection (b).
    (2)  Assistance under this subsection (b) may be in the form of cash or vouchers. The amount of assistance provided to a household in any month under this subsection (b) shall not exceed the maximum amount payable under Section 6-2.
    (3) No assistance shall be provided to a household after it receives a determination of its application to FEMA or SBA for assistance.
    (4) A household which has received assistance under this subsection (b) shall reimburse the local governmental unit in full for any assistance received under this subsection. If the household receives assistance from FEMA or SBA in the form of loans or grants, the household shall reimburse the local governmental unit from those funds. If the household's request for assistance is denied or rejected by the FEMA or SBA, the household shall repay the local governmental unit in accordance with a repayment schedule prescribed by the local governmental unit.
    (c) (1) A local governmental unit may provide assistance to households for structural repairs to homes or for repair or replacement of home electrical or heating systems, bedding and food refrigeration equipment. To qualify for assistance a household shall submit to the local governmental unit: (A)  such application as the local governmental unit may require; (B) a copy of claim to an insurance company for reimbursement for the damage or loss for which assistance is sought; (C) such other proof of damage, loss or hardship as the local governmental unit may require; and (D) an agreement to reimburse the local governmental unit for the amount of any assistance received by the household under this subsection (c).
    (2)  Any assistance provided under this subsection (c) shall be in the form of direct payments to vendors, and shall not be made directly to a household. The total amount of assistance provided to a household under this subsection (c) shall not exceed $1,500.
    (3) No assistance shall be provided to a household after it receives a determination of its insurance claims.
    (4) A household which has received assistance under this subsection (c) shall reimburse the local governmental unit in full for any assistance received under this subsection. If the household's insurance claim is approved, the household shall reimburse the local governmental unit from the proceeds. If the household's insurance claim is denied, the household shall repay the local governmental unit in accordance with a repayment schedule prescribed by the local governmental unit.
(Source: P.A. 85-1233.)

305 ILCS 5/6-10

    (305 ILCS 5/6-10) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-10)
    Sec. 6-10. Emergency financial assistance. Except in a city, village or incorporated town of more than 500,000 population, when an applicant resides in the local governmental unit in which he makes application, emergency financial assistance to alleviate life-threatening circumstances or to assist the individual in attaining self-sufficiency may be given to or in behalf of the applicant. The emergency assistance so given shall be by vendor payment in an amount necessary to meet the need, up to the maximum established by the local governmental unit. Emergency assistance shall not be granted under this Section more than once to any applicant during any 12 consecutive month period. Persons currently receiving financial assistance under this Article or under any other Article of this Code shall not be eligible for emergency financial assistance under this Section. Persons receiving only medical assistance from the Illinois Department may, however, receive emergency financial assistance under this Section. Emergency financial assistance may be provided under this Section to persons who are applicants for public aid from the Illinois Department in order to cover time periods prior to receipt of public aid from the Illinois Department. A local governmental unit may use General Assistance moneys to provide emergency financial assistance under this Section but shall not use State funds to provide assistance under this Section. If a local governmental unit receives State funds to provide General Assistance under this Article, assistance provided by the local governmental unit under this Section shall not be considered in determining whether a local governmental unit has qualified to receive State funds under Article XII. A local governmental unit which provides assistance under this Section shall not, as a result of payment of such assistance, change the nature or amount of assistance provided to any other individual or family under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 88-412.)

305 ILCS 5/6-11

    (305 ILCS 5/6-11) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-11)
    Sec. 6-11. General Assistance.
    (a) Effective July 1, 1992, all State funded General Assistance and related medical benefits shall be governed by this Section, provided that, notwithstanding any other provisions of this Code to the contrary, on and after July 1, 2012, the State shall not fund the programs outlined in this Section. Other parts of this Code or other laws related to General Assistance shall remain in effect to the extent they do not conflict with the provisions of this Section. If any other part of this Code or other laws of this State conflict with the provisions of this Section, the provisions of this Section shall control.
    (b) General Assistance may consist of 2 separate programs. One program shall be for adults with no children and shall be known as Transitional Assistance. The other program may be for families with children and for pregnant women and shall be known as Family and Children Assistance.
    (c) (1) To be eligible for Transitional Assistance on or after July 1, 1992, an individual must be ineligible for assistance under any other Article of this Code, must be determined chronically needy, and must be one of the following:
        (A) age 18 or over or
        (B) married and living with a spouse, regardless of
    
age.
    (2) The local governmental unit shall determine whether individuals are chronically needy as follows:
        (A) Individuals who have applied for Supplemental
    
Security Income (SSI) and are awaiting a decision on eligibility for SSI who are determined to be a person with a disability by the Illinois Department using the SSI standard shall be considered chronically needy, except that individuals whose disability is based solely on substance addictions (drug abuse and alcoholism) and whose disability would cease were their addictions to end shall be eligible only for medical assistance and shall not be eligible for cash assistance under the Transitional Assistance program.
        (B) (Blank).
        (C) The unit of local government may specify other
    
categories of individuals as chronically needy; nothing in this Section, however, shall be deemed to require the inclusion of any specific category other than as specified in paragraph (A).
    (3) For individuals in Transitional Assistance, medical assistance may be provided by the unit of local government in an amount and nature determined by the unit of local government. Nothing in this paragraph (3) shall be construed to require the coverage of any particular medical service. In addition, the amount and nature of medical assistance provided may be different for different categories of individuals determined chronically needy.
    (4) (Blank).
    (5) (Blank).
    (d) (1) To be eligible for Family and Children Assistance, a family unit must be ineligible for assistance under any other Article of this Code and must contain a child who is:
        (A) under age 18 or
        (B) age 18 and a full-time student in a secondary
    
school or the equivalent level of vocational or technical training, and who may reasonably be expected to complete the program before reaching age 19.
    Those children shall be eligible for Family and Children Assistance.
    (2) The natural or adoptive parents of the child living in the same household may be eligible for Family and Children Assistance.
    (3) A pregnant woman whose pregnancy has been verified shall be eligible for income maintenance assistance under the Family and Children Assistance program.
    (4) The amount and nature of medical assistance provided under the Family and Children Assistance program shall be determined by the unit of local government. The amount and nature of medical assistance provided need not be the same as that provided under paragraph (3) of subsection (c) of this Section, and nothing in this paragraph (4) shall be construed to require the coverage of any particular medical service.
    (5) (Blank).
    (e) A local governmental unit that chooses to participate in a General Assistance program under this Section shall provide funding in accordance with Section 12-21.13 of this Act. Local governmental funds used to qualify for State funding may only be expended for clients eligible for assistance under this Section 6-11 and related administrative expenses.
    (f) (Blank).
    (g) (Blank).
(Source: P.A. 99-143, eff. 7-27-15.)

305 ILCS 5/6-12

    (305 ILCS 5/6-12) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-12)
    Sec. 6-12. General Assistance not funded by State. General Assistance programs in local governments that do not receive State funds shall continue to be governed by Sections 6-1 through 6-10, as applicable, as well as other relevant parts of this Code and other laws. However, notwithstanding any other provision of this Code, any unit of local government that does not receive State funds may implement a General Assistance program that complies with Section 6-11. So long as that program complies with Section 6-11, the program shall not be deemed out of compliance with or in violation of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 87-860.)

305 ILCS 5/Art. VIIIA

 
    (305 ILCS 5/Art. VIIIA heading)
ARTICLE VIIIA. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FRAUD

305 ILCS 5/8A-1

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-1) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-1)
    Sec. 8A-1. Legislative Intent. Because of the pervasive nature of public assistance fraud and its negative effect on the people of the State of Illinois and those individuals who need public assistance, the General Assembly declares it to be public policy that public assistance fraud be identified and dealt with swiftly and appropriately considering the onerous nature of the crime.
(Source: P.A. 82-440.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-2

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-2) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-2)
    Sec. 8A-2. Recipient Fraud.
    (a) Any person, who by means of any false statement, willful misrepresentation or failure to notify the county department or the local governmental unit, as the case may be, of a change in his status as required by Sections 11-18 and 11-19, or any person who knowingly causes any applicant or recipient without knowledge to make such a false statement or willful misrepresentation, or by withholding information causes the applicant or recipient to fail to notify the county department or local governmental unit as required, for the purpose of preventing the denial, cancellation or suspension of any grant, or a variation in the amount thereof, or through other fraudulent device obtains or attempts to obtain, or aids or abets any person in obtaining public aid under this Code to which he is not entitled is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
    (b) If an applicant makes and subscribes an application form under Section 11-15 which contains a written declaration that it is made under penalties of perjury, knowing it to be false, incorrect or incomplete in respect to any material statement or representation bearing on his eligibility, income or resources, the offender shall be subject to the penalties for perjury as provided in Section 32-2 of the Criminal Code of 2012.
(Source: P.A. 97-1150, eff. 1-25-13.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-2.5

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-2.5)
    Sec. 8A-2.5. Unauthorized use of medical assistance.
    (a) Any person who knowingly uses, acquires, possesses, or transfers a medical card in any manner not authorized by law or by rules and regulations of the Illinois Department, or who knowingly alters a medical card, or who knowingly uses, acquires, possesses, or transfers an altered medical card, is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
    (b) Any person who knowingly obtains unauthorized medical benefits or causes to be obtained unauthorized medical benefits with or without use of a medical card is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
    (b-5) Any vendor that knowingly assists a person in committing a violation under subsection (a) or (b) of this Section is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
    (b-6) Any person (including a vendor, organization, agency, or other entity) that, in any matter related to the medical assistance program, knowingly or willfully falsifies, conceals, or omits by any trick, scheme, artifice, or device a material fact, or makes any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation, or makes or uses any false writing or document, knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry in connection with the provision of health care or related services, is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
    (c) The Department may seek to recover any and all State and federal monies for which it has improperly and erroneously paid benefits as a result of a fraudulent action and any civil penalties authorized in this Section. Pursuant to Section 11-14.5 of this Code, the Department may determine the monetary value of benefits improperly and erroneously received. The Department may recover the monies paid for such benefits and interest on that amount at the rate of 5% per annum for the period from which payment was made to the date upon which repayment is made to the State. Prior to the recovery of any amount paid for benefits allegedly obtained by fraudulent means, the recipient or payee of such benefits shall be afforded an opportunity for a hearing after reasonable notice. The notice shall be served personally or by certified or registered mail or as otherwise provided by law upon the parties or their agents appointed to receive service of process and shall include the following:
        (1) A statement of the time, place and nature of the
    
hearing.
        (2) A statement of the legal authority and
    
jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held.
        (3) A reference to the particular Sections of the
    
substantive and procedural statutes and rules involved.
        (4) Except where a more detailed statement is
    
otherwise provided for by law, a short and plain statement of the matters asserted, the consequences of a failure to respond, and the official file or other reference number.
        (5) A statement of the monetary value of the benefits
    
fraudulently received by the person accused.
        (6) A statement that, in addition to any other
    
penalties provided by law, a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed $2,000 may be imposed for each fraudulent claim for benefits or payments.
        (7) A statement providing that the determination of
    
the monetary value may be contested by petitioning the Department for an administrative hearing within 30 days from the date of mailing the notice.
        (8) The names and mailing addresses of the
    
administrative law judge, all parties, and all other persons to whom the agency gives notice of the hearing unless otherwise confidential by law.
    An opportunity shall be afforded all parties to be represented by legal counsel and to respond and present evidence and argument.
    Unless precluded by law, disposition may be made of any contested case by stipulation, agreed settlement, consent order, or default.
    Any final order, decision, or other determination made, issued or executed by the Director under the provisions of this Article whereby any person is aggrieved shall be subject to review in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Review Law, and the rules adopted pursuant thereto, which shall apply to and govern all proceedings for the judicial review of final administrative decisions of the Director.
    Upon entry of a final administrative decision for repayment of any benefits obtained by fraudulent means, or for any civil penalties assessed, a lien shall attach to all property and assets of such person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution, vendor, or other legal entity until the judgment is satisfied.
    Within 18 months of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services will report to the General Assembly on the number of fraud cases identified and pursued, and the fines assessed and collected. The report will also include the Department's analysis as to the use of private sector resources to bring action, investigate, and collect monies owed.
    (d) In subsections (a), (b), (b-5) and (b-6), "knowledge" has the meaning ascribed to that term in Section 4-5 of the Criminal Code of 2012. For any administrative action brought under subsection (c) pursuant to a violation of this Section, the Department shall define "knowing" by rule.
(Source: P.A. 97-23, eff. 1-1-12; 98-354, eff. 8-16-13.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-3

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-3) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-3)
    Sec. 8A-3. Vendor Fraud and Kickbacks. (a) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or other legal entity that willfully, by means of a false statement or representation, or by concealment of any material fact or by other fraudulent scheme or device on behalf of himself or others, obtains or attempts to obtain benefits or payments under this Code to which he or it is not entitled, or in a greater amount than that to which he or it is entitled, is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
    (b) A person shall be guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6 if he solicits or receives any remuneration, including any kickback, bribe, or rebate, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind:
    (1) in return for referring an individual to a person for the furnishing or arranging for the furnishing of any item or service for which payment may be made in whole or in part under this Code; or
    (2) in return for purchasing, leasing, ordering, or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing, or ordering any good, facility, service or item for which payment may be made in whole or in part under this Code.
    (c) A person shall be guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6 if he offers or pays any remuneration, including any kickback, bribe, or rebate, directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, in cash or in kind to any person to induce such person:
    (1) to refer an individual to a person for the furnishing or arranging for the furnishing of any item or service for which payment may be made in whole or in part under this Code; or
    (2) to purchase, lease, order, or arrange for or recommend purchasing, leasing, or ordering any good, facility, service, or item for which payment may be made in whole or in part under this Code.
    (d) Subsections (b) and (c) shall not apply to:
    (1) a discount or other reduction in price obtained by a provider of services or other entity under this Code if the reduction in price is properly disclosed and appropriately reflected in the costs claimed or charges made by the provider or entity under this Code;
    (2) any amount paid by an employer to an employee who has a bona fide employment relationship with such employer for employment in the provision of covered items or services; or
    (3) any amount paid to or received by a physician for professional services rendered if a physician, pursuant to a bona fide contract with a health maintenance organization, as defined by the Health Maintenance Organization Act, has referred a patient to another physician for rendering professional services not covered by the health maintenance organization.
(Source: P.A. 85-818.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-3.5

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-3.5)
    Sec. 8A-3.5. Vendor fraud and recipient fraud in medical assistance; restitution. A person convicted of recipient fraud, unauthorized use of medical assistance, vendor fraud in relation to the provision of medical assistance under Article V of this Code, or convicted of a federal criminal violation associated with defrauding the Medicaid program shall be ordered to pay monetary restitution to a person for any financial loss sustained by that person as a result of a violation of Section 8A-2, 8A-2.5, or 8A-3 of this Code, including any court costs and attorney fees. An order of restitution also includes expenses incurred and paid in connection with any medical evaluation or treatment.
(Source: P.A. 94-577, eff. 1-1-06.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-3.6

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-3.6)
    Sec. 8A-3.6. Actions by State licensing agencies.
    (a) All State licensing agencies, the Illinois State Police, and the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation shall coordinate enforcement efforts relating to acts of recipient fraud, unauthorized use of medical assistance, or vendor fraud in relation to the provision of medical assistance under Article V of this Code.
    (b) If a person who is licensed or registered under the laws of the State of Illinois to engage in a business or profession is convicted of or pleads guilty to engaging in an act of recipient fraud, unauthorized use of medical assistance, or vendor fraud in relation to the provision of medical assistance under Article V of this Code, the Illinois State Police must forward to each State agency by which the person is licensed or registered a copy of the conviction or plea and all supporting evidence.
    (c) Any agency that receives information under this Section shall, not later than 6 months after the date on which it receives the information, publicly report the final action taken against the convicted person, including but not limited to the revocation or suspension of the license or any other disciplinary action taken.
(Source: P.A. 94-577, eff. 1-1-06.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-4

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-4) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-4)
    Sec. 8A-4. Penalty for Unauthorized Use of Federal Food Stamps or Federal Food Stamp Benefits. Any person who knowingly uses, acquires, possesses, or transfers federal food stamps, or federal food stamp benefits, or Electronic Benefit Transfer card for federal food stamp benefits, or authorizations to participate in the federal food stamp program in any manner not authorized by law or the rules and regulations of the Illinois Department, or who knowingly alters or uses, acquires, possesses or transfers altered federal food stamps, or federal food stamp benefits, or Electronic Benefit Transfer card for federal food stamp benefits, or authorizations to participate in the federal food stamp program, or who knowingly alters or falsifies electronic federal food stamp benefit data or possesses or uses altered or falsified electronic federal food stamp benefit data for the purpose of making claims for or receiving redemption of food stamp benefits or for the substantiation of redemptions received, is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
(Source: P.A. 89-489, eff. 1-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-4A

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-4A) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-4A)
    Sec. 8A-4A. Penalty for Unauthorized Use of Federal Surplus Commodities. Any person who knowingly uses, acquires, possesses, or transfers federal surplus food commodities or authorizations to participate in the federal surplus food commodities program, in original or altered form, in any manner not authorized by law or the rules and regulations of the Illinois Department, or who knowingly alters authorizations to participate in the federal surplus food commodities program, is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
(Source: P.A. 85-555.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-5

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-5) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-5)
    Sec. 8A-5. Administrative Malfeasance. (a) Any person who shall misappropriate, misuse or unlawfully withhold or convert to his own use or to the use of another, any public funds made available for public aid purposes under this Code is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
    (b) Any official or employee of the Illinois Department, county department or local governmental unit who willfully fails to report a known violation of Sections 8A-2, 8A-3, 8A-4 or 8A-5 to the designated administrative personnel as identified in the policy and procedures of the Illinois Department for employees of the Illinois Department or county department, or to the State's Attorney for employees of a local governmental unit, shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings pursuant to regulations of the Illinois Department or local governmental unit.
(Source: P.A. 82-440.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-5A

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-5A) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-5A)
    Sec. 8A-5A. Unauthorized possession of identification document. Any person who possesses for an unlawful purpose another person's identification document issued by the Illinois Department shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony. For purposes of this Section, "identification document" includes but is not limited to an authorization to participate in the federal food stamp program or the federal surplus food commodities program, or a card or other document which identifies a person as being entitled to public aid under this Code.
(Source: P.A. 86-1012.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-6

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-6) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-6)
    Sec. 8A-6. Classification of violations.
    (a) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or other legal entity that has been found by a court to have engaged in an act, practice or course of conduct declared unlawful under Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 or Section 8A-13 or 8A-14 where:
        (1) the total amount of money involved in the
    
violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is less than $150, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor;
        (2) the total amount of money involved in the
    
violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is $150 or more but less than $1,000, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony;
        (3) the total amount of money involved in the
    
violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is $1,000 or more but less than $5,000, shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony;
        (4) the total amount of money involved in the
    
violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is $5,000 or more but less than $10,000, shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony; or
        (5) the total amount of money involved in the
    
violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is $10,000 or more, shall be guilty of a Class 1 felony and, notwithstanding the provisions of Section 8A-8 except for Subsection (c) of Section 8A-8, shall be ineligible for financial aid under this Article for a period of two years following conviction or until the total amount of money, including the value of federal food stamps, is repaid, whichever first occurs.
    (b) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or other legal entity that commits a subsequent violation of any of the provisions of Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 and:
        (1) the total amount of money involved in the
    
subsequent violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is less than $150, shall be guilty of a Class 4 felony;
        (2) the total amount of money involved in the
    
subsequent violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is $150 or more but less than $1,000, shall be guilty of a Class 3 felony;
        (3) the total amount of money involved in the
    
subsequent violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is $1,000 or more but less than $5,000, shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony;
        (4) the total amount of money involved in the
    
subsequent violation, including the monetary value of federal food stamps and the value of commodities, is $5,000 or more but less than $10,000, shall be guilty of a Class 1 felony.
    (c) For purposes of determining the classification of offense under this Section, all of the money received as a result of the unlawful act, practice or course of conduct can be accumulated.
(Source: P.A. 90-538, eff. 12-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-7

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-7) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-7)
    Sec. 8A-7. Civil Remedies. (a) A person who receives financial aid by means of a false statement, willful misrepresentation or by his failure to notify the county department or local governmental unit, as the case may be, of a change in his status as required by Sections 11-18 and 11-19, for the purpose of preventing the denial, cancellation or suspension of his grant, or a variation in the amount thereof, or by other fraudulent device, or a person who knowingly aids or abets any person in obtaining financial aid for which he is not eligible, shall be answerable to the county department or the local governmental unit, as the case may be, for refunding the entire amount of aid received. If the refund is not made, it shall be recoverable in a civil action from the person who received the aid, or from anyone who willfully aided such person to obtain the aid. If an act which would be unlawful under Section 8A-2 is proven, the court may as a penalty assess an additional sum of money, not to exceed the entire amount of aid provided, against the recipient or against any person who willfully aided the recipient. If assessed, the penalty shall be included in any judgment entered for the aid received, and paid to the county department or the local governmental unit, as the case may be. Upon entry of the judgment a lien shall attach to all property and assets of such person until the judgment is satisfied.
    (b) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or other legal entity, other than an individual recipient, that willfully, by means of a false statement or representation, or by concealment of any material fact or by other fraudulent scheme or device on behalf of himself or others, obtains or attempts to obtain benefits or payments under this Code to which he or it is not entitled, or in a greater amount than that to which he or it is entitled, shall be liable for repayment of any excess benefits or payments received and, in addition to any other penalties provided by law, civil penalties consisting of (1) the interest on the amount of excess benefits or payments at the maximum legal rate in effect on the date the payment was made to such person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or other legal entity for the period from the date upon which payment was made to the date upon which repayment is made to the State, (2) an amount not to exceed 3 times the amount of such excess benefits or payments, and (3) the sum of $2,000 for each excessive claim for benefits or payments. Upon entry of a judgment for repayment of any excess benefits or payments, or for any civil penalties assessed by the court, a lien shall attach to all property and assets of such person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or other legal entity until the judgment is satisfied.
    (c) Civil recoveries provided for in this Section may be recoverable in court proceedings initiated by the Attorney General or, in actions involving a local governmental unit, by the State's Attorney.
    (d) Any person who commits the offense of vendor fraud or recipient fraud as defined in Section 8A-2 and Section 8A-3 of this Article shall forfeit, according to the provisions of this subsection, any monies, profits or proceeds, and any interest or property which the sentencing court determines he has acquired or maintained, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part as a result of such offense. Such person shall also forfeit any interest in, securities of, claim against, or contractual right of any kind which affords him a source of influence over, any enterprise which he has established, operated, controlled, conducted, or participated in conducting, where his relationship to or connection with any such thing or activity directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, is traceable to any thing or benefit which he has obtained or acquired through vendor fraud or recipient fraud.
    Proceedings instituted pursuant to this subsection shall be subject to and conducted in accordance with the following procedures:
    (1) The sentencing court shall, upon petition by the Attorney General or State's Attorney at any time following sentencing, conduct a hearing to determine whether any property or property interest is subject to forfeiture under this subsection. At the forfeiture hearing the People shall have the burden of establishing, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the property or property interests are subject to such forfeiture.
    (2) In any action brought by the People of the State of Illinois under this Section, in which any restraining order, injunction or prohibition or any other action in connection with any property or interest subject to forfeiture under this subsection is sought, the circuit court presiding over the trial of the person charged with recipient fraud or vendor fraud as defined in Sections 8A-2 or 8A-3 of this Article shall first determine whether there is probable cause to believe that the person so charged has committed the offense of recipient fraud or vendor fraud and whether the property or interest is subject to forfeiture under this subsection. To make such a determination, prior to entering any such order, the court shall conduct a hearing without a jury, at which the People shall establish that there is (i) probable cause that the person so charged has committed the offense of recipient fraud or vendor fraud and (ii) probable cause that any property or interest may be subject to forfeiture pursuant to this subsection. Such hearing may be conducted simultaneously with a preliminary hearing, if the prosecution is commenced by information or complaint, or by motion of the People at any stage in the proceedings. The court may accept a finding of probable cause at a preliminary hearing following the filing of an information charging the offense of recipient fraud or vendor fraud as defined in Sections 8A-2 or 8A-3 or the return of an indictment by a grand jury charging the offense of recipient fraud or vendor fraud as defined in Sections 8A-2 or 8A-3 of this Article as sufficient evidence of probable cause as provided in item (i) above. Upon such a finding, the circuit court shall enter such restraining order, injunction or prohibition, or shall take such other action in connection with any such property or other interest subject to forfeiture under this Act as is necessary to insure that such property is not removed from the jurisdiction of the court, concealed, destroyed or otherwise disposed of by the owner of that property or interest prior to a forfeiture hearing under this subsection. The Attorney General or State's Attorney shall file a certified copy of such restraining order, injunction or other prohibition with the recorder of deeds or registrar of titles of each county where any such property of the defendant may be located. No such injunction, restraining order or other prohibition shall affect the rights of any bonafide purchaser, mortgagee, judgement creditor or other lien holder arising prior to the date of such filing. The court may, at any time, upon verified petition by the defendant, conduct a hearing to determine whether all or portions of any such property or interest which the court previously determined to be subject to forfeiture or subject to any restraining order, injunction, or prohibition or other action, should be released. The court may in its discretion release such property to the defendant for good cause shown.
    (3) Upon conviction of a person under this Article, the court shall authorize the Director of the Illinois Department of State Police to seize all property or other interest declared forfeited under this subsection upon such terms and conditions as the court shall deem proper.
    (4) The Director of the Illinois Department of State Police is authorized to sell all property forfeited and seized pursuant to this subsection, unless such property is required by law to be destroyed or is harmful to the public. After the deduction of all requisite expenses of administration and sale, the court shall order the Director to distribute to the Illinois Department an amount from the proceeds of the forfeited property, or monies forfeited or seized, which will satisfy any unsatisfied court order of restitution entered pursuant to a conviction under this Article. If the proceeds are less than the amount necessary to satisfy the order of restitution, the Director shall distribute to the Illinois Department the entire amount of the remaining proceeds. The Director shall distribute any remaining proceeds of such sale, along with any monies forfeited or seized, in accordance with the following schedules:
    (a) 25% shall be distributed to the unit of local government whose officers or employees conducted the investigation into recipient fraud or vendor fraud and caused the arrest or arrests and prosecution leading to the forfeiture. Amounts distributed to units of local government shall be used solely for enforcement matters relating to detection, investigation or prosecution of recipient fraud or vendor fraud as defined in Section 8A-2 or 8A-3 of this Article. Where the investigation, arrest or arrests leading to the prosecution and forfeiture is undertaken solely by the Illinois Department of State Police, the portion provided hereunder shall be paid into the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Prevention Fund, which is hereby created in the State treasury. Monies from this fund shall be used by the Department of State Police for the furtherance of enforcement matters relating to detection, investigation or prosecution of recipient fraud or vendor fraud. Monies directed to this fund shall be used in addition to, and not as a substitute for, funds annually appropriated to the Department of State Police for medicaid fraud enforcement.
    (b) 25% shall be distributed to the county in which the prosecution and petition for forfeiture resulting in the forfeiture was instituted, and deposited in a special fund in the county treasury and appropriated to the State's Attorney for use solely in enforcement matters relating to detection, investigation or prosecution of recipient fraud or vendor fraud; however, if the Attorney General brought the prosecution resulting in the forfeiture, the portion provided hereunder shall be paid into the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Prevention Fund, to be used by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Illinois Department of State Police for enforcement matters relating to detection, investigation or prosecution of recipient fraud or vendor fraud. Where the Attorney General and a State's Attorney have jointly participated in any portion of the proceedings, 12.5% shall be distributed to the county in which the prosecution resulting in the forfeiture was instituted, and used as specified herein, and 12.5% shall be paid into the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Prevention Fund, and used as specified herein.
    (c) 50% shall be transmitted to the State Treasurer for deposit in the General Revenue Fund.
(Source: P.A. 85-707.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-7.1

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-7.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-7.1)
    Sec. 8A-7.1. The Director, upon making a determination based upon information in the possession of the Illinois Department, that continuation in practice of a licensed health care professional would constitute an immediate danger to the public, shall submit a written communication to the Director of Professional Regulation indicating such determination and additionally providing a complete summary of the information upon which such determination is based, and recommending that the Director of Professional Regulation immediately suspend such person's license. All relevant evidence, or copies thereof, in the Illinois Department's possession may also be submitted in conjunction with the written communication. A copy of such written communication, which is exempt from the copying and inspection provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, shall at the time of submittal to the Director of Professional Regulation be simultaneously mailed to the last known business address of such licensed health care professional by certified or registered postage, United States Mail, return receipt requested. Any evidence, or copies thereof, which is submitted in conjunction with the written communication is also exempt from the copying and inspection provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
    The Director, upon making a determination based upon information in the possession of the Illinois Department, that a licensed health care professional is willfully committing fraud upon the Illinois Department's medical assistance program, shall submit a written communication to the Director of Professional Regulation indicating such determination and additionally providing a complete summary of the information upon which such determination is based. All relevant evidence, or copies thereof, in the Illinois Department's possession may also be submitted in conjunction with the written communication.
    Upon receipt of such written communication, the Director of Professional Regulation shall promptly investigate the allegations contained in such written communication. A copy of such written communication, which is exempt from the copying and inspection provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, shall at the time of submission to the Director of Professional Regulation, be simultaneously mailed to the last known address of such licensed health care professional by certified or registered postage, United States Mail, return receipt requested. Any evidence, or copies thereof, which is submitted in conjunction with the written communication is also exempt from the copying and inspection provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.
    For the purposes of this Section, "licensed health care professional" means any person licensed under the Illinois Dental Practice Act, the Nurse Practice Act, the Medical Practice Act of 1987, the Pharmacy Practice Act, the Podiatric Medical Practice Act of 1987, or the Illinois Optometric Practice Act of 1987.
(Source: P.A. 95-639, eff. 10-5-07; 95-689, eff. 10-29-07; 95-876, eff. 8-21-08.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-8

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-8) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-8)
    Sec. 8A-8. Future Participation in the Public Assistance Program.
    (a) Any person applying for public assistance under this Code who has been found guilty of a violation of this Article or of any law of the United States or of any state which is substantially similar to Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 for violations related to public assistance or medical assistance programs of the kind provided under this Code and who has not been previously convicted for a violation of this Article or of any law of the United States or of any state which is substantially similar to Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 for violations related to public assistance or medical assistance programs of the kind provided under this Code shall have applications for public assistance under this Code reviewed by an administrative review board to determine the person's eligibility and the need for administrative safeguards to prevent any such further violations. The administrative review board shall be composed of not less than two persons who are selected in accordance with regulations of the Illinois Department or the local governmental unit. Hearings conducted by the board shall:
        (1) be of an informal nature, permitting the
    
applicant to attend at his option;
        (2) be open to the public, unless the applicant and
    
the administrative review board determine otherwise;
        (3) be subject to reasonable time and notification
    
requirements as determined by regulations of the Illinois Department or local governmental units; and
        (4) be held at a location convenient to the applicant.
    At the hearing, the administrative review board may deny the application based on an investigation of the person's eligibility, or the board may appoint a substitute payee, require more frequent visits or consultations, more frequent financial reports or require any other action to the extent permitted by State and federal law and regulations. A decision by the administrative review board to deny a person's application shall only be based on the person's failure to qualify under the eligibility criteria applicable to all applicants for the public assistance program in question. Any decision by the administrative review board may be appealed pursuant to the provisions of this Code. In no instance shall the administrative review board delay the hearing or its decision beyond the time allowed under State or federal law and regulations for determining an applicant's eligibility for public assistance.
    If the person has been determined eligible, the Illinois Department or the local governmental unit may recoup prior payments obtained in violation of this Article from the current cash assistance grants, unless such payments have previously been repaid. The Illinois Department or the local governmental unit, on a case by case basis, shall limit the amount deducted from the current cash assistance grant so as not to cause undue hardship to the person.
    (b) To the extent permitted under federal law, any person found guilty of a first violation of this Article or of any law of the United States or of any state which is substantially similar to Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 for violations related to public assistance or medical assistance programs of the kind provided under this Code may be suspended from eligibility for public aid under this Code. Any person found guilty of a second or subsequent violation of this Article or of any law of the United States or of any state which is substantially similar to Sections 8A-2 through 8A-5 for violations related to public assistance or medical assistance programs of the kind provided under this Code shall be ineligible for public aid under this Code.
    (c) In no instance shall this Section adversely affect the eligibility of children who are in need of public aid under this Code, or the amount of the grant received by such children. If a child's caretaker relative is adversely affected by this Section, a substitute payee may be appointed until the Illinois Department can determine, by rule, that the caretaker relative can manage the public aid in the best interest of the child.
    (d) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution or other legal entity that has been convicted of a violation of this Article shall be prohibited from participating as a vendor of goods or services to recipients of public aid under this Code. Such prohibition shall extend to any person with management responsibility in a firm, corporation, association, agency, institution, or other legal entity that has been convicted of any such violation and to an officer or person owning, either directly or indirectly, 5% or more of the shares of stock or other evidences of ownership in a corporation.
    (e) Any employee of the Illinois Department, county department or local governmental unit who has been found guilty of a violation of this Article shall be terminated from employment.
(Source: P.A. 89-489, eff. 1-1-97; 90-725, eff. 8-7-98.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-9

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-9) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-9)
    Sec. 8A-9. Special Investigations Unit. There shall be established within the administrative staff a unit to investigate all matters pertaining to the fraudulent acquisition of public aid, including administrative funds. The investigation may be conducted without prior notice to the recipients, to the personnel administering the cases or to vendors or other persons involved. The unit shall also investigate any other matter relating to the administration of public aid assigned to it by the Director of the Illinois Department. The Illinois Department may make the facts revealed by any investigation available to the Attorney General or to the appropriate State's Attorney.
(Source: P.A. 82-440.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-10

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-10) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-10)
    Sec. 8A-10. Savings provisions. Notwithstanding any amendments or repealer provisions in this amendatory Act of 1981, Sections 11-21, 11-24, 12-15, 12-15.1 and 12-21.19 of "The Illinois Public Aid Code" shall remain in force (1) for the prosecution and punishment of any person who, before the effective date of this amendatory Act, has violated Section 11-21, 11-24, 12-15.1 or 12-21.19 of this Code, and (2) for the initiation and enforcement of civil actions and penalties for any cause of action which accrued prior to the effective date of this amendatory Act under Section 11-21 or 12-15 of this Code.
    This amendatory Act of 1981 shall apply only to causes of action arising from violations of this Code which occur after its effective date.
(Source: P.A. 82-440.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-11

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-11) (from Ch. 23, par. 8A-11)
    Sec. 8A-11. (a) No person shall:
        (1) Knowingly charge a resident of a nursing home for
    
any services provided pursuant to Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code, money or other consideration at a rate in excess of the rates established for covered services by the Illinois Department pursuant to Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code; or
        (2) Knowingly charge, solicit, accept or receive, in
    
addition to any amount otherwise authorized or required to be paid pursuant to Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code, any gift, money, donation or other consideration:
            (i) As a precondition to admitting or expediting
        
the admission of a recipient or applicant, pursuant to Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code, to a long-term care facility as defined in Section 1-113 of the Nursing Home Care Act or a facility as defined in Section 1-113 of the ID/DD Community Care Act, Section 1-113 of the MC/DD Act, or Section 1-102 of the Specialized Mental Health Rehabilitation Act of 2013; and
            (ii) As a requirement for the recipient's or
        
applicant's continued stay in such facility when the cost of the services provided therein to the recipient is paid for, in whole or in part, pursuant to Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    (b) Nothing herein shall prohibit a person from making a voluntary contribution, gift or donation to a long-term care facility.
    (c) This paragraph shall not apply to agreements to provide continuing care or life care between a life care facility as defined by the Life Care Facilities Act, and a person financially eligible for benefits pursuant to Article V of the Illinois Public Aid Code.
    (d) Any person who violates this Section shall be guilty of a business offense and fined not less than $5,000 nor more than $25,000.
    (e) "Person", as used in this Section, means an individual, corporation, partnership, or unincorporated association.
    (f) The State's Attorney of the county in which the facility is located and the Attorney General shall be notified by the Illinois Department of any alleged violations of this Section known to the Department.
    (g) The Illinois Department shall adopt rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 98-104, eff. 7-22-13; 99-180, eff. 7-29-15.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-12

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-12)
    Sec. 8A-12. Early fraud prevention and detection program. The Illinois Department may conduct an early fraud prevention and detection program as provided in this Section. If conducted, the program shall apply to all categories of assistance and all applicants for aid. The program may be conducted in appropriate counties as determined by the Department. The program shall have the following features:
        (1) No intimidation of applicants or recipients may
    
occur, either by referral or threat of referral for a fraud prevention investigation.
        (2) An applicant may not be referred for a fraud
    
prevention investigation until an application for aid is completed and signed by the applicant or any authorized representative.
        (3) An applicant may be referred to the Inspector
    
General for a fraud prevention investigation if there are reasonable grounds to question the accuracy of any information, statements, documents, or other representations by the applicant or any authorized representative. Referrals for fraud prevention investigations shall be made in accordance with guidelines to be jointly determined by the Inspector General and the Department.
(Source: P.A. 89-118, eff. 7-7-95.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-13

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-13)
    Sec. 8A-13. Managed health care fraud.
    (a) As used in this Section, "health plan" means any of the following:
        (1) Any health care reimbursement plan sponsored
    
wholly or partially by the State.
        (2) Any private insurance carrier, health care
    
cooperative or alliance, health maintenance organization, insurer, organization, entity, association, affiliation, or person that contracts to provide or provides goods or services that are reimbursed by or are a required benefit of a health benefits program funded wholly or partially by the State.
        (3) Anyone who provides or contracts to provide goods
    
and services to an entity described in paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection.
    For purposes of item (2) in subsection (b), "representation" and "statement" include, but are not limited to, reports, claims, certifications, acknowledgments and ratifications of financial information, enrollment claims, demographic statistics, encounter data, health services available or rendered, and the qualifications of person rendering health care and ancillary services.
    (b) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution, or other legal entity that, with the intent to obtain benefits or payments under this Code to which the person or entity is not entitled or in a greater amount than that to which the person or entity is entitled, knowingly or willfully:
        (1) executes or conspires to execute a scheme or
    
artifice to defraud any State or federally funded or mandated health plan in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items, or services;
        (2) executes or conspires to execute a scheme or
    
artifice to obtain by means of false or fraudulent pretense, representation, statement, or promise money or anything of value in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items, or services that are in whole or in part paid for, reimbursed, or subsidized by, or are a required benefit of, a State or federally funded or mandated health plan;
        (3) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick,
    
scheme, or device a material fact in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items, or services that are in whole or in part paid for or reimbursed by a State or federal health plan;
        (4) makes any materially false, fictitious, or
    
fraudulent statements or representations, or makes or uses any materially false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry, in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items, or services that are in whole or in part paid for or reimbursed by a State or federal health plan; or
        (5) makes or uses any false writing or document
    
knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry in connection with the delivery of or payment for health care benefits, items, or services that are in whole or in part paid for or reimbursed by a State or federal health plan;
is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
(Source: P.A. 98-354, eff. 8-16-13.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-14

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-14)
    Sec. 8A-14. Bribery and graft in connection with health care.
    (a) As used in this Section:
    "Health care official" means any of the following:
        (1) An administrator, officer, trustee, fiduciary,
    
custodian, counsel, agent, or employee of any health plan.
        (2) An officer, counsel, agent, or employee of an
    
organization that provides, proposes to provide, or contracts to provide services to any health plan.
        (3) An official, employee, or agent of a State or
    
federal agency having regulatory or administrative authority over any health plan.
    "Health plan" has the meaning attributed to that term in Section 8A-13.
    (b) Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution, or other legal entity that
        (1) directly or indirectly gives, offers, or promises
    
anything of value to a health care official, or offers or promises to a health care official to give anything of value to another person, with the intent
            (A) to influence or reward any act or decision of
        
any health care official exercising any authority in any State or federally funded or mandated health plan other than as specifically allowed by law, or
            (B) to influence the official to commit, aid in
        
the commission of, or conspire to allow any fraud in a State or federally funded or mandated health plan, or
            (C) to induce the official to engage in any
        
conduct in violation of the official's lawful duty, or
        (2) being a health care official, directly or
    
indirectly demands, solicits, receives, accepts, or agrees to accept anything of value personally or for any other person or entity, the giving of which would violate paragraph (1) of this subsection,
is guilty of a violation of this Article and shall be punished as provided in Section 8A-6.
(Source: P.A. 90-538, eff. 12-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-15

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-15)
    Sec. 8A-15. False statements relating to health care delivery. Any person, firm, corporation, association, agency, institution, or other legal entity that, in any matter related to a State or federally funded or mandated health plan, knowingly and wilfully falsifies, conceals, or omits by any trick, scheme, artifice, or device a material fact, or makes any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation, or makes or uses any false writing or document, knowing the same to contain any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry in connection with the provision of health care or related services, is guilty of a Class 4 felony.
(Source: P.A. 98-354, eff. 8-16-13.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-16

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-16)
    Sec. 8A-16. Unfair or deceptive marketing practices.
    (a) As used in this Section, "health plan" has the meaning attributed to that term in Section 8A-13.
    (b) It is unlawful to knowingly and willfully engage in any unfair or deceptive marketing practice in connection with proposing, offering, selling, soliciting, or providing any health care service or any health plan. Unfair or deceptive marketing practices include the following:
        (1) Making a false and misleading oral or written
    
statement, visual description, advertisement, or other representation of any kind that has the capacity, tendency, or effect of deceiving or misleading health care consumers with respect to any health care service, health plan, or health care provider.
        (2) Making a representation that a health care plan
    
or a health care provider offers any service, benefit, access to care, or choice that it does not in fact offer.
        (3) Making a representation that a health plan or
    
health care provider has any status, certification, qualification, sponsorship, affiliation, or licensure that it does not have.
        (4) A failure to state a material fact if the failure
    
deceives or tends to deceive.
        (5) Offering any kickback, bribe, reward, or benefit
    
to any person as an inducement to select or to refrain from selecting any health care service, health plan, or health care provider, unless the benefit offered is medically necessary health care or is permitted by the Illinois Department.
        (6) The use of health care consumer or other
    
information that is confidential or privileged or that cannot be disclosed to or obtained by the user without violating a State or federal confidentiality law, including:
            (A) medical records information; and
            (B) information that identifies the health care
        
consumer or any member of his or her group as a recipient of any government sponsored or mandated welfare program.
        (7) The use of any device or artifice in advertising
    
a health plan or soliciting a health care consumer that misrepresents the solicitor's profession, status, affiliation, or mission.
    (c) Any person who commits a first violation of this Section is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and is subject to a fine of not more than $5,000. Any person who commits a second or subsequent violation of this Section is guilty of a Class 4 felony and is subject to a fine of not more than $25,000.
(Source: P.A. 90-538, eff. 12-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-17

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-17)
    Sec. 8A-17. Penalties enhanced for persons other than individuals. If a person who violates Section 8A-13, 8A-14, 8A-15, or 8A-16 is any person other than an individual, then that person is subject to a fine of not more than $50,000 if the violation is a misdemeanor and a fine of not more than $250,000 if the violation is a felony.
(Source: P.A. 90-538, eff. 12-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/8A-18

    (305 ILCS 5/8A-18)
    Sec. 8A-18. Application assistance fraud; SNAP; AABD; TANF. It is a Class C misdemeanor for any person, including an individual, firm, corporation, association, partnership, or joint venture, or any employee or agent of any of those, to assist or represent another person in completing or submitting an application for benefits under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the State's Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD) program, or the State's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, in exchange for a portion of the applicant's SNAP, AABD, or TANF benefits or cash or any other form of payment from any other source. An applicant who receives such assistance or representation is not in violation of this Section. Nothing in this Section shall be construed as prohibiting an applicant from receiving such assistance or representation when appealing a denial of an application for SNAP, AABD, or TANF benefits.
(Source: P.A. 98-931, eff. 8-15-14.)

305 ILCS 5/Art. IX

 
    (305 ILCS 5/Art. IX heading)
ARTICLE IX. OTHER SOCIAL SERVICES

305 ILCS 5/9-1

    (305 ILCS 5/9-1) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-1)
    Sec. 9-1. Declaration of Purpose. It is the purpose of this Article to aid applicants for and recipients of public aid under Articles III, IV, V, and VI, to increase their capacities for self-support, self-care, and responsible citizenship, and to assist them in maintaining and strengthening family life. If authorized pursuant to Section 9-8, this Article may be extended to former and potential recipients and to persons whose income does not exceed the standard established to determine eligibility for aid as a medically indigent person under Article V. The Department, with the written consent of the Governor, may also:
        (a) extend this Article to individuals and their
    
families with income closely related to national indices of poverty who have special needs resulting from institutionalization of a family member or conditions that may lead to institutionalization or who live in impoverished areas or in facilities developed to serve persons of low income;
        (b) establish, where indicated, schedules of payment
    
for service provided based on ability to pay;
        (c) provide for the coordinated delivery of the
    
services described in this Article and related services offered by other public or private agencies or institutions, and cooperate with the Illinois Department on Aging to enable it to properly execute and fulfill its duties pursuant to the provisions of Section 4.01 of the "Illinois Act on the Aging", as now or hereafter amended;
        (d) provide in-home care services, such as chore and
    
housekeeping services or homemaker services, to recipients of public aid under Articles IV and VI, the scope and eligibility criteria for such services to be determined by rule;
        (e) contract with other State agencies for the
    
purchase of social service under Title XX of the Social Security Act, such services to be provided pursuant to such other agencies' enabling legislation; and
        (f) cooperate with the Department of Healthcare and
    
Family Services to provide services to public aid recipients for the treatment and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

305 ILCS 5/9-2

    (305 ILCS 5/9-2) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-2)
    Sec. 9-2. Guidance and Counseling Services. Guidance and counseling services shall be provided directly by the staffs of the Illinois Department, the County Departments, and local governmental units, or through cooperating governmental and private agencies which will assist in preventing or overcoming financial dependency or social maladjustment; in maintaining and strengthening family life; in assisting parents who are unmarried, divorced or separated to share in the support and maintenance of their children; in increasing the capacities of parents or other adults for attaining or maintaining a decent and healthful standard of living for themselves and any children they may have under their care; and in encouraging and aiding parents or other adults to provide children under their care with maximum opportunities for realizing their full potentialities for development.
    In local governmental units receiving State funds, the establishment of such services and the expenditure of funds therefor shall be subject to the approval and supervision of the Illinois Department.
(Source: P.A. 81-968.)

305 ILCS 5/9-3

    (305 ILCS 5/9-3) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-3)
    Sec. 9-3. Rehabilitative Services.
    The Illinois Department, the County Departments, and local governmental units shall encourage and assist applicants and recipients to make maximum use of the facilities of public or private agencies providing rehabilitative services for persons afflicted with physical, mental or social disabilities requiring specialized care and treatment.
(Source: Laws 1967, p. 122.)

305 ILCS 5/9-4

    (305 ILCS 5/9-4)
    Sec. 9-4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-1381. Repealed by P.A. 95-322, eff. 1-1-08.)

305 ILCS 5/9-5

    (305 ILCS 5/9-5) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-5)
    Sec. 9-5. Educational programs; vocational training and retraining. The Illinois Department, the County Departments, and local governmental units shall cooperate with all public or private education and vocational training or retraining agencies or facilities operating within this State, or making their services available to residents of this State, to the end that there may be developed all necessary education and vocational training or retraining services and facilities required to improve the skills of persons receiving aid under Articles III, V, and VI for whom jobs are not immediately available, or which will provide education, training, and experience for persons who lack the skills required for employment opportunities as are or may become available. The education, training, or retraining services and facilities shall assure that persons receiving this assistance who are subject to participation shall become enrolled in, and attend, programs that will lead to graduation from high school or the equivalent when the Illinois Department determines these programs will be beneficial to the person in obtaining employment.
    Participants in any educational or vocational training program shall be provided with an extra allowance towards the costs of their participation.
(Source: P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6)
    Sec. 9-6. Job Search, Training and Work Programs. The Illinois Department and local governmental units shall initiate, promote and develop job search, training and work programs which will provide employment for and contribute to the training and experience of persons receiving aid under Articles III, V, and VI.
    The job search, training and work programs shall be designed to preserve and improve the work habits and skills of recipients for whom jobs are not otherwise immediately available and to provide training and experience for recipients who lack the skills required for such employment opportunities as are or may become available. The Illinois Department and local governmental unit shall determine by rule those classes of recipients who shall be subject to participation in such programs. If made subject to participation, every applicant for or recipient of public aid who is determined to be "able to engage in employment", as defined by the Department or local governmental unit pursuant to rules and regulations, for whom unsubsidized jobs are not otherwise immediately available shall be required to participate in any program established under this Section.
    The Illinois Department shall establish with the Director of Central Management Services an outreach and training program designed to encourage and assist recipients participating in job search, training and work programs to participate in open competitive examinations for trainee and other entry level positions to maximize opportunities for placement on open competitive eligible listings and referral to State agencies for employment consideration.
    The Department shall provide payment for transportation, day-care and Workers' Compensation costs which occur for recipients as a result of participating in job search, training and work programs as described in this Section. The Department may decline to initiate such programs in areas where eligible recipients would be so few in number as to not economically justify such programs; and in this event the Department shall not require persons in such areas to participate in any job search, training, or work programs whatsoever as a condition of their continued receipt of, or application for, aid.
    The programs may include, but shall not be limited to, service in child care centers, in preschool programs as teacher aides and in public health programs as home visitors and health aides; the maintenance of or services required in connection with public offices, buildings and grounds; state, county and municipal hospitals, forest preserves, parks, playgrounds, streets and highways, and other governmental maintenance or construction directed toward environmental improvement; and similar facilities.
    The Illinois Department or local governmental units may enter into agreements with local taxing bodies and private not-for-profit organizations, agencies and institutions to provide for the supervision and administration of job search, work and training projects authorized by this Section. Such agreements shall stipulate the requirements for utilization of recipients in such projects. In addition to any other requirements dealing with the administration of these programs, the Department shall assure, pursuant to rules and regulations, that:
        (a) Recipients may not displace regular employees.
        (b) The maximum number of hours of mandatory work is
    
8 hours per day and 40 hours per week, not to exceed 120 hours per month.
        (c) The maximum number of hours per month shall be
    
determined by dividing the recipient's benefits by the federal minimum wage, rounded to the lowest full hour. "Recipient's benefits" in this subsection includes: (i) both cash assistance and food stamps provided to the entire assistance unit or household by the Illinois Department where the job search, work and training program is administered by the Illinois Department and, where federal programs are involved, includes all such cash assistance and food stamps provided to the greatest extent allowed by federal law; or (ii) includes only cash assistance provided to the entire assistance unit by the local governmental unit where the job search, work and training program is administered by the local governmental unit.
        (d) The recipient shall be provided or compensated
    
for transportation to and from the work location.
        (e) Appropriate terms regarding recipient
    
compensation are met.
    Local taxing bodies and private not-for-profit organizations, agencies and institutions which utilize recipients in job search, work and training projects authorized by this Section are urged to include such recipients in the formulation of their employment policies.
    Unless directly paid by an employing local taxing body or not-for-profit agency, a recipient participating in a work project who meets all requirements set forth by the Illinois Department shall receive credit towards his or her monthly assistance benefits for work performed based upon the applicable minimum wage rate. Where a recipient is paid directly by an employing agency, the Illinois Department or local governmental unit shall provide for payment to such employing entity the appropriate amount of assistance benefits to which the recipient would otherwise be entitled under this Code.
    The Illinois Department or its designee, including local governmental units, may enter into agreements with the agencies or institutions providing work under programs established hereunder for payment to each such employer (hereinafter called "public service employer") of all or a portion of the wages to be paid to persons for the work performed and other appropriate costs.
    If the number of persons receiving aid under Article VI is insufficient to justify the establishment of job search, training and work programs on a local basis by a local governmental unit, or if for other good cause the establishment of a local program is impractical or unwarranted, the local governmental unit shall cooperate with other local governmental units, with civic and non-profit community agencies, and with the Illinois Department in developing a program or programs which will jointly serve the participating governmental units and agencies.
    A local governmental unit receiving State funds shall refer all recipients able to engage in employment to such job search, training and work programs as are established, whether within or without the governmental unit, and as are accessible to persons receiving aid from the governmental unit. The Illinois Department shall withhold allocation of state funds to any governmental unit which fails or refuses to make such referrals.
    Participants in job search, training and work programs shall be required to maintain current registration for regular employment under Section 11-10 and to accept any bona fide offer of regular employment. They shall likewise be required to accept education, work and training opportunities available to them under other provisions of this Code or Federal law. The Illinois Department or local governmental unit shall provide by rule for periodic review of the circumstances of each participant to determine the feasibility of his placement in regular employment or other work, education and training opportunities.
    Moneys made available for public aid purposes under Articles IV and VI may be expended to pay public service employers all or a portion of the wages of public service employees and other appropriate costs, to provide necessary supervisory personnel and equipment, to purchase Workers' Compensation Insurance or to pay Workers' Compensation claims, and to provide transportation to and from work sites.
    The Department shall provide through rules and regulations for sanctions against applicants and recipients of aid under this Code who fail to cooperate with the regulations and requirements established pursuant to this Section. Such sanctions may include the loss of eligibility to receive aid under Article VI of this Code for up to 3 months.
    The Department, in cooperation with a local governmental unit, may maintain a roster of persons who are required to participate in a local job search, training and work program. In such cases, the roster shall be available for inspection by employers for the selection of possible workers.
    In addition to the programs authorized by this Section, the Illinois Department is authorized to administer any job search, training or work projects in conjunction with the Federal Food Stamp Program, either under this Section or under other regulations required by the Federal government.
    The Illinois Department may also administer pilot programs to provide job search, training and work programs to unemployed parents of children receiving child support enforcement services under Article X of this Code.
(Source: P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02; 92-590, eff. 7-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.01

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.01) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6.01)
    Sec. 9-6.01. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-909. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.02

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.02) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6.02)
    Sec. 9-6.02. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-1028. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.03

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.03) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6.03)
    Sec. 9-6.03. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-1116. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.04

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.04)
    Sec. 9-6.04. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-170. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.1

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.1) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6.1)
    Sec. 9-6.1. Housing Education Program. The Illinois Department shall establish, either directly or by contract, a pilot project for a housing education program that will provide persons receiving aid under Articles III, IV, V, and VI with instructions in the care and maintenance of dwelling units, in the essentials of adequate housekeeping, and the problems of urban living. If in accord with Federal law and regulations governing grants to this State for public aid purposes, the Department may require recipients to attend a housing education program. Non-recipients to whom services have been extended under the provisions of Section 9-8 may also attend and participate in a housing education program established hereunder.
(Source: P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02; 93-632, eff. 2-1-04.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.2

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6.2)
    Sec. 9-6.2. Township assistance to county convalescent homes. In counties under township organization, the several townships therein which do not receive State funds for general assistance may provide, from moneys received and collected for public aid to all persons eligible therefor under Article VI of this Code, funds for the operation costs of any county convalescent home in the county, in addition to payment of patient expenses otherwise provided for under this Code. No township which receives State funds for general assistance may use moneys received and collected for public aid for such assistance to county convalescent homes. "County convalescent home" shall refer to any facility that was established by a county according to the provisions of Division 5-21 of the Counties Code or its predecessor.
(Source: P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.3

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.3) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6.3)
    Sec. 9-6.3. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-1028. Repealed by P.A. 90-17, eff. 7-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/9-6.4

    (305 ILCS 5/9-6.4) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-6.4)
    Sec. 9-6.4. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 85-1209. Repealed by P.A. 90-17, eff. 7-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/9-7

    (305 ILCS 5/9-7) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-7)
    Sec. 9-7. Establishing Services Not Otherwise Available-State Supervision of Services in Local Units Receiving State Funds.
    Where the services or facilities authorized by Sections 9-3 or 9-5 are not available or insufficient to meet needs, the Illinois Department or local governmental unit may establish and provide such services and facilities. If the local governmental unit receives State funds for such services or facilities under Sections 9-3 or 9-5, or for any local or joint programs under Section 9-6, the establishment of such services, facilities or programs and the expenditure of funds therefor shall be subject to the approval and supervision of the Illinois Department.
(Source: P.A. 77-1802.)

305 ILCS 5/9-8

    (305 ILCS 5/9-8) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-8)
    Sec. 9-8. Extension of Coverage.) If appropriate and sufficient facilities are not available through other agencies, the Illinois Department may extend those services provided in this Article which relate to work adjustment, education, training, and counseling and guidance on problems of child care, family relationships, home and money management, transportation, and health, to one or both of the following:
        (1) persons and families who have been recipients of
    
aid within 1 year preceding their request for the services, and who are likely to become recipients of aid again unless needed services are provided;
        (2) other persons and families who request the
    
services and whose economic, personal or social situation is such as to make it likely that without counseling, training or other services financial aid could reasonably be expected to be required within 6 months.
    The services may be continued for such time as may be necessary to overcome the conditions which may result in dependency upon financial aid but each case shall be reviewed at least quarterly to assure that the services are not continued beyond a reasonable period of time.
    Any extension of services under the foregoing provisions shall be limited to a pilot county or counties, or other test area, until the cost and effectiveness of the services provided are determined to be in the public interest.
    The Illinois Department may also extend the educational and vocational training programs provided under Section 9-5 or Section 9-7 to persons whose income does not exceed the standard established to determine eligibility for aid as a medically indigent person under Article V, subject to the minimum quarterly review requirement established in this Section for persons designated in subparagraphs (1) and (2).
(Source: P.A. 93-632, eff. 2-1-04.)

305 ILCS 5/9-9

    (305 ILCS 5/9-9) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-9)
    Sec. 9-9. The Illinois Department shall make information available in its local offices informing clients about programs concerning alcoholism and substance abuse treatment and prevention programs.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/9-10

    (305 ILCS 5/9-10) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-10)
    Sec. 9-10. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 87-528. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9-11

    (305 ILCS 5/9-11) (from Ch. 23, par. 9-11)
    Sec. 9-11. The Illinois Department may make disbursements to any attorney, or advocate working under the supervision of an attorney, who represents a recipient of cash assistance under Article VI in a program administered by the Illinois Department, in an appeal of any claim for federal veterans' benefits before a hearing officer at a Veterans' Administration Regional Office or upon an initial appeal to the Board of Veterans' Appeals which is decided in favor of the recipient. The amount of the disbursement shall be equal to the disbursement awarded under Section 3-13 of this Code. No disbursement shall be made unless a petition and a copy of the favorable decision is submitted by an attorney or advocate to the Illinois Department within 60 days of the date of the favorable decision. The disbursement shall be made within 30 days after the petition is received. The Illinois Department shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 89-21, eff. 7-1-95.)

305 ILCS 5/9-12

    (305 ILCS 5/9-12)
    Sec. 9-12. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 88-412; Repealed by P.A. 91-599, eff. 8-14-99.)

305 ILCS 5/9-13

    (305 ILCS 5/9-13)
    Sec. 9-13. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07. Repealed by P.A. 95-322, eff. 1-1-08.)

305 ILCS 5/9-14

    (305 ILCS 5/9-14)
    Sec. 9-14. Small business grant program. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity may establish a small business grant program for public aid recipients who are interested in developing a new start-up business. Grant applicants must submit an initial business plan or proposal to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity that clearly articulates the viability of the new start-up business and how the grant money will be used to develop the business. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall use such application materials to determine an applicant's eligibility under the program, the grant amount to be awarded, if applicable, and the number of grants an eligible applicant will receive under the program. If an applicant is determined by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to be eligible for a small business grant, the applicant must submit to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity every year that he or she participates in the program or applies for a new grant an updated business plan or proposal that demonstrates the continued viability or progress of the new start-up business. The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shall adopt any rules necessary to implement this provision, including rules on the minimum and maximum grant amounts awarded under the program, the number of grants an applicant may apply for or receive during a specified period of time, and application requirements.
(Source: P.A. 100-347, eff. 1-1-18.)

305 ILCS 5/Art. IXA

 
    (305 ILCS 5/Art. IXA heading)
ARTICLE IXA. EDUCATION, TRAINING AND
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM FOR RECIPIENTS
UNDER ARTICLE IV

305 ILCS 5/9A-1

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-1) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-1)
    Sec. 9A-1. Declaration of Purpose. It is the purpose of this Article to provide recipients of public aid under Article IV the education, training and employment programs that will help them avoid long-term welfare dependence.
(Source: P.A. 86-1184; 86-1381.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-2

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-2) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-2)
    Sec. 9A-2. As used in this Article only, "recipient" means only those persons receiving aid under Article IV.
(Source: P.A. 86-1184; 86-1381.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-3

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-3) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-3)
    Sec. 9A-3. Establishment of Program and Level of Services.
    (a) The Illinois Department shall establish and maintain a program to provide recipients with services consistent with the purposes and provisions of this Article. The program offered in different counties of the State may vary depending on the resources available to the State to provide a program under this Article, and no program may be offered in some counties, depending on the resources available. Services may be provided directly by the Illinois Department or through contract. References to the Illinois Department or staff of the Illinois Department shall include contractors when the Illinois Department has entered into contracts for these purposes. The Illinois Department shall provide each recipient who participates with such services available under the program as are necessary to achieve his employability plan as specified in the plan.
    (b) The Illinois Department, in operating the program, shall cooperate with public and private education and vocational training or retraining agencies or facilities, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Departments of Employment Security and Commerce and Economic Opportunity or other sponsoring organizations funded under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and other public or licensed private employment agencies.
(Source: P.A. 100-477, eff. 9-8-17.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-4

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-4) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-4)
    Sec. 9A-4. Participation.
    (a) Except for those exempted under subsection (b) below, and to the extent resources permit, the Illinois Department as a condition of eligibility for public aid, may, as provided by rule, require all recipients to participate in an education, training, and employment program, which shall include accepting suitable employment and refraining from terminating employment or reducing earnings without good cause.
    (b) Recipients shall be exempt from the requirement of participation in the education, training, and employment program in the following circumstances:
        (1) The recipient is a person over age 60; or
        (2) The recipient is a person with a child under age
    
one.
    Recipients are entitled to request a reasonable modification to the requirement of participation in the education, training and employment program in order to accommodate a qualified individual with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Requests for a reasonable modification shall be evaluated on a case-by-case functional basis by designated staff based on Department rule. All such requests shall be monitored as part of the agency's quality assurance process or processes to attest to the expediency with which such requests are addressed. Implementation of the changes made to this Section by this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly is subject to appropriation.
(Source: P.A. 94-629, eff. 1-1-06.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-5

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-5) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-5)
    Sec. 9A-5. Exempt recipients.
    (a) Exempt recipients under Section 9A-4 may volunteer to participate.
    (b) Services will be offered to exempt and non-exempt individuals who wish to volunteer to participate only to the extent resources permit.
    (c) Exempt and non-exempt individuals who volunteer to participate become program participants upon completion of the initial assessment, development of the employability plan, and assignment to a component. An exempt individual who volunteers to participate may not be sanctioned for not meeting program requirements.
(Source: P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02; 93-598, eff. 8-26-03.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-6

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-6) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-6)
    Sec. 9A-6. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 86-1475. Repealed by P.A. 90-17, eff. 7-1-97.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-7

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-7) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-7)
    Sec. 9A-7. Good Cause and Pre-Sanction Process.
    (a) The Department shall establish by rule what constitutes good cause for failure to participate in education, training and employment programs, failure to accept suitable employment or terminating employment or reducing earnings.
    The Department shall establish, by rule, a pre-sanction process to assist in resolving disputes over proposed sanctions and in determining if good cause exists. Good cause shall include, but not be limited to:
        (1) temporary illness for its duration;
        (2) court required appearance or temporary
    
incarceration;
        (3) (blank);
        (4) death in the family;
        (5) (blank);
        (6) (blank);
        (7) (blank);
        (8) (blank);
        (9) extreme inclement weather;
        (10) (blank);
        (11) lack of any support service even though the
    
necessary service is not specifically provided under the Department program, to the extent the lack of the needed service presents a significant barrier to participation;
        (12) if an individual is engaged in employment or
    
training or both that is consistent with the employment related goals of the program, if such employment and training is later approved by Department staff;
        (13) (blank);
        (14) failure of Department staff to correctly forward
    
the information to other Department staff;
        (15) failure of the participant to cooperate because
    
of attendance at a test or a mandatory class or function at an educational program (including college), when an education or training program is officially approved by the Department;
        (16) failure of the participant due to his or her
    
illiteracy;
        (17) failure of the participant because it is
    
determined that he or she should be in a different activity;
        (18) non-receipt by the participant of a notice
    
advising him or her of a participation requirement. If the non-receipt of mail occurs frequently, the Department shall explore an alternative means of providing notices of participation requests to participants;
        (19) (blank);
        (20) non-comprehension of English, either written or
    
oral or both;
        (21) (blank);
        (22) (blank);
        (23) child care (or day care for an incapacitated
    
individual living in the same home as a dependent child) is necessary for the participation or employment and such care is not available for a child under age 13;
        (24) failure to participate in an activity due to a
    
scheduled job interview, medical appointment for the participant or a household member, or school appointment;
        (25) the individual is homeless. Homeless
    
individuals (including the family) have no current residence and no expectation of acquiring one in the next 30 days. This includes individuals residing in overnight and transitional (temporary) shelters. This does not include individuals who are sharing a residence with friends or relatives on a continuing basis;
        (26) circumstances beyond the control of the
    
participant which prevent the participant from completing program requirements; or
        (27) (blank).
    (b) (Blank).
    (c) (1) The Department shall establish a reconciliation
    
procedure to assist in resolving disputes related to any aspect of participation, including exemptions, good cause, sanctions or proposed sanctions, supportive services, assessments, responsibility and service plans, assignment to activities, suitability of employment, or refusals of offers of employment. Through the reconciliation process the Department shall have a mechanism to identify good cause, ensure that the client is aware of the issue, and enable the client to perform required activities without facing sanction.
        (2) A participant may request reconciliation and
    
receive notice in writing of a meeting. At least one face-to-face meeting may be scheduled to resolve misunderstandings or disagreements related to program participation and situations which may lead to a potential sanction. The meeting will address the underlying reason for the dispute and plan a resolution to enable the individual to participate in TANF employment and work activity requirements.
        (2.5) If the individual fails to appear at the
    
reconciliation meeting without good cause, the reconciliation is unsuccessful and a sanction shall be imposed.
        (3) The reconciliation process shall continue after
    
it is determined that the individual did not have good cause for non-cooperation. Any necessary demonstration of cooperation on the part of the participant will be part of the reconciliation process. Failure to demonstrate cooperation will result in immediate sanction.
        (4) For the first instance of non-cooperation, if the
    
client reaches agreement to cooperate, the client shall be allowed 30 days to demonstrate cooperation before any sanction activity may be imposed. In any subsequent instances of non-cooperation, the client shall be provided the opportunity to show good cause or remedy the situation by immediately complying with the requirement.
        (5) The Department shall document in the case record
    
the proceedings of the reconciliation and provide the client in writing with a reconciliation agreement.
        (6) If reconciliation resolves the dispute, no
    
sanction shall be imposed. If the client fails to comply with the reconciliation agreement, the Department shall then immediately impose the original sanction. If the dispute cannot be resolved during reconciliation, a sanction shall not be imposed until the reconciliation process is complete.
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-8

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-8) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-8)
    Sec. 9A-8. Operation of Program.
    (a) At the time of application or redetermination of eligibility under Article IV, as determined by rule, the Illinois Department shall provide information in writing and orally regarding the education, training and employment program to all applicants and recipients. The information required shall be established by rule and shall include, but need not be limited to:
        (1) education (including literacy training),
    
employment and training opportunities available, the criteria for approval of those opportunities, and the right to request changes in the personal responsibility and services plan to include those opportunities;
        (1.1) a complete list of all activities that are
    
approvable activities, and the circumstances under which they are approvable, including work activities, substance abuse or mental health treatment, activities to escape and prevent domestic violence, caring for a medically impaired family member, and any other approvable activities, together with the right to and procedures for amending the responsibility and services plan to include these activities;
        (1.2) the rules concerning the lifetime limit on
    
eligibility, including the current status of the applicant or recipient in terms of the months of remaining eligibility, the criteria under which a month will not count towards the lifetime limit, and the criteria under which a recipient may receive benefits beyond the end of the lifetime limit;
        (2) supportive services including child care and the
    
rules regarding eligibility for and access to the child care assistance program, transportation, initial expenses of employment, job retention, books and fees, and any other supportive services;
        (3) the obligation of the Department to provide
    
supportive services;
        (4) the rights and responsibilities of participants,
    
including exemption, sanction, reconciliation, and good cause criteria and procedures, termination for non-cooperation and reinstatement rules and procedures, and appeal and grievance procedures; and
        (5) the types and locations of child care services.
    (b) The Illinois Department shall notify the recipient in writing of the opportunity to volunteer to participate in the program.
    (c) (Blank).
    (d) As part of the personal plan for achieving employment and self-sufficiency, the Department shall conduct an individualized assessment of the participant's employability. No participant may be assigned to any component of the education, training and employment activity prior to such assessment. The plan shall include collection of information on the individual's background, proficiencies, skills deficiencies, education level, work history, employment goals, interests, aptitudes, and employment preferences, as well as factors affecting employability or ability to meet participation requirements (e.g., health, physical or mental limitations, child care, family circumstances, domestic violence, sexual violence, substance abuse, and special needs of any child of the individual). As part of the plan, individuals and Department staff shall work together to identify any supportive service needs required to enable the client to participate and meet the objectives of his or her employability plan. The assessment may be conducted through various methods such as interviews, testing, counseling, and self-assessment instruments. In the assessment process, the Department shall offer to include standard literacy testing and a determination of English language proficiency and shall provide it for those who accept the offer. Based on the assessment, the individual will be assigned to the appropriate activity. The decision will be based on a determination of the individual's level of preparation for employment as defined by rule.
    (e) Recipients determined to be exempt may volunteer to participate pursuant to Section 9A-4 and must be assessed.
    (f) As part of the personal plan for achieving employment and self-sufficiency under Section 4-1, an employability plan for recipients shall be developed in consultation with the participant. The Department shall have final responsibility for approving the employability plan. The employability plan shall:
        (1) contain an employment goal of the participant;
        (2) describe the services to be provided by the
    
Department, including child care and other support services;
        (3) describe the activities, such as component
    
assignment, that will be undertaken by the participant to achieve the employment goal. The Department shall treat participation in high school and high school equivalency programs as a core activity and count participation in high school and high school equivalency programs toward the first 20 hours per week of participation. The Department shall approve participation in high school or high school equivalency programs upon written or oral request of the participant if he or she has not already earned a high school diploma or a high school equivalency certificate. However, participation in high school or high school equivalency programs may be delayed as part of an applicant's or recipient's personal plan for achieving employment and self-sufficiency if it is determined that the benefit from participating in another activity, such as, but not limited to, treatment for substance abuse or an English proficiency program, would be greater to the applicant or recipient than participation in high school or a high school equivalency program. The availability of high school and high school equivalency programs may also delay enrollment in those programs. The Department shall treat such activities as a core activity as long as satisfactory progress is made, as determined by the high school or high school equivalency program. Proof of satisfactory progress shall be provided by the participant or the school at the end of each academic term; and
        (4) describe any other needs of the family that might
    
be met by the Department.
    (g) The employability plan shall take into account:
        (1) available program resources;
        (2) the participant's support service needs;
        (3) the participant's skills level and aptitudes;
        (4) local employment opportunities; and
        (5) the preferences of the participant.
    (h) A reassessment shall be conducted to assess a participant's progress and to review the employability plan on the following occasions:
        (1) upon completion of an activity and before
    
assignment to an activity;
        (2) upon the request of the participant;
        (3) if the individual is not cooperating with the
    
requirements of the program; and
        (4) if the individual has failed to make satisfactory
    
progress in an education or training program.
    Based on the reassessment, the Department may revise the employability plan of the participant.
(Source: P.A. 99-746, eff. 1-1-17.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-8.1

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-8.1)
    Sec. 9A-8.1. Improvement of information to applicants and recipients. The Illinois Department shall annually review all procedures and written materials that it has in place for purposes of compliance with subsection (a) of Section 9A-8 and Section 11-20.1 requiring the Illinois Department to provide full and timely information to applicants and recipients of aid under Article IV of this Code about their opportunities, rights and responsibilities under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and related programs. As part of this annual review, the Illinois Department shall provide copies of all procedures and materials to the Family Self Sufficiency Advisory Council or any successor advisory body containing a similar number and assortment of advocates, providers, contractors, clients, and citizens. The Family Self Sufficiency Advisory Council or successor advisory body shall review the existing procedures and materials in light of program rules, recent changes in the law or rules, and experience in the field, and it shall suggest changes to the Illinois Department. The Illinois Department shall produce new or revised procedures and materials, or ratify the existing ones, for use beginning each October 1. If the Illinois Department rejects changes suggested by the Family Self Sufficiency Advisory Council, it shall explain the reasons in a written response.
(Source: P.A. 91-331, eff. 7-29-99.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-9

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-9) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-9)
    Sec. 9A-9. Program Activities. The Department shall establish education, training and placement activities by rule. Not all of the same activities need be provided in each county in the State. Such activities may include the following:
    (a) Education (Below post secondary). In the Education (below post secondary) activity, the individual receives information, referral, counseling services and support services to increase the individual's employment potential. Participants may be referred to testing, counseling and education resources. Educational activities will include basic and remedial education; English proficiency classes; high school or its equivalency or alternative education at the secondary level; and with any educational program, structured study time to enhance successful participation. An individual's participation in an education program such as literacy, basic adult education, high school equivalency, or a remedial program shall be limited to 2 years unless the individual also is working or participating in a work activity approved by the Illinois Department as defined by rule; this requirement does not apply, however, to students enrolled in high school.
    (b) Job Skills Training (Vocational). Job Skills Training is designed to increase the individual's ability to obtain and maintain employment. Job Skills Training activities will include vocational skill classes designed to increase a participant's ability to obtain and maintain employment. Job Skills Training may include certificate programs.
    (c) Job Readiness. The job readiness activity is designed to enhance the quality of the individual's level of participation in the world of work while learning the necessary essentials to obtain and maintain employment. This activity helps individuals gain the necessary job finding skills to help them find and retain employment that will lead to economic independence.
    (d) Job Search. Job Search may be conducted individually or in groups. Job Search includes the provision of counseling, job seeking skills training and information dissemination. Group job search may include training in a group session. Assignment exclusively to job search cannot be in excess of 8 consecutive weeks (or its equivalent) in any period of 12 consecutive months.
    (e) Work Experience. Work Experience assignments may be with private employers or not-for-profit or public agencies in the State. The Illinois Department shall provide workers' compensation coverage. Participants who are not members of a 2-parent assistance unit may not be assigned more hours than their cash grant amount plus food stamps divided by the minimum wage. Private employers and not-for-profit and public agencies shall not use Work Experience participants to displace regular employees. Participants in Work Experience may perform work in the public interest (which otherwise meets the requirements of this Section) for a federal office or agency with its consent, and notwithstanding the provisions of 31 U.S.C. 1342, or any other provision of law, such agency may accept such services, but participants shall not be considered federal employees for any purpose. A participant shall be reassessed at the end of assignment to Work Experience. The participant may be reassigned to Work Experience or assigned to another activity, based on the reassessment.
    (f) On the Job Training. In On the Job Training, a participant is hired by a private or public employer and while engaged in productive work receives training that provides knowledge or skills essential to full and adequate performance of the job.
    (g) Work Supplementation. In work supplementation, the Department pays a wage subsidy to an employer who hires a participant. The cash grant which a participant would receive if not employed is diverted and the diverted cash grant is used to pay the wage subsidy.
    (h) Post Secondary Education. Post secondary education must be administered by an educational institution accredited under requirements of State law.
    (i) Self Initiated Education. Participants who are attending an institution of higher education or a vocational or technical program of their own choosing and who are in good standing, may continue to attend and receive supportive services only if the educational program is approved by the Department, and is in conformity with the participant's personal plan for achieving employment and self-sufficiency and the participant is employed part-time, as defined by the Illinois Department by rule.
    (j) Job Development and Placement. Department staff shall develop through contacts with public and private employers unsubsidized job openings for participants. Job interviews will be secured for clients by the marketing of participants for specific job openings. Job ready individuals may be assigned to Job Development and Placement.
    (k) Job Retention. The job retention component is designed to assist participants in retaining employment. Initial employment expenses and job retention services are provided. The individual's support service needs are assessed and the individual receives counseling regarding job retention skills.
    (l) (Blank).
    (l-5) Transitional Jobs. These programs provide temporary wage-paying work combined with case management and other social services designed to address employment barriers. The wage-paying work is treated as regular employment for all purposes under this Code, and the additional activities, as determined by the Transitional Jobs provider, shall be countable work activities. The program must comply with the anti-displacement provisions of this Code governing the Work Experience program.
    (m) Pay-after-performance Program. A parent may be required to participate in a pay-after-performance program in which the parent must work a specified number of hours to earn the grant. The program shall comply with provisions of this Code governing work experience programs.
    (n) Community Service. Community service includes unpaid work that the client performs in his or her community, such as for a school, church, government agency, or nonprofit organization.
(Source: P.A. 98-718, eff. 1-1-15.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-9.5

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-9.5)
    Sec. 9A-9.5. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 95-331, eff. 8-21-07. Repealed by P.A. 97-48, eff. 6-28-11.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-10

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-10) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-10)
    Sec. 9A-10. Support Services.
    (a) The Illinois Department shall provide or pay for child care and other support services, if otherwise unavailable, to enable recipients to participate in or prepare for education, training and employment programs authorized under this Article. The Illinois Department shall provide and pay for such support services in accordance with procedures, standards and rates established by rule.
    (b) Support services may include:
        (1) transportation;
        (2) child care;
        (3) job search allowance;
        (4) initial employment expenses;
        (5) required books, fees, supplies; and
        (6) required physical examinations and medical
    
services.
    (c) Participation shall not be required if support services are needed for effective participation but unavailable from the Department or some other reasonably available source. Support services shall be made available to the participant at no cost.
(Source: P.A. 86-1184; 86-1381; 87-860.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-11

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-11) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-11)
    Sec. 9A-11. Child care.
    (a) The General Assembly recognizes that families with children need child care in order to work. Child care is expensive and families with low incomes, including those who are transitioning from welfare to work, often struggle to pay the costs of day care. The General Assembly understands the importance of helping low income working families become and remain self-sufficient. The General Assembly also believes that it is the responsibility of families to share in the costs of child care. It is also the preference of the General Assembly that all working poor families should be treated equally, regardless of their welfare status.
    (b) To the extent resources permit, the Illinois Department shall provide child care services to parents or other relatives as defined by rule who are working or participating in employment or Department approved education or training programs. At a minimum, the Illinois Department shall cover the following categories of families:
        (1) recipients of TANF under Article IV participating
    
in work and training activities as specified in the personal plan for employment and self-sufficiency;
        (2) families transitioning from TANF to work;
        (3) families at risk of becoming recipients of TANF;
        (4) families with special needs as defined by rule;
        (5) working families with very low incomes as defined
    
by rule; and
        (6) families that are not recipients of TANF and that
    
need child care assistance to participate in education and training activities.
    The Department shall specify by rule the conditions of eligibility, the application process, and the types, amounts, and duration of services. Eligibility for child care benefits and the amount of child care provided may vary based on family size, income, and other factors as specified by rule.
    In determining income eligibility for child care benefits, the Department annually, at the beginning of each fiscal year, shall establish, by rule, one income threshold for each family size, in relation to percentage of State median income for a family of that size, that makes families with incomes below the specified threshold eligible for assistance and families with incomes above the specified threshold ineligible for assistance. Through and including fiscal year 2007, the specified threshold must be no less than 50% of the then-current State median income for each family size. Beginning in fiscal year 2008, the specified threshold must be no less than 185% of the then-current federal poverty level for each family size.
    In determining eligibility for assistance, the Department shall not give preference to any category of recipients or give preference to individuals based on their receipt of benefits under this Code.
    Nothing in this Section shall be construed as conferring entitlement status to eligible families.
    The Illinois Department is authorized to lower income eligibility ceilings, raise parent co-payments, create waiting lists, or take such other actions during a fiscal year as are necessary to ensure that child care benefits paid under this Article do not exceed the amounts appropriated for those child care benefits. These changes may be accomplished by emergency rule under Section 5-45 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, except that the limitation on the number of emergency rules that may be adopted in a 24-month period shall not apply.
    The Illinois Department may contract with other State agencies or child care organizations for the administration of child care services.
    (c) Payment shall be made for child care that otherwise meets the requirements of this Section and applicable standards of State and local law and regulation, including any requirements the Illinois Department promulgates by rule in addition to the licensure requirements promulgated by the Department of Children and Family Services and Fire Prevention and Safety requirements promulgated by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and is provided in any of the following:
        (1) a child care center which is licensed or exempt
    
from licensure pursuant to Section 2.09 of the Child Care Act of 1969;
        (2) a licensed child care home or home exempt from
    
licensing;
        (3) a licensed group child care home;
        (4) other types of child care, including child care
    
provided by relatives or persons living in the same home as the child, as determined by the Illinois Department by rule.
    (c-5) Solely for the purposes of coverage under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, child and day care home providers, including licensed and license exempt, participating in the Department's child care assistance program shall be considered to be public employees and the State of Illinois shall be considered to be their employer as of the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, but not before. The State shall engage in collective bargaining with an exclusive representative of child and day care home providers participating in the child care assistance program concerning their terms and conditions of employment that are within the State's control. Nothing in this subsection shall be understood to limit the right of families receiving services defined in this Section to select child and day care home providers or supervise them within the limits of this Section. The State shall not be considered to be the employer of child and day care home providers for any purposes not specifically provided in this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly, including but not limited to, purposes of vicarious liability in tort and purposes of statutory retirement or health insurance benefits. Child and day care home providers shall not be covered by the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971.
    In according child and day care home providers and their selected representative rights under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act, the State intends that the State action exemption to application of federal and State antitrust laws be fully available to the extent that their activities are authorized by this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly.
    (d) The Illinois Department shall establish, by rule, a co-payment scale that provides for cost sharing by families that receive child care services, including parents whose only income is from assistance under this Code. The co-payment shall be based on family income and family size and may be based on other factors as appropriate. Co-payments may be waived for families whose incomes are at or below the federal poverty level.
    (d-5) The Illinois Department, in consultation with its Child Care and Development Advisory Council, shall develop a plan to revise the child care assistance program's co-payment scale. The plan shall be completed no later than February 1, 2008, and shall include:
        (1) findings as to the percentage of income that the
    
average American family spends on child care and the relative amounts that low-income families and the average American family spend on other necessities of life;
        (2) recommendations for revising the child care
    
co-payment scale to assure that families receiving child care services from the Department are paying no more than they can reasonably afford;
        (3) recommendations for revising the child care
    
co-payment scale to provide at-risk children with complete access to Preschool for All and Head Start; and
        (4) recommendations for changes in child care program
    
policies that affect the affordability of child care.
    (e) (Blank).
    (f) The Illinois Department shall, by rule, set rates to be paid for the various types of child care. Child care may be provided through one of the following methods:
        (1) arranging the child care through eligible
    
providers by use of purchase of service contracts or vouchers;
        (2) arranging with other agencies and community
    
volunteer groups for non-reimbursed child care;
        (3) (blank); or
        (4) adopting such other arrangements as the
    
Department determines appropriate.
    (f-5) (Blank).
    (g) Families eligible for assistance under this Section shall be given the following options:
        (1) receiving a child care certificate issued by the
    
Department or a subcontractor of the Department that may be used by the parents as payment for child care and development services only; or
        (2) if space is available, enrolling the child with a
    
child care provider that has a purchase of service contract with the Department or a subcontractor of the Department for the provision of child care and development services. The Department may identify particular priority populations for whom they may request special consideration by a provider with purchase of service contracts, provided that the providers shall be permitted to maintain a balance of clients in terms of household incomes and families and children with special needs, as defined by rule.
(Source: P.A. 100-387, eff. 8-25-17.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-11.5

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-11.5)
    Sec. 9A-11.5. Investigate child care providers.
    (a) Any child care provider receiving funds from the child care assistance program under this Code who is not required to be licensed under the Child Care Act of 1969 shall, as a condition of eligibility to participate in the child care assistance program under this Code, authorize in writing on a form prescribed by the Department of Children and Family Services, periodic investigations of the Central Register, as defined in the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, to ascertain if the child care provider has been determined to be a perpetrator in an indicated report of child abuse or neglect. The Department of Children and Family Services shall conduct an investigation of the Central Register at the request of the Department.
    (b) Any child care provider, other than a relative of the child, receiving funds from the child care assistance program under this Code who is not required to be licensed under the Child Care Act of 1969 shall, as a condition of eligibility to participate in the child care assistance program under this Code, authorize in writing a State and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprint-based criminal history record check to determine if the child care provider has ever been convicted of a crime with respect to which the conviction has not been overturned and the criminal records have not been sealed or expunged. Upon this authorization, the Department shall request and receive information and assistance from any federal or State governmental agency as part of the authorized criminal history record check. The Department of State Police shall provide information concerning any conviction that has not been overturned and with respect to which the criminal records have not been sealed or expunged, whether the conviction occurred before or on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 96th General Assembly, of a child care provider upon the request of the Department when the request is made in the form and manner required by the Department of State Police. The Department of State Police shall charge a fee not to exceed the cost of processing the criminal history record check. The fee is to be deposited into the State Police Services Fund. Any information concerning convictions that have not been overturned and with respect to which the criminal records have not been sealed or expunged obtained by the Department is confidential and may not be transmitted (i) outside the Department except as required in this Section or (ii) to anyone within the Department except as needed for the purposes of determining participation in the child care assistance program. A copy of the criminal history record check obtained from the Department of State Police shall be provided to the unlicensed child care provider.
    (c) The Department shall by rule set standards for determining when to disqualify an unlicensed child care provider for payment because (i) there is an indicated finding against the provider based on the results of the Central Register search or (ii) there is a disqualifying criminal charge pending against the provider or the provider has a disqualifying criminal conviction that has not been overturned and with respect to which the criminal records have not been expunged or sealed based on the results of the fingerprint-based Department of State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history record check. In determining whether to disqualify an unlicensed child care provider for payment under this subsection, the Department shall consider the nature and gravity of any offense or offenses; the time that has passed since the offense or offenses or the completion of the criminal sentence or both; and the relationship of the offense or offenses to the responsibilities of the child care provider.
(Source: P.A. 96-632, eff. 8-24-09.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-12

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-12)
    Sec. 9A-12. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 89-641, eff. 8-9-96. Repealed by P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-13

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-13)
    Sec. 9A-13. Work activity; anti-displacement provisions.
    (a) As used in this Section "work activity" means any workfare, earnfare, pay-after-performance, work-off-the-grant, work experience, or other activity under Section 9A-9 or any other Section of this Code in which a recipient of public assistance performs work for any employer as a condition of receiving the public assistance, and the employer does not pay wages for the work; or as any grant diversion, wage supplementation, or similar program in which the public assistance grant is provided to the employer as a subsidy for the wages of any recipient in its workforce.
    (b) An employer may not utilize a work activity participant if such utilization would result in:
        (1) the displacement or partial displacement of
    
current employees, including but not limited to a reduction in hours of non-overtime or overtime work, wages, or employment benefits; or
        (2) the filling of a position that would otherwise be
    
a promotional opportunity for current employees; or
        (3) the filling of a position created by or causing
    
termination, layoff, a hiring freeze, or a reduction in the workforce; or
        (4) the placement of a participant in any established
    
unfilled vacancy; or
        (5) the performance of work by a participant if there
    
is a strike, lockout, or other labor dispute in which the employer is engaged.
    (c) An employer who wishes to utilize work activity participants shall, at least 15 days prior to utilizing such participants, notify the labor organization of the name, work location, and the duties to be performed by the participant.
    (d) The Department of Human Services shall establish a grievance procedure for employees and labor organizations to utilize in the event of any alleged violation of this Section. Notwithstanding the above, a labor organization may utilize the established grievance or arbitration procedure in its collective bargaining agreement to contest violations of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 92-111, eff. 1-1-02.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-14

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-14)
    Sec. 9A-14. (Repealed).
(Source: P.A. 91-624, eff. 1-1-00. Repealed by P.A. 95-322, eff. 1-1-08.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-15

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-15)
    Sec. 9A-15. College education assistance; pilot program.
    (a) Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services shall establish a pilot program to provide recipients of assistance under Article IV with additional assistance in obtaining a post-secondary education degree to the extent permitted by the federal law governing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. This assistance may include, but is not limited to, moneys for the payment of tuition, but the Department may not use any moneys appropriated for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) under Article IV to pay for tuition under the pilot program. In addition to criteria, standards, and procedures related to post-secondary education required by rules applicable to the TANF program, the Department shall provide that the time that a pilot program participant spends in post-secondary classes shall apply toward the time that the recipient is required to spend in education, placement, and training activities under this Article.
    The Department shall define the pilot program by rule, including a determination of its duration and scope, the nature of the assistance to be provided, and the criteria, standards, and procedures for participation.
    (b) The Department shall enter into an interagency agreement with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for the administration of the pilot program.
    (c) The Department shall evaluate the pilot program and report its findings and recommendations after 2 years of its operation to the Governor and the General Assembly, including proposed rules to modify or extend the pilot program beyond the scope and schedule upon which it was originally established.
(Source: P.A. 94-371, eff. 1-1-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

305 ILCS 5/9A-16

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-16)
    Sec. 9A-16. Work activity; applicable minimum wage. The State or federal minimum wage, whichever is higher, shall be used to calculate the required number of hours of participation in any earnfare or pay-after-performance activity under Section 9A-9 or any other Section of this Code in which a recipient of public assistance performs work as a condition of receiving the public assistance and the recipient is not paid wages for the work.
(Source: P.A. 94-533, eff. 8-10-05; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

305 ILCS 5/Art. X

 
    (305 ILCS 5/Art. X heading)
ARTICLE X: DETERMINATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF
SUPPORT RESPONSIBILITY OF RELATIVES

305 ILCS 5/10-1

    (305 ILCS 5/10-1) (from Ch. 23, par. 10-1)
    Sec. 10-1. Declaration of Public Policy - Persons Eligible for Child Support Enforcement Services - Fees for Non-Applicants and Non-Recipients.) It is the intent of this Code that the financial aid and social welfare services herein provided supplement rather than supplant the primary and continuing obligation of the family unit for self-support to the fullest extent permitted by the resources available to it. This primary and continuing obligation applies whether the family unit of parents and children or of husband and wife remains intact and resides in a common household or whether the unit has been broken by absence of one or more members of the unit. The obligation of the family unit is particularly applicable when a member is in necessitous circumstances and lacks the means of a livelihood compatible with health and well-being.
    It is the purpose of this Article to provide for locating an absent parent or spouse, for determining his financial circumstances, and for enforcing his legal obligation of support, if he is able to furnish support, in whole or in part. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall give priority to establishing, enforcing and collecting the current support obligation, and then to past due support owed to the family unit, except with respect to collections effected through the intercept programs provided for in this Article.
    The child support enforcement services provided hereunder shall be furnished dependents of an absent parent or spouse who are applicants for or recipients of financial aid under this Code. It is not, however, a condition of eligibility for financial aid that there be no responsible relatives who are reasonably able to provide support. Nor, except as provided in Sections 4-1.7 and 10-8, shall the existence of such relatives or their payment of support contributions disqualify a needy person for financial aid.
    By accepting financial aid under this Code, a spouse or a parent or other person having custody of a child shall be deemed to have made assignment to the Illinois Department for aid under Articles III, IV, V and VII or to a local governmental unit for aid under Article VI of any and all rights, title, and interest in any support obligation, including statutory interest thereon, up to the amount of financial aid provided. The rights to support assigned to the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (formerly Illinois Department of Public Aid) or local governmental unit shall constitute an obligation owed the State or local governmental unit by the person who is responsible for providing the support, and shall be collectible under all applicable processes.
    The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall also furnish the child support enforcement services established under this Article in behalf of persons who are not applicants for or recipients of financial aid under this Code in accordance with the requirements of Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act. The Department may establish a schedule of reasonable fees, to be paid for the services provided and may deduct a collection fee, not to exceed 10% of the amount collected, from such collection. The Department of Healthcare and Family Services shall cause to be published and distributed publications reasonably calculated to inform the public that individuals who are not recipients of or applicants for public aid under this Code are eligible for the child support enforcement services under this Article X. Such publications shall set forth an explanation, in plain language, that the child support enforcement services program is independent of any public aid program under the Code and that the receiving of child support enforcement services in no way implies that the person receiving such services is receiving public aid.
(Source: P.A. 94-90, eff. 1-1-06; 95-331, eff. 8-21-07.)

305 ILCS 5/10-2

    (305 ILCS 5/10-2) (from Ch. 23, par. 10-2)
    Sec. 10-2. Extent of Liability. A husband is liable for the support of his wife and a wife for the support of her husband. Unless the child is otherwise emancipated, the parents are severally liable for the support of any child under age 18, and for any child aged 18 who is attending high school, until that child graduates from high school, or attains the age of 19, whichever is earlier. The term "child" includes a child born out of wedlock, or legally adopted child.
    In addition to the primary obligation of support imposed upon responsible relatives, such relatives, if individually or together in any combination they have sufficient income or other resources to support a needy person, in whole or in part, shall be liable for any financial aid extended under this Code to a person for whose support they are responsible, including amounts expended for funeral and burial costs.
(Source: P.A. 92-876, eff. 6-1-03.)