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claims are approved by the federal government and correct the
disparity between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs'
approval of disability compensation for Illinois veterans and
that which is approved for veterans in other states.
(b) The Task Force shall have 15 members, comprised as
(1) The Director of Veterans' Affairs or the Director's
designee, who shall serve as chairperson.
(2) 2 Members from the House of Representatives,
appointed one each by the Speaker of the House and the
House Minority Leader.
(3) 2 Members of the Senate, appointed one each by the
President of the Senate and the Senate Minority Leader.
(4) One veteran, appointed by the Director of Veterans'
(5) One medical professional with experience working
with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, appointed by
the Director of Veterans' Affairs.
(6) 4 representatives from a variety of veterans
organizations representing geographic diversity in the
State, appointed by the Director of Veterans' Affairs.
(7) 4 members appointed by the chair of the Veterans'
Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives and the
chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee in the Senate.
Those appointed to the Task Force under this paragraph
shall be members of different Illinois counties' Veterans
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Assistance Commissions, Veteran Service Officers, and
Task Force members shall serve without compensation but
be reimbursed for their expenses incurred in performing their
(c) The Task Force shall meet at least once every 2 months
beginning July 1, 2019, and at other times as determined by the
(d) The Department of Veterans' Affairs shall provide
administrative and other support to the Task Force.
(e) The Task Force shall prepare a report that summarizes
its work and makes recommendations resulting from its study.
The Task Force shall submit the report of its findings and
recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly by
December 31, 2020. The Task Force is dissolved, and this
Section is repealed, on December 31, 2021.
This Act takes effect upon