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Full Text of HB1237  103rd General Assembly




State of Illinois
2023 and 2024


Introduced 1/31/2023, by Rep. Kam Buckner, Joyce Mason and Dagmara Avelar


New Act

    Creates the Illinois Strategic Action Plan for Aging Equity Act. Provides that the purpose of the Act is to appoint a planning commission to research and develop a comprehensive, cross-sector, long-term strategic action plan for aging equity that will lead to actionable goals and measurable outcomes for the years 2024 through 2036. Establishes the Strategic Action Planning Commission for Aging Equity. Provides that the planning commission shall be made up of State agency directors and appointed elected officials or their designees as ex officio members, and a group of voting individuals from the general public. Provides that the planning commission shall examine the effects, challenges, opportunities, and needs for planning related to the shifting age demographics toward an increasing portion of the State's and localities' populations being made up of older adults. Requires the planning commission to adopt guiding principles that include, but are not limited to: (i) advancing aging equity across the life course; (ii) developing cultural humility and being culturally responsive with inclusive policies, programs, and services; and (iii) harnessing the power of experience and knowledge of older persons in communities. Requires the Governor to appoint members to the planning commission within 3 months after the effective date of the amendatory Act; and to consult with the President and Minority Leader of the Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, and the Director of Aging about member appointments to ensure that (1) the planning commission reflects the geographic diversity of the State; (2) the planning commission is inclusive and consists of members who reflect a diversity of age, gender, ability, race, cultural, socioeconomic, and national background; (3) the planning commission includes Illinois residents age 60 or older; and other matters. Contains provisions on the composition of the planning commission; commission meetings; the commission's authority to establish a subcommittee; the establishment of an advisory committee; duties of the planning commission; data analysis; planning commission recommendations and reporting requirements; and other matters. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning State government.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
5Illinois Strategic Action Plan for Aging Equity Act.
6    Section 5. Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to direct
7the appointment of a planning commission co-chaired by the
8Governor's Office and the Department on Aging to research and
9develop a comprehensive, cross-sector, long-term strategic
10action plan for aging equity. A strategic action plan for
11aging equity could draw upon Illinois' well-developed aging
12network developed in accordance with the federal Older
13Americans Act, the Illinois Act on the Aging, and the Older
14Adult Services Act, all of which help older Illinoisans stay
15connected and stay in their communities. With decades of
16support for aging issues from the General Assembly, the
17Department on Aging and its Aging Network staff, and aging
18advocates, Illinois will develop, adopt, and implement a
19strategic action plan for aging equity on a strong foundation.
20    Section 10. Findings. The General Assembly finds,
21determines, and declares the following:
22        (1) This Act is necessary for the immediate



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1    preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.
2        (2) Illinois' population is aging. Like the rest of
3    the United States and the world, Illinois is experiencing
4    a shift in the age demographics of its population. The
5    baby boomer generation is getting older; longevity is
6    increasing for many as well as the health, social,
7    financial, and other needs that come with it. The
8    migration of families and older persons out of Illinois
9    has also increased and the State is experiencing
10    historically low birthrates. All of these social changes
11    have contributed to Illinois' population shrinking.
12        (3) As Illinois' population shrinks, the State
13    continues to depend more on State or local funding for
14    older adult services as federal funding provided under the
15    Older Americans Act is tied to population numbers.
16        (4) State taxation leans heavily on income taxes. With
17    a growing percentage of people in older adulthood, new
18    fiscal challenges will likely require changes to how
19    Illinois generates revenue.
20        (5) The aging of communities has far-reaching effects
21    on all people and all sectors. As of 2019, the 60 and older
22    age group represented 21% of Illinois' total population,
23    with 10% of Illinois' 102 counties having more than 30% of
24    their population aged 60 or older, particularly rural
25    agricultural counties. Statewide, 11% of Illinois' older
26    persons are veterans.



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1        (6) Many older Illinoisans interact with, and their
2    lives and opportunities are shaped by, multiple systems
3    and aspects of society, including, but not limited to,
4    housing development and construction; health and human
5    services; parks and recreation; information technology;
6    arts and communications; public health; hospitality,
7    tourism and travel; workforce development; volunteerism;
8    business and financial planning; legal and human rights;
9    government services; education; transportation; and
10    veterans' affairs.
11        (7) Across Illinois, many people are suffering from
12    long-standing structural inequities such as racism, class
13    inequity, genderism, sexism, ageism, ableism, xenophobia,
14    homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression all
15    of which shape how, and whether or not, individuals reach
16    older adulthood and their quality of life as they age. The
17    life expectancy across and within the 102 counties in
18    Illinois varies significantly, with 20% of counties
19    experiencing a life expectancy of less than 70 years.
20    Significant life expectancy and other health inequities
21    exist both within and across counties.
22        (8) Chronic health conditions impact 85% of older
23    Americans and 70% of persons aged 65 or older will need
24    caregiver support at some point in their older years.
25        (9) There is a great demand for paid home care
26    workers, direct support workers, and personal aide workers



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1    coupled with severe worker shortages, high turnover,
2    difficult work, and often low pay. Older Black and Brown
3    women make up much of this workforce, and the undervaluing
4    and underpaying of this labor is rooted in racism, sexism,
5    and class inequity. Due to worker shortages in all areas
6    of the State, contracted agencies are unable to fulfill
7    the care plans of persons enrolled in the State's Home and
8    Community Based Services Waiver Programs which are
9    designed to prevent the unnecessary institutionalization
10    of persons in need of long-term care services. Worker
11    shortages are also impacting the care management agencies
12    that determine eligibility for these services.
13        (10) Of the 28,804 Illinoisans who died from COVID-19
14    as of January 2022, 36.7% were persons of color and 86.2%
15    were persons aged 60 or older. As of August 2021, 43% of
16    all Illinois COVID-19 deaths were nursing home-related,
17    with significant health inequities. With vaccines and
18    boosters in place, as of January 2022, nursing
19    home-related deaths account for 26% of all COVID-19 deaths
20    in Illinois.
21        (11) A 2021 report by the Department of Healthcare and
22    Family Services found that, overwhelmingly, the
23    understaffed Medicaid facilities with 3-4 persons in a
24    room where the poorest of the poor and mostly Black and
25    Brown persons resided, were the ones that experienced the
26    highest risk of infection and death. These health



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1    inequities show the effects of structural racism and class
2    inequity intersecting with ageism, as well as the effect
3    of crowded and low-quality nursing home care.
4        (12) Health inequities are the systemic patterns of
5    differences that are unfair, unjust, and remediable,
6    meaning that there is something we can do about them, and
7    there is a justice and moral imperative to do so.
8        (13) There is a need for equitable services across
9    communities with equitable and adequate funding in order
10    for Illinoisans across the State to feel supported across
11    their lifespans, including their older years.
12        (14) Coordinated action is needed across Illinois'
13    network of aging and disability advocates and providers,
14    cross-sector leaders, policymakers, and units of local
15    government to affirm the priority of the health and
16    well-being of older Illinoisans and the need for policies
17    that promote healthy aging.
18        (15) There are many opportunities for Illinois to meet
19    the needs of its residents as they get older.
20        (16) Illinois has the unique opportunity to benefit
21    from comprehensive research, current innovation, and
22    lessons from the pandemic to identify long-term strategic
23    approaches to address current and future challenges and
24    opportunities and better integrate current and future
25    innovative solutions that improve quality across all
26    communities.



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1    Section 15. Legislative intent.
2    (1) It is the intent of the General Assembly that there is
3established a multidisciplinary Strategic Action Planning
4Commission for Aging Equity for the purpose of developing a
5comprehensive strategic action plan for aging equity in
6Illinois that will lead to actionable goals and measurable
7outcomes for the years 2024 through 2036. The purpose of the
8Strategic Action Planning Commission for Aging Equity is to
9provide the Governor and the General Assembly with data and
10specific recommendations regarding public actions by all State
11agencies so that the General Assembly can address the
12demographic shift of an aging population. This includes
13recommended changes in policy, procedures, programs, services,
14projects, and resources to support equitable aging across the
15life course.
16    (2) Recommendations put forth by the Strategic Action
17Planning Commission for Aging Equity will be presented to the
18Governor and General Assembly within 2 years from the date of
19the planning commission's first meeting.
20    (3) The Strategic Action Planning Commission for Aging
21Equity will continue to meet regularly to ensure recommended
22actions are taken and transparent and tangible progress is
23being made toward initial targeted goals with measurable
24outcomes as well as establishing new goals as data and
25research continues to drive equity, innovation, and quality



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2    Section 20. Definitions. As used in this Act:
3    (1) "Ableism" means discrimination in favor of able-bodied
5    (2) "Ageism" means prejudice or discrimination on the
6grounds of a person's age.
7    (3) "Aging equity" is both an outcome and a process. As an
8outcome it means, aging equity is achieved when every person
9can attain their full potential across the life course without
10disadvantage because of social position or other socially and
11structurally determined circumstances. As a process, aging
12equity is a process of assurance of the conditions of optimal
13aging for all people which requires at least 3 things: (i)
14valuing all individuals and populations equally; (ii)
15recognizing and rectifying historical injustices; and (iii)
16providing resources according to need. Aging inequities will
17be eliminated when aging equity is achieved.
18    (4) "Caregiver" means someone caring for a spouse or
19parent, an extended family member, or even a friend or
20neighbor. A caregiver provides help with transportation to
21medical appointments, purchasing or organizing medications,
22monitoring a person's medical condition, communicating with
23health care professionals, advocating on a person's behalf
24with providers or agencies, and assisting a person with
25getting in and out of bed or a chair, getting dressed, bathing



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1or showering, grocery or other shopping, housework, preparing
2meals, and managing finances.
3    (5) "Class inequity" means relations of power among
4networked and organized social groups that direct society's
5major institutions (such as corporations and government
6authorities), material resources, and investments. "Class
7inequity" or "classism" is the systematic oppression of
8subordinated class groups, held in place by attitudes that
9rank people according to economic status, family lineage, job
10status, level of education, and other divisions.
11    (6) "Cultural humility" means an approach to healthcare
12and other services that incorporates a lifelong commitment to
13self-evaluation and self-critique, to redressing the power
14imbalances between the providers and institutions and their
15patients or clients and to developing mutually beneficial and
16non-paternalistic clinical, service-based, and advocacy
17partnerships with communities on behalf of individuals and
18defined populations.
19    (7) "Cultural responsiveness" means a strengths-based
20approach to serving others rooted in respect and appreciation
21for the role of culture in a person's understanding and
22development, taking into account each person's strengths,
23abilities, experiences, and interests as developed within the
24person's family and culture.
25    (8) "Genderism" means the systematic belief that people
26need to conform to their gender assigned at birth in a



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1gender-binary system that includes only female and male.
2    (9) "Historical and contemporary racism" means a system of
3structuring opportunity and assigning value based on phenotype
4("race"), that unfairly disadvantages some individuals and
5communities, unfairly advantages other individuals and
6communities, and saps the strength of the whole society
7through the waste of human resources.
8    (10) "Homophobia" means dislike of or prejudice against
9people who are LGBTQ+.
10    (11) "Older adults" or "older persons" means persons 60
11years of age or older.
12    (12) "Planning commission" means the Strategic Action
13Planning Commission for Aging Equity.
14    (13) "Sexism" means prejudice or discrimination based on
15sex, especially discrimination against women, behavior,
16conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social
17roles based on sex.
18    (14) "Social determinants of health" means the conditions
19in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These
20circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power,
21and resources.
22    (15) "Structural inequities" means the personal,
23interpersonal, institutional, and systemic drivers, such as,
24racism, sexism, classism, ableism, xenophobia, and homophobia,
25that make people's various identities (race and ethnicity,
26gender, employment status, socioeconomic status, disability



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1status, immigration status, geography, and more) salient to
2the fair distribution of health opportunities and outcomes.
3    (16) "Transphobia" means dislike of or prejudice against
4transgender or transsexual people.
5    (17) "Trauma-informed systems" means systems that: (i)
6realize the widespread impact of trauma and understand
7potential paths for recovery; (ii) recognize signs and
8symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others
9involved with the system; (iii) respond by fully integrating
10knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and
11practices; and (iv) seek to actively resist re-traumatization.
12    (18) "Xenophobia" means dislike of or prejudice against
13people from other countries.
14    Section 25. Strategic Action Planning Commission for Aging
16    (a) The Strategic Action Planning Commission for Aging
17Equity is established and shall be co-chaired by the
18Governor's Office and the Department on Aging. The planning
19commission shall be made up of State agency directors and
20appointed elected officials or their designees as ex officio
21members, and a group of voting individuals from the general
22public, as outlined in subsection (d), and shall host a
23monthly open meeting with an aging equity advisory committee.
24    (b) The planning commission shall examine the effects,
25challenges, opportunities, and needs for planning related to



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1the shifting age demographics toward an increasing portion of
2the State's and localities' populations being made up of older
3adults, including at least:
4        (1) Community and healthcare.
5        (2) Transportation.
6        (3) Housing.
7        (4) Social participation.
8        (5) Outdoor spaces and buildings.
9        (6) Respect and social inclusion.
10        (7) Civic participation and employment.
11        (8) Communication and information.
12        (9) The public sector as well as the broader economy,
13    workforce, community systems, businesses, and services.
14        (10) Changes in federal, State, and local tax bases,
15    revenues, budgets, fiscal policies, programs, and
16    workforce.
17        (11) Funding mechanisms for aging-related services.
18        (12) New economic opportunities for the State.
19    (c) The planning commission shall adopt guiding principles
20that include:
21        (1) Advancing aging equity across the life course.
22        (2) Developing cultural humility and being culturally
23    responsive with inclusive policies, programs, and
24    services.
25        (3) Being language inclusive to reach and support
26    older persons and caregivers who primarily read and speak



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1    languages other than English.
2        (4) Supporting trauma-informed systems.
3        (5) Understanding the experiences of older
4    Illinoisans, caregivers, and future older Illinoisans of
5    diverse backgrounds.
6        (6) Recognizing the impact of historical and
7    contemporary racism, class inequity, ableism, genderism,
8    sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and other
9    structural inequities on systems, communities, families,
10    and individual Illinoisans of all ages.
11        (7) Equity and accessibility of policies, programs,
12    services, and resources for Illinoisans statewide.
13        (8) Harnessing the power of experience and knowledge
14    of older persons in communities.
15        (9) Opportunities for improved policies, programs, and
16    services that better reflect supporting the needs of
17    current and future older Illinoisans and caregivers.
18    (d) The planning commission shall be a public body
19consisting of members appointed by the Governor within 3
20months after the effective date of this Act. The Governor
21shall consult with the President and Minority Leader of the
22Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House of
23Representatives, and the Director of Aging about appointments
24to the planning commission to ensure the following:
25        (1) Members meet the criteria set forth in this
26    subsection. Members may fill multiple roles.



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1        (2) The planning commission reflects the geographic
2    diversity of the State and includes members who represent
3    (i) the rural, suburban, and urban areas of the State,
4    (ii) the northern, central, and southern regions of the
5    State, and (iii) the various districts.
6        (3) The planning commission is inclusive and consists
7    of members who reflect a diversity of age, gender,
8    ability, race, cultural, socioeconomic, and national
9    background.
10        (4) The planning commission includes Illinois
11    residents aged 60 or older who represent urban, suburban,
12    and rural areas of the State.
13        (5) The planning commission consists of the following
14    persons:
15            (i) One member with extensive professional
16        knowledge about aging.
17            (ii) One member with extensive professional
18        knowledge of home and community-based services for
19        older Illinoisans.
20            (iii) One member with extensive professional
21        knowledge of community-based services provided under
22        the Older Americans Act.
23            (iv) One member with extensive professional
24        knowledge of health policy.
25            (v) One member with extensive professional
26        knowledge of geriatric or palliative medicine.



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1            (vi) Two members with extensive professional
2        knowledge of health systems.
3            (vii) Two members with extensive professional
4        knowledge of affordable accessible housing.
5            (viii) One member with extensive professional
6        knowledge of public transportation, active
7        transportation, and private transportation systems.
8            (ix) One member with extensive professional
9        knowledge of urban planning, community walkability,
10        and age-friendly principles.
11            (x) One member with extensive professional
12        knowledge about nursing homes.
13            (xi) One member who is a health insurance policy
14        advocate with extensive professional knowledge of
15        Medicare.
16            (xii) One member with extensive professional
17        knowledge about labor advocacy.
18            (xiii) One member with extensive professional
19        knowledge about the criminal-legal system and aging.
20            (xiv) One member with extensive professional
21        knowledge about caregiving.
22            (xv) One member with extensive professional
23        knowledge of dementia.
24            (xvi) One member with extensive professional
25        knowledge about disabilities.
26            (xvii) One member with extensive professional



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1        knowledge in partnering education and labor needs.
2            (xviii) One member with extensive professional
3        knowledge in volunteerism, community connecting, and
4        civic engagement of older persons.
5            (xix) One member representing park districts.
6            (xx) One member representing school systems.
7            (xxi) One member representing chambers of
8        commerce.
9            (xxii) One member with extensive professional
10        knowledge of electronic communications technology.
11            (xxiii) One member representing travel and
12        hospitality.
13            (xxiv) One member representing a philanthropic
14        foundation.
15            (xxv) Two members from the Senate, both major
16        parties represented, one appointed by the President of
17        the Senate and one appointed by the Minority Leader of
18        the Senate.
19            (xxvi) Two members from the House of
20        Representatives, both major parties represented, one
21        appointed by the Speaker of the House of
22        Representatives and one appointed by the Minority
23        Leader of the House of Representatives.
24        (6) The planning commission consists of the heads of
25    the following agencies, offices, boards, and other
26    entities, or their designees:



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1            (i) Department of Agriculture.
2            (ii) Department of Commerce and Economic
3        Opportunity.
4            (iii) Department of Healthcare and Family
5        Services.
6            (iv) Department of Human Rights.
7            (v) Department of Human Services.
8            (vi) Department of Innovation and Technology.
9            (vii) Department of Insurance.
10            (viii) Department of Labor.
11            (ix) Department of Natural Resources.
12            (x) Department of Public Health.
13            (xi) Department of Human Services' Division of
14        Rehabilitative Services.
15            (xii) Department of Revenue.
16            (xiii) Department of Transportation.
17            (xiv) Department of Veterans' Affairs.
18            (xv) Department on Aging.
19            (xvi) Department of Corrections.
20            (xvii) Department of Children and Family Services.
21            (xviii) Department of Financial and Professional
22        Regulation.
23            (xix) Illinois Housing Development Authority.
24            (xx) Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal.
25            (xxi) Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
26            (xxii) Illinois State Board of Education.



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1            (xxiii) Illinois Community College Board.
2            (xxiv) Illinois Board of Higher Education.
3            (xxv) Illinois State Police.
4            (xxvi) Illinois Cognitive Support Network.
5            (xxvii) Illinois Council on Developmental
6        Disabilities.
7            (xxviii) Illinois Finance Authority.
8            (xxix) The Governor's Office of Management and
9        Budget.
10            (xxx) Department of Central Management Services.
11            (xxxi) Office of the Attorney General.
12            (xxxii) Office of the Secretary of State.
13            (xxxiii) Office of the State Treasurer.
14    (e) Anyone interested in becoming a member of the planning
15commission may submit an application to the Office of the
16Governor through the online application process.
17    (f) The planning commission shall elect a chair and
18vice-chair from among its members to coordinate the planning
19commission's meetings along with State agency staff or
20contractors. Members of the planning commission shall serve
21without compensation. Members shall serve 4-year terms. The
22planning commission shall establish staggered end of term
23dates of initial members. The Governor may reappoint a member
24for only one additional 4-year term after a member's initial
25term has expired. In case of a vacancy, the Governor shall
26appoint a new member in the same manner as the initial



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2    (g) Members of the planning commission may remove a member
3for cause as determined by the planning commission, if
4approved by a two-thirds majority of all members. The planning
5commission shall meet 6 times each calendar year, at a
6minimum, with dates determined by the members of the planning
7commission as soon as practicable after all members have been
8appointed to the planning commission.
9    (h) The planning commission may establish subcommittees.
10Each subcommittee shall consider and evaluate issues related
11to guiding principles listed under subsection (c). The
12subcommittees may include persons who are not members of the
13planning commission yet represent relevant expertise not
14otherwise represented on the planning commission. Members of
15the specialized subcommittee shall serve without compensation.
16    (i) The planning commission shall establish an aging
17equity advisory committee which shall consist of the State
18demographer and subject matter experts from local governmental
19and nongovernmental organizations to advise and assist the
20planning commission.
21    (j) The planning commission shall exercise its powers and
22perform its duties and functions as specified under this Act
23independently of the State agencies. The planning commission
24may establish bylaws as appropriate for its effective
25operation. The chair of the planning commission shall
26establish a schedule for planning commission meetings. Members



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1of the planning commission, staff, and consultants are not
2liable for an act or omission in their official capacity
3performed in good faith in accordance with this Act.
4    Section 30. Duties of the Strategic Action Planning
5Commission for Aging Equity.
6    (a) The planning commission shall develop a preliminary
7comprehensive strategic action plan for aging in Illinois
8through the year 2036 to be completed within 18 months of
9commencement of the planning commission. A 2-month comment
10period shall be included and then a final strategic action
11plan for aging shall be developed within 2 years from the
12commencement of the planning commission.
13    (b) In developing the strategic action plan, the planning
14commission shall review and incorporate past recommendations
15and findings from previous studies and commissions, task
16forces, departments, and area agencies on aging that the
17planning commission considers relevant and necessary to its
18duties. Previous recommendations must be reviewed in
19conjunction with the latest demographic and economic
20projections specified in the analysis conducted in accordance
21with Section 30.
22    (c) The strategic action plan must address at least the
23following 3 areas:
24        (1) Demographic, economic, fiscal, and budget data
25    analysis through the year 2041.



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1        (2) Actionable recommendations.
2        (3) Plans for periodic updates to the strategic action
3    plan.
4    Section 35. Data analysis. The Strategic Action Planning
5Commission for Aging Equity shall include data analysis that
6is inclusive of, but not limited to, the following areas:
7        (1) Community and healthcare.
8        (2) Transportation.
9        (3) Housing.
10        (4) Social participation.
11        (5) Outdoor spaces and buildings.
12        (6) Respect and social inclusion.
13        (7) Civic participation and employment.
14        (8) Communication and information.
15        (9) Retirement savings gaps and retirement security
16    for the State's current and future older adult
17    populations.
18    Section 40. Actionable recommendations. Planning
19commission recommendations shall include the following at a
21        (1) Potential and recommended actions to address the
22    long-term effects of the demographic shift on Illinois
23    residents, State government, and the private sector,
24    including disproportional regional demographic shifts in



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1    older adult populations.
2        (2) Potential and recommended actions to strengthen
3    and improve service infrastructure for and the quality,
4    staffing, accessibility, and availability of long-term
5    services and supports to better enable the services and
6    supports to meet future demand.
7        (3) Potential and recommended actions to enhance
8    access to services and public education on opportunities,
9    challenges, resources, and topics for older Illinoisans
10    and caregivers.
11        (4) Potential and recommended actions to improve
12    caregiver supports and mitigate both the financial and
13    nonfinancial impacts of caregiving on patients,
14    caregivers, businesses, and the State.
15        (5) Potential and recommended actions to improve
16    financial security and retirement preparation for the
17    older adult population.
18        (6) Potential and recommended actions to improve the
19    accessibility and sustainability of healthy, safe,
20    affordable, accessible, and non-segregated housing.
21        (7) Potential and recommended actions to improve the
22    accessibility and sustainability of affordable
23    transportation services.
24        (8) Potential and recommended actions to reduce
25    administrative and service delivery costs of public and
26    private long-term services and supports while improving



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1    service quality.
2        (9) Administrative and regulatory reforms needed to
3    more cost-effectively organize State agencies to implement
4    statewide programs and services.
5        (10) Possible legislation for consideration by the
6    General Assembly in order to implement the planning
7    commission's recommendations and achieve its stated goals.
8        (11) Possible regulatory and administrative changes to
9    be offered to State departments in order to implement the
10    planning commission's recommendations and achieve its
11    stated goals.
12        (12) Private sector potential and recommended actions
13    for quality long-term care, services, and supports that
14    are accessible, equitable, and meet cultural and
15    linguistic needs.
16        (13) Potential and recommended actions to extend and
17    improve other services and supports that would allow
18    individuals to remain in their residences and communities
19    for as long as possible.
20        (14) Potential and recommended actions to improve
21    migration of college students, professionals, families,
22    and retirees from outside of the State to communities
23    across Illinois.
24        (15) Potential and recommended actions to make
25    Illinois an age-friendly State.
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1    health equity as it relates to advancing aging equity.
2        (17) Projections on the economic, fiscal, and personal
3    impacts of implementing or not implementing the
4    recommendations.
5    Section 45. Reporting.
6    (a) During the 2024 and 2025 legislative sessions, the
7planning commission shall submit an oral and written report
8summarizing its work and any preliminary findings or
9recommendations to the joint budget committee and the General
11    (b) Within 2 years of commencement, the planning
12commission shall submit to the Governor, the General Assembly,
13and any affected State agency its strategic action plan
14detailing the work of the planning commission and its final
16    (c) If the strategic action plan identifies programs,
17services, projects, policies, or procedures that would result
18in cost savings, without adversely affecting the quality of
19care and services, and do not require legislation, the
20Governor and the associated State agencies must pursue the
21necessary actions to implement the recommendations, including,
22as necessary, requesting adequate funding through the State
23budget process.
24    (d) If the strategic action plan identifies programs,
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1in cost savings, without adversely affecting the quality of
2care and services, that require legislation, the planning
3commission shall recommend legislation to implement the
4changes to the General Assembly. In its plan, the planning
5commission shall specify the laws and the policies and
6procedures of the relevant State agencies that need to be
7created, amended, or repealed to implement the
9    Section 50. Strategic plan updates and oversight.
10    (a) The planning commission shall submit updates to the
11strategic action plan every 4 years, to update the planning
12commission's analysis and recommendations.
13        (1) These updates shall include new economic and
14    demographic data as well as respond to new State and
15    national public and private initiatives and must address a
16    time period for analysis and recommendation that extends
17    15 years after the delivery of the update.
18        (2) The process for creating these updates shall be
19    determined by the planning commission as part of its
20    strategic action plan.
21        (3) New legislative or regulatory recommendations may
22    be offered in order to address new or changing
23    circumstances.
24    (b) The planning commission shall take measures to ensure
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1stakeholders in planning, goal setting, action steps, and
2reporting on successful implementation and outcomes such as by
3adhering to the Open Meetings Act and ensuring documents
4regarding proceedings are posted, organized, and maintained on
5an appropriate State website.
6    (c) After the initial development of the plan, the
7planning commission's plan updates shall list areas in which
8the plan is not being implemented or followed.
9    (d) The initial planning commission shall determine the
10staffing and process for updating the initial strategic action
11plan. The planning commission shall only undertake the plan
12updates if sufficient funding is secured through
13appropriations, gifts, grants, or donations.
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.