Sen. Laura Ellman

Filed: 3/14/2019





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 1167 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4    "Section 5. The Higher Education Student Assistance Act is
5amended by adding Section 65.105 as follows:
6    (110 ILCS 947/65.105 new)
7    Sec. 65.105. Adult vocational community college
9    (a) The Commission shall, subject to appropriation,
10establish and administer an adult vocational community college
11scholarship program.
12    (b) Beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year, the
13Commission shall, each year, receive and consider applications
14for scholarships under this Section. An applicant is eligible
15for a scholarship under this Section if the Commission finds
16that the applicant meets all of the following qualifications:



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1        (1) He or she is over the age of 30.
2        (2) He or she has been unemployed and is actively
3    searching for employment, including being enrolled on the
4    Department of Employment Security's job-search website for
5    at least 6 months prior to the date the application is
6    submitted by the applicant.
7        (3) He or she is enrolled or accepted for enrollment at
8    his or her local community college organized under the
9    Public Community College Act.
10        (4) He or she can identify the specific training
11    certificate, credential, or associate degree that he or she
12    is seeking to obtain; the career that the certificate,
13    credential, or degree will help create; and how long it
14    will take the applicant to reach this goal.
15    Applicants may re-apply for the scholarship under this
16Section if they can demonstrate continual progress, in terms of
17grades and attendance, toward the desired certificate,
18credential, or degree.
19    (c) The scholarship shall be sufficient to cover the cost
20of tuition and fees to attend the community college, but in no
21event shall the scholarship exceed $2,000 per scholarship
22recipient per academic year.
23    The total amount of a scholarship awarded by the Commission
24under this Section to an individual in any given fiscal year,
25when added to other financial assistance awarded to that
26individual for that year, shall not exceed the cost of



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1attendance at the community college at which the student is
3    (d) All applications for scholarships to be awarded under
4this Section shall be made to the Commission in a form as set
5forth by the Commission. The form of application and the
6information required to be set forth in the application shall
7be determined by the Commission, and the Commission shall
8require eligible applicants to submit with their applications
9such supporting documents as the Commission deems necessary.
10    (e) Subject to a separate appropriation made for such
11purposes, payment of any scholarships awarded under this
12Section shall be determined by the Commission. All scholarship
13funds distributed in accordance with this Section shall be paid
14to the community college on behalf of the recipients.
15Scholarship funds are applicable toward 2 semesters of
16enrollment within an academic year. Up to 2% of the
17appropriation for this scholarship program may be used by the
18Commission for the costs of administering the scholarship
20    (f) The Commission shall adopt all necessary and proper
21rules not inconsistent with this Section for its effective
23    Section 10. The Unemployment Insurance Act is amended by
24changing Section 1900 as follows:



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1    (820 ILCS 405/1900)  (from Ch. 48, par. 640)
2    Sec. 1900. Disclosure of information.
3    A. Except as provided in this Section, information obtained
4from any individual or employing unit during the administration
5of this Act shall:
6        1. be confidential,
7        2. not be published or open to public inspection,
8        3. not be used in any court in any pending action or
9    proceeding,
10        4. not be admissible in evidence in any action or
11    proceeding other than one arising out of this Act.
12    B. No finding, determination, decision, ruling or order
13(including any finding of fact, statement or conclusion made
14therein) issued pursuant to this Act shall be admissible or
15used in evidence in any action other than one arising out of
16this Act, nor shall it be binding or conclusive except as
17provided in this Act, nor shall it constitute res judicata,
18regardless of whether the actions were between the same or
19related parties or involved the same facts.
20    C. Any officer or employee of this State, any officer or
21employee of any entity authorized to obtain information
22pursuant to this Section, and any agent of this State or of
23such entity who, except with authority of the Director under
24this Section, shall disclose information shall be guilty of a
25Class B misdemeanor and shall be disqualified from holding any
26appointment or employment by the State.



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1    D. An individual or his duly authorized agent may be
2supplied with information from records only to the extent
3necessary for the proper presentation of his claim for benefits
4or with his existing or prospective rights to benefits.
5Discretion to disclose this information belongs solely to the
6Director and is not subject to a release or waiver by the
7individual. Notwithstanding any other provision to the
8contrary, an individual or his or her duly authorized agent may
9be supplied with a statement of the amount of benefits paid to
10the individual during the 18 months preceding the date of his
11or her request.
12    E. An employing unit may be furnished with information,
13only if deemed by the Director as necessary to enable it to
14fully discharge its obligations or safeguard its rights under
15the Act. Discretion to disclose this information belongs solely
16to the Director and is not subject to a release or waiver by
17the employing unit.
18    F. The Director may furnish any information that he may
19deem proper to any public officer or public agency of this or
20any other State or of the federal government dealing with:
21        1. the administration of relief,
22        2. public assistance,
23        3. unemployment compensation,
24        4. a system of public employment offices,
25        5. wages and hours of employment, or
26        6. a public works program.



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1    The Director may make available to the Illinois Workers'
2Compensation Commission information regarding employers for
3the purpose of verifying the insurance coverage required under
4the Workers' Compensation Act and Workers' Occupational
5Diseases Act.
6    G. The Director may disclose information submitted by the
7State or any of its political subdivisions, municipal
8corporations, instrumentalities, or school or community
9college districts, except for information which specifically
10identifies an individual claimant.
11    H. The Director shall disclose only that information
12required to be disclosed under Section 303 of the Social
13Security Act, as amended, including:
14        1. any information required to be given the United
15    States Department of Labor under Section 303(a)(6); and
16        2. the making available upon request to any agency of
17    the United States charged with the administration of public
18    works or assistance through public employment, the name,
19    address, ordinary occupation and employment status of each
20    recipient of unemployment compensation, and a statement of
21    such recipient's right to further compensation under such
22    law as required by Section 303(a)(7); and
23        3. records to make available to the Railroad Retirement
24    Board as required by Section 303(c)(1); and
25        4. information that will assure reasonable cooperation
26    with every agency of the United States charged with the



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1    administration of any unemployment compensation law as
2    required by Section 303(c)(2); and
3        5. information upon request and on a reimbursable basis
4    to the United States Department of Agriculture and to any
5    State food stamp agency concerning any information
6    required to be furnished by Section 303(d); and
7        6. any wage information upon request and on a
8    reimbursable basis to any State or local child support
9    enforcement agency required by Section 303(e); and
10        7. any information required under the income
11    eligibility and verification system as required by Section
12    303(f); and
13        8. information that might be useful in locating an
14    absent parent or that parent's employer, establishing
15    paternity or establishing, modifying, or enforcing child
16    support orders for the purpose of a child support
17    enforcement program under Title IV of the Social Security
18    Act upon the request of and on a reimbursable basis to the
19    public agency administering the Federal Parent Locator
20    Service as required by Section 303(h); and
21        9. information, upon request, to representatives of
22    any federal, State or local governmental public housing
23    agency with respect to individuals who have signed the
24    appropriate consent form approved by the Secretary of
25    Housing and Urban Development and who are applying for or
26    participating in any housing assistance program



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1    administered by the United States Department of Housing and
2    Urban Development as required by Section 303(i).
3    I. The Director, upon the request of a public agency of
4Illinois, of the federal government or of any other state
5charged with the investigation or enforcement of Section 10-5
6of the Criminal Code of 2012 (or a similar federal law or
7similar law of another State), may furnish the public agency
8information regarding the individual specified in the request
9as to:
10        1. the current or most recent home address of the
11    individual, and
12        2. the names and addresses of the individual's
13    employers.
14    J. Nothing in this Section shall be deemed to interfere
15with the disclosure of certain records as provided for in
16Section 1706 or with the right to make available to the
17Internal Revenue Service of the United States Department of the
18Treasury, or the Department of Revenue of the State of
19Illinois, information obtained under this Act.
20    K. The Department shall make available to the Illinois
21Student Assistance Commission, upon request, information in
22the possession of the Department that may be necessary or
23useful to the Commission in the collection of defaulted or
24delinquent student loans which the Commission administers.
25    L. The Department shall make available to the State
26Employees' Retirement System, the State Universities



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1Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System of the State
2of Illinois, and the Department of Central Management Services,
3Risk Management Division, upon request, information in the
4possession of the Department that may be necessary or useful to
5the System or the Risk Management Division for the purpose of
6determining whether any recipient of a disability benefit from
7the System or a workers' compensation benefit from the Risk
8Management Division is gainfully employed.
9    M. This Section shall be applicable to the information
10obtained in the administration of the State employment service,
11except that the Director may publish or release general labor
12market information and may furnish information that he may deem
13proper to an individual, public officer or public agency of
14this or any other State or the federal government (in addition
15to those public officers or public agencies specified in this
16Section) as he prescribes by Rule.
17    N. The Director may require such safeguards as he deems
18proper to insure that information disclosed pursuant to this
19Section is used only for the purposes set forth in this
21    O. Nothing in this Section prohibits communication with an
22individual or entity through unencrypted e-mail or other
23unencrypted electronic means as long as the communication does
24not contain the individual's or entity's name in combination
25with any one or more of the individual's or entity's social
26security number; driver's license or State identification



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1number; credit or debit card number; or any required security
2code, access code, or password that would permit access to
3further information pertaining to the individual or entity.
4    P. (Blank).
5    Q. The Director shall make available to an elected federal
6official the name and address of an individual or entity that
7is located within the jurisdiction from which the official was
8elected and that, for the most recently completed calendar
9year, has reported to the Department as paying wages to
10workers, where the information will be used in connection with
11the official duties of the official and the official requests
12the information in writing, specifying the purposes for which
13it will be used. For purposes of this subsection, the use of
14information in connection with the official duties of an
15official does not include use of the information in connection
16with the solicitation of contributions or expenditures, in
17money or in kind, to or on behalf of a candidate for public or
18political office or a political party or with respect to a
19public question, as defined in Section 1-3 of the Election
20Code, or in connection with any commercial solicitation. Any
21elected federal official who, in submitting a request for
22information covered by this subsection, knowingly makes a false
23statement or fails to disclose a material fact, with the intent
24to obtain the information for a purpose not authorized by this
25subsection, shall be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.
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1support agency, upon request and on a reimbursable basis,
2information that might be useful in locating an absent parent
3or that parent's employer, establishing paternity, or
4establishing, modifying, or enforcing child support orders.
5    S. The Department shall make available to a State's
6Attorney of this State or a State's Attorney's investigator,
7upon request, the current address or, if the current address is
8unavailable, current employer information, if available, of a
9victim of a felony or a witness to a felony or a person against
10whom an arrest warrant is outstanding.
11    T. The Director shall make available to the Department of
12State Police, a county sheriff's office, or a municipal police
13department, upon request, any information concerning the
14current address and place of employment or former places of
15employment of a person who is required to register as a sex
16offender under the Sex Offender Registration Act that may be
17useful in enforcing the registration provisions of that Act.
18    U. The Director shall make information available to the
19Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Department
20of Human Services for the purpose of determining eligibility
21for public benefit programs authorized under the Illinois
22Public Aid Code and related statutes administered by those
23departments, for verifying sources and amounts of income, and
24for other purposes directly connected with the administration
25of those programs.
26    V. The Director shall make information available to the



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1State Board of Elections as may be required by an agreement the
2State Board of Elections has entered into with a multi-state
3voter registration list maintenance system.
4    W. The Director shall make information available to the
5State Treasurer's office and the Department of Revenue for the
6purpose of facilitating compliance with the Illinois Secure
7Choice Savings Program Act, including employer contact
8information for employers with 25 or more employees and any
9other information the Director deems appropriate that is
10directly related to the administration of this program.
11    X. The Director shall make information available, upon
12request, to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for the
13purpose of determining eligibility for the adult vocational
14community college scholarship program under Section 65.105 of
15the Higher Education Student Assistance Act.
16(Source: P.A. 99-571, eff. 7-15-16; 99-933, eff. 1-27-17;
17100-484, eff. 9-8-17.)".