(110 ILCS 70/36g)
(from Ch. 24 1/2, par. 38b6)
Appropriate preference in entrance
examinations to qualified persons who have been members of the armed forces
of the United States or to qualified persons who, while citizens of the
United States, were members of the armed forces of allies of the United
States in time of hostilities with a foreign country, and to certain other
persons as set forth in this Section.
(a) As used in this Section:
(1) "Time of hostilities with a foreign country"
means any period of time in the past, present, or future during which a declaration of war by the United States Congress has been or is in effect or during which an emergency condition has been or is in effect that is recognized by the issuance of a Presidential proclamation or a Presidential executive order and in which the armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service medals are awarded according to Presidential executive order.
(2) "Armed forces of the United States" means the
United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard. Service in the Merchant Marine that constitutes active duty under Section 401 of federal Public Law 95-202 shall also be considered service in the Armed Forces of the United States for purposes of this Section.
(b) The preference granted under this Section shall be in the form of
points added to the final grades of the persons if they otherwise qualify
and are entitled to appear on the list of those eligible for appointments.
(c) A veteran is qualified for a preference of 10 points if the veteran
currently holds proof of a service connected disability from the United
States Department of Veterans Affairs or an allied country or if the
veteran is a recipient of the Purple Heart.
(d) A veteran who has served during a time of hostilities with a
foreign country is qualified for a preference of 5 points if the
veteran served under one or more of the following conditions:
(1) The veteran served a total of at least 6 months,
(2) The veteran served for the duration of
hostilities regardless of the length of engagement, or
(3) The veteran was discharged on the basis of
(4) The veteran was released from active duty because
of a service connected disability and was discharged under honorable conditions.
(e) A person not eligible for a preference under subsection (c) or (d) is
qualified for a preference of 3 points if the person has served
armed forces of the United States, the Illinois National Guard,
or any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and the
person: (1) served for at least 6 months and has been discharged under
honorable conditions or (2) has been discharged on the ground of hardship
or (3) was released from active duty because of a service connected
disability. An active member of the National Guard or a reserve component
of the armed forces of the United States is eligible for the preference if
the member meets the service requirements of this subsection (e).
(f) The rank order of persons entitled to a preference on eligible
lists shall be determined on the basis of their augmented ratings. When the Executive
Director establishes eligible lists on the basis of category ratings such
as "superior", "excellent", "well-qualified", and "qualified", the veteran
eligibles in each such category shall be preferred for appointment before
the non-veteran eligibles in the same category.
(g) Employees in positions covered by this Act who, while in good
standing, leave to engage in military service during a period of
hostility shall be given credit for seniority purposes for time served
in the armed forces.
(h) A surviving unremarried spouse of a veteran who suffered a
service connected death or the spouse of a veteran who suffered a service
connected disability that prevents the veteran from qualifying for civil
service employment shall be entitled to the same preference to which the
veteran would have been entitled under this Section.
(i) A preference shall also be given to the following individuals:
10 points for one parent of an unmarried veteran who suffered a service
connected death or a service connected disability that prevents the veteran
from qualifying for civil service employment. The first parent to receive a
civil service appointment shall be the parent entitled to the preference.
(Source: P.A. 100-615, eff. 1-1-19