(305 ILCS 5/11-4)
(from Ch. 23, par. 11-4)
Applications; assistance in making applications.
An application for public assistance shall be deemed an application for
all such benefits to which any person may be entitled except to the
extent that the applicant expressly declines
in writing to apply for particular benefits. The Illinois Department shall
provide information in writing about all benefits provided under this Code
to any person seeking public assistance.
The Illinois Department shall also provide information in writing and orally
to all applicants about an election to have financial aid deposited directly in
a recipient's savings account or checking account or in any electronic benefits
account or accounts as provided in Section 11-3.1, to the extent that those
elections are actually available, including information on any programs
administered by the State Treasurer to facilitate or encourage the distribution
of financial aid by direct deposit or electronic benefits transfer.
The Illinois Department shall
determine the applicant's eligibility for cash assistance, medical
assistance and food stamps unless the applicant expressly declines in
writing to apply for particular benefits.
The Illinois Department shall adopt policies and procedures to facilitate
timely changes between programs that result from changes in categorical
The County departments, local governmental units and the Illinois
assist applicants for public assistance to properly complete their
applications. Such assistance shall include, but not be limited to, assistance
evidence in support of their eligibility.
(Source: P.A. 88-232.)