representative to the Commission who may attend any public meeting of the Commission. That representative shall be a veteran, may not have voting rights, may not hold any office or title on the Commission, and may not be present during any nonpublic meeting of the Commission, except as authorized in this Act. For matters of executive session, the non-voting county appointee may attend meetings that are closed in accordance with paragraphs (1), (3), (5), (6), or (11) of subsection (c) of Section 2 of the Open Meetings Act for litigation matters not relating to litigation between the Commission and the County.
(b) The Commission and its selected or appointed superintendent shall have
oversight of the distribution of all moneys and supplies
appropriated for the benefit of military veterans and
their families, subject to such rules, regulations, administrative
procedures or audit reviews as are required by this Act and as are necessary as approved by the Commission to carry out the spirit and intent of this Act. No warrant authorized
under this Act may be issued for the payment of money without the
presentation of an itemized statement or claim, approved by the
superintendent of the Commission.
(c) The superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission, selected, appointed, or hired by the Commission is an at-will employee who shall be answerable to, and shall report to, the Commission.
(d) The superintendent shall be evaluated annually and a written report shall be generated. A copy of the report from the evaluation shall be provided to the entire Commission membership.
(e) A superintendent may be removed from office if, after delegates from no less than 3 different veteran service organizations file a written request calling for the superintendent's removal, there is a vote from a majority of the full Commission membership in favor of such removal.
(f) Each Veterans Assistance Commission shall establish and maintain bylaws that outline the framework, policies, and procedures for conducting the business of the Commission and for the rules and regulations that apply to its members. Those bylaws shall reflect compliance with all relevant laws at the time they are established and shall be revised as necessary to remain in compliance with current law. The establishment of those bylaws, and any revisions thereafter, shall require a minimum two-thirds majority vote of approval from a majority of the full Commission membership.
(g) Each Veterans Assistance Commission shall, in writing, adopt all applicable policies already established and in place in its respective county, including, but not limited to, policies related to compensation, employee rights, ethics, procurement, and budget, and shall adapt those policies to fit its organizational structure. Those policies shall then be considered the policies of the Veterans Assistance Commission and they shall be implemented and adhered to, accordingly, by the superintendent and by the Commission. The Commission shall amend its adopted policies whenever a county board amends an applicable policy within 60 days of the county board amendment.
(h) No warrant authorized under this Act may be issued for the payment of money without the presentation of an itemized statement or claim, approved by the superintendent of the Commission and reported to the full Commission membership.
(i) Each Veterans Assistance Commission shall perform an annual audit in accordance with the Governmental Account Audit Act using either the auditing services provided by its respective county or the services of an independent auditor whose services shall be paid for by the Commission. A copy of that audit report shall be provided to the president or chairperson of the county board.
(j) Veterans Assistance Commissions and county boards subject to this Act shall cooperate fully with the boards, commissions, agencies, departments, and institutions of the State. The funds held and made available by the county, the State, or any other source shall be subject to financial and compliance audits in accordance with the Illinois State Auditing Act.
(k) The Veterans Assistance Commission shall be in charge of the administration of any benefits provided under Articles VI and IX of the Illinois Public Aid Code for military veterans and their families.
(l) The Veterans Assistance Commission shall represent veterans in their application for or attempts to obtain benefits and services through State and federal agencies, including representing veterans in their appeals of adverse decisions.
superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission and its employees must comply with the
procedures and regulations adopted by the Veterans Assistance Commission
and the regulations of the Department of Human Services.
(n) To further
the intent of this Act of assisting military veterans, this Act is to be
construed so that the Veterans Assistance Commission shall provide needed
services to eligible veterans.
(Source: P.A. 102-484, eff. 8-20-21; 102-732, eff. 1-1-23; 102-1132, eff. 2-10-23.)