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15 ILCS 310/8c

    (15 ILCS 310/8c) (from Ch. 124, par. 108c)
    Sec. 8c. Duties and powers of the Commission. The Merit Commission, in addition to any other duties prescribed in this Act, shall have the following duties and powers:
        (1) Upon written recommendations by the Director of
Personnel, to exempt from jurisdiction B of this Act positions which, in the judgment of the Commission, are by their nature highly confidential or involve principal administrative responsibility for the determination of policy or principal administrative responsibility for the way in which policies are carried out. No position which has the powers of a law enforcement officer, except executive security officers, may be exempted under this Section.
        (2) To require such special reports from the Director
as it may consider desirable.
        (3) To disapprove original rules or any part thereof
and any amendment thereof within 30 calendar days after the submission of such rules to the Merit Commission by the Director.
        (4) To disapprove within 30 calendar days from date
of submission the position classification plan and any revisions thereof submitted by the Director as provided in the rules.
        (5) To hear appeals of employees who do not accept
the allocation of their positions under the classification plan.
        (6) To hear and approve or disapprove written charges
filed seeking the discharge or demotion of employees or suspension totaling more than 30 calendar days in any 12 month period, as provided in Section 9, appeals as provided in Section 9a of this Act, and appeals from transfers from one geographical area in the state to another, and in connection therewith to administer oaths, subpoena witnesses and compel the production of books and papers.
        (7) (Blank).
        (8) To make an annual report regarding the work of
the Commission to the Secretary of State, such report to be a public record.
        (9) If any violation of this Act is found, the
Commission shall direct compliance in writing.
        (10) To appoint such employees, experts and special
assistants as may be necessary to carry out the powers and duties of the commission under this Act. Employees, experts and special assistants so appointed by the Commission shall be subject to jurisdictions A, B and C of this Act, except the Chairman of the Commission when serving as the Administrator of the Commission shall not be subject to jurisdictions A, B, and C of this Act.
        (11) To promulgate rules and regulations necessary to
carry out and implement their powers and duties under this Act, with authority to amend such rules from time to time pursuant to The Illinois Administrative Procedure Act.
        (12) Within one year of the effective date of this
amendatory Act of 1985, the Commission shall adopt rules and regulations which shall include all Commission policies implementing its duties under Sections 8, 9, 10 and 15 of this Act. These rules and regulations shall include, but not be limited to, the standards and criteria used by the Commission and Hearing Officers in making discretionary determinations during hearing procedures.
        (13) To hear or conduct investigations as it deems
necessary of appeals of layoff filed by employees appointed under Jurisdiction B after examination, provided that such appeals are filed within 15 calendar days following the effective date of such layoff and are made on the basis that the provisions of the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code or the rules promulgated thereunder have been violated or have not been complied with. All hearings shall be public. A decision shall be rendered within 60 days after receipt of the transcript of the proceedings. The Commission shall order the reinstatement of the employee if it is proven that the provisions of the Secretary of State Merit Employment Code or the rules promulgated thereunder have been violated or have not been complied with. In connection therewith the Commission may administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, and compel the production of books and papers.
        (14) Upon the Governor of the State of Illinois
issuing a disaster declaration based on circumstances that may interfere with an employee's ability to exercise his or her rights under this Code, or that may prevent the Commission from performing its duties in a timely manner, the Commission may, by adoption of an emergency rule under Section 5-45 of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, extend for a period of up to 90 days beyond the expiration of the disaster proclamation any time limits set forth in this Code or in the Commission's rules, including but not limited to, the time limits for filing complaints, filing and serving other documents, holding of hearings and rendering of decisions. Upon a determination that circumstances necessitate additional time, the Commission may adopt one additional 90-day extension of time limits. No time limit shall be extended under this subsection beyond June 30, 2021.
(Source: P.A. 101-640, eff. 6-12-20.)