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(305 ILCS 5/3-1)
(from Ch. 23, par. 3-1)
Financial aid in meeting basic
maintenance requirements for a livelihood compatible with health and
well-being shall be given under this Article to or in behalf of aged,
blind, or disabled persons who meet the eligibility conditions of Sections
3-1.1 through 3-1.7. Financial aid under this Article shall be available only
for persons who are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or who have
been found ineligible for SSI (i) on the basis of income or (ii) due to expiration of the period of eligibility for refugees and asylees pursuant to 8 U.S.C. 1612(a)(2).
"Aged person" means a person who has attained age 65, as demonstrated by
such evidence of age as the Illinois Department may by rule prescribe.
"Blind person" means a person who has no vision or whose vision with
corrective glasses is so defective as to prevent the performance of
ordinary duties or tasks for which eyesight is essential. The Illinois
Department shall define blindness in terms of ophthalmic measurements or
ocular conditions. For purposes of this Act, an Illinois Person
with a Disability Identification Card issued pursuant to the Illinois Identification Card
Act, indicating that the person thereon named has a Type 3 disability shall
be evidence that such person is a blind person within the meaning of this
Section; however, such a card shall not qualify such person for aid as a
blind person under this Act, and eligibility for aid as a blind person
shall be determined as provided in this Act.
"Disabled person" means a person age 18 or over who has a physical or
mental impairment, disease, or loss which is of a permanent nature and
which substantially impairs his ability to perform labor or services or to
engage in useful occupations for which he is qualified, as determined by
rule and regulation of the Illinois Department. For purposes of this
Act, an Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card issued pursuant to the
Illinois Identification Card Act, indicating that the person thereon named
has a Type 1 or 2, Class 2 disability shall be evidence that such person is
a disabled person under this Section; however, such a card shall not
qualify such person for aid as a disabled person under this Act, and
eligibility for aid as a disabled person shall be determined as provided in
this Act. If federal law or regulation permit or require the inclusion of
blind or disabled persons whose blindness or disability is not of the
degree specified in the foregoing definitions, or permit or require the
inclusion of disabled persons under age 18 or aged persons under age 65,
the Illinois Department, upon written approval of the Governor, may provide
by rule that all aged, blind or disabled persons toward whose aid federal
funds are available be eligible for assistance under this Article as is
given to those who meet the foregoing definitions of blind person and
disabled person or aged person.
(Source: P.A. 96-22, eff. 6-30-09; 97-1064, eff. 1-1-13.)