Public Act 097-0288
HB1256 EnrolledLRB097 05249 HEP 45300 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Department of Transportation Law of the
Civil Administrative Code of Illinois is amended by adding
Section 2705-587 as follows:
    (20 ILCS 2705/2705-587 new)
    Sec. 2705-587. Diversity in Engineering scholarship
    (a) The Diversity in Engineering scholarship program is
created to assist in increasing the representation of targeted
group members within civil engineer job classifications in
which targeted group members are underutilized by the
    (b) For purposes of this Section:
        "Targeted group member" means a person belonging to a
    class of race, color, or sex, whose percent of the
    workforce within the Department's professional
    classification which includes civil engineers is less than
    that class's percent of the statewide labor market for such
    job activities as recorded in the Department's annual
    affirmative action plan.
        "Eligible student" means a targeted group member who:
    (i) is an Illinois resident at the time of application for
    a scholarship under the Program established by this
    Section; (ii) is enrolled full-time at any Illinois college
    or university in any program leading toward a degree in
    civil engineering; (iii) agrees to conditions required by
    the Department, including the obligation to work for the
    Department after graduation if a position is offered for at
    least one year for each academic year the student receives
    a scholarship.
    (c) The Department, subject to appropriation, shall award
scholarships to up to 20 selected eligible students each year,
unless no targeted group members are identified by the
Department's affirmative action plan. Scholarships issued
pursuant to this Section shall not exceed $7,500 per academic
    (d) The Department shall promulgate rules to implement and
administer the scholarship program created by this Section.

Effective Date: 1/1/2012