Public Act 102-0484
HB3515 EnrolledLRB102 14642 KTG 19995 b

    AN ACT concerning veterans.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Military Veterans Assistance Act is amended
by changing Section 9 as follows:
    (330 ILCS 45/9)  (from Ch. 23, par. 3089)
    Sec. 9. Veterans Assistance Commission.
    (a) In counties having 2 or more posts, camps, chapters or
detachments of military veterans organizations as may be
recognized by law, a central assistance committee may be
organized to be known as the Veterans Assistance Commission of
such county, composed of delegates and alternates from a
majority of such posts, camps, units, and chapters or ship
selected annually as determined by each post, ship, camp, or
chapter. When so organized a commission shall be clothed with
all the powers and charged with all the duties theretofore
devolving upon the different posts and chapters as provided in
Section 2.
        (1) Beginning on January 1, 2017, and every January 1
    thereafter, all Veterans Assistance Commissions shall
    publish a notice to each post, camp, unit, chapter, ship,
    or detachment of a military veterans organization within
    their respective county calling on them to select
    delegates and alternates for that county's Veterans
    Assistance Commission by the methods provided in this
    subsection. The Veterans Assistance Commissions shall
    allow each post, camp, unit, chapter, ship, or detachment
    of a military veterans organization 60 days to respond.
        (2) Except as provided in paragraph (3), posts, camps,
    units, chapters, ships, or detachments of a military
    veterans organization shall be permitted to select one
    delegate and one alternate.
        (3) In counties with 5 or more posts, camps, units,
    chapters, ships, or detachments of the same military
    veterans organization, all the constituent posts, camps,
    units, chapters, ships, or detachments of such military
    organizations shall be permitted to select a single
    delegate and single alternate to represent that military
    veterans organization instead of each constituent post,
    camp, unit, chapter, ship, or detachment selecting one
    delegate and one alternate. For the purposes of meeting
    the majority requirement of this subsection, when the
    constituent groups of a military veterans organization
    choose to select a single delegate and single alternate,
    the single delegate and single alternate shall represent
    the aggregate percentage of the constituent groups.
        (4) If a post, camp, unit, chapter, ship, or
    detachment of a military veterans organization serves more
    than one county, then it shall be permitted to select one
    delegate and one alternate for the Veterans Assistance
    Commission in each county in which at least 25% of its
    members reside.
    (b) The Commission superintendent and the president or
chairman of the county board, or some other county officer
appointed by him, shall have general oversight of the
distribution of all moneys and supplies appropriated by the
county for the benefit of military veterans and their
families, subject to such rules, regulations, administrative
procedures or audit reviews as are necessary as approved by
the county board 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
    If general assistance funds are allocated to a county for
assistance to military veterans and their families as provided
in the Illinois Public Aid Code, the administration of such
funds and of county tax funds levied for such purpose as
provided in Section 5-2006 of the Counties Code shall be
subject to the supervision of the Department of Human Services
in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Public Aid
Code. The superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission
must comply with the procedures and regulations adopted by the
Veterans Assistance Commission and the regulations of the
Department of Human Services. 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. 99-853, eff. 8-19-16.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/20/2021