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 Bill Status of SB2249  101st General Assembly

Short Description:  ACCESS TO JUSTICE/DCFS

Senate Sponsors
Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford - Omar Aquino - Ram Villivalam - Cristina Castro - Mattie Hunter, Robert Peters, Jacqueline Y. Collins, Antonio Muñoz, Toi W. Hutchinson, Iris Y. Martinez, Emil Jones, III, Christopher Belt, Napoleon Harris, III and Patricia Van Pelt

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  1/13/2021SenateSession Sine Die

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
New Act
20 ILCS 505/7.8 new
325 ILCS 5/7.01 new

Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Access to Justice Grant Program Act. Establishes a Program and a Panel to issue and award grants to 2 community-based organizations to increase outreach, education on legal matters, and access to legal services to low-income communities of color. Requires the organizations to act as fiscal agents. Provides for the recruitment and training of community navigators to conduct legal screenings. Requires the Governor to include a $10,000,000 appropriation for the Program in the annual State budget. Contains provisions concerning: grant application requirements; a grant review committee; financial audits; and other matters. Amends the Children and Family Services Act. Provides that, if a child is placed in the custody or guardianship of the Department of Children and Family Services or a child is returned to the custody of a parent or guardian and the court retains jurisdiction of the case, the Department must ensure that the child is up to date on well-child visits, including immunizations, or there is a documented religious or medical reason the child is not immunized. Requires the Department to complete, before a child's discharge from foster or substitute care, a home safety checklist regarding the child's home. Requires any aftercare services to a child and his or her family to start on the date the child is returned to the custody or guardianship of the parent or guardian. Amends the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. Provides that when a report is made by a mandated reporter and there is a prior indicated report of abuse or neglect and a prior open service case involving a member of the household, the Department must accept the report as a child welfare services referral. Requires the Auditor General to conduct performance audits on the Department. Effective immediately.

DateChamber Action
  4/9/2019SenateFiled with Secretary by Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford
  4/9/2019SenateFirst Reading
  4/9/2019SenateReferred to Assignments
  4/10/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Robert Peters
  4/10/2019SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Omar Aquino
  4/10/2019SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Ram Villivalam
  4/10/2019SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Cristina Castro
  4/10/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Mattie Hunter
  4/10/2019SenateAdded as Chief Co-Sponsor Sen. Mattie Hunter
  4/11/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins
  4/11/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Antonio Muñoz
  4/11/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson
  4/11/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Iris Y. Martinez
  4/12/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Emil Jones, III
  4/30/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Christopher Belt
  5/15/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Napoleon Harris, III
  5/23/2019SenateAdded as Co-Sponsor Sen. Patricia Van Pelt
  1/13/2021SenateSession Sine Die

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