Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Requires the Department of Human Services to establish a pilot program to provide TANF recipients with assistance in obtaining a post-secondary education degree. Provides that this assistance may include moneys for the payment of tuition, but the Department may not use any moneys appropriated for the operation of the TANF program to pay for tuition under the pilot program. Requires the Department to enter into an interagency agreement with the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for the administration of the pilot program. Requires the Department to evaluate whether having a post-secondary education degree increases a TANF recipient's earnings and to report the results of the evaluation to the General Assembly by January 1, 2008. Effective January 1, 2006.
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code with provisions substantially similar to those of House Bill 2421 as amended by House Amendment No. 1, but with changes that include the following: (1) provides that assistance in obtaining a post-secondary education degree shall be to the extent permitted by the federal law governing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program; (2) provides that assistance is not limited to moneys for the payment of tuition; (3) provides that the Department of Human Services shall define the pilot program by rule, including a determination of its duration and scope, the nature of the assistance to be provided, and the criteria, standards, and procedures for participation; and (4) provides that the Department's report on the pilot program shall be after 2 years of the program's operation and shall include proposed rules to modify or extend the pilot program beyond the scope and schedule upon which it was originally established. Effective January 1, 2006.