Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Creates the Public Benefits Fraud Protection Task Force. Provides that the purpose of the Public Benefits Fraud Protection Task Force is to conduct a thorough review of the nature of public assistance fraud in the State of Illinois; to ascertain the feasibility of implementing a mechanism to determine the pervasiveness and frequency of public assistance fraud; to calculate the detriment of public assistance fraud to the financial status and socio-economic status of public aid recipients specifically and Illinois taxpayers generally; and to determine if more stringent penalties or compassionate procedures are necessary. Contains provisions concerning the composition of the Task Force; compensation; appointments; hearings; Task Force duties and reporting requirements; and the dissolution of the Task Force. Provides that the Department of Human Services shall provide administrative support to the Task Force. Effective January 1, 2011.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 2 Makes a technical change concerning the number of members appointed to the Public Benefits Fraud Protection Task Force.
House Committee Amendment No. 1 Changes the composition of the Public Benefits Fraud Protection Task Force from 15 to 17 members by adding to the list of Task Force members the Executive Inspector General, appointed by the Governor, or his or her designee; a representative of a union representing front line State employees who administer public benefits programs; and a representative of a statewide business association. Removes the Illinois Auditor General, or his or her designee, from the list of Task Force members. Provides that in addition to other specified topics, the Task Force shall gather information and make recommendations relating to voluntary assistance from businesses and community groups in efforts to curb fraud (rather than partnerships with businesses and community groups to curb fraud).