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Full Text of HB4621  98th General Assembly




State of Illinois
2013 and 2014


Introduced , by Rep. John D. Cavaletto


305 ILCS 5/4-1  from Ch. 23, par. 4-1

    Amends the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Article of the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the financial aid provided under the State's TANF program, which is intended to help eligible recipients pay for basic needs such as food, shelter, utilities, and basic living expenses, shall not be used for items not essential for the health and well-being of the recipient. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning public aid.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by
5changing Section 4-1 as follows:
6    (305 ILCS 5/4-1)  (from Ch. 23, par. 4-1)
7    Sec. 4-1. Eligibility requirements. Financial aid in
8meeting basic maintenance requirements for a livelihood
9compatible with health and well-being shall be given under this
10Article to or in behalf of families with dependent children who
11meet the eligibility conditions of Sections 4-1.1 through
124-1.12. The financial aid provided under this Article, which is
13intended to help eligible recipients pay for basic needs such
14as food, shelter, utilities, and basic living expenses, shall
15not be used for items not essential for the health and
16well-being of the recipient. It shall be the policy of the
17Illinois Department to provide aid under this Article to all
18qualified persons who seek assistance and to conduct outreach
19efforts to educate the public about the program. The Department
20shall provide timely, accurate, and fair service to all
21applicants for assistance. Persons who meet the eligibility
22criteria authorized under this Article shall be treated
23equally, provided that nothing in this Article shall be



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1construed to create an entitlement to a particular grant or
2service level or to aid in amounts not authorized under this
3Code, nor construed to limit the authority of the General
4Assembly to change the eligibility requirements or provisions
5respecting assistance amounts. The General Assembly recognizes
6that the need for aid will fluctuate with the economic
7situation in Illinois and that at times the number of people
8receiving aid under this Article will increase.
9    The Illinois Department shall advise every applicant for
10and recipient of aid under this Article of (i) the requirement
11that all recipients move toward self-sufficiency and (ii) the
12value and benefits of employment. As a condition of eligibility
13for that aid, every person who applies for aid under this
14Article on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act
15of 1995 shall prepare and submit, as part of the application or
16subsequent redetermination, a personal plan for achieving
17employment and self-sufficiency. The plan shall incorporate
18the individualized assessment and employability plan set out in
19subsections (d), (f), and (g) of Section 9A-8. The plan may be
20amended as the recipient's needs change. The assessment process
21to develop the plan shall include questions that screen for
22domestic violence issues and steps needed to address these
23issues may be part of the plan. If the individual indicates
24that he or she is a victim of domestic violence, he or she may
25also be referred to an available domestic violence program.
26Failure of the client to follow through on the personal plan



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1for employment and self-sufficiency may be a basis for sanction
2under Section 4-21.
3(Source: P.A. 96-866, eff. 7-1-10; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12.)
4    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
5becoming law.