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AN ACT concerning State government.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
The Illinois Lottery Law is amended by changing
Section 21.6 as follows:
(20 ILCS 1605/21.6)
Scratch-off for Illinois veterans.
(a) The Department shall offer a special instant
scratch-off game for the benefit of Illinois veterans. The
game shall commence on January 1, 2006 or as soon thereafter,
at the discretion of the Director, as is reasonably practical.
The operation of the game shall be governed by this Act and any
rules adopted by the Department. If any provision of this
Section is inconsistent with any other provision of this Act,
then this Section governs.
(b) The Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund is created as a
special fund in the State treasury. The net revenue from the
Illinois veterans scratch-off game shall be deposited into the
Fund for appropriation by the General Assembly solely to the
Department of Veterans' Affairs for making grants, funding
additional services, or conducting additional research
projects relating to each of the following:
behavioral health services
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traumatic stress disorder
(ii) veterans' homelessness;
(iii) the health insurance costs of veterans;
(iv) veterans' disability benefits, including but not
limited to, disability benefits provided by veterans
service organizations and veterans assistance commissions
(v) the long-term care of veterans; provided that,
beginning with moneys appropriated for fiscal year 2008,
no more than 20% of such moneys shall be used for health
(vi) veteran employment and employment training
(vii) veterans' emergency financial assistance,
including, but not limited to, past due utilities,
housing, and transportation costs.
In order to expend moneys from this special fund,
beginning with moneys appropriated for fiscal year 2008, the
Director of Veterans' Affairs shall appoint a 3-member funding
authorization committee. The Director shall designate one of
the members as chairperson. The committee shall meet on a
quarterly basis, at a minimum, and shall authorize expenditure
of moneys from the special fund by a two-thirds vote.
Decisions of the committee shall not take effect unless and
until approved by the Director of Veterans' Affairs. Each
member of the committee shall serve until a replacement is
named by the Director of Veterans' Affairs. One member of the
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committee shall be a member of the Veterans' Advisory Council.
Moneys collected from the special instant scratch-off game
shall be used only as a supplemental financial resource and
shall not supplant existing moneys that the Department of
Veterans' Affairs may currently expend for the purposes set
forth in items (i) through (v).
Moneys received for the purposes of this Section,
including, without limitation, net revenue from the special
instant scratch-off game and from gifts, grants, and awards
from any public or private entity, must be deposited into the
Fund. Any interest earned on moneys in the Fund must be
deposited into the Fund.
For purposes of this subsection, "net revenue" means the
total amount for which tickets have been sold less the sum of
the amount paid out in the prizes and the actual
administrative expenses of the Department solely related to
the scratch-off game under this Section.
(c) During the time that tickets are sold for the Illinois
veterans scratch-off game, the Department shall not
unreasonably diminish the efforts devoted to marketing any
other instant scratch-off lottery game.
(d) The Department may adopt any rules necessary to
implement and administer the provisions of this Section.
(Source: P.A. 100-143, eff. 1-1-18; 100-201, eff. 8-18-17