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(305 ILCS 5/11-20.1)
(from Ch. 23, par. 11-20.1)
Employment; Rights of recipient and obligations of
Illinois Department when recipients become employed; Assistance when
a recipient has employment or earned income or both.
(a) When a recipient reports employment or earned income, or both, or
the Illinois Department otherwise learns of a recipient's employment or
earned income, or both, the Illinois Department shall provide the recipient
(1) An explanation of how the earned income will
affect the recipient's eligibility for a grant, and whether the recipient must engage in additional work activities to meet the recipient's monthly work activities requirement and what types of activities may be approved for that purpose, and whether the employment is sufficient to cause months of continued receipt of a grant not to be counted against the recipient's lifetime eligibility limit.
(2) An explanation of the Work Pays budgeting
process, and an explanation of how the first month's income on a new job will be projected, and how the recipient should report the new job to avoid the Department overestimating the first month's income.
(3) An explanation of how the earned income will
affect the recipient's eligibility for food stamps, whether the recipient will continue to receive food stamps, and, if so, the amount of food stamps.
(4) The names and telephone numbers of all
caseworkers to whom the recipient's case or cases are assigned or will be transferred, an explanation of which type of case each worker will be handling, and the effective date of the transfer.
(5) An explanation of the recipient's
responsibilities to report income and household circumstances, the process by which quarterly reporting forms are sent to recipients, where and to whom the reports should be returned, the deadline by which reports must be returned, instructions on how to fill out the reports, an explanation of what the recipient should do if he or she does not receive the form, advice on how to prove the report was returned by the recipient such as by keeping a copy, and an explanation of the effects of failure to file reports.
(6) If the recipient will continue to receive a
grant, an explanation of the recipient's new fiscal month and a statement as to when the recipient will receive his or her grant.
(7) An explanation of Kidcare, Family Assist, Family
Care, and the 12 month extension of medical assistance that is available when a grant is cancelled due to earned income.
(8) An explanation of the medical assistance the
person may be eligible for when the 12 month extension expires and how to request or apply for it.
(9) An explanation of the availability of a child
care subsidy to all families below the child care assistance program's income limit, how to apply for the benefit through the Child Care Resource and Referral or site-administered child care program or both, the nature of the child care program's sliding scale co-payments, the availability of the 10% earned income disregard in determining eligibility for child care assistance and the amount of the parent co-payment, the right to use the subsidy for either licensed or license exempt legal care, and the availability of benefits when the parent is engaged in an education and training program.
(13) An explanation of the availability of payment
for initial expenses of employment and how to request or apply for it.
(14) An explanation of the job retention component
and how to participate in it, and an explanation of the recipient's eligibility to receive supportive services to participate in education and training programs while working.
(15) A statement of the types of assistance that will
be provided to the person automatically or continued and a statement of the types of assistance for which the person must apply or reapply.
(16) If the recipient will not continue to receive a
cash grant and the recipient has assigned his or her right to child support to the Illinois Department, an explanation of the recipient's right to continue to receive child support enforcement services, the recipient's right to have all current support paid after grant cancellation forwarded promptly to the recipient, the procedures by which child support will be forwarded, and the procedures by which the recipient will be informed of the collection and distribution of child support.
(17) An explanation of the availability of payments
if the recipient experiences a decrease in or loss of earned income during a calendar quarter as to which the monthly grant was previously budgeted based upon the higher income.
(18) If the recipient will not continue to receive a
cash grant, an explanation of the procedures for reapplying for cash assistance if the person experiences a decrease in or loss of earned income.
(19) An explanation of the earned income tax credit
and the procedures by which it may be obtained and the rules for disregarding it in determining eligibility for and the amount of assistance.
(20) An explanation of the education and training
opportunities available to recipients.
(b) The information listed in subsection (a) shall be provided to the
recipient on an individual basis during an in-person meeting with a
representative of the Illinois Department. The individual in-person
meeting shall be held at a time which does not conflict with the
recipient's work schedule within 30 days of the date the recipient begins
working. If the recipient informs the Illinois Department that an
in-person meeting would be inconvenient, the Illinois Department may
provide the information during a home visit, by telephone, or by mail
within 30 days of the date the recipient begins working, whichever the
(c) At the conclusion of the meeting described in subsection (b), the
Illinois Department shall ensure that all case transfers and calculations
of benefits necessitated by the recipient's employment or receipt of earned
income have been performed, that applications have been made or provided
for all benefits for which the person must apply or reapply, and that the
person has received payment for initial expenses of employment.
(d) In food stamp cases in which an applicant or recipient reports earned income, the applicant's or recipient's employment shall be presumed to be a hardship for purposes of scheduling an in-person meeting with a
representative of the Illinois Department and an in-person meeting shall be waived.
(Source: P.A. 96-867, eff. 1-1-11