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(305 ILCS 5/12-4.33)
Welfare reform research and accountability.
(a) The Illinois Department shall collect and report
upon all data in connection with federally funded or assisted welfare programs
as federal law may require, including, but not limited to, Section 411 of the
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 and its
implementing regulations and any amendments thereto as may from time to time be
(b) In addition to and on the same schedule as the data collection required
by federal law and subsection (a), the Department shall collect and report on
further information with respect to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
("TANF") program, as follows:
(1) With respect to denials of applications for
benefits, all of the same information about the family required under the federal law, plus the specific reason or reasons for denial of the application.
(2) With respect to all terminations of benefits, all
of the same information as required under the federal law, plus the specific reason or reasons for the termination.
(c) The Department shall collect all of the same data as set forth in
subsections (a) and (b), and report it on the same schedule, with respect to
all cash assistance benefits provided to families that are not funded from the
federal block grant or are not otherwise required to be included in the data
collection and reporting in subsections (a) and (b).
(d) Whether or not reports under this Section must be submitted to the
federal government, they shall be considered public and they shall be promptly
made available to
the public at the end of
each fiscal year, free of charge upon request. The data underlying the reports
shall be made available to
academic institutions and public policy organizations
involved in the study of welfare issues or programs
and redacted to conform with applicable privacy
laws. The cost shall be no more than that incurred by the Department in
assembling and delivering the data.
(Source: P.A. 95-322, eff. 1-1-08.)