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(740 ILCS 60/1)
(from Ch. 23, par. 4041)
Whenever a claim is filed with the Department of Human Services (as
successor to the Department of Mental Health and Developmental
Disabilities), the Department of Children and Family Services,
or the Department of Corrections for damages resulting from personal
injuries or damages to property, or both, or for damages resulting from
property being stolen, heretofore or hereafter caused by an inmate who has
escaped from a charitable, penal, reformatory or other institution over
which the State of Illinois has control while he was at liberty after his
escape, the Department of Human Services, the
Department of Children and Family Services, or the Department of
shall conduct an investigation to determine the cause, nature and extent of
the damages and if it be found after investigation that the damage was
caused by one who had been an inmate of such institution and had escaped,
the Department may recommend to the Court of Claims that an award be made
to the injured party, and the Court of Claims shall have the power to hear
and determine such claims.
(Source: P.A. 89-507, eff. 7-1-97.)