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Public Act 096-0541




Public Act 096-0541
SB1493 Enrolled LRB096 09102 AJO 19244 b

    AN ACT concerning courts.
    WHEREAS, The State of Illinois is dedicated to the urgent
task of strengthening and expediting the national defense under
the emergent conditions which are threatening the peace and
security of this nation;
    WHEREAS, It is the considered judgment of the General
Assembly that the citizens of Illinois who respond to their
country's call to service are deserving of every benefit and
protection; and
    WHEREAS, It is imperative that State government recognize
the State's citizens who have made the ultimate sacrifice to
protect the peace and security of this nation; and
    WHEREAS, The Illinois Court of Claims should be equipped to
provide for and assist the survivors of fallen service members
by increasing accessibility to the Court of Claims and
providing outreach services to the community, which will serve
to educate survivors as to their benefits and protections under
State law; and
    WHEREAS, By recognizing these sacrifices, the State of
Illinois encourages its citizens to participate to the fullest
extent in the national defense program and thereby heightens
the contribution of our State to the protection of our heritage
of liberty and democracy; therefore
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Court of Claims Act is amended by adding
Section 9.5 as follows:
    (705 ILCS 505/9.5 new)
    Sec. 9.5. Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance
    (a) Within the Court of Claims, there is established a Gold
Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance Program, which is
charged with the responsibility of assessing the needs of and
providing information to Illinois Gold Star Families with
regard to claims filed pursuant to the Line of Duty
Compensation Act.
    (b) As used in this Section, "Gold Star Family" means the
family members of an individual who was killed in the line of
duty and who was employed or serving in a capacity defined in
Section 2 of the Illinois Line of Duty Compensation Act.
    (c) Toll-free helpline. The Gold Star and Fallen Heroes
Families Assistance Program shall include a toll-free helpline
dedicated to families seeking information about the Line of
Duty Compensation Act, including, but not limited to, the
status of claims filed pursuant to that Act. The helpline phone
number and information about the Gold Star and Fallen Heroes
Families Assistance Program shall be provided to each person
filing a claim under the Line of Duty Compensation Act.
    (d) On or before January 1 of each year, the Court of
Claims shall report to the Governor, both houses of the General
Assembly, and the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs the
following information:
        (1) the number of claims filed with the Court of Claims
    pursuant to the Line of Duty Compensation Act ("LODCA");
        (2) the number of LODCA claims approved for payment by
    the Court of Claims during the preceding calendar year;
        (3) the number and status of LODCA claims pending in
    the Court of Claims; and
        (4) other information as may be requested by the

Effective Date: 1/1/2010