Public Act 90-0142 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0142

HB0028 Enrolled                                LRB9000702PTcw

    AN ACT to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Act by
changing Section 2.

    Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:

    Section  5.   The  Department  of Veterans Affairs Act is
amended by changing Section 2 as follows:

    (20 ILCS 2805/2) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 67)
    Sec. 2.  The Department shall have the  following  powers
and duties:
    To  perform  such  acts at the request of any veteran, or
his or her spouse, surviving spouse or dependents as shall be
reasonably necessary or reasonably incident to  obtaining  or
endeavoring  to  obtain  for  the  requester  any  advantage,
benefit or emolument accruing or due to such person under any
law  of the United States, the State of Illinois or any other
state or governmental agency by reason of the service of such
veteran, and in pursuance thereof shall:
         1.  Contact veterans, their survivors and dependents
    and advise them of the benefits of state and federal laws
    and assist them in obtaining such benefits;
         2.  Establish   field   offices   and   direct   the
    activities of the personnel assigned to such offices;
         3.  Create a volunteer  field  force  of  accredited
    representatives,  representing  educational institutions,
    labor organizations, veterans  organizations,  employers,
    churches, and farm organizations;
         4.  Conduct informational and training services;
         5.  Conduct educational programs through newspapers,
    periodicals   and  radio  for  the  specific  purpose  of
    disseminating information affecting  veterans  and  their
         6.  Coordinate  the  services  and activities of all
    state departments having services and resources affecting
    veterans and their dependents;
         7.  Encourage and  assist  in  the  coordination  of
    agencies  within  counties giving service to veterans and
    their dependents;
         8.  Cooperate with veterans organizations and  other
    governmental agencies;
         9.  Make,  alter,  amend  and  promulgate reasonable
    rules and procedures for the administration of this  Act;
         10.  Make and publish annual reports to the Governor
    regarding the administration and general operation of the
         11.  Encourage  the State to implement more programs
    to address the wide range of issues faced by Persian Gulf
    War Veterans, especially those who took part  in  combat,
    by  creating  an  official  commission  to  further study
    Persian Gulf War Diseases. The commission  shall  consist
    of  9  members  appointed  as  follows:   the Speaker and
    Minority Leader of the House of Representatives  and  the
    President  and  Minority  Leader of the Senate shall each
    appoint  one  member  from  the  General  Assembly,   the
    Governor  shall  appoint 4 members to represent veterans'
    organizations,  and  the  Department  shall  appoint  one
    member.   The  commission  members  shall  serve  without
    The Department may accept  and  hold  on  behalf  of  the
State,  if  for the public interest, a grant, gift, devise or
bequest of money or property to the Department made  for  the
general  benefit  of Illinois veterans, including the conduct
of informational and training services by the Department  and
other  authorized purposes of the Department.  The Department
shall cause each grant, gift, devise or bequest to be kept as
a distinct fund and shall invest such  funds  in  the  manner
provided by "An Act relating to certain investments of public
funds  by public agencies", approved July 23, 1943, as now or
hereafter amended, and shall make such reports  as  may    be
required by the Comptroller concerning what funds are so held
and the manner in which such funds are invested.
    The  Department  has the power to make grants, from funds
appropriated from the Korean War Memorial  Fund,  to  private
organizations,  including  the Korean Memorial Association of
Illinois, for the costs of erecting a Korean War Memorial  in
(Source: P.A. 88-160; 88-666, eff. 9-16-94.)

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