Public Act 90-0457 of the 90th General Assembly

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Public Act 90-0457

HB0447 Enrolled (corrected)                    LRB9001884WHmg

    AN ACT to amend the Illinois Public Aid Code by  changing
Sections 6-1.2 and 9A-9.

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

    Section 5.  The Illinois Public Aid Code  is  amended  by
changing Sections 6-1.2 and 9A-9 as follows:

    (305 ILCS 5/6-1.2) (from Ch. 23, par. 6-1.2)
    Sec.  6-1.2.   Need. Income available to the person, when
added to contributions in money, substance, or services  from
other   sources,   including   contributions   from   legally
responsible  relatives,  must  be  insufficient  to equal the
grant amount established  by  Department  regulation  (or  by
local  governmental  unit in units which do not receive State
funds) for such a person.
    In determining income to be taken into account:
         (1)  The  first  $75  of  earned  income  in  income
    assistance  units  comprised  exclusively  of  one  adult
    person shall be disregarded, and  for  not  more  than  3
    months  in  any  12  consecutive  months  that portion of
    earned income beyond the first $75 that is the difference
    between the standard of assistance and the grant  amount,
    shall be disregarded.
         (2)  For   income  assistance  units  not  comprised
    exclusively of one adult person, when authorized by rules
    and regulations of the Illinois Department, a portion  of
    earned  income,  not to exceed the first $25 a month plus
    50% of the next $75, may be disregarded for  the  purpose
    of  stimulating  and  aiding  rehabilitative  effort  and
    self-support activity.
    "Earned  income" means money earned in self-employment or
wages, salary, or commission for personal services  performed
as  an  employee.  The  eligibility  of  any applicant for or
recipient of public aid under this Article is not affected by
the payment of any  grant  under  the  "Senior  Citizens  and
Disabled  Persons  Property  Tax  Relief  and  Pharmaceutical
Assistance  Act"  or  any  refund  or  payment of the federal
Earned Income Tax Credit.
    If federal laws  or  regulations  applicable  to  persons
receiving  assistance  under  Articles III or IV of this Code
permit or require the exemption of earned income in excess of
the foregoing  limitation  on  earned  income  exemptions  or
permit  or  require the exemption of certain other income and
resources, the Illinois Department, may, by  rule,  authorize
comparable exemptions in determining need under this Section.
(Source: P.A. 87-435.)

    (305 ILCS 5/9A-9) (from Ch. 23, par. 9A-9)
    Sec.  9A-9.  Program  Components.  The  Department  shall
establish  education,  training  and  placement components by
rule.  Not all of the same components  need  be  provided  in
each  county  in  the State.  Such components may include the
    (a)  Education (Below post secondary).  Participants  who
are  determined ready to participate but in need of education
are referred to the education component. In  this  component,
the  individual  receives  information,  referral, counseling
services and support services to  increase  the  individual's
employment   potential.   Participants  may  be  referred  to
testing,  counseling  and  education  resources.  Educational
activities will include basic and remedial education; English
proficiency classes; high school or  its  equivalency  (e.g.,
GED)  or  alternative  education  at the secondary level; and
with  any  educational  program,  structured  study  time  to
enhance successful participation.
    (b)  Job  Skills  Training   (Vocational).   Job   Skills
Training  is designed to increase the individual's ability to
obtain  and  maintain   employment.   Job   Skills   Training
activities  will include vocational skill classes designed to
increase a  participant's  ability  to  obtain  and  maintain
employment.  Job  Skills  Training  may  include  certificate
    (c)  Job   Readiness.  The  job  readiness  component  is
designed to enhance the quality of the individual's level  of
participation  in  the  world  of  work  while  learning  the
necessary  essentials to obtain and maintain employment. This
component helps individuals gain the  necessary  job  finding
skills to help them find and retain employment that will lead
to economic independence.
    (d)  Job   Search.    Job   Search   may   be   conducted
individually  or in groups. Job Search includes the provision
of counseling, job seeking skills  training  and  information
dissemination.  Group  job  search  may include training in a
group session. Assignment to job search cannot be  in  excess
of   8  weeks  (or  its  equivalent)  in  any  period  of  12
consecutive months.
    (e)  Work Experience. Near  job  ready  participants  who
have  not  found employment and who need orientation to work,
work  experience   or   training,   in   order   to   prevent
deterioration  of  or to enhance existing skills are referred
to the Work Experience component. Work Experience assignments
are with not-for-profit and public  agencies  in  the  State.
Not-for-profit   and  public  agencies  shall  not  use  Work
Experience participants to displace regular  employees.  Work
Experience  programs  shall be limited to those which serve a
useful public  purpose  in  fields  such  as  health,  social
service, environmental protection, education, urban and rural
development  and  redevelopment,  welfare, recreation, public
facilities, public safety, and child  care.  Participants  in
Work  Experience  may  perform  work  in  the public interest
(which otherwise meets the requirements of this Section)  for
a   federal   office   or   agency   with  its  consent,  and
notwithstanding the provisions of  31  U.S.C.  1342,  or  any
other provision of law, such agency may accept such services,
but  participants  shall  not be considered federal employees
for any purpose. A participant shall be reassessed at the end
of assignment to Work Experience.   The  participant  may  be
reassigned   to   Work  Experience  or  assigned  to  another
component, based on the reassessment.   A  participant  shall
not be assigned to Work Experience for more than a total of 6
months  in  any  12  consecutive  month period.  This 6 month
limitation does not apply to parents in families eligible for
assistance under  Article  IV  due  to  unemployment  of  the
principal wage earner.
    (f)  On  the  Job  Training.   In  On the Job Training, a
participant is hired by a  private  or  public  employer  and
while  engaged  in  productive  work  receives  training that
provides knowledge or skills essential to full  and  adequate
performance of the job.
    (g)  Work  Supplementation.  In work supplementation, the
Department pays a wage subsidy to an  employer  who  hires  a
participant. The cash grant which a participant would receive
if  not  employed is diverted  and the diverted cash grant is
used to pay the wage subsidy.
    (h)  Post  Secondary  Education.   Individuals   may   be
referred to post secondary education programs. Post secondary
education  must be administered by an educational institution
accredited under requirements of State law.
    (i)  Self  Initiated  Education.  Participants  who   are
attending  an institution of higher education or a vocational
or technical program at  the  time  they  enter  the  Project
Chance  program and who are in good standing, may continue to
attend  if  the  educational  program  is  approved  by   the
    (j)  Job  Development  and  Placement.  Department  staff
shall  develop  through  contacts  with  public  and  private
employers  unsubsidized  job  openings  for participants. Job
interviews will be secured for clients by  the  marketing  of
participants for specific job openings. Job ready individuals
may be assigned to Job Development and Placement.
    (k)  Job   Retention.  The  job  retention  component  is
designed to  assist  participants  in  retaining  employment.
Initial  employment  expenses  are provided. The individual's
support  service  needs  are  assessed  and  the   individual
receives   counseling   regarding   job   retention   skills.
Counseling may continue up to 3 months after employment.
    (l)  Community  Service.   A  participant  whose youngest
child is 13 years of age or older may be required to  perform
at  least  20  hours  of  community  service  per  week  as a
condition of eligibility  for  aid  under  Article  IV.   The
Illinois  Department shall give priority to community service
placements in public schools, where participants can serve as
hall and lunchroom monitors,  assist  teachers,  and  perform
other appropriate services.
(Source: P.A. 87-860; 88-124.)

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