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1 AN ACT concerning public aid.
2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3 represented in the General Assembly:
4 Section 5. The Illinois Public Aid Code is amended by
5 changing Section 3-1 as follows:
6 (305 ILCS 5/3-1) (from Ch. 23, par. 3-1)
7 Sec. 3-1. Eligibility Requirements. Financial aid in
8 meeting basic maintenance requirements for a livelihood
9 compatible with health and well-being shall be given under this
10 Article to or in behalf of aged, blind, or disabled persons who
11 meet the eligibility conditions of Sections 3-1.1 through
12 3-1.7. Financial aid under this Article shall be available only
13 for persons who are receiving Supplemental Security Income
14 (SSI) or who have been found ineligible for SSI (i) on the
15 basis of income or (ii) due to expiration of the period of
16 eligibility for refugees and asylees pursuant to 8 U.S.C.
17 1612(a)(2). Financial aid based on item (ii) of this paragraph
18 shall be available until July 1, 2009.
19 "Aged person" means a person who has attained age 65, as
20 demonstrated by such evidence of age as the Illinois Department
21 may by rule prescribe.
22 "Blind person" means a person who has no vision or whose
23 vision with corrective glasses is so defective as to prevent

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1 the performance of ordinary duties or tasks for which eyesight
2 is essential. The Illinois Department shall define blindness in
3 terms of ophthalmic measurements or ocular conditions. For
4 purposes of this Act, an Illinois Disabled Person
5 Identification Card issued pursuant to The Illinois
6 Identification Card Act, indicating that the person thereon
7 named has a Type 3 disability shall be evidence that such
8 person is a blind person within the meaning of this Section;
9 however, such a card shall not qualify such person for aid as a
10 blind person under this Act, and eligibility for aid as a blind
11 person shall be determined as provided in this Act.
12 "Disabled person" means a person age 18 or over who has a
13 physical or mental impairment, disease, or loss which is of a
14 permanent nature and which substantially impairs his ability to
15 perform labor or services or to engage in useful occupations
16 for which he is qualified, as determined by rule and regulation
17 of the Illinois Department. For purposes of this Act, an
18 Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card issued pursuant
19 to The Illinois Identification Card Act, indicating that the
20 person thereon named has a Type 1 or 2, Class 2 disability
21 shall be evidence that such person is a disabled person under
22 this Section; however, such a card shall not qualify such
23 person for aid as a disabled person under this Act, and
24 eligibility for aid as a disabled person shall be determined as
25 provided in this Act. If federal law or regulation permit or
26 require the inclusion of blind or disabled persons whose

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1 blindness or disability is not of the degree specified in the
2 foregoing definitions, or permit or require the inclusion of
3 disabled persons under age 18 or aged persons under age 65, the
4 Illinois Department, upon written approval of the Governor, may
5 provide by rule that all aged, blind or disabled persons toward
6 whose aid federal funds are available be eligible for
7 assistance under this Article as is given to those who meet the
8 foregoing definitions of blind person and disabled person or
9 aged person.
10 (Source: P.A. 93-741, eff. 7-15-04; 94-918, eff. 6-26-06.)
11 Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
12 becoming law.