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(705 ILCS 505/9.5)
Gold Star and Fallen Heroes Families Assistance Program.
(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 and Fallen Heroes Families with regard to claims filed pursuant to the Line of Duty Compensation Act.
(b) As used in this Section, "Gold Star and Fallen Heroes 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;
(2) the number of Line of Duty Compensation Act
claims approved for payment by the Court of Claims during the preceding calendar year;
(3) the number and status of Line of Duty
Compensation Act claims pending in the Court of Claims; and
(4) other information as may be requested by the
(Source: P.A. 96-539, eff. 1-1-10; 96-541, eff. 1-1-10; 96-1000, eff. 7-2-10.)