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(720 ILCS 5/17-6.5)
Persons under deportation order; ineligibility for benefits.
(a) An individual against whom a United States Immigration Judge
has issued an order of deportation which has been affirmed by the Board of
Immigration Review, as well as an individual who appeals such an order
pending appeal, under paragraph 19 of Section 241(a) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act relating to persecution of others on
account of race, religion, national origin or political opinion under the
direction of or in association with the Nazi government of Germany or its
allies, shall be ineligible for the following benefits authorized by State law:
(1) The homestead exemptions and homestead
improvement exemption under Sections 15-170, 15-175, 15-176, and 15-180 of the Property Tax Code.
(2) Grants under the Senior Citizens and Persons with
Disabilities Property Tax Relief Act.
(3) The double income tax exemption conferred upon
persons 65 years of age or older by Section 204 of the Illinois Income Tax Act.
(4) Grants provided by the Department on Aging.
(5) Reductions in vehicle registration fees under
Section 3-806.3 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
(6) Free fishing and reduced fishing license fees
under Sections 20-5 and 20-40 of the Fish and Aquatic Life Code.
(7) Tuition free courses for senior citizens under
the Senior Citizen Courses Act.
(8) Any benefits under the Illinois Public Aid Code.
(b) If a person has been found by a court to have knowingly
received benefits in violation of subsection (a) and:
(1) the total monetary value of the benefits
received is less than $150, the person is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor; a second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 felony;
(2) the total monetary value of the benefits
received is $150 or more but less than $1,000, the person is guilty of a Class 4 felony; a second or subsequent violation is a Class 3 felony;
(3) the total monetary value of the benefits
received is $1,000 or more but less than $5,000, the person is guilty of a Class 3 felony; a second or subsequent violation is a Class 2 felony;
(4) the total monetary value of the benefits
received is $5,000 or more but less than $10,000, the person is guilty of a Class 2 felony; a second or subsequent violation is a Class 1 felony; or
(5) the total monetary value of the benefits
received is $10,000 or more, the person is guilty of a Class 1 felony.
(c) For purposes of determining the classification of an offense under
this Section, all of the monetary value of the benefits
received as a result of the unlawful act,
practice, or course of conduct may be accumulated.
(d) Any grants awarded to persons described in subsection (a) may be recovered by the State of Illinois in a civil action commenced
by the Attorney General in the circuit court of Sangamon County or the
State's Attorney of the county of residence of the person described in
(e) An individual described in subsection (a) who has been
deported shall be restored to any benefits which that individual has been
denied under State law pursuant to subsection (a) if (i) the Attorney
General of the United States has issued an order cancelling deportation and
has adjusted the status of the individual to that of a person lawfully
admitted for permanent residence in the United States or (ii) the country
to which the individual has been deported adjudicates or exonerates the
individual in a judicial or administrative proceeding as not being guilty
of the persecution of others on account of race, religion, national origin,
or political opinion under the direction of or in association with the Nazi
government of Germany or its allies.
(Source: P.A. 102-1030, eff. 5-27-22.)