Public Act 094-0446
HB0497 Enrolled LRB094 06786 DRJ 36888 b

    AN ACT concerning State government.
    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 adding Section 4.5 as follows:
    (20 ILCS 2805/4.5 new)
    Sec. 4.5. Grants to veterans service organizations.
    (a) Subject to appropriations for that purpose, the
Department shall make grants to veterans service organizations
for the purpose of furthering those organizations' work of
providing assistance to veterans. The Department shall make
grants only to veterans service organizations that maintain an
office in the Veterans Affairs Regional Office (VARO) in
Chicago. The Department shall apportion the grants equally
between the qualifying veterans service organizations.
    (b) To be eligible to receive a grant, a veterans service
organization must have maintained a state headquarters in this
State for at least 10 years before July 1, 2005. A veterans
service organization that is being funded with State or county
moneys under any other provision of law on the effective date
of this amendatory Act of the 94th General Assembly may not
receive any moneys for any grant under this Section.
    (c) Grants made under this Section may not be used to
replace or supplant services provided by employees of the

Effective Date: 1/1/2006