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(c) To formulate a plan of co-operation with the industrial commission in carrying out the provisions of this Act, which plan shall become effective when approved by the Governor;

(d) To make such reports and submit such plans to the Federal board for vocational education as are required by the provisions of the Federal Rehabilitation Act, and by the rules and regulations of such Federal board; and

(e) To report in writing, to the Governor, annually, on or before the first day of December, and at such other times and in such manner and upon such subjects as the Governor may require. The annual report shall contain (1) a statement of the existing condition of vocational rehabilitation in the State; (2) a statement of suggestions and recommendations with reference to the development of vocational rehabilitation in the State; and (3) an itemized statement of the amounts of money received from Federal, State and other sources, and of the objects and purposes to which the respective items of these several amounts have been devoted.

§ 4. The board of vocational education shall appoint without reference to any civil service law which is now or which hereafter may be in force in this State, such technical assistants, clerks, stenographers and other assistants as may be necessary, and prescribe their duties, compensation and terms of employment.

§ 8. The Auditor of Public Accounts is hereby authorized and directed to draw warrants upon the State Treasurer against the "Vocational Rehabilitation Fund," upon vouchers certified as correct by the chairman of the board of vocational education and approved by the Department of Finance.

APPROVED June 25, 1923.

RELIEF OF THE BLIND.

1. Amends section 2, Act of 1903.

§ 2. Benefit for blind.

(HOUSE BILL No. 33.

APPROVED JUNE 20, 1923.)

AN ACT to amend section 2 of "An Act for the relief of the blind," approved May 11, 1903, as amended.

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

SECTION 1. Section 2 of "An Act for the relief of the blind," approved May 11, 1903, as amended, is amended to read as follows:

§ 2. That all male persons over the age of twenty-one (21) years, and all female persons over the age of eighteen (18) years, who are declared to be blind in the manner hereinafter set forth, and who come within the provisions of this Act, shall receive as a benefit two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) per annum, payable quarterly, upon warrants properly drawn upon the treasurer of the county of which such person or persons are residents.

APPROVED June 20, 1923.

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(SENATE BILL No. 4. APPROVED JUNE 25, 1923.)

AN ACT to amend "An Act to regulate the granting of relief to indigent war veterans and their families, and to repeal a certain Act therein named," approved May 25th, 1907, in force July 1st, 1907, as amended.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly: "An Act to regulate the granting of relief to indigent war veterans and their families, and to repeal a certain Act therein named," approved May 25, 1907, in force July 1, 1907, as amended, is amended to read as follows:

§ 1. That the term "Overseer of the poor," as used in this Act, shall be construed to mean all persons whose duty it is, un ler the existing statutes, to care for, relieve or maintain, wholly or in part, any poor or indigent person who may be entitled to such relief under the statutes of the State of Illinois.

2. For the relief of indigent and suffering soldiers, sailors and marines, who served in the war of the Rebellion, the Spanish War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Uprising in China, the World War, and their families, and the families of deceased veterans who need assistance, in any city or town in this State, the overseer of the poor shall provide such sum or sums of money as may be necessary, to be drawn by the commander and quartermaster of any post of the Grand Army of the Republic or of any camp of United Spanish War Veterans or of any post of The American Legion or of any post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in said city or town, upon the recommendation of the relief committee of said post or camp, in the same manner as is now provided by law for the relief of the poor: Provided, that said soldier, sailor and marine, or the families of those deceased are and have been residents of this State for one year or more, and the orders of said commander or quartermaster shall be proper vouchers for the expenditure of said sum or sums of money.

3. In case there is no post of the Grand Army of the Republic or no camp of United Spanish War Veterans or Army of the Philippines or no post of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars in any town in which it is necessary that such relief as provided in section 2 should be granted, the overseer of the poor shall accept and pay the orders drawn, as hereinbefore provided by the commander and quartermaster of any post of the Grand Army of the Republic

or of any camp of United Spanish War Veterans or Army of the Philippines or of any post of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars located in the nearest city or town, upon the recommendation of a relief committee, who shall be residents of the said town in which the relief may be furnished.

4. Upon the taking effect of this Act, the commander of any post of the Grand Army of the Republic or the commander of any camp of United Spanish War Veterans, or Army of the Philippines, or post of the American Legion, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, which shall undertake the relief of indigent veterans and their families, as hereinbefore provided, before the acts of said commander and quartermaster shall be operative in any city or town, shall file with the city clerk of such city or town clerk of such town, or overseer of the poor of such town or county, a notice that said post or camp intends to undertake such relief as is provided by this Act, and such notice shall contain the names of the relief committee of said post or camp in such city or town, and the commander and other officers of said post or camp. And the commander of said post or camp shall annually thereafter, during the month of October, file a similar notice with the city or town clerk, or the overseer of the poor, also a detailed statement of the amount of relief furnished during the preceding year, with the names of all persons to whom such relief shall have been furnished, together with a brief statement in such case from the relief committee upon whose recommendation the orders were drawn. And failure or neglect so to do at the time required by this Act shall be punishable by a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to be recovered in the name of the county in any court of competent jurisdiction.

5. The auditing board of any city or town, or the overseer of the poor of any city, town or county, may require of said commander or quartermaster of any post of the Grand Army of the Republic or of any camp of the United Spanish War Veterans or Army of the Philippines or of any post of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars, undertaking such relief in any city or town, a bond with sufficient and satisfactory sureties for the faithful and honest discharge of their duties under this Act.

¶ 6. Overseers of the poor are hereby prohibited from sending indigent soldiers, sailors and marines (or their families or the families of those deceased) to any almshouse (or orphan asylum) without the full concurrence and consent of the commander and relief committee of the post of the Grand Army of the Republic or of the camp of Spanish War Veterans or Army of the Philippines or of the post of the American Legion or Veterans of Foreign Wars having jurisdiction as provided in sections 2 and 3 of this Act. Indigent veterans with families and the families of deceased veterans, shall, whenever practicable, be provided for and relieved at their homes in such city or town in which they shall have a residence, in the manner provided in sections 2 and 3 of this Act. Indigent or disabled veterans of the classes specified in section 2 of this Act, who are not insane, and who have no families or friends with which they may be domiciled, may be sent to any soldiers' home. Any indigent veteran of either of the

classes specified in section 2 of this Act or any member of the family of any living or deceased veteran of said classes, who may be insane, shall, upon the recommendation of the commander and relief committee of such post of the Grand Army of the Republic or such camp of United Spanish War Veterans, or Army of the Philippines, or such post of the American Legion, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, within the jurisdiction of which the case may occur, be sent to any insane asylum and cared for as provided for indigent insane.

¶ 7. In case there shall be within the limits of any city or town more than one post of the Grand Army of the Republic or more than one camp of United Spanish War Veterans or Army of the Philippines or more than one post of The American Legion, or Veterans of Foreign Wars, it shall be the duty of the commander of each post or camp within such limits, to send to the commander of every other post. or camp, as the case may be, within said limits, on the first day of each month, a written list of the names of all persons to whom relief has been granted during the preceding month, under the provisions of this Act.

8. The commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois, and the commander of the United Spanish War Veterans, Department of Illinois, and the commander of the Army of the Philippines, the commander of the American Legion, Department of Illinois, and the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Illinois, shall annually report to the Governor, on or before the first day of January of each year, such portions of the transactions of the Grand Army of the Republic and of the United Spanish War Veterans and the Army of the Philippines and The American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars respectively, relating thereto as he may deem to be of interest to that organization and the people of the State.

¶9. An Act entitled, "An Act to regulate the granting of relief to indigent war veterans and their families," which became a law June 26, 1895, in force July 1, 1895, is hereby repealed.

¶ 10. In all counties having a population of 250,000 or more where there are two or more post of the Grand Army of the Republic, United Spanish War Veterans or two or more post of the American Legion, or two or more posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a central relief committee shall be organized to be known as the Commander's Association of all the posts of the Grand Army of the Republic, United Spanish War Veterans and the American Legion, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in such county. This organization shall be composed of the active commanders of the different posts of the Grand Army of the Republic, United Spanish War Veterans and the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, as they may be elected from year to year. When so organized this association shall be clothed with all the powers and charged with all the duties which now devolve upon the different posts as provided in section 2.

They shall have general oversight of the distribution of all supplies appropriated by the county for the benefit of the indigent veterans of the Civil, Spanish, the World War, and other wars and their

families. They shall formulate such rules and regulations among themselves and with the county authorities as will enable them to carry out the spirit and intent of this law.

11. The executive powers of this association shall be vested in the superintendent and secretary both elected by the association from among Civil War veterans Spanish or World War veterans. They shall, under direction of the associations, maintain an office in the county building or other central location, said office to be used solely by the association for the carrying on this relief work. This office shall be provided, furnished and equipped by the county with all necessary supplies, including telephone, printing, stationery, postage, etc. This office shall be conducted in the interests of, and for the relief, of indigent and suffering soldiers, sailors and marines, who served in the war of the Rebellion, Spanish or the World War or other wars, and their families, and the families of such deceased veterans who need assistance. It shall be in charge of the superintendent who shall hear, investigate and report to the county authorities upon all claims for relief under this law and his decision shall be final in all such

cases.

In addition to the amount appropriated each year for relief under this law by the counties where such association is organized, there shall be appropriated such additional sum not to exceed $5,000.00 as will compensate the labor of the superintendent not to exceed $1,200.00 annually, and the secretary not to exceed $900 00 annually, payable in monthly installments and such further investigating visitors or employees as shall be required to properly do this work, and also to care for office relief requiring prompt action, not to exceed $250.00 annually. These positions to be filled, as far as possible from time to time, by Veterans of the Civil War or Veterans of the World War, respectively, to be selected by the superintendent. The superintendent may be required by the association to give bond in the sum of $2,000.00 for the faithful performance of the duties required of him under this law. All persons elected or selected to fill positions provided for in this section shall be exempt from the operation and provisions of any civil service Acts or laws of this State.

APPROVED June 25, 1923.

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