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Illinois Public Aid Commission - RG 406 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Illinois Public Aid Commission - RG 406
Variant Name: Illinois Emergency Relief Commission

Historical Note:

The seven-member Illinois Emergency Relief Commission was created in 1932 to provide funds and supplies to destitute Illinois residents (L. 1931, 3d Spec. Sess., p. 191). In 1941 the Illinois Public Aid Commission assumed the duties of the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission and further was empowered to hear complaints against relief agencies and to develop work projects for employment of relief recipients (L. 1941, vol. 1, p. 296). In addition to seven members appointed by the Governor the commission included the Auditor of Public Accounts, the State Treasurer, and the director of the Department of Finance.

Between 1943 and 1949 the commission assumed the administration of the Old Age Pension, Blind Assistance, and Aid to Dependent Children programs which formerly were supervised by the Department of Public Welfare. The Public Assistance Code of 1949 consolidated the existing public assistance laws and empowered the commission to administer the General Assistance program, investigate causes of dependency, and initiate periodic surveys of the cost of living (L. 1949, p. 404). The commission later exercised control over the Medically Indigent Aged, Assistance to Indigent Veterans, and Disability Assistance programs. In 1963 the Department of Public Aid was created as successor to the Illinois Public Aid Commission (L. 1963, p. 1846).

For an administrative history of the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC AID see RG 247.000.

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