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Is Discharging Student Loan Debt in Bankruptcy Getting Easier?

By Paul B. Porvaznik
November
2014
Article
Page 540
The "undue hardship" standard for discharging student loan debt is hard to meet. But cases from across the country suggest the tide may be turning in favor of a more relaxed, fact-specific test.

Employee must have opportunity to contest student loan obligation prior to garnishment. PA 097-0950

November
2012
Illinois Law Update
Page 580
The Higher Education Student Assistance Act (110 ILCS 947/80l-5) now requires the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to give a debtor employee notice before garnishing any of the following: a) salary, b) wages, c) commission, or d) bonuses.

Changes in the Illinois AmeriCorps program

December
2011
Illinois Law Update
Page 610
The Illinois Department of Human Services ("department") recently took over responsibility for the AmeriCorps program, which was originally under the Lieutenant Governor's Office. 77 Ill Adm Code 2250.

New program helps needy families pursue education, build homes, and start businesses

October
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 516
The Department of Human Services has added a new section to 89 Ill Adm Code 112, "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families." 

New Grant Program for Children Raised by Grandparents

September
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 460
Pursuant to Public Act 94-0968, an amendment to the Higher Education Student Assistance Act, 110 ILCS 947/65.75, the Department of Education has added 23 Ill Adm Code 2738, titled "Grant Program for a Child Raised by Grandparent," effective July 1, 2007. 

Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program Implemented

September
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 460
The Board of Education has created 23 Ill Adm Code 2758 to implement the Nurse Educator Loan Repayment Program, effective July 1, 2007. 

Amendments made to the “Grow Your Own Teacher” initiative

May
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The Illinois State Board of Education (Board) has amended three sections and repealed one section of 23 Ill Adm Code 60. The changes correlate with Public Act 94-0979 and pertain specifically to the Grow Your Own Teacher Education Act, 110 ILCS 48/1 et seq. 

Pilot program for lifelong learning accounts established for health-care workers -PA 094-1006

May
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
Last summer, the Illinois General Assembly added Section 605-430 to the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Law of the Civil Administrative Code. 20 ILCS 605/605-430. 

Tuition Waiver Rules Implemented

May
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 236
The Board of Higher Education (Board) has implemented rules, effective February 7, 2007, that provide uniform guidelines, definitions, and limitations for the issuing of tuition and fee waivers by public universities to their students. 23 Ill Adm Code 1075.

New fellowship program created for nursing faculty members

March
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Board of Education (Board) has adopted 23 Ill Adm Code 1105 in order to implement amendments made to the Board of Higher Education Act, 110 ILCS 205/0.01 et seq, that provide for the creation of a fellowship program for qualified nursing faculty working at eligible institutions of higher education. 

Students now eligible for awards under the new Monetary Award Program

February
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 72
Effective December 1, 2006, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Commission) has amended 23 Ill Adm Code 2734. 

Changes made to facilitate receipt of library construction grants

December
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 650
Effective October 2, 2006, the Illinois Secretary of State has amended 23 Ill Adm Code 3060. These amendments arose because of a funding increase and are designed to help take full advantage of the supplemental grant money.

New guidelines for scholarship recipient information and post-secondary payment requests

September
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 464
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Commission) has amended part 2761 of title 23, 23 Ill Adm Code 2761.

New grant program seeks an increase in students entering high technology fields

June
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 280
Effective on March 22, 2005, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity adopted 14 Ill Adm Code 110.

College Illinois! Prepaid Tuition Program excludes exception for religious organizations

September
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 456
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission recently adopted amendments to 23 Ill Adm Code 2775.20 and 2775.50. 

Adult Literacy Grant Program Modified

March
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
The Secretary of State's office adopted amendments to 23 Ill. Adm. Code 3040, calling for significant changes to the Adult Literacy Grant Program. 

College saving in Illinois; a new carrot and stick

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2002
LawPulse
Page 506
Illinois residents have another incentive to invest in Illinois' Bright Start college savings program; and a disincentive to participate in plans offered by other states.

An even brighter start for college savers

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2002
LawPulse
Page 168
Beginning last January 1, section 529 college savings plans allow contributions to grow tax-free.

New state tax deduction for contributions to college savings plan P.A. 92-439

October
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 516
Legislation signed by Gov. Ryan in August authorizes a deduction equal to a taxpayer's contribution to a Bright Start College Savings Program account.

Farm development

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398

Secondary Education and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

July
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 351
On May 1, 1999, the Illinois Department of Human Services adopted an emergency amendment to section 112.78 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 112.

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