Each month at schedule closing, the counter of an adult age 18 or older increases by one if:
- the counter is under 61;
- the case is active on the regular roll;
- cash benefits are greater than zero;
- there is no earned income with at least the required number of weekly hours;
- the degree program criteria are not met;
- no Medically Fragile Technology Dependent (MFTD) waiver child is in the home;
- no family care barrier exists; and
- no Family Violence Exclusion exists.
From 07/97 through 09/98, the required number of hours was 20 hours per week.
From 10/98 through 09/99, the required number of hours was 25 hours per week for 04 cases and 35 hours per week for 06 cases.
From 10/99 on, the required number of hours is 30 hours per week for 04 cases and 35 hours per week for 06 cases.
The counter does not increase for anyone in the case with a counter under 61 when earnings are budgeted with weekly hours totaling at least the required number of hours per week, a waiver child is in the home, a family care barrier exists, or the cash benefit is zero (case is zero grant). Exceptions: If the case is zero grant because of recoupment or Work First, the counter increases. A counter under 61 does not increase for the caretaker in an 04 case when they meet the degree program criteria or for a person who has a domestic violence exclusion.
If a person's counter is 61 or more, it increases each month at schedule closing if the person is active for cash on the regular roll and the cash benefits are greater than zero.
An adult age 18 or over who has never received countable cash benefits has a counter of 00. There is an edit on the maximum counter value based on Illinois' first TANF month of 07/97. The first month anyone could reach 60 was 07/02.