Illinois governor Pat Quinn recently passed a number of laws to support veterans to better acclimate them into civilian life. According to Connect Tristates, the new laws were signed last week during the Illinois State Fair. One of the new laws requires the Illinois Discharged Service Member Task Force to evaluate the needs of female veterans and address them. Another law requires that all citizens wishing to construct a public veteran’s memorial must raise enough money for the construction as well as consistent maintenance. The third law provides greater opportunities for veteran-owned small businesses.
“Our men and women in uniform deserve our gratitude, and these new laws are a way of saying thanks,” Governor Quinn said. “Memorials to our heroes should be treated with dignity and honor, and Illinois must be a state that supports our women veterans and veteran business owners. These laws will strengthen our mission of making Illinois the best state in the nation for our veterans.”
Also signed was House Bill 3112, which allows the Learn Charter School in North Chicago to set aside 33 percent of its lottery seats for children of military personnel stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Station. This will help the Navy recruit more instructors for the base by offering enhanced educational opportunities for their children. The law goes into effect immediately.
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