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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2009

Governor Quinn Signs Illinois Veterans Bills
Bills designed to improve employment, business opportunities for Veterans

CHICAGO – July 26, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law several bills designed to honor and improve the lives of Illinois Veterans.

“These laws focus directly on Illinois Veterans by promoting jobs, and examining and acting upon their needs,” Governor Quinn said. “We believe their lives will be better as a result of this new legislation.”

Among the bills:

  • Senate Bill 2046, sponsored by Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) and Rep. Mark Walker (D-Arlington Heights), doubles the tax credit to employers on the wages of qualified veterans to $1200, up from $600.
     
  • House Bill 1122, sponsored by Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Sen. Antonio Munoz (D-Chicago), creates a task force to examine job training received by active military service members, and whether that training satisfies requirements for state professional licenses.
     
  • Senate Bill 206, sponsored by Sen. Michael Bond (D-Grayslake) and Rep. Al Riley (D-Hazel Crest), creates a task force to examine whether Veteran-owned businesses should be added to the state’s procurement list for contract set-asides.
     
  • House Bill 849, sponsored by Rep. Rich Brauer (R-Springfield) and Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson (D-Chicago Heights), ensures that basic training and other educational training is included in promotion criteria in any municipal agency where Veterans Preference is applicable.
     
  • House Bill 3787, sponsored by Rep. Michael Tryon (R-Crystal Lake) and Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-Crystal Lake) amends the school bus driver permit renewal procedure for military service members returning from active duty. Service members’ permits will now remain on hold rather than become invalid while they are on active duty, and can be renewed within 90 days of returning from active duty.

“This is a proud day for Illinois, and we applaud Gov. Quinn and our legislators for advancing laws that will truly and positively impact the lives of its Veterans,” said Dan Grant, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.



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