Governor Pat Quinn spent the Fourth of July signing three new laws that affect service members. Quinn signed the measures yesterday at the Des Plaines Fourth of July parade. He says it's a fitting day to sign legislation that will make sure our heroes receive the services they need:
"Abraham Lincoln told us, during the civil war, in words that live on, that it's the duty of all of us on the home front, to take care of those who have born the battle."
Under one new law, veterans will receive a distinction on their driver's licenses and identification cards so they are easily identified by state agencies. The change must start by January 1, 2015. Another law makes unemployed veterans and Illinois National Guard members between the ages of 15 and 25 eligible for employment in the Illinois Conservation Corps. And the third new law makes employment and job training organizations eligible to receive grants through the Veterans Assistance Fund.
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