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Recent Legislation 




HB 2869:
Grants IDVA bond authority for Chicago Veterans Home, which will provide skilled care to qualified Illinois veterans in a 200-bed facility to be built in Chicago. The law takes effect July 17, 2013.

SB 2380:
Provides that grantees and employees of grantees shall not intentionally use grant funds, or goods or services purchased with grant funds, to engage, either directly or indirectly, in a prohibited political activity. Provides that grantees and employees of grantees shall not be compensated from grant funds for time spent engaging in a prohibited political activity. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.

HB 2353:
 States that students using their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits will be billed as in-state students for the purpose of tuition.  This only applies state-supported institutions of higher learning.  The law takes effect Aug. 12, 2013.


HB 2408:  Amends the state procurement code to allow qualified service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB) and veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) participate in the State's procurement process as both prime contractors and subcontractors. Not less than 3% of the total dollar amount of State contracts, as defined by the Director of Central Management Services, shall be established as a goal to be awarded to SDVOSB and VOSB.  The law takes effect Aug. 12, 2013.


SB 2245: Requires public universities and colleges to administer priority registration to veterans who are residents of this State.  The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.


SB 1824: This Act requires that entities that build veteran memorials on public property are required to raise enough funds to cover the maintenance and preservation of the memorial as well as its construction.  The law takes effect Aug. 12, 2013.


HB 2563: Waives the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Skills Test for members of the armed forces and veterans discharged within the last year who have 2 years’ experience operating a military commercial motor vehicle.  The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.


HB 3186: Requires the Department of Public Health Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Licensure Program to recognize a candidate’s military emergency medical training and curriculum. The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.


SB 50: Allows veterans that are Illinois residents to obtain an Illinois Hunter Education card after completing the online study section of the Illinois Hunter Education program and providing the Department of Natural Resources with verification of service or mobilization. Effective immediately. The law takes effect July 30, 2013.


SB 1497:  States that a veteran or service member charged with a crime is only eligible for Veterans and Servicemembers Court programs or mental health court programs if the defendant is eligible for probation based on the nature of the crime convicted of and in consideration of their criminal background.   The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2014.


SB 1908: Waives the requirement for an Associate’s Degree to be hired as a firefighter or policeman if (1) applicant served honorably for 24 months on active duty, or (2) the applicant served 180 days in combat.  Waives the requirement for a Bachelor’s Degree for any applicant who (1) served honorably for 36 months, or (2) served in combat for 180 days.  The law takes effect Aug. 19, 2013.



SB 275: This legislation, known as the Illinois Military Family Licensing Act, supports military families as they seek employment by allowing service members and their spouses to obtain a 6-month professional licenses they need to continue working after the family relocates to Illinois due to their military service. The law takes effect January 1, 2013.


SB 2837: In order to improve Veterans’ access to state services, this new law directs the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office beginning July 1, 2015 to add a unique distinction on veteran driver’s licenses and identification cards.


SB 3241: This law increases the Hiring Veterans Tax Credit, which more than quadruples the annual cap from $1,200 to $5,000. The same bill also honors Gold Star families of fallen heroes across Illinois by making them eligible for the same property tax-relief available in some communities to the families of fallen firefighters and police officers.


SB 3689: This law adds job training programs to the list of areas that can be funded using proceeds from the Veterans Cash Lottery Ticket.


HB 4586: Directs the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to partner with the IDVA, the Illinois Departments of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), and Employment Security (IDES), as well as the Illinois State Job Coordinating Council to add the Illinois Veteran Conservation Corps and Illinois Veteran Recreation Corps to the Illinois Conservation Corps.







HB 180: Expands Illinois’ “Let Them Rest in Peace Act” to prohibit protests within 300 feet of a funeral site and ensure that no protest can take place within 30 minutes before and after a funeral or memorial service.


HB 1260: Prohibits utilities from cutting off gas and electricity to veterans and service members from Dec. 1 through March 31.


HB 1537: Beginning in 2012, establishes Aug. 7 as Purple Heart Day in Illinois to honor and remember those in the military who have been wounded or killed in battle and honored with a Purple Heart.  


HB 2870: Requires K-12 public and private schools to allow students to voluntarily identify themselves as having parents actively serving in the armed forces. This allows the school to provide counseling and support for students whose parents are currently or will soon be deployed.  


HB 3255: Encourages more first responders, including state troopers and members of the National Guard, to complete additional emergency medical training and become certified EMTs, which will also improve unit safety when service members are deployed.


HB 3257: Caps interest rates on certain types of loans under the Illinois Payday Loan Reform Act (PLRA) for active-duty Illinois service members and their families.


HB 3275: Creates a fund to support public service announcements to inform Illinois veterans and service members of the benefits and services available for treatment of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The fund will be administered by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which will collect private gifts, donations and charitable contributions to support the fund.


HB 3331: Extends the expiration of a service members’ driver’s license to 120 days upon their return to Illinois.   


SB 40: Extends the Veterans’ Care program, which provides Veterans with comprehensive health care coverage for $40 or $70 per month (depending on income).


SB 1270: Sets an annual goal of 3 percent of every state contract to help veteran-owned small businesses better compete in the state bidding process.


SB 1587: Makes it easier for Veterans to become members of the Illinois State Police (ISP).


SB 1672: Requires all pension funds and retirement systems to comply with the federal Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 (HEART ACT).