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CASUALTY ASSISTANCE / SURVIVOR BENEFITS

Let Them Rest in Peace Act

The "Let Them Rest in Peace Act," protects grieving lllinois families from vile protests intended to disrupt funerals of servicemen and women who have given their lives in the Global War on Terror. Sponsored by Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Norris City) and Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi (D-Joliet), this law establishes a zone of privacy to protect mourners at funerals from hate groups seeking to use vile signs and epithets to heckle and harass them. The legislation, which has become a national model, was signed into law in May 2006 and now protects every Illinois family's fundamental right to conduct a funeral with reverence and dignity.