Quinn signs bills to increase protections for veterans and servicemembers

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn

CHICAGO, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed three bills Sunday providing more protections for Illinois' servicemembers and helping injured veterans get the services they require.

The bills prevent Illinois utilities from cutting off heat to veterans and servicemembers during the winter months; extend the driver's license renewal time for service members returning from overseas or out-of state; and create a fund to support public service announcements to increase awareness of Veterans' programs.

The bills were sponsored by Rep. Keith Farnham (D-Elgin) and Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin).

House Bill 3275 creates a fund to support public service announcements to inform Illinois' Veterans and servicemembers of the benefits and services available for treatment of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The new law was sponsored by Rep. Jason Barickman (R-Champaign) and Sen. Jacqueline Collins (D-Chicago).

 "As a veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard, there are few things more important than helping our men and women in uniform," said Rep. Barickman, who sponsored HB 3275. "I'm proud of this law, which allows people to donate private dollars to promote services available to men and women injured in combat."

The three new laws take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

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