Gov. Pat Quinn signed various bills on Sunday that set out to help service members and veteran-owned businesses in Illinois.
a new law, small businesses owned by veterans and service-disabled
veterans are allowed to register as minority, disabled and woman-owned
businesses when applicable. According to Quinn's office, the new move
will give veteran-owned businesses more opportunities to do business
with the state of Illinois. The law, sponsored by State Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Belleville) and State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-Matteson), takes effect immediately.
Another measure signed into law requires the
Illinois Discharged Service Member Task Force to evaluate the needs of
women veterans and make recommendations on how to meet those needs in
its fiscal year 2014 report. The law, sponsored by State Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and State Sen. Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry), takes effect immediately.
third measure would require those who build veteran memorials on public
property to gather enough money for its construction and future upkeep. Quinn also signed a bill that would hike the penalties for criminal
damage or defacement of a military or veteran memorial. The law goes
into effect January 1.