SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (WREX) — Legislation passed at the Illinois General Assembly that would change the way Veterans Assistance Commissions are run in Illinois.
House Bill 5184, passed by the Illinois General Assembly in the final days of the spring session, is a reform bill from the Veterans Assistance Commission that changes the state’s Military Veterans Assistance Act.
The bill, according to the Illinois Association of County Veterans Assistance Commissions (IACVAC), clarifies the funding relationship between Illinois counties and statewide commissions and would help resolve several lawsuits between veteran organizations and county boards related to funding. of Veteran Assistance Commissions.
“This is a huge win for Illinois veterans who depend on the County Veteran Assistance Commissions to provide needed food, shelter and clothing,” said Andrew Tangen, president of the IACVAC. “With the signing of this bill by the governor, there will never be a time when a province can secretly adjust or withhold money from the men and women who have bravely risked their lives in defense of this country.”
The bill was passed unanimously by both the House and Senate of the Illinois General Assembly. The bill goes to the office of the Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker for his autograph.
The IACVAC says Illinois was the 52nd in the nation in providing benefits to veterans, despite having the 10th largest veteran population before the legislation was passed.
The law also allows a county with two or more Congress-chartered veteran service organizations to establish a Veterans Assistance Commission to function as its central office.
sen. Craig Wilcox (R-McHenry) was one of the Senate sponsors of the bill. He calls the legislation a “fantastic opportunity” to resolve issues between provinces and veterans’ committees.
“There is no question that this is going to go a long way in helping the VAC help our veterans,” said Senator Wilcox. “The legislature has worked hard for the past 10 years to help veterans, so this was an opportune time to address these issues because the state’s legislative support is there.”
The bill was also sponsored by Senator Brian Stewart (R-Freeport). Once the bill is signed, the changes will take effect immediately.