Senate Democrats Support VeteransIllinois veterans will benefit from several new laws that were initiated and passed by Senate Democrats this year, including measures to ensure they receive help for substance abuse, PTSD, business start-ups and more.

Because of legislation sponsored by Senator Melinda Bush of Grayslake, Illinois drivers will have an opportunity to support veterans’ homes, and veterans will have more options for treatment of addictions. Also, local veterans’ assistance commissions will have greater ability to partner with drug courts.

Senator Laura Murphy of Des Plaines passed legislation making it a petty offense to falsely impersonate a veteran in Illinois.

Illinois National Guard members will be able to have a veteran designation on their Illinois identification cards because of a measure sponsored by Senator Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) that was signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood will help Illinois veterans become business owners. The new law creates a program that offers business loans to veterans through the Illinois Finance Authority, similar to programs that already exist in Illinois for agribusiness and farming endeavors.

Finally, Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez of Chicago is continuing her push for deported veterans to be returned home to the United States. Martinez passed a Senate resolution encouraging the U.S. president and members of Congress to return veterans who have been deported to their families and communities in the United States.


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