KANKAKEE – Illinois veterans will receive priority enrollment status at state universities. They also will receive training requirement waivers when applying for law enforcement and firefighter jobs under legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kate Cloonen that was recently signed into law.
“It is intolerable that our men and women of the armed forces were not accepted into institutions of higher learning because their discharge date didn’t coincide with a school’s enrollment deadlines,” Cloonen said. “Additionally, our service men and women are the best trained in the world, they shouldn’t be forced to be recertified in civilian jobs whose equivalent duties they performed while in the service of our country.”
Senate Bill 2245, which Cloonen sponsored in the House, requires that Illinois’ public universities provide the soonest-possible enrollment opportunity to Illinois residents who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and were discharged honorably.
Senate Bill 1908, also sponsored by Cloonen in the House, allows municipalities to waive certain training requirements if veterans are applying for employment with the local police and fire departments.
“These measures aim to help our state and nation’s heroes transition back to the civilian world easier,” Cloonen said. “However, there are still barricades we as legislators need to break through to fully ensure our veterans have access to the best jobs and education.
“Through my Veteran’s Citizen Advisory Committee, I hear firsthand how we need to create laws that ensure military training translates into civilian jobs.”
For additional information, please contact Cloonen’s constituent service office at 815-939-1983 or by email at email@example.com.
The 79th District includes all or portions of Aroma Park, Beecher, Bonfield,Bourbonnais, Braceville, Bradley, Buckingham, Cabery, Chebanse, Coal City, Diamond, Essex, East Brooklyn, Gardner, Herscher, Hopkins Park, Irwin, Kankakee, Limestone, Momence, Peotone, Reddick, South Wilmington, St. Anne, Sun River Terrace and Union Hill.