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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Military and Veterans

Fewer requirements for veterans’ commercial driver’s licenses July 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 320 In applying for a commercial driver's license ("CDL"), military personnel must obtain school bus and passenger endorsements, but they may not be required to complete the pre-trip inspection, vehicle and road driving skills test, and road test. 92 Ill. Adm. Code 1030 (eff. March 28, 2014).
Educational opportunities for children of deceased or disabled veterans June 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 272 The Department of Veterans' Affairs recently adopted amendments aimed at implementing the Children of Deceased Veterans Act and providing educational opportunities for these children. 95 Ill. Adm. Code 101 (eff. Mar. 12, 2014).
Change to assessment method of PPV leases of military facilities April 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 168 The Property Tax Code has been amended to change the method of assessing the value of PPV leases of certain military facilities for state property tax law purposes.
Procurement preference for service-disabled and veteran-owned small businesses March 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 120 In an effort to meet the state's goal of promoting veteran-owned small businesses (VOSB) and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) adopted a new section to the administrative code giving preference to such businesses in the state's procurement process. 44 Ill. Adm. Code 20 (eff. Dec. 5, 2013).
Supreme court to establish legal-aid program for military personnel, vets By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 The pilot program, funded by a $10 filing fee increase in participating circuit courts, will provide free legal services in civil cases to veterans and military personnel in need.
A Guide to the Illinois Service Member Civil Relief Act By Grant T. Swinger September 2013 Article, Page 478 Illinoisans in the military - especially reservists - enjoy additional consumer rights designed to protect them while they answer the call to duty. Find out how the SMCRA works.
Amendments to Payday Loan Reform Act affect military members March 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (the "Department") recently adopted amendments to regulations governing payday loans. 38 Ill. Adm. Code 210.
Schools to collect data on active duty parents. PA 097-0505 August 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 The General Assembly has amended the School Code to introduce a new school survey (105 ILCS 5/22-65 new).
Illinois veterans homes open to Gold Star family members. PA 097-0302 July 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 352 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Department of Veterans Affairs Act to provide care and services for Gold Star family members (20 ILCS 2805/2.02a).
Special custody and visitation provisions for parents in the Armed Forces. PA 097-0659 March 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 132 Illinois lawmakers have amended the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to provide new allowances for members of the United States Armed Forces (750 ILCS 5/603, 606, 607, and 610).
Serving Those Who Serve By John G. Locallo November 2011 Column, Page 548 Let's pause this Veteran's Day to honor our military and the lawyers who serve them.
Active Duty Military: A Special Class of Distressed Homeowners By Steven B. Bashaw October 2011 Column, Page 532 Being forced to sell a home in this economy is a recipe for financial misery.
Service men and women granted stay of foreclosure proceedings. PA 096-0901 September 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 The Code of Civil Procedure is amended to provide special provisions for those who have served their country. (735 ILCS 5/15-1501.5) 
Illinois adopts new eligibility requirements and amounts for certain veterans grants August 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 400 The Department of Military Affairs recently adopted new regulations increasing benefits for active duty service members as well as changing the minimum period of duty necessary to be eligible for certain status and needs-based grants. 
POWs receive free admission to museums. PA 096-0087 August 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 400 State lawmakers amended the Historic Preservation Agency Act to provide free admission to museums that receive state funding for former prisoners of war who are residents of Illinois. (20 ILCS 3405/27). 
Flags will fly at half-staff for firefighters. PA 096-0436 May 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 236 Following the governor's decree, the United States flag and Illinois State flag fly at half-staff to honor those Illinois residents who are members of the armed forces and die by hostile fire or who are law enforcement officers and die in the line of duty.
Illinois military code amended. PA 096-0822 March 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 Under the Illinois Military Code, grants from the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund are now available for Illinois residents who are part of the Reserves of the United States Armed Forces or Illinois National Guard members and were injured while deployed in support of operations undertaken as a result of the September 11th terrorist attacks. 
Lawmakers amend line of duty compensation penalties. February 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 70 The State Prompt Payment Act and the Court of Claims Act have been amended to better enable persons designated by an Armed Forces member killed in the line of duty to obtain compensation. 30 ILCS 540/3-1, 705 ILCS 505/22.
Illinois Lottery Law amended for the benefit of Illinois veterans. PA 095-0649 August 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 390 The Illinois Lottery Law was amended by changing section 21.6 of the law. 20 ILCS 1605/21.6. 
Protection of Military Personnel from False, Misleading, or Deceptive Insurance Practices January 2008 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Effective January 1, 2008, the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has issued new regulations affecting what methods and practices insurance companies can employ when they sell or attempt to sell life insurance to military personnel. 50 Ill Adm Code 2605.
Rules created to implement Veterans’ Health Insurance Program Act April 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 The Department of Healthcare and Family Services (Department) has created rules to implement the Veterans' Health Insurance Program Act (Act). 
Finding Your Way Around the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act By Michael D. Schag February 2007 Article, Page 76 The SCRA protects military personnel in areas ranging from leases to consumer credit to taxes. Here's how it works.
“Let Them Rest-in-Peace” Act passed PA 094-0772 August 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 404 In response to a Kansas church's recent anti-homosexual protests at funerals of those in the military and just before a potential protest at the funeral of a southern Illinois Army pilot, the Illinois legislature passed the "Let Them Rest-in-Peace" Act (Act). 720 ILCS 5/26-6. 
Impersonating a military hero is a crime : PA 094-0755 July 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 334 Out of respect for those in the military, the Illinois General Assembly amended section 17-2 of the Criminal Code of 1961 (Code), by adding subsection (a-6). 720 ILCS 5/17-2(a-6). 
Illinois Military Relief Fund grants extended to single service members March 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 118 Reflecting a change in eligibility requirements for grants by the Department of Military Affairs from the Illinois Military Relief Fund, Part 200 of Title 95 has been amended.
Nurse with license pending may be qualified under Veterans Act PA 094-703 March 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 118 In order to accommodate the number of veterans who require nursing care at their homes, section 2.07 of the Department of Veterans Affairs Act, 20 ILCS 2805/2.07.
Participants in SURS benefit plans may elect to make contributions during military leave October 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 506 In Part 1600 of Title 80, 80 Ill Adm Code 1600, the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) has added a new section. 
“Killed in the Line of Duty” classification expanded PA 093-1073 March 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 116 Effective January 18, 2005, the Line of Duty Compensation Act (820 ILCS 315) is amended to include certain revisions to sections 2 and 3, respectively.
When Johnny and Jenny come marching home By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2005 Lawpulse, Page 8 Their jobs had better be awaitin' and the accompanying job rights preserved, or their employers may be guilty of violating federal law.
Illinois Military Family Relief Fund Act Implemented January 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 The Illinois Department of Military Affairs, pursuant to its authority under the Illinois Military Code, has adopted new regulations to provide monetary grants to families of Illinois National Guard members and Illinois residents serving in the Reserve components after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.