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Articles on Military and Veterans

Illinois Manual for Courts Martial and Nonjudicial Punishment adopted for proceedings conducted under the Illinois Code of Military Justice

December
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Military Affairs adopted a new part titled Illinois Manual for Courts Martial and Nonjudicial Punishment effective September 14, 2017.

Coming to Every Judicial Circuit: Veterans Treatment Courts

By Alice R. Kush
January
2017
Article
Page 42
Veterans treatment courts, which will be mandatory in every Illinois judicial circuit in 2018, offer life-changing help to veterans, their families, and their communities because of the specialized training of courtroom personnel.

It is in court’s discretion to award spouse’s military retirement plan

January
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
Courts may award the entire survivor benefit of a party's military retirement plan to the same party because the benefit is not divisible under federal law.

Property tax exemptions for disabled veterans

March
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Property Tax Code has been amended to expand the property tax exemption for disabled veterans. The exemption now extends to property assessed up to a value of $100,000.

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.

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