ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to help veterans and service members get jobs as police officers, emergency medical technicians and commercial vehicle drivers.
Quinn signed the bills Thursday before marching in the July Fourth parade in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights.
One measure allows service members and veterans who have at least two years of experience operating a military vehicle to bypass the state skills test when applying for a commercial driver's license. Another eliminates the college degree requirement for veterans who've earned certain medals and want to become Illinois State Police officers.
Quinn says veterans are "some of the best-trained men and women in the world." He says anyone who performs those jobs in Iraq or Afghanistan should be qualified to do them in Illinois.
Enterprise Holdings is increasing their hiring of veterans as we head into Memorial Day Weekend.
The company says they have already hired more than 600 vets this year and plan to increase that number to 2,000 by the end of the year. Enterprise is part of the nation-wide 100,000 Jobs Mission--a campaign to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020.
Enterprise is named after an aircraft carrier, the USS Enterprise. Company founder Jack Taylor served as a Navy Pilot aboard the carrier.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Veterans moving to Missouri after leaving the military could immediately claim in-state tuition for public higher education under a bill passed by the state House.
The House voted 152-0 to send the measure to the Senate Thursday.
It would allow veterans to immediately claim the discounted tuition rate despite not having lived in the state previously. Typically, students seeking in-state tuition must reside in Missouri for 12 consecutive months before qualifying.
The measure is sponsored by Republican Rep. Charlie Davis, of Webb City. It also includes a provision that prevents university instructors from giving exams to National Guard members less than 24 hours after they return from training.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House members have endorsed a proposal to create a new lottery ticket to help veterans.
Revenues from the Missouri Lottery currently are directed to education. Under the measure approved Tuesday, proceeds from the new ticket would go to the Veterans Commission capital improvement fund. The proposal needs another vote before moving to the Senate and would require voter approval.
The Veterans Commission runs nursing homes and serves more than 1,300 people. Its trust fund shrunk in recent years because it was tapped to make up for declining general revenue appropriations. Lawmakers last year approved a dedicated funding source.
Opponents of the new lottery ticket raised concerns that it would cut funding for education. The measure's sponsor says that hasn't been the case in other states.