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Quinn signs 3 bills to help military families

Sunday, August 16, 2009
Pat Quinn is shown in this file image speaking to an audience April 13, 2008.

Pat Quinn is shown in this file image speaking to an audience April 13, 2008.

Sunday was Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair, and Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law three bills to aid the families of the state's fallen soldiers.

One bill ensures timely payment to beneficiaries of service members killed in the line of duty and creates a two-year window to apply for death benefits. Another bill creates the Gold Star Family Assistance Program, which will provide greater access to court of claims information.

The third bill moves Illinois' Gold Star Mother's Day from the second Sunday in August to the fourth Sunday in September, when it is observed nationwide.

"It's our duty on the home front to take good care of those who bear the battle on the frontline and to take care of their families," Governor Quinn said.

Several Gold Star family members joined the governor for the bill signing Sunday.

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