(330 ILCS 60/2) (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 30)
    Sec. 2. As a guide to the interpretation and application of this Act, the public policy of the State is declared as follows:
    As a constituent commonwealth of the United States of America, the State of Illinois is dedicated to the urgent task of strengthening and expediting the national defense under the emergent conditions which are threatening the peace and security of this nation. It is the considered judgment of the General Assembly that the wage earners of Illinois who respond to their country's call to service in this time of crisis, are deserving of every protection of their employment status which the law may afford, and that repetition of the regrettable experience existing after the great war of 1917-1918, wherein returning service men were subjected to serious discrimination with regard to tenure and other rights of employment, must be avoided, since any form of economic discrimination against returning service men is a serious menace to the entire social fabric of the United States of America and the State of Illinois.
    By safeguarding the employment and the rights and privileges inhering in the employment contract, of service men, the State of Illinois encourages its workers to participate to the fullest extent in the national defense program and thereby heightens the contribution of our State to the protection of our heritage of liberty and democracy.
(Source: Laws 1941, vol. 1, p. 1202.)