State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced , by Rep. Norine K. Hammond


330 ILCS 55/1  from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 23

    Amends the Veterans Preference Act. Provides that persons who have been members of the National Guard of any state (rather than the Illinois National Guard) shall be given preference under the Act.

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1    AN ACT concerning military service.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Veterans Preference Act is amended by
5changing Section 1 as follows:
6    (330 ILCS 55/1)  (from Ch. 126 1/2, par. 23)
7    Sec. 1. In the employment and appointment to fill positions
8in the construction, addition to, or alteration of all public
9works undertaken or contracted for by the State, or by any
10political subdivision thereof, preference shall be given to
11persons who have been members of the armed forces of the United
12States or who, while citizens of the United States, were
13members of the armed forces of allies of the United States in
14time of hostilities with a foreign country, and have served
15under one or more of the following conditions:
16        (1) The veteran served a total of at least 6 months, or
17        (2) The veteran served for the duration of hostilities
18    regardless of the length of engagement, or
19        (3) The veteran served in the theater of operations but
20    was discharged on the basis of a hardship, or
21        (4) The veteran was released from active duty because
22    of a service connected disability and was honorably
23    discharged. But such preference shall be given only to



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1    those persons who are found to possess the business
2    capacity necessary for the proper discharge of the duties
3    of such employment. No political subdivision or person
4    contracting for such public works is required to give
5    preference to veterans, not residents of such district,
6    over residents thereof, who are not veterans.
7    As used in this Section:
8    "Time of hostilities with a foreign country" means any
9period of time in the past, present, or future during which a
10declaration of war by the United States Congress has been or is
11in effect or during which an emergency condition has been or is
12in effect that is recognized by the issuance of a Presidential
13proclamation or a Presidential executive order and in which the
14armed forces expeditionary medal or other campaign service
15medals are awarded according to Presidential executive order.
16    "Armed forces of the United States" means the United States
17Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, United
18States Reserve Forces, or the Illinois National Guard of any
19state. Service in the Merchant Marine that constitutes active
20duty under Section 401 of federal Public Law 95-202 shall also
21be considered service in the Armed Forces of the United States
22for purposes of this Section.
23(Source: P.A. 95-566, eff. 8-31-07.)