Governor honors veterans on Independence Day with bill signing

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Governor honors veterans on Independence Day with bill signing

July 4, 2013 Updated Jul 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM CDT

Arlington Heights, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn spent part of his Fourth by helping veterans find jobs.

Quinn signed a package of bills in Arlington Heights.

They're aimed at helping members of the armed forces find employment as police officers, EMT's, and commercial vehicle drivers.

The governor said he hopes these new laws will help service members transfer the experience they gained on the front lines.

"They may not be able to be at a parade today. They're deployed in Afghanistan, far far from home. We want to make sure that all of our veterans, all of our service members, when they come home we treat them properly," said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

One of the bills signed by Quinn allows some members of the armed forces and the Illinois National Guard who want to become state police officers to bypass certain college degree requirements.

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