Senator Kirk advocates for military fire fighters

By Chris Lovingood

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 6:38 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- It may get easier for military fire fighters to transition to the cities and counties in Illinois.

Lawmakers are considering a new proposal to help them get jobs.
One of those lawmakers is U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.

He, along with the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, is calling for Governor Pat Quinn to do his part.

The group says it wants automatic reciprocity for veterans trying to return to civilian life.

"They should be able to also serve as civilian fire fighters," said Kirk. "We should open up these opportunities for veterans. We already have enough problems with veterans in America now."

Illinois is one of more than 10 states that does not have automatic reciprocity for veterans.

There are more than 700,000 veterans in Illinois.

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