Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Service Members

By WEEK Producer

July 4, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:20 AM CDT

The first prevents utility companies from cutting off heat to veterans during the winter months.

The second extends the driver's license renewal time for service members returning from overseas. Veterans will get an extra 120 days to do so.

A third bill creates a fund to support public service announcements to increase awareness of veterans programs.

Governor Quinn also signed the election reform legislation.

The bill increases voting access for service members by allowing ballots to be e-mailed to voters who are overseas.

It also creates more opportunity to initiate referenda at the local and state level by lowering the signature requirement and cutting the requirement to that petitions be segregated by election jurisdiction.

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