Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Military Families

Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Military Families

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Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation making it easier for military families moving to Illinois to enroll their children in schools in the state.

The law was signed Saturday by the Chicago Democrat in west central Mascoutah.

Sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson and state Sen. Melinda Bush, the legislation streamlines the health and academic record transfer process for out-of-state elementary and high school students with one or more parents serving in the military.

Advocates say the change eliminates unnecessary delays preventing children from being in school.

Quinn says the state has a responsibility to make sure military families’ moves to Illinois are worry-free.

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