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Cullerton-sponsored law to assist veterans with disabilities

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 9:35 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 10:32 a.m. CDT
State Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, speaks Tuesday during the bill signing ceremony for a new law that eases the renewal process for veterans with permanent disabilities to receive handicapped parking placards. Gov. Pat Quinn (second from right) signed the bill during a ceremony at the Villa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. (Photo provided)

VILLA PARK – Illinois veterans with permanent disabilities will have an easier time renewing their parking placards after a new law, introduced by state Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, was signed Tuesday.

Cullerton introduced the plan, which removes the requirement that veterans with permanent disabilities show evidence of their disability when reapplying for handicapped parking, according to a news release from Cullerton's office.

“For veterans with serious, permanent disabilities it is disrespectful to ask them to prove that injury every four years. This is a way of making their lives easier,” Cullerton said.

Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, D-Hoffman Estates, who advocated for the bill and brought the original idea to Cullerton, attended the bill signing.

Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill during a ceremony at the Villa Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.

“Our veterans with disabilities shouldn’t have to deal with unnecessary barriers to keep their parking privileges each year,” Quinn said. “This law will help make daily life a little easier for those who have fought hard to protect our country.”

The law takes effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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