The Sunday of the first weekend of the Illinois State Fair customarily includes a veterans' program and some bill signings. And the newest veterans – of Iraq and Afghanistan – are not forgotten, either. “
Many (veterans) are coming home with very visible scars of war,” said Springfield Mayor Mike Houston. “Many more are coming home with scars that we do not see.”
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Gov. Pat Quinn signed bills into law to:
?Require a task force to evaluate the needs of women veterans
? Make it easier for veteran-owned businesses to sell goods and services to the state
? Require those who build veterans' memorials on public property to fund maintenance
?Increase penalties for vandalizing veterans' memorials
? Allocate 33 percent of Learn Charter School's lottery seats for children of personnel stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station
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