People wanting to join the Illinois State Police could use service in Iraq and Afghanistan in lieu of college credit when they apply, under a bill the governor is considering. Veterans who are honorably discharged and have earned the campaign medal for their tours can bypass a higher-education requirement, under the bill sponsored by State Rep. Edward Acevedo (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Tony Munoz (D-Chicago).
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Not everybody is in support. State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) says the bill discounts the importance of classroom experience: “I personally don’t want to encounter a combative State Police officer who didn’t learn anything about human relations or who didn’t learn about the language that we speak.” SB 1587 has passed the House, 111-3, and goes to the governor.