Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed new legislation allowing the children of fallen servicemembers the opportunity to apply for Gold Star license plates. This is only part of a continuing plan show appreciation and support for Illinois’ military families.
The new legislation, titled House Bill 5475, was sponsored by State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) and State Senator Dave Syverson (R-Rockford). House Bill 5475 will allow the sons and daughters of fallen servicemembers to apply for Gold Star license plates. Spouses, siblings or parents of persons who have lost their lives while serving in the military can already apply for these special plates. The new law will begin taking effect on January 1, 2015.
The Gold Star is given to members of the immediate family of a fallen servicemember by the U.S. Department of Defense. The pin is distributed according to the strict guidelines of the Department of Defense for servicemembers who have lost their lives while in combat or in support of certain military operations.
“We owe a debt of gratitude to all the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country,” Governor Quinn states in regard to the new legislation. “We are proud of all Illinois military families for their continued support while their loved ones have answered the call to duty. The Gold Star license plates serve as a small but constant reminder of all those who have given everything to protect our freedoms here at home.”
Governor Quinn has made supporting military families a focal point throughout his career. This new legislation is just one of many ways he has continued to support this cause.