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Tom Cullerton: "This is one small change will eliminate unnecessary hurdles for military families who have already lost too much"

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VILLA PARK- To assist military families State Senator Tom Cullerton's (D-Villa Park) legislation to update the Line of Duty Compensation Act, was signed into law today.

The Line of Duty Compensation Act provides for death benefits to be paid through the Court of Claims when law enforcement officers, firemen and military service men and women are killed in the line of duty.

Cullerton had heard from the Attorney General's Office about a claim filed by the wife of a U.S. Army serviceman who was killed during Operation Freedom Sentinel which is not currently included in the act.

"This is one small change will eliminate unnecessary hurdles for military families who have already lost too much," Cullerton said. "This updates guarantees those who have lost one of Illinois' heroes will be taken care of after they are gone."

Senate Bill 860 will update the Line of Duty Compensation Act to include recent military operations: Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Operation New Dawn and Operation Inherent Resolve.

"These military families have already made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom," Cullerton said. "It's our duty to make this process as easy as possible for their loved ones."

Senate Bill 860 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support. This new law goes into effect immediately.

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