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Quinn Signs Legislation to Help Veterans Get Jobs

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    Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to tweak the concealed-carry legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure. (Published Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013)

    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to help veterans and service members get jobs as police officers, emergency medical technicians and commercial vehicle drivers.

    Quinn signed the bills Thursday before marching in the July Fourth parade in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights.

    Raw: Quinn on Concealed Carry Bill Changes

    [CHI] Raw: Quinn on Concealed Carry Bill Changes
    Gov. Pat Quinn used his amendatory veto power to tweak the concealed-carry legislation sent to him after months of debate and negotiation over the measure. (Published Wednesday, Jul 3, 2013)

    One measure allows service members and veterans who have at least two years of experience operating a military vehicle to bypass the state skills test when applying for a commercial driver's license. Another eliminates the college degree requirement for veterans who've earned certain medals and want to become Illinois State Police officers.

    Quinn says veterans are "some of the best-trained men and women in the world." He says anyone who performs those jobs in Iraq or Afghanistan should be qualified to do them in Illinois.

    Quinn Under Fire for Changes to Concealed Carry

    [CHI] Quinn Under Fire for Changes to Concealed Carry
    Both sides blast the governor for inserting stricter rules into the carefully crafted legislation. (Published Tuesday, Jul 2, 2013)