|First Lady Michelle Obama to Join Governor Quinn at Key Military Spouse Bill Signing **Tuesday, June 26, 2012**|
|News Releases - Military & Veterans News|
|Written by Leslie Wertheimer|
|Monday, 25 June 2012 09:21|
CHICAGO – As part of his strong commitment to Illinois service members and their families, Governor Pat Quinn will sign important legislation to support military spouses. Joining Governor Quinn for the signing will be First Lady Michelle Obama.
As governor of a state with three major military bases, Governor Quinn has made the well-being of Illinois’ veterans, service members and military families a top priority. He has created programs making home ownership affordable for military families, and worked to help service members find jobs and successfully transition back into civilian life
As Lt. Governor, Quinn also championed and implemented the Illinois Military Family Relief Fund (IMFRF), which provides military families with monetary grants to help cover the costs of necessities such as food, housing and medical care when a family member has left civilian employment for active duty. Several states have modeled their military family assistance programs after the IMFRF.
The First Lady has toured the country and heard from many military spouses and active duty service members about the difficulties they have encountered while trying to transfer their professional licenses and certifications from one state to another. Through her Joining Forces initiative, the First Lady has advocated for the 100,000 military spouses who serve in professions requiring state licenses or certifications and are facing financial burdens trying to transfer these credentials.
WHEN: 2:15 p.m.
**Media will be required to arrive ahead of start time. More specific information regarding media access will be advised in advance.
WHERE: Illinois National Guard Armory
1910 South Calumet Avenue
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