Smiddy-Backed Bill Encouraging Veterans to Choose Illinois for Higher Education Passes House Print
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Written by Rep. Mike Smiddy   
Monday, 20 May 2013 14:46
SPRINGFIELD, IL –A measure to increase educational opportunities for veterans in Illinois cosponsored by state Rep. Mike Smiddy (D-Hillsdale) passed out the Illinois House on Tuesday and now heads to the governor for further consideration.

“As a community, we should provide military personnel with the tools they need to encourage their success,” said Smiddy. “This measure will help ensure our men and women in uniform are given every opportunity to succeed when they return from their service to our country. This is a positive step to encourage education and assist our proud servicemen and women.”

House Bill 2353 allows veterans receiving benefits under the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 to receive in-state tuition rates at Illinois’ public universities and colleges. Certain veterans who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2011 are also eligible for in-state tuition under this bill.  

“This legislation was supported by our public universities because of its positive impact on veteran students and the entire state,” Smiddy said. “Attracting quality, hardworking, and dedicated students to Illinois improves the quality of life for everyone. I was proud to cosponsor this bill and will continue supporting measures that encourage veterans to further their education here in Illinois.”

For more information, contact Smiddy’s office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (309) 848-9098, or toll free at (855) 243-4988.

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