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Veterans memorial preservation bill signed into law
Online Staff Report
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A measure sponsored by State Rep. Joe Sosnowski, R-Belvidere, aimed at boosting the upkeep of veterans’ memorials throughout Illinois was signed into law Sunday, Aug. 11.
“This legislation places more tools in the hands of our local leaders to provide for the necessary upkeep of the memorials and monuments to those who have fought for our country,” Sosnowski said. “Veterans’ memorials give our communities a place to honor our veterans, and we owe it to them to do all we can to preserve these sites for future generations.”
Senate Bill 1824 specifically addresses the gap in Illinois’ current law between the construction and maintenance of these local monuments. Currently, voters in a municipality can vote through a referendum to construct and fund a veterans’ monument; however, once they are constructed, these municipalities have no specific authority to use those same funds for their upkeep.
The new law will allow for the reallocation of these construction funds to also be used for maintenance. In addition, the measure would allow park districts who lease land for memorials to transfer the maintenance obligations of the site to the organization holding the lease. This law takes effect immediately.
Posted Aug. 12, 2013