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  • tc 042018VILLA PARK — The families of armed service members killed in action or on duty will have greater power to terminate their fallen loved ones’ lease obligations thanks to a law championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

    House Bill 4317, which allows dependents of fallen service members to terminate a lease, was signed into law on Friday.

    “Gold Star families have sacrificed more than most of us can imagine,” Cullerton said. “Nothing can ease their suffering but it is our duty to give them the necessary protections to take the difficult steps forward after saying goodbye to their loved ones.”

    Previous law allowed service members to terminate a lease if they receive changes to deployment orders, but there was no law in place to allow dependents of fallen service members to terminate leases. 

    “This is a commonsense law that will make a difficult task a little easier,” Cullerton said. “This should have been law already.”

    The measure was modeled after North Carolina law which allows an immediate family member or lawful representative of a service member killed in duty to terminate the service member's lease.

    House Bill 4317 advanced with bipartisan support and goes into effect immediately.

  • koehler 051618SPRINGFIELD – Legislation that would give families of armed service members killed in action or on duty the power to terminate their fallen loved ones’ lease obligations passed the Illinois Senate today.

    Current law allows service members to terminate a lease if they receive orders for a change in duty station or deployment longer than 90 days. House Bill 4317 would extend the right to terminate to the dependents of fallen service members.

    State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) is sponsoring the measure after a constituent in his district brought the matter to Springfield.

    “To be frank, I was shocked to learn that this isn’t already the law,” Koehler said. “Gold Star families shouldn’t be tied down to leases when going through the loss of a loved one.”

    HB 4317 now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. 

  • koehler 041718SPRINGFIELD – Legislation allowing the immediate families of armed service members killed in action or while on active duty to terminate the lease of the deceased was signed into law today.

    Previously, the law allowed service members to terminate a lease if they receive orders for a change in duty station or deployment longer than 90 days. House Bill 4317 extends the right to terminate to the dependents of fallen service members.