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Cullerton’s protections of Gold Star families become law

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.

Sen. Tom Cullerton

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23rd Legislative District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Insurance; Labor; State Government; Transportation; Veterans Affairs (Chairperson); Sub. on Utility Rate Regulations (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Born Sept. 20, 1969; studied at the University of Kansas; former village president and trustee of Villa Park; married (wife Stacey), three sons.

Associated Representatives:
Deb Conroy
Diane Pappas