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Former members of the Guard and Reserve who do not have any periods of active duty other than their initial active duty for training and annual training are now eligible to receive “Veteran” on their driver’s licenses. "This bill ensures that every man and woman who has served this state and nation is recognized,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. "Our veterans have given so much for us, and I am glad Illinois is taking this step to expand designations."

Last year, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 2173 to allow National Guard members and reservists to obtain the veteran identifier on their Illinois driver's license.

In order to receive that designation, veterans of the Guard and Reserve are required to present a copy of their certificate of release or discharge from initial active duty, certified and stamped by the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA), to the Secretary of State.

Prior to receiving this stamp they must provide documentation of satisfactorily completing the time for which they were contracted to attend monthly drills and annual training. Presentation of one of the following documents will be accepted as proof of service:

1. Army or Air National Guard NGB 22 Report of Separation and Record of Service

2. Army Reserve DARP FM 249-2E Chronological Statement of
Retirement Points.

3. Navy Reserve NRPC 1070-124 Annual Retirement Point Record

4. Air Force Reserve AF 526 Point Summary Sheet

5. USMC Reserve NAVMC 798 Reserve Retirement Credit Report

6. Coast Guard CG 4175 Coast Guard Reserve Annual or Terminal
Statement of Retirement Points.

Veterans are encouraged to contact or visit a local IDVA office for assistance obtaining any of the above documents. To find the closest Veteran Service Officer (VSO) go to www.illinois.gov/veterans or call 800-437-9824.
Rep. McAuliffe pictured with Commander Looney from the Chicago Police Department at the
First Responders Mass this week at Notre Dame High School.

Chicago, IL … Yesterday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners overwhelmingly voted in favor of repealing the unpopular Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax. State Representative Michael P. McAuliffe (R-Chicago), who recently filed legislation at the state level to repeal the tax, issued the following statement:

“I was pleased to see the Cook County Board take the necessary steps in repealing the controversial pop tax this week. The tax, which was not properly thought out, simply was not going to deliver what was promised and only put a heavier financial burden on the shoulders of the Cook County taxpayers. I applaud those who voted in favor of the repeal for listening to their constituents and ending the tax.”

The Cook County Board voted in favor of the repeal on a 15-2 vote, with an effective date of December 1st, 2017.
Rep. McAuliffe speaks to local community and business leaders at the "Breakfast with Your Legislators" event hosted by the Edison Park, Norwood Park and Edgebrook-Sauganash Chambers of Commerce.
State Representative McAuliffe with fellow co-sponsors of Maine Township Property Tax Appeal Seminar.
Pictured are (L-R): Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, Maine Township Assessor Susan Krey,
Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak and State Representative Michael McAuliffe.
Rep. McAuliffe greets 20th District resident at the shred truck event held this past
Saturday at the Salvation Army in Norridge.

Rep. McAuliffe assists in disposing of documents in a bin to be shredded.