Springfield, IL … Today at noon, the Governor signed a much-needed, bipartisan measure to extend employment protections for individuals employed in Illinois but who are members of the National Guard of another state. Prior to today’s action, the term “military service” in state law applied strictly to Federal service or any duties conducted in Illinois under the direct orders of the President. House Bill 3721, now law, strengthens the re-employment protections for individuals who reside in another state but who hold a job within Illinois upon the completion of active duty service in the National Guard of their home state.
State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago), a Chief Co-Sponsor was present at the bill signing and was happy to witness these strengthened employment protections enacted into law:
“I was proud to be a part of this afternoon’s signing of House Bill 3721. State law now protects the jobs of Illinois workers who are called to service by the National Guard of another state,” said McAuliffe. “No service member should fear whether their job will still be there for them when they return home from active duty. I continue to be encouraged by Illinois’ commitment to ensuring that members of every branch of military service have equal access to employment.”
McAuliffe is the current Republican Spokesperson for the House Veteran’s Committee and advocate for military personnel.