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Rauner signs bills affecting veterans




Gov. Bruce Rauner signed several bills on Sunday affecting Illinois veterans, including a measure establishing a discount card program and another offering property tax breaks for those with military-related disabilities.

The Republican first-term governor’s office released a short statement Sunday saying six bills had been signed in honor of Veterans Day at the Illinois State Fair. Veterans received free entrance to the fair on Sunday with events honoring those who’ve served.

One newly signed law provides tax breaks to veterans who make accessibility upgrades to their homes, such as wheelchair ramps and lifts. Such changes wouldn’t increase the assessed valuation of the property for years after improvements are made, under the law. It would also allow certain disabled veterans to quality for an annual property tax exemption of $2,500. The legislation, which takes effect immediately, received unanimous support from lawmakers.

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