Edsel Flanders poses for a photograph at a ceremony honoring his service with the U.S. Army during World War II at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., Sept. 18, 2009. Flanders served as a radio operator during the Battle of the Bulge, where he was captured by German forces Dec. 21, 1944, and held as a prisoner of war until April 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson)
CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to support secure homeownership for veterans with disabilities and their families.
The new law expands property tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities, which will reduce the financial burden of homeownership.
“When our brave men and women return from service, they deserve a safe place to call home,” Quinn said. “Those of us on the homefront have a duty to take care of our service members who have borne the battle. This new law is another way we can support veterans with disabilities by ensuring that Illinois’ heroes aren’t burdened by overwhelming property taxes.”
Senate Bill 2905, expands property tax exemptions for veterans with disabilities and their spouses, increasing the disabled veterans’ homestead exemption from $70,000 to $100,000. The law also expands the disabled veterans’ homestead exemption to housing donated to veterans with disabilities by charities.
The new law goes into effect immediately.
The governor also signed Senate Bill 1342, which prohibits the secret recording of private conversations without the consent of all participants.
A conversation is considered private if any of the participants have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as during a private telephone conversation. The law includes exemptions for law enforcement investigating certain felonies such as kidnapping, gang or drug offenses, as approved by the State’s Attorney and county judge on a case-by-case basis.
The legislation replaces portions of the Illinois Criminal Code found unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court in March. The new law does not prohibit overt recording in public space, where there can be no reasonable expectation of privacy.
The law goes into effect immediately.