Families of veterans make many sacrifices to support their loved ones’ service, but may miss out on crucial support when veterans pass away. The Illinois Senate has passed legislation filed by State Senator Tom Bennett (R-Gibson City) designed to help families of veterans with their property taxes.
“This is about supporting our veterans who keep us safe through their service, as well as recognizing the sacrifices their families have made to support them,” said Bennett. “We want to make sure that the families of veterans receive the benefits that are rightfully owed to them.”
Senate Bill 1534, filed by Bennett, fixes an issue with homestead exemptions for veterans. Under Bennett’s legislation, if a veteran with a spouse dies while their veteran’s homestead exemption is under review, the review will continue, and if the exemption would have been granted for the veteran, then it will be granted to the surviving spouse.
Bennett’s legislation passed the Illinois Senate on March 24th and now awaits action in the House.