CHICAGO – Rep. Robert Pritchard joined Gov. Pat Quinn and Michelle Obama in Chicago on Tuesday to witness his work to help veterans stay active in the workforce become law.
Quinn signed the Military Family Licensing Act into law, a piece of legislation Pritchard co-sponsored in the House after Senate President John Cullerton guided it through his chamber. The law helps veterans and their spouses transfer occupational licenses issued in other states to Illinois more easily.
Pritchard, R-Hinckley, said his first attempt to pass the legislation failed, but he was glad to see a national push for easier occupational transitions for veterans sweeping the country. Illinois is the 23rd state to adopt such legislation.
"When [veterans] move around the country, it takes a long time to get a job license," Pritchard said. "We wanted to show some preference and get them a temporary license engaged in the workforce again."
Just before the ceremony, Obama told service members and their families that the legislation would let more military spouses advance their careers and keep earning money to support their families.