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New Illinois Law Helps Military Families

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs House Bill 3939 while Scott Air Force Base commander Col. Kyle Kremer, his children Miklayla (16) and Abbey (12) and Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, look on during ceremonies at Mascoutah High School in Mascoutah, Illinois on June 28, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs House Bill 3939 while Scott Air Force Base commander Col. Kyle Kremer, his children Miklayla (16) and Abbey (12) and Lt. Governor Sheila Simon, look on during ceremonies at Mascoutah High School in Mascoutah, Illinois on June 28, 2014. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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MASCOUTAH, Ill. (AP)- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation making it easier for military families moving to Illinois to enroll their children in schools in the state.

The law was signed Saturday by the Chicago Democrat in Mascoutah.

Sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson and state Sen. Melinda Bush, the legislation streamlines the health and academic record transfer process for out-of-state elementary and high school students with one or more parents serving in the military.

Advocates say the change eliminates unnecessary delays preventing children from being in school.

Quinn says the state has a responsibility to make sure military families’ moves to Illinois are worry-free.

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