Continuing her efforts to support veterans, state Rep. Jehan Gordon (D-Peoria) and the Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation on Monday that would expand the ability of Illinois’ companies to hire veterans who have served in active duty on or after September 11, 2001.
“Our veterans serve on the front line, sacrificing so much to keep our families safe,” Gordon said. “I want to continue to honor their services by helping to ensure that veterans are finding success in the job market with the considerable skills they have developed through their service.”
Senate Bill 3241, co-sponsored by Gordon, expands the tax credits that businesses receive for hiring veterans. Currently, businesses can claim a 10% credit of the wages paid up to a maximum of $1,200 for hiring an unemployed Veteran who has served in Operation Desert Storm, Operating Enduring Freedom, or Operation Iraqi Freedom. Under Gordon’s legislation, businesses would be able to claim 20% up to $5,000 for any veteran who has served in active duty since on or before September 11, 2001.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, national estimates put the jobless rate for post 9-11 veterans at 12.1 percent, well above the national average. In Illinois, the unemployment rate for 18-34 year old veterans is on average four percent higher than non-veterans of the same age group.
“There will never be enough that we can do to thank our veterans for the sacrifices they have made for us, but I will continue to work hard with my colleagues to push legislation that helps for an easier transition to civilian life by providing an environment conducive to job growth,” Gordon said.
Senate Bill 3241 passed the Illinois House overwhelmingly and it will move to the Senate and the Governor for consideration. For more information this legislation, please contact Gordon’s office at (309) 681-1992 or by email at email@example.com