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Name: Illinois Veterans' Commission - RG 408

Historical Note:

The Illinois Veterans' Commission was created by the General Assembly in 1945 to inform veterans and their beneficiaries about state and federal benefits and to coordinate services and activities of all state agencies involved in veterans' affairs. The commission was composed of three veterans and three administrators appointed by the Governor (L. 1945, p. 1667). In 1957 a Service Recognition Board, composed of the Governor, State Treasurer, and the Adjutant General, was created to administer bonus payments to Korean War veterans or their beneficiaries (L. 1957, p. 1227). However, the bond issue that was to provide the funds for the payments did not receive sufficient voter approval. The next General Assembly passed a Korean Veterans' Compensation Act which called for bonus monies to be raised through a new cigarette tax instead of by special bond issue. The act further stipulated that the Illinois Veterans' Commission would take complete control of the bonus program (L. 1959, p. 1577).

The Korean Veterans' Compensation Act was repealed on May 11, 1967 and any claim not paid before July 1, 1967 was to lapse. The commission was instructed to deposit all records relating to the bonus program at the State Archives (L. 1967, p. 548). The General Assembly reopened the World War II and Korean bonus program in 1973 and again in 1975 (P.A. 78-299, pp. 1008-1009; P.A. 78-300, pp. 1009-1010; P.A. 79-372, pp. 1382-1386). All of these bonus claims and related records were kept by the Veterans' Commission until 1975 when the newly created Department of Veterans' Affairs assumed all commission duties. (P.A. 79-376, p. 1388).


Access to these records is restricted according to the provisions of L. 1967, p. 548, and the State Records Act of 1957 as amended.

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