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Service Recognition Board (WW I) - RG 503 | Illinois State Archives

Name: Service Recognition Board (WW I) - RG 503

Historical Note:

The General Assembly created the Service Recognition Board in 1921 to provide compensation to World War I veterans or their survivors. The board, which consisted of the Governor, the State Treasurer, and the Adjutant General, was given general control of the administration of payments (L. 1921, p. 66). A bond issue for the financing of bonus payments was approved by the voters in 1922 and the General Assembly appropriated funds for the payments in 1923 (L. 1923, p. 92). In 1925 the General Assembly amended this compensation act to include the beneficiaries of veterans who had died while in active service, regardless of the number of days that such military or naval personnel had served in the armed forces (L. 1925, p. 25). The General Assembly abolished the Service Recognition Board in 1927 and transferred all its records to the Adjutant General (L. 1927, p. 110). The Adjutant General retained these records until 1955 when the General Assembly directed them to be deposited at the State Archives (L. 1955, p. 1069).

Access to these records is restricted according to the provisions of L. 1955, p. 1069 and the Freedom of Information Act (P.A. 83-1013).

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