Luft legislation to improve accountability of state veteran assistance programs passes House

SPRINGFIELD – Legislation sponsored by State Representative Mark Luft (R-Pekin) to better monitor the effectiveness of programs to help Illinois veterans passed the House on Thursday.

“Illinois has many great programs to help our veterans in different aspects of their lives,” Luft said. “But we need to know how effectively these programs are working and if there are ways they can be made to function better. The first step toward that goal is to do a better job of collecting data on how many veterans are being served by these programs.”

House Bill 4998 directs the Department of Human Services (DHS) to review and collect data on the number of veterans receiving services or benefits under its programs for emergency food and housing. DHS would then be required to report these figures to the General Assembly at the end of each year. The bill passed the House Veterans Affairs Committee by a 9-0 vote earlier this year and passed the Senate last week 56-0. The House vote on Thursday was 111-0. It now goes to the Governor for his signature.