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McCann urges justices to consider expanding veterans court program

SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Plainview) is strongly urging that the Chief Justices of every judicial circuit in Illinois at least explore the possibility of adding additional veterans courts. The justices now have the ability to add more of the courts that focus on veterans due to legislation passed by Senator McCann and signed into law recently.

“Veterans Courts allow judges to use more discretion and understanding of the unique issues that many of our veterans face, including challenges such as PTSD,” said Sen. McCann. “This new law will increase the likelihood that a Veterans Court is closer to any veterans who would benefit.”

McCann’s Senate Bill 1238 allows for the possibility of one Veterans Court per Illinois County. Previous law limited the number of Veterans Courts to one per judicial circuit. The state has 102 counties but only 24 judicial circuits. The Chief Justices of the individual circuits will have the ultimate authority to decide how many counties may take part.

“Our veterans have already sacrificed so much for our country. We should make sure that we provide them with all the help we can when they return home,” said Sen. McCann. “This provides our Chief Justices with one more tool to make sure our veterans are being treated fairly under the law.”

Due to the large geographic area covered by the 50th Senate District, Senator McCann is especially urging that Chief Justices of the 3rd, 7th, and 8th Circuits seriously consider adding more veterans courts now that they have this new tool at their disposal.

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