On Friday in Springfield, Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law legislation co-sponsored by State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) that allows a family member of a fallen member of the Illinois National Guard to receive a State flag in honor of their loved one’s sacrifice.
HB 2570, signed into law as Public Act 100-00??, provides that when a member of the Illinois National Guard dies while serving in duty or training statuses, the Adjutant General, the Assistant Adjutant General for Army, or the Assistant Adjutant General for Air shall present the next of kin with an Illinois State flag.
“These members of our armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom are deserving of the highest respect,” said Reick. “The simple act of presenting the family with a State flag is a small gesture, but it is one that carries the appreciation and gratitude of the entire State.”
The legislation was based upon a similar law passed in South Carolina, and received unanimous support in the House and Senate.