State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) introduced the proposal that grew out of a case earlier this year where a veteran, Euguene Zalazinski, would have been forced out of the Quincy Veterans Home without an appeal or hearing.
“For veterans like Mr. Zalazinski, the Veterans Home is just that, it’s their home. They absolutely rely on the medical care and assistance they earned by serving our country. This legislation maintains their rights and dignity as well as keeping them in a safe, caring environment,” Sullivan said.
The legislation, Senate Bill 536, gives residents of the Illinois Veterans Homes the same ability to appeal expulsion decision as residents of other nursing homes. It also addresses other needs made at the request of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.
Additionally, the legislation authorizes federal grant money to fund the veterans home cemeteries in Quincy and Manteno, and it allows the department to carry out television and social medial educational programs.
Also included in SB 536 are measures for the veterans homes to update security and health safety procedures, and it ensures veterans’ spouses receive specialized care.
The legislation was approved by the House Saturday and received final bipartisan approval from the Senate on Sunday. The proposal now goes to the governor for his signature.