Sen. McConchie and Rep. Kifowit Sponsored Legislation to Assist Disabled Veterans

SPRINGFIELD- A significant step toward supporting Illinois’ disabled veterans was taken on July 1st as legislation was signed into law to alleviate some of the financial burdens placed on the state’s disabled veterans community. This new law, sponsored by State Senator Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods) and Representative Stephanie A. Kifowit (D-Aurora), waives permit fees for disabled veterans who need to modify their homes for accessibility.

Prior to this law, disabled veterans returning from service and needing to adapt their homes were required to pay permit fees to their local government in addition to covering the renovation costs themselves. This added financial strain often made essential home modifications even more challenging.

“Disabled veterans already face significant challenges when it comes to home renovations,” stated Sen. Dan McConchie, a Veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, who sponsored SB 2751 in the Senate. “This legislation ensures they are not burdened with extra costs from city permit fees. Veterans have sacrificed so much for us, and waiving these fees is a small way to give back.” 

Public Act 103-0621, filed as Senate Bill 2751, specifically addresses the issue by waiving permit fees for disabled veterans making necessary home modifications.

“Veterans with disabilities have sacrificed so much for our country, and it is our duty to support them when they return home,” said State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, a Veteran of the U.S. Marines, who sponsored SB 2751 in the House. “By waiving building permit fees for necessary accommodations, we are removing barriers and helping ensure they can live comfortably and independently. I was proud to partner with Senator Dan McConchie to get this important legislation passed. This bill not only aids veterans but also acknowledges the invaluable contributions they have made to our nation.”

The bill passed both chambers unanimously and was signed into law on July 1, 2024, with an effective date of January 1, 2025.

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