Did you know nearly 55,000 Illinois residents currently serve our country in the military? This makes Illinois the 13th highest number of residents of all 50 states serving our nation. Not only do thousands of military members call Illinois home, so do their families. Unfortunately, when a soldier is killed while serving in the military, our fallen soldier’s family is left with many difficult decisions to make and oftentimes faced with a little known hurdle called a lease.
Under current law, if a military family is living in a home they are leasing and they want to move following the death of their loved one killed in action. The military family can’t get out of their lease. This law must be corrected!
This is why I introduced House Bill 4317 to codify Illinois law in order to provide relief to the families who depend on our nations heroes more than anyone when the unthinkable occurs.
The legislation was brought to my attention by the widow of a fallen soldier, whom shared her frustration over having to pay penalties to terminate the lease on their family home after the soldier (her husband) was killed in action (KIA) overseas. Early termination of the lease was necessary, as the family (that included two very small children) simply could not cope with living in the home that they made with their now deceased husband/father. The widow pointed out that current law allows for tenants to terminate leases without penalty when a soldier is deployed, but not when the soldier is KIA and leaves behind a family that needs to move out as soon as possible for one reason or another. In the meantime, I will keep you updated as this legislation moves forward in the legislature.
If you would like to show your support for this legislation, you may fill out a witness slip in support here.