ROCKFORD - Legislation sponsored by State Rep. John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) to allow the sons and daughters of fallen servicemembers to apply for Gold Star license plates was signed into law by the Governor on Saturday in Rockford.
"Fallen military men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today,” Representative Cabello said. “Their families deserve our highest levels of support and respect. My hope is that these Gold Star license plates will provide an added way for these sons and daughters to be recognized for their sacrifice and the sacrifice and service of their loved one.”
House Bill 5475 allows the children of fallen servicemembers to apply for Gold Star license plates. Prior to the signing of Rep. Cabello’s bill, state law only permitted the surviving spouses, parents, and siblings of persons who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to be issued these special plates. The law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2015.
The Gold Star is distributed to members of the immediate family of a fallen servicemember by the U.S. Department of Defense. The pin is distributed according to strict Department of Defense guidelines for servicemembers who have lost their lives in conflict or in support of certain military operations. A Gold Star Affirmation verifying receipt of the Gold Star, including the service member’s name and relationship to the special license plate applicant is required.
House Bill 5475 was signed into law on Saturday, August 9, as Public Act 98-869.