Illinois governor signs bill increasing death benefits for families of fallen first responders

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ILLINOIS (WEHT) – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has signed a bill that would increase death benefits for families of fallen first responders.

Gov. Pritzker signed House Bill 2028 Wedensday, doubling the death benefits for families of fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters.

Previous law, set in 1999, capped state reimbursements for burial costs at $10,000, but the new law raises that cap to $20,000, effective June 30th.

The governor says it won’t ease the grief for families, but he hopes it will lessen the financial burden.

“While no amount of money can ease the terrible grief of families who have lost their loved ones because they were killed in the line of duty, I hope we can at least lessen the financial burden of an immeasurable loss of our state’s finest,” said Gov. JB Pritzker. “My heart breaks for the families, friends and fellow first responders every time a brave soul leaves us in the noblest of ways. A grateful state will always honor your legacies.”

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(This story was originally published on June 27, 2019)

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