cullerton 031021SPRINGFIELD – To assist military personnel and their spouses, Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is spearheading a measure to waive application and examination fees for professional and occupational licenses through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

“Members of our military and their families give up so much to serve our country,” said Cullerton, who serves as the chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs committee. “By waiving the fees for applications and exams for professional licenses, we hope to support them in advancing their careers outside of the military.”


Senate Bill 59 will waive all fees associated with applications and examinations for professional and occupational licenses for active military members and their spouses. The measure is similar to one introduced by Cullerton last year – which was stalled due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


IDFPR regulates over one million professionals and firms in Illinois, including a variety of healthcare related professions such as doctors, nurses, and veterinarian, as well as a variety of occupational professions such as CPAs, barbers, engineers, and detectives.

“As a veteran, I understand challenges military families often face,” Cullerton said. “This measure will make it a little easier for military members and their spouses to apply for the licenses they need to move forward in their careers.” 

The measure passed the Senate’s Committee of Veterans Affairs with bipartisan support Tuesday. As the bill advances to the senate floor, negotiations are ongoing.