Limited results in state program geared toward vets

Published 10/07 2013 04:23PM

Updated 10/07 2013 05:29PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It was supposed to be an opportunity for veterans to cash in on state business, but two years down the road, a state program doesn't seem to be producing many results. The program is supposed to ensure veteran businesses are getting at least 3% of state contracts.

But, two years after the governor signed it into law, a state board says veteran businesses are only getting about a quarter percent of the state budget. The program is like a lot of others which require minority- and women-run businesses to get state contracts.

Since it was signed into law, only 52 businesses have registered as veteran-owned companies. One veteran sitting on the state board which oversees the program says Illinois isn't doing what it should to recruit business owners.

State leaders say there's a lot of red tape involved in the process which may be scaring some vets away. Ed Bedore, with the Procurement Policy Board, says he's going to push the Quinn administration to get the word out about the program.

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