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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