First lady cheers license law
CHICAGO – Michelle Obama got a boost Tuesday from her home state of Illinois in her campaign to make it easier for military spouses to advance their own careers amid the frequent moves that come with life in a military family.
The first lady attended a bill signing ceremony at an Illinois National Guard armory in Chicago during which Gov. Pat Quinn made the state the 23rd in the nation to have legislation supporting Obama’s efforts. The law, which takes effect Jan. 1, makes it easier for veterans and their spouses to transfer out-of-state occupational licenses so they can stay on the job in professions such as nursing and teaching after relocating.
Speaking to a few hundred uniformed service members and their families at Tuesday’s ceremony, Obama said she was moved to act after hearing the stories of military wives and husbands “who simply want to provide for their families and get back to the careers they love.”
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