PEKIN, Ill.– Tazewell County Clerk’s Office recommended a law that will allow families to have access to their loved one’s military discharge papers.
The new law, SB1007, was signed by Illinois Governor JB Pritzker Friday.
Recorder of Deeds Deputy Clerk Sharon Sciortino said these records were first only available to immediate family and locked away in the building’s basement.
“Now the great-grandchildren can come in and future generations will be able to come in and go back in time and see their grandmother or the grandfather served with pride,” she said.
Sciortino said the records will be proudly displayed in the lobby of the Tazewell County Office. Anyone is able to come in and view the records or take a copy home for free.
The records are viewable dating back to the Civil War. Every county office in Illinois will have military discharge records accessible.