Veterans funding gets 'yes'

Published: 2/6/2008 1:06 AM

In a non-binding temperature-taker on veterans' benefits, Cook County voters overwhelmingly endorsed funding benefits for U.S. veterans.

The question, asking "Shall the federal government be required to allocate existing funds for the purpose of ensuring that all honorably discharged U.S. veterans receive mandatory, fully funded and equal benefits?" was overwhelmingly answered "yes" by more than 93 percent of voters with 87 percent of the vote counted.

The question was put on the ballot by the Cook County Board of Commissioners and championed by commissioners Larry Suffredin, a Democrat, and Tony Peraica, a Republican, both of whom were running for state's attorney.