SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill introduced by state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, which would increase the amount of money that municipalities receive from the state passed out of the House Cities and Villages Committee with unanimous bipartisan support on Wednesday.
“Often I hear stories about how high property taxes are forcing people out of their homes,” DeLuca said. “This bill gives local governments greater ability to meet the needs of their residents without passing along an increase in property taxes year-after-year.”
DeLuca’s House bill 158 would bring the level of funding to municipalities back to 10 percent. In 2011, the amount that municipalities received from the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) was reduced from 10 to 6 percent. This bill simply seeks to restore the previous rate of funding, making it easier for communities to fund the necessary services and amenities for residents.
“The result of this legislation will be that local governments will be less reliant on homeowners to fund important services, like police and fire protection, street repairs and snow removal,” DeLuca said. “My hope is that this common sense measure helps local units of governments reduce everyone’s property tax bills in the future.”
For more information, contact DeLuca’s constituent service office at 708-754-7900 or email@example.com.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, issued the following statement as the 101st Illinois General Assembly begins:
“As we begin to debate legislation in the upcoming session, we must remember that while many faces have changed, the fiscal challenges facing Illinois still remain.
“While many on both sides of the aisle come into this session with high hopes, we must first and foremost recognize the need for fiscal discipline. We often hear about a “Fair Tax” where the wealthy are to pay their “Fair Share” of state income tax. I’m certain we will debate the pros and cons of this approach in the future. However, it’s incumbent upon every elected official in Springfield to prove to taxpayers that every dollar being spent, every program being funded, and every department in state government is operated and streamlined in the most efficient manner possible before imposing an additional burden of higher taxes on the backs of working families.
“As we work to recover from the recent partisanship struggles that nearly destroyed our state, I am asking for my Democrat and Republican colleagues in Springfield to work together and look for ways we can reduce state spending. This upcoming legislative session must not be viewed as an opportunity to muscle through unfunded mandates or send taxpayer money to programs that have no transparency or accountability, but instead should be seen as an opportunity to come together and improve the quality of life for Illinois families.”
For more information, please contact DeLuca’s constituent service office at 708-754-7900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. – In response to an evidence processing backlog at the Illinois State Police’s (ISP) Division of Forensic Services, state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, is backing a performance audit that will review current lab procedures and provide recommendations to improve the lab’s effectiveness.
“With DNA testing for rape kits and other cases sometimes taking more than a year to be processed, our state’s crime lab appears to be understaffed and inefficient,” DeLuca said. “When we are unable to process evidence in a timely manner, we are failing to give prosecutors the tools they need to take criminals off the street as quick as possible. Right now we’re failing survivors, and that needs to change.”
DeLuca is supporting House Joint Resolution 140, which calls for a performance audit of ISP’s Division of Forensic Services equipment, procedures and staffing levels. The goal of the DeLuca-backed joint resolution is to identify inefficiencies and other problems in the Forensics Division and provide insight as to how to improve turnaround time on DNA testing on evidence from violent crimes. Presently, the lab takes months, sometimes over a year, to complete evidence testing.
“The longer that law enforcement has to wait for evidence, the longer that survivors of violence have to wait for justice or closure,” DeLuca said. “I am hopeful that this audit will give us direction on how to effectively solve this backlog problem, and will ensure we never face this situation again.”