DeLuca Highlights Safety at Railroad Crossings in Chicago Heights

May 18th, 2018

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. – State Rep. Anthony Deluca, D-Chicago Heights, has been working with local officials to reduce the number of accidents and injuries that occur the railroad crossing on 17th street, in-between Hasted Street and End Avenue.

“A public safety issue like this is a priority issue for me,” Deluca said. “From 2012-2016 this one location has had over 30 accidents and 6 injuries occurred.”

The main concern is that though the railroad crossing in question is located on a side street, it sees large numbers of foot traffic coming from a nearby senior home as well as young children who have to use the crossing to get to school and back. Deluca has taken action by reaching out to Illinois Transportation Secretary Blackthorn to request $250,000 in emergency funding to immediately start the building safety improvements at, and around the crossing. This construction project is projected to cost $600,000, which the City of Chicago Heights expects to cover.

“For a project this size, myself and my office are coordinating with the Mayor and City Council of Chicago Heights,” Deluca said. “Because the safety of our children and seniors are of the utmost importance to everyone involved.”

 


DeLuca-backed Bill to Cap Excessive Tolls Passes House

May 9th, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill supported by state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, that lowers the amount of money the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority can charge towed trailers and medium trucks at toll booths passed out of the House.

“This bill is a matter of fairness to people traveling our tollways, DeLuca said, “Because the average fully loaded semi does far more damage to our roadways than a car-trailer combination, the amounts charged at the tolls should reflect that.”

DeLuca co-sponsored and voted to pass House Bill 1620, which caps the tolls that can be charged to vehicle-trailer combinations traveling on Illinois highways. This is because, in many cases, passenger vehicles hauling trailers are charged the same as trucks hauling trailers due to the amount of axels of the car-trailer combinations. The bill takes into account the amount of axels but will cap the tolls if the vehicle is a passenger car towing a trailer.

“Many of our residents enjoy taking a camper, ATV or bike ride to the various parks and trails in Illinois, and they should not be nickeled and dimed on the way to and from their destination,” DeLuca said. “I’m proud to have helped pass this bill to protect drivers from excessive tolls.”


DeLuca Passes Bill to Allow Local Governments Control of Their Accounting

May 9th, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill introduced by state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, to allow local municipalities to maintain cost-effective accounting practices passed out of the Illinois House with bipartisan support.

“As a former mayor, I understand that just because something works in Chicago, doesn’t mean it will work elsewhere,” DeLuca said. “Cities and villages that have their clerk handle bookkeeping cannot afford to hire full-time accountants to convert all of their financial records.”

DeLuca introduced House Bill 4104 in response to a requirement from the Illinois Comptroller that all municipalities use the accrual method of accounting when filing annual audits. This requirement would force smaller municipalities that currently use the cash method to change the way they keep track of and report their budget, resulting in higher costs and burdensome paperwork for local officials. DeLuca’s legislation would exempt municipalities from switching accounting methods if they prefer to use the cash basis.

“This legislation provides greater flexibility to municipalities with regard to how they file their annual audits and assures that they are in compliance with state law,” said DeLuca. “As long as the mandated information is received by the Comptroller’s Office, units of local government should be able to continue using the method of accounting that works for them.”


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