SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – On Wednesday, a bill supported by state Rep. Antony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, to cap monthly copays for insulin at $100 advanced out of the Illinois House.
“This bill will help people, especially young adults who often do not have access to premium health insurance plans,” DeLuca said. “Without that medical coverage, the cost of insulin becomes more than these young people can afford. So they are forced to ration their insulin which doctors and medical experts agree is extremely dangerous and can lead to death.”
According to the Yale School of Medicine, one in four patients with diabetes are currently forced to ration their insulin because of soaring costs. Rationing insulin is extremely dangerous and can lead to a deadly condition known as diabetic ketoacidosis. Recent analysis highlight the price of insulin has tripled between 2002 and 2013. That price increase has been a tremendous financial burden on many of the 1.3 million Illinoisans who require insulin to manage their diabetes. Senate Bill 667 will cap the monthly copays for insulin at $100.
“Young people are the future, so I am relieved that this bill passed with strong bipartisan support,” DeLuca said. “I encourage Governor Pritzker to sign it without delay
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In light of ongoing meetings of the Property Tax Relief Task Force, State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, is calling for the General Assembly to pass a statewide property tax freeze during the upcoming veto session.
“Democrats and Republicans on the Property Tax Relief Task Force must work together to actively craft a comprehensive package to bring meaningful property relief to the people of Illinois,” DeLuca said. “We’ve been battling the issue of high property taxes for a long time and I myself voted to freeze or cut property taxes repeatedly over the past few years. Relief for Illinois homeowners is long overdue.”
DeLuca’s current call for a statewide freeze is not without precedent. In past legislative sessions, DeLuca voted to cut or freeze property taxes in Illinois at least 19 times. The Property Tax Relief Task Force, made up of members from both parties and chambers, has been meeting since early August. The final report of the Task Force must be given to Gov. J.B. Pritzker by the end of the year with any administrative, electoral and legislative changes that include short- and long-term solutions to provide relief for homeowners.
“While the Task Force’s meetings have been productive, my fear is that we are still a long ways away from meaningful relief,” DeLuca said. “In the meantime, I think it’s prudent we take as step that the General Assembly has taken before and that is voting to freeze property taxes statewide.”
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, released the following statement regarding the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session on Saturday:
“Throughout my time in the General Assembly I have dedicated myself to bringing major economic opportunities to the Southland Region. One of these items I wanted to do from the start was pursue investments in a South Suburban Airport.
” Legislators from both sides of the aisle came together to work on ways to bring more opportunities to our state. I fought for critical infrastructure investments, as well as laid the framework of a new casino for the region.
“These items are sorely needed economic drivers for the region, and will directly and indirectly create thousands of jobs. I’m proud that my colleagues and I were able to come together and get across the finish line to build a stronger Illinois. The additional investments in our infrastructure and getting the green light on building a casino will pay dividends for our community and state for years to come.