DeLuca Fights to Cut Property Tax Bills by Passing Major Tax Relief Package

May 2nd, 2017

 SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Every homeowner in the state would receive a break from high property taxes under a comprehensive tax relief package passed by state Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago heights, increasing the value of key property tax credits for families, seniors, and veterans. While Gov. Bruce Rauner has discussed freezing property taxes, DeLuca’s action goes further to actually cut property taxes and reduce the burden on local homeowners.

“Families in Illinois deserve a break, and this legislation will positively affect every homeowner in Illinois,” DeLuca said. “Property taxes have continued to rise over the years, resulting in some families having to move because they can no longer afford the taxes on their homes. It is the time we provide relief to all hard working families.”

DeLuca voted to pass the comprehensive package of property tax relief measures.  This bill provides homeowners with relief above and beyond the freeze discussed by the governor, by increasing the value of key property tax exemptions that help homeowners reduce the taxable value of their homes and cut their taxes. Beginning in 2018:

  • All homeowners would be eligible for an annual $8,000 exemption on their primary residence;
  • Seniors on fixed incomes would see lower property tax bills, as an exemption for homeowners over the age of 65 would increase from $5,000 to $6,000 annually;
  • More veterans would be able to receive property tax relief, as returning service members certified 20-30 percent disabled who are currently ineligible for property tax relief would be provided a $2,500 annual exemption. All veterans over the age of 75 would be able to receive a $2,500 exemption as well.

House Bill 156 also creates a new property tax freeze for disabled homeowners receiving Supplemental Security Income from the federal government, nd expands tax credits provided to those who have lived in their residence for 8 years or more.

“Protecting low-income families continues to be one of my top priorities as a legislator,” DeLuca said. “I will continue to work with both sides of the aisle and fight for lower property taxes for the hard working families of Illinois.”

DeLuca’s bill received bipartisan support in the House, and now awaits consideration in the Senate.


DeLuca Holds Annual Breakfast With Local Spiritual Leaders

May 2nd, 2017

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. – State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, recently held his 16th annual clergy breakfast with spiritual leaders throughout the community to discuss his work in Springfield, as well as address concerns and suggestions of the leaders.

“I appreciate the opportunity to sit down and talk to spiritual leaders throughout the community,” DeLuca said. “I am grateful that we have such great individuals who not only take the time to listen to concerns but offer advice and potential solutions that will help me as a legislator make the best decisions for families throughout my district.”

DeLuca Introduces Legislation to Address Infrastructure Issues at Local University

May 2nd, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Anthony DeLuca, D-Chicago Heights, recently introduced legislation to help resolve plumbing issues at Governor’s State University.

“Governor’s State University is facing serious issues with the plumbing, ultimately affecting students’ ability to receive the best education,” DeLuca said. “Students have been advised to first run water for a short period of time before using it. This is not conducive to a learning environment and should be addressed appropriately.”

Currently, Governor’s State University is lacking the necessary funds to address a series of infrastructure issues. The plumbing and pipes throughout the university are in dire need of replacement. DeLuca’s House Bill 2586 is an initiative to address these issues by appropriating the necessary revenue to Governor’s State University with the intent of fixing the infrastructure issues.

“With this legislation, it is my intent to work toward providing the necessary funding to ensure that students have access to safe and clean water,” DeLuca said.  “With these appropriations, Governor’s State University will be able to resolve the plumbing and other infrastructure needs, and provide an environment that will be beneficial to both staff and students.”

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