As we continue to live under the shelter at home order, I’m hoping you and your family are staying safe and healthy. The 2020 spring legislative session has come to an abrupt halt and it is unknown exactly when we will return to the state capitol.
The COVID-19 pandemic is imposing tremendous health and economic harm on our businesses, families, and units of government across Illinois. It is deeply troublesome to witness lives lost, businesses dismantled and loss of employment. To think not long ago our economy and financial markets were thriving and not even the health experts predicted the United States would be impacted so negatively.
But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Health experts tell us that COVID-19 will pass and our hopes and dreams shall return. As difficult as this is, try to remain optimistic and focused on what your goals will be when our country opens up again.
This has been an exceptionally busy time as we address countless constituent related issues. I’ve been participating in regular briefings and conference calls, and have provided updates and information about COVID-19 on my Anthony DeLuca Government Official Facebook page.
As Chairman of the House Cities & Villages Committee, I’m working closely with the Illinois Municipal League on requesting immediate action on many legislative items for the benefit of municipal governments and residents. Some of these items include extending the deadline for adoption of the annual appropriation ordinance and annual budget.
Extending the certification deadline to June 1st for both Home Rule and Non-Home Rule municipal retail, service, motor fuel, use and cannabis taxes.
Urging the Governor to dispense funds received from the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security package approved by the federal government, on a per capita basis so every municipality in Illinois receives the financial benefit, not just the City of Chicago.
Requesting the Illinois Attorney General to temporarily suspend deadlines under the Freedom of Information Act.
Requesting the Governor provide for a 6 month delay in loan payments due from municipalities to state agencies.
Requesting House Bill 158, legislation I’m sponsoring, to be immediately adopted which will return the municipal share of total income tax collections back to 10%. If passed, HB158 will provide much needed funding for municipalities to support Fire & Police services and other municipal operations.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact my district office at 708-754-7900 or email at email@example.com