2016 State Legislative Update

Months of negotiating and attempts to pass common sense legislation to benefit all of Illinois culminated in a hybrid budget that was passed in July. This budget has a combination of both six and twelve month appropriations. This budget measure will fund schools for another year and provide six months…

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Representative Riley’s opposition to the CTA ”super” TIF law

This summer a bill to create these CTA TIF districts was fast tracked through the General Assembly. Representative Riley stood in opposition to the legislation.  Although the legislation would hold school funding harmless from the new TIF, local libraries and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago could potentially…

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Super-TIF’ Bill Approved by Lawmakers

By Cole Lauterbach – Illinois Radio Network | WBGZ Radio 7/1/2016 Lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that could create massive tax-financed infrastructure projects in Chicago and elsewhere across the state. The measure would allow for the creation of special taxing-districts, known as TIFs, to fund transportation-based development and redevelopment projects in…

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Rauner Vetoes Pension Bill

By Dave Dahl – Illinois Radio Network WBGZ Radio 8/27/15   Everybody’s for police officers and fire fighters. Aren’t they?Gov. Bruce Rauner has said he is for increased pensions for those who run toward danger while others run from it, but he vetoed a bill allowing those increased pensions because…

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