SPRINGFIELD – Businesses in Gifford are struggling to recover from November’s tornadoes. State Senator Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign) moved legislation today that would protect business owners in the affected communities from higher property taxes.
“Without this proposal, business owners would not only have to face the cost of rebuilding and repairing their businesses and homes, but also the burden of having to pay higher property taxes due to the value added by the new construction,” said Frerichs. “This proposal will help owners of damaged properties not be dragged down by a drastic increase in their tax bills.”
This week, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her encouragement for Illinois county officials to recognize the recent court opinion allowing Cook County to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Several other county clerks have announced they are following suit and have started providing this service; others have stated they intend to wait.
Prior to the court decision for Cook County, many of those awaiting licenses were working to get that right earlier than the law's effective date in June. One such couple had a particularly urgent reason for that request: terminal illness.
Procrastinating car owners could breathe a small sigh of relief under legislation that Senator Patricia Van Pelt (D- Chicago) guided through the Senate on Tuesday. The new law would allow drivers to temporarily stay on the road without a current registration sticker provided the driver has a receipt proving that he or she registered the vehicle before the previous registration’s expiration date.
Those who wait to renew their registration through CyberService or the mail until the last days leading up to the expiration of their current registration will now be provided a way to avoid being issued a ticket for driving that vehicle if the sticker doesn’t arrive in time.
Acknowledging the need for a long-term plan to invest in roads, bridges and railways across the country, President Obama yesterday proposed an over $300 billion transportation plan that would invest in infrastructure projects and protect 700,000 jobs.
“This is the only way we can continue putting people back to work and keep our economies moving forward, especially here in Illinois where we are the crossroads of the nation,” said Senator Sandoval (D – Chicago), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.
President Obama has called on overhauling the federal corporate tax as a way to at least partially fund these projects.
In an effort to fight obesity, diabetes and other related health issues, a Chicago Democrat is proposing a tax on sugary drinks that could raise more than $600 million for health care and wellness education.
State Senator Mattie Hunter, vice chairperson of the Senate Public Health Committee, last week introduced the Healthy Eating Active Living Act, which would add a penny-per-ounce tax to sweetened beverages as part of her push to reduce obesity among Illinois residents.
"We as a state need to do a better job of educating the public about the link between consuming sugary soft drinks and obesity," Hunter said. "The only way to save lives is to fight this issue from both ends: through preventive measures and programs to help those who are overweight or have diabetes."
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