Rauner announces new initiatives for dealing with property tax corruption

January 31 State of the State address promises a “push back” against assault on middle class

information provided by the Office of the Governor

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (February 1, 2018) – “Our property tax system is a vicious form of oppression,” said Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner in his State of the State address on Wednesday. “It traps people in their homes, vaporizes their equity, drives mortgages under water, and in some cases, pushes people out of our state. It is time to put a stop to the corruption.”

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, and Rep. Grant Wehrli, R-Naperville, will introduce legislation that prohibits legislators from practicing before assessment appeal boards in Illinois. The governor also said that lawmakers should expect to see legislation on property tax relief and local referendums so people can choose to lower their taxes.

“These are reforms we must enact if we want common sense to win out over corruption,” Rauner said.

Looking ahead to his budget address next month, the governor pledged to deliver a balanced budget with spending controls.

“We will show the way to surpluses going forward so we can reduce taxes and start to push back against the assault on middle class bank accounts,” he said.

The entire State of the State address is available for reading or viewing via the links below:

 

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