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Protecting the Local Portion of State-Shared Revenues

"Chicago-area municipalities have done the responsible thing during these tough economic times by downsizing our budgets and living within our means. Suggesting that we absorb a $300 million reduction in State-shared revenues may help bail the State
out of its budget woes, but it merely passes the State’s financial problems down to us."
-Members of the Executive Board


This page has been created to provide local government leaders with resources for protecting the local portion of state-shared revenues. Check in regularly for news and resources. Media inquiries may be made to Dave Bennett.


Chicago Suntimes Editorial Board says: Keep state hands off municipal revenues May 26, 2011.

WTTW Chicago Tonight aired on May 24, 2011 - The "Stealth Tax". Gov. Quinn's plan to withhold money from local governments has been dubbed the "stealth tax." Elizabeth Brackett talks to Mayor Tom Weisner of Aurora, President Kerry Cummings of Glenview and Mayor Paul Braun of Flossmoor about the proposed Springfield legislation and how it could impact you.

CLTV - Politics Tonight May 23, 2011: Mayor Hartwig, Mayor Bennett and Senator Ron Sandack, who is also the former mayor of Downers Grove, discusss how the local portion of state-shared revenues supports basic services such as police and fire.

State/Municipal Tax Poll: IL Voters Say Don't Touch Local Government Distributive Fund. We Ask America conducted the poll of 2,970 voting households on May 15, 2011. The following are key findings:

  • 80% favor the local share being returned to their local communities as required under current State law vs. the State keeping it;
  • 88% reject the notion of paying higher property taxes or cutting local services in order to pay down the State’s deficit; and
  • 69% believe State lawmakers should find deeper cuts in spending before trying to use local tax dollars to balance the State’s budget.

For the complete report, click here.

Quincy mayor on local budgets

The Mayors: Addison Mayor Larry Hartwig hosts a roundtable discussion about the State of Illinois’ budget crisis, and their attempt to decrease what municipalities receive from the Local Government Distribution Fund. The discussion features Hanover Park Mayor Rod Craig and Itasca Mayor Jeff Pruyn. Watch segment here

Local cities: Show us the money. Illinois Statehouse News 5/19/2011

Mayor Zabrocki of Tinley Park joins Dan and Bruce on the Don Wade and Roma Show, WLS-AM 890 Radio Chicago- 5/13/2011

Stealth Tax New Conference May 12, 2011:

Video and Articles:

NBC Chicago - "Chicago Suburb Leaders Have Stern Words for Illinois Lawmakers"

Fox Chicago - "Suburban mayors are firing back at state lawmakers"


Mayors denounce ‘stealth’ tax; demand local share of income tax By Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times

Mayors tell state to keep hands off tax dollars By Sarah Schulte ABC 7 News

Mayors caution lawmakers against payment delays By Monique Garcia Chicago Tribune

Mayors protest Gov. Quinn's plan By Susie An WBEZ91.5

Mayors tell state to keep hands off tax dollars Bill Cameron WLS Radio’s

Mayors tell state to keep hands off tax dollars Associated Press

View pictures of news conference by Brian Jackson Sun-Times

The Caucus responds to the Senate Republican Caucus's report “Facing Fiscal Reality: A Plan for Reality-Based Budgeting” in a letter to Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno. To read the letter, click here.

Daily Herald Editorial Board,"A spending cut that’s really a tax hike." Read more.


Illinois Municipal League releases tool kit for local governments to protect local portion of state-shared revenues. Those tools include: Community LGDF Impact Calculator, Income Tax Facts, and Model Documents.