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.
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
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.