The Democrats in charge of the Senate Executive Committee voted this afternoon to block an effort to freeze property taxes in Illinois, sponsored by Sen. Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) as part of Gov. Rauner’s pro-jobs reform agenda. The property tax freeze - an amendment to Senate Bill 1046 - failed in committee on a party-line 6 to 11 vote.
“Illinois has the 2nd-highest property taxes of any state, and that burden is felt by families and businesses in every corner of Illinois,” Radogno said. “Property tax relief shouldn’t be a partisan issue, because the burden is felt by Illinoisans regardless of party.”
Before voting to block the reform, the committee heard testimony and asked questions of officials with Gov. Rauner’s administration, including Jim Schultz, the head of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the state’s economic development agency.
Earlier in the day, before the property tax freeze was given a hearing in committee, Democrats on the floor of the Senate continued moving ahead with elements of a $36 billion spending bill, estimated to be $4 billion short of the constitutional requirement to balance the budget. Senate Republicans will continue to attempt to find common ground and compromise in support of Gov. Rauner’s reform agenda as long as the General Assembly is in session.
Radogno, Rauner, and others continue to call for pro-business reforms before additional revenue is considered.
“The people of Illinois deserve real property tax relief, and the ability of local voters to control their own local taxes,” Radogno said. “Sadly, until we find a way to address this problem, families and businesses will continue to leave Illinois.”