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Property tax relief passes Illinois Senate

kotowski proptaxSPRINGFIELD – Skyrocketing property taxes have given Illinois the second-highest property taxes in the nation. A proposal passed by the Illinois Senate yesterday with a vote of 37-1-18 will provide meaningful relief for Illinois homeowners by freezing property taxes for two years. State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) was a chief co-sponsor of the legislation.

"After speaking with thousands of people throughout my district, I know that meaningful property tax reform is the most important issue facing the suburbs," said Kotowski. "This relief will give hard-working families and seniors the opportunity to stay in their own homes and live in their communities."

Sen. Hunter, Institute for Positive Living, IIT’s health fair a success (VIDEO)

hunter fairCHICAGO – Over the weekend, several hundred Chicago youth, adults and seniors attended State Senator Mattie Hunter’s 12th Annual Health, Fun and Fitness Fair on the South Side. Free health services and back-to-school supplies were offered.

Mourning families joined the Hunter family for commemorative balloon releases for violence prevention and breast cancer awareness.

Hunter released pink balloons with Carolyn Adams’ family, the namesake of the Carolyn Adams Ticket for the Cure, in honor of those who lost loved ones to breast cancer. Gatherers released red balloons alongside the Hunter family while calling out the names of victims of violence.

Mulroe law mandates defibrillator machines in police stations

mulroe aed signedSPRINGFIELD – Municipal police stations and county sheriff’s offices will soon be equipped with AED (automated external defibrillator) machines thanks to a new measure sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe (D-Chicago). The proposal was signed into law by the governor today.

“AEDs are proven to save lives when used in emergency situations,” Sen. Mulroe said. “The fact that even a small percentage of police and sheriff’s offices do not have these machines is cause for alarm. This plan seeks to change that.”

Tom Cullerton’s crowdfunding initiative signed into law

tc crowdfundSPRINGFIELD- New businesses struggling to raise money to take their companies to the next level will soon have another method to find funding.  

State Senator Tom Cullerton’s (D-Villa Park) initiative to make Illinois more business-friendly by instituting intrastate crowdfunding exemptions was signed into law today.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. If we want to continue to grow as a state, we need to continue to give small businesses the tools to succeed,” said Cullerton. “This initiative will create a vital partnership between investors and small businesses to spur economic development in our communities.”