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Route 24 expansion improvements included in capital infrastructure plan

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:44 PM

koehler 071119PEORIA – Assistant Majority Leader Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) joined House Deputy Majority Leader Jehan Gordon-Booth and Gov. JB Pritzker to tout Peoria area projects included in the Rebuild Illinois infrastructure plan passed by the General Assembly this spring.

“One of the biggest complaints I hear about from my constituents is the condition of our roads,” Koehler said. “This plan will change that.”

The $45 billion plan includes several projects specific to the Peoria area, including:

  • $114 million for Phase I of a Route 24 expansion, expanding the highway to four lanes  and replacing bridges between Kingston Mines and Banner
  • $48.6 million for road resurfacing and major bridge work for I-474
  • $41.9 million for road resurfacing and bridge work on I-74 between Peoria and Brimfield
  • $39.9 million for the Cedar Street bridge extension
  • $35 million for the Murray Baker bridge rehabilitation
  • $18.7 million to replace the Harmon Highway bridge over Kickapoo Creek

In addition to the transportation projects, other projects being funded include:

  • $5.2 million for renovations and improvements at Illinois Central College
  • $1 million for renovations to Garfield Primary School
  • $500,000 for repairs to the Fulton County Jail and Courthouse

Tom Cullerton works to eliminate Franchise Tax

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 11:40 AM

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VILLA PARK – Over the next five years, businesses will gradually cease to pay the archaic franchise tax under legislation championed by State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park).

“As a state it is our duty to adopt policies that encourage economic growth and development,” Cullerton said. “The elimination of this convoluted tax will encourage business owners to expand and grow in our communities.”

Created in 1872, the corporate franchise tax is a tax on “paid in capital” for the privilege of doing business in Illinois.  Last year, 346,000 companies paid about $172 million in taxes. After Illinois’ franchise tax is eliminated, only seven states in the nation will still impose a similar tax.

 

Crowe supports legislation increasing line-of-duty death benefits

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 12:55 PM

police fire 032019SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker signed a measure last month doubling the benefits for families of law enforcement officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty, an initiative supported by State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon).

“With the cost of funerals rising, this legislation aims to lift one burden off grieving families’ shoulders,” Crowe said. “These public servants made the ultimate sacrifice and should be honored for doing so.”

House Bill 2028 increases the burial benefit for a firefighter or law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty from $10,000 to $20,000. The increased benefit applies to those individuals killed in the line of duty after June 30, 2018. 

Neither the benefit for State Police officers nor the benefit for local law enforcement officers and firefighters has been raised since its creation in the late 1990s.

House Bill 2028 passed the Senate without opposition on May 16 and goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2020. 

Senator Suzy champions Blue Collar Jobs Act

Published: Tuesday, July 09, 2019 12:23 PM

bluecollar 070919OAKBROOK TERRACE - For more than a generation, young people have been discouraged from seeking blue collar jobs in favor of pursuing college degrees. State Senator Suzy Glowiak (D-Western Springs) passed a measure to help encourage more job seekers to pursue occupations that ensure safety and modernize Illinois’ infrastructure.

Glowiak championed the Blue Collar Jobs Act, which offers tax incentives to companies making significant capital improvements in Illinois based on the withholding tax paid to construction workers. The program went into effect on July 1, 2019.

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