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  • harmon 120715OAK PARK — State Sen. Don Harmon issued the following statement regarding Monday’s Senate vote to release $3.1 billion in local money that has been held up by the budget impasse in Springfield.

    “Mayors and village leaders representing the communities in my district can no longer afford to wait for the release of money that the state collects but rightfully belongs to local communities – especially motor fuel tax dollars that are used to buy road salt and pay for snow removal,” Harmon said. “This money never should have been held up by the state in the first place.”

    The legislation – Senate Bill 2039 – now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

    Critical funding for winter road maintenance, domestic violence shelter programs and local shares of video gaming and motor fuel tax revenue are part of the package. Also included are:

    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.
    •    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.
    •    $45 million to the Department of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy.
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance.
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.

    Notably, however, a host of other programs and services remain in limbo because of the state budget stalemate. Public universities and community colleges are struggling to operate without budgets, and no money has been appropriated for student scholarships and grants.

    In addition, human services programs are in jeopardy, including help for rape victims, the homeless, autistic children, at-risk youth, the poor and people in need of health care and mental health treatment.

    “The fiscal year is nearly half over. It’s time to finish the important and long-overdue work of putting together a state budget so that we can offer universities, students and the state’s most vulnerable residents some peace of mind,” Harmon said.

  • biss 120715EVANSTON — State Sen. Daniel Biss issued the following statement regarding Monday’s Senate vote to release $3.1 billion, including local pass-through money, that has been held up by the budget impasse in Springfield.

    “This is an important step in addressing some of the local consequences of Illinois’ prolonged budget stalemate, but our work is not finished,” Biss said. “Public universities and community colleges are struggling because they have not received state funding. Likewise, vital services are on hold for rape victims, the homeless, autistic children, at-risk youth, the poor and people in need of health care because of the impasse.”

    The legislation – Senate Bill 2039 – now goes to Gov. Bruce Rauner for his signature.

    Critical funding for winter road maintenance, domestic violence shelter programs and local shares of video gaming and motor fuel tax revenue are part of the package. Also included are:

    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.
    •    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.
    •    $45 million to the Department of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy.
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance.
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.

    Biss noted that Gov. Bruce Rauner is scheduled to deliver a budget address for the state in February, yet hasn’t delivered a budget for the state for the current fiscal year yet.

    “We must come together, approve a comprehensive budget for the current fiscal year and set aside the differences that are preventing state leaders from having a robust budget negotiation,” Biss said.

  • forby rtwzonesToday, Senator Gary Forby supported legislation ensuring several critical services remain operational and local municipalities get the gas tax money they are owed.

    The legislation provides:

    • $45 million to the Department of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds
    • $582.5 million to Illinois Department of Transportation for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues
    • $31 million to Illinois Department of Transportation to purchase road salt
    • $165 million for the State’s supplement to Low Income Home energy Assistance Program
    • $77 million for 9-1-1 related costs

    “We got a lot of stuff our community needs,” Forby said. “But, we still have students who don’t know if they will receive tuition assistance the state owes them.”

    The measure that Senator Forby supported passed along local gas tax money for winter road clearing and funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The legislation also funds 9-1-1 related costs to ensure residents have a line of communication in cases of emergency.

    “Many of the programs we funded today were held hostage by Governor Rauner in return for his anti-worker agenda,” Forby said. “Since winter is here, he decided to release funds for services that are necessary for road clearing and energy bill assistance. The game he’s playing is too easy to see through.”

    The measure now advances to the Governor’s desk where he will either sign or veto the measure.

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  • link avsurveilSPRINGFIELD – Millions of dollars could soon offer much-needed relief to local officials as they prepare for winter, said State Sen. Terry Link.

    Legislation that would free up gas tax money for Lake County communities was approved in the Illinois Senate today. State transportation officials haven’t provided exact numbers on how much these communities are owed, but last year, Waukegan, for example, received more than $2 million in gas tax money. Across Lake County, the total was $23.6 million.

    “This measure frees up money that belongs to local communities,” said Link, a Waukegan Democrat who represents much of the northern suburbs. “It makes no sense for it to sit in Springfield while local officials worry about affording winter services their communities need.”

    This legislation will also distribute funds for:

    •    Support for domestic violence shelters;
    •    9-1-1 emergency services;
    •    State heating assistance program; and
    •    Lottery prize payouts.

    Link voted to approve legislation that frees up billions of dollars across the state that is owed to local communities but were held in the lingering budget battle at the Capitol. The legislation will now head to the governor for final approval. While Gov. Bruce Rauner said he supports this proposal, the budget impasse began when he vetoed similar proposals back in June.

  • manar 120715SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) voted in favor of legislation releasing funding for road and bridge funding to local governments in Macon and Sangamon Counties on Monday.

    The money comes from the city, county and township share of the state gas tax. Last year governments in the county received $4.8 million for this share of the funds with a similar funds expected this year.

    “Without this money, governments have been unable to perform basic road maintenance and repair, prepare for winter weather and many workers faced layoffs. This funding is vital for the most basic duties of government, and I’m hopeful that progress can continue,” Manar said.

    The gas tax funding is typically awarded automatically but vetoes by the governor this summer froze the money in state accounts.

    The road funding was part of a $3.1 billion budget package approved by the Senate that also includes money for 911 emergency systems, domestic violence shelters, emergency services training, GED programs and vocational training.

    The legislation also provides money for the Illinois Department of Transportation to buy road salt and perform winter highway maintenance.

    It includes $165 million for the state’s assistance to seniors and low-income families to help with winter energy and heating costs. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, LIHEAP, is funded through a combination of state and federal dollars. The federal funding has been going to families but the state’s portion has been held up by the budget impasse.

    The legislation also gives local governments their share of gaming revenue and allows the Illinois Lottery to pay winners.

    The Senate passed this legislation, Senate Bill 2039, with bipartisan support and the bill will next go to the governor for approval.

  • bush 120715Authorization passes Senate, will head to governor

    SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Melinda Bush issued the following statement after voting Yes today on an authorization that will release winter road maintenance funds, gaming revenue and higher education funding to local governments and public universities.

    The vast majority of funding in question is either federal pass-through dollars or the local shares of motor fuel and gaming taxes to which municipalities are already entitled.

    “After months of calling for budget compromise between legislative leaders, it’s about time we see progress being made,” Bush said.  “Today, we were able to ensure that funds that rightly belong in our universities and local governments are put to use. As lawmakers and as taxpayers, we must accept nothing less.”

    Besides releasing motor fuel taxes that help local governments buy road salt and authorizing federal money for state community colleges, the funds would, among other things:
    •    reimburse lottery winners who have gone unpaid.
    •    ensure Driver Services Facilities continue operation.
    •    provide the Attorney General’s Office with funding for victim advocacy and support for domestic violence survivors, among other programs.
    •    fund domestic violence shelters, 911 services, breast cancer research and veterans’ homes throughout the state.

    Senate Bill 2039 passed the Senate 53-0 after it passed the House with near-unanimous support last week. It awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature to take effect.

  • cunningham bkgrd chks(CHICAGO)— On Monday, December 7, the Senate voted to pass SB 2039. The legislation would release many non-GRF funds to go where they belong. The Motor Fuel Tax money, or gas tax, is one of the group of funds being released to local governments.

    “It is time that we give this money to the communities that need it for public safety issues, like fixing potholes,” said Senator Bill Cunningham, who voted to send gas tax revenue to local communities in May, as well.

    The House of Representatives on Wednesday, December 2, voted to send that money back to local communities and sent the legislation to the Senate. After Senate approval, it is heading to the governor’s desk for his signature.

    “The fact that we had to take this vote again is disappointing. The governor had a chance to send this money out, but instead he vetoed it. I voted to put these funds where they can do some good,” said Cunningham.

    Many communities in Cook County will now be able to use money for critical projects. While 2015 gas tax amounts are not yet available, in 2014, Oak Lawn received $1,403,471 in gas tax money. Orland Park, in 2014, received $1,405,377 in gas taxes.

    Senator Cunningham represents portions of Worth, Orland and Palos Townships in the southwest suburbs and the neighborhoods of Mt. Greenwood, Beverly, Morgan Park and Auburn-Gresham in Chicago.

  • mcguire 120715SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate today approved a measure authorizing Governor Bruce Rauner to release gaming and gas tax funds to local governments, pay Illinois Lottery winners, support community colleges, train police officers, and shore up human services.

    Sen. Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) is a co-sponsor of SB 2039. The measure passed the Illinois House on Dec. 2.

    "Better late than never," McGuire said. "Had Gov. Rauner negotiated a budget last spring, we could have avoided over five months of anxiety felt everywhere from mayors' offices to GED classrooms. Let's hope this common-sense, bipartisan action continues into the new year."

    Among the $3.1 billion in funds released by the legislation are:

    •    $100 million in casino taxes to cities with riverboats.
    •    $582 million in Motor Fuel Tax to municipalities and counties.
    •    $43 million to community colleges and non-profit organizations for adult education and career-technical training.
    •    $19 million for domestic violence shelters.
    •    $165 million for LIHEAP home heating-bill assistance.
    •    $12 million for law enforcement training.

    Most of the monies released by the measure are either federal pass-through funds or state funds derived from fees and licenses. Only $28 million comes from Illinois income and sales taxes.

    "I urge Gov. Rauner to sign SB 2039 immediately," McGuire said. "The state has played hide-and-seek with this money for far too long."

    The measure passed the Senate by a 53-0 vote and now moves to the governor’s desk.

  • holmes 120715Authorization passes Senate, will head to governor

    SPRINGFIELD — State Sen. Linda Holmes issued the following statement after voting Yes today on an authorization that will release funding for the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, winter road maintenance funds and gaming revenue to local governments.

    The vast majority of funding in question is either federal pass-through dollars or the local shares of motor fuel and gaming taxes to which municipalities are already entitled.

    “Today, we were able to ensure that funds that rightly belong in our universities and local governments are put to use,” said Holmes, D-Aurora. “Yet, thousands of students throughout the state are still waiting for Monetary Award Program grants. Inaction on the part of the governor is putting the college educations of these students in doubt. I call on him and on my colleagues in the General Assembly to approve these vital funds.”

    Besides releasing motor fuel taxes that help local governments buy road salt and authorizing federal money for state community colleges, the funds released today would:
    •    reimburse lottery winners who have gone unpaid.
    •    ensure Driver Services Facilities continue operation.
    •    provide the Attorney General’s Office with funding for victim advocacy and support for domestic violence survivors, among other programs.
    •    fund domestic violence shelters, 911 services, breast cancer research and veterans’ homes throughout the state.

    Senate Bill 2039 passed the Senate 53-0 after it passed the House with near-unanimous support last week. It awaits Gov. Bruce Rauner’s signature to take effect.

  • hunter 120715SPRINGFIELD – Cook County residents soon will receive $93.94 million in critical funding for LIHEAP, winter road maintenance and local shares of video gaming and motor fuel tax revenue.

    “I voted so that vulnerable residents and seniors could receive the energy assistance they deserve,” said State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago, 3). “Hopefully Governor Rauner will stand with us and sign this bill so our local communities can receive critical funding.”

    The Senate approved legislation today to free up gas tax money for Cook County residents and recipients of LIHEAP. According to last year’s estimates, Cook County received $93.94 million in gas tax dollars, while the state received $275.53 million.

    Senate Bill 2039 also includes funding for the following:

    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs
    •    $45 million to the Dept. of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research

    The bill now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. While Gov. Bruce Rauner stated he supports this plan, he vetoed similar measures in June when the budget impasse began.

  • koehler ardisSPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) voted today to release $3.1 billion in funding that has been held up by the budget impasse.

    “Today’s action was positive,” Koehler said. “I’m glad a compromise could be agreed to that authorizes spending for winter road maintenance, 911 emergency services, home heating bill assistance and other essential programs.”

    The package includes local shares of motor fuel tax revenues and ensures the lottery can pay all prize winners.

    “Authorizing dollars to be passed from the state to local governments so they can provide core services is particularly important,” Koehler said. “Local officials in central Illinois have expressed their concerns to me regarding the uncertainty of what funding they will receive from the state this year.
    Thankfully, once this is signed into law, they will have clarity.”

    The legislation frees up gas tax money for communities in Peoria, Tazewell and Fulton Counties that can be used to patch potholes and prepare for winter storms.

    State transportation officials haven’t provided exact numbers on how much communities are owed. Last year, though, across Peoria County local governments received more than $6.9 million in gas tax money. Throughout Tazewell County, local governments received more than $5.7 million last year, and in Fulton County they received more than $2.3 million.

    Dollar amounts for key components of Senate Bill 2039 are below.

    •    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs.
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.
    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.
    •    $45 million to the Dept of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.
    The House approved House Amendment 4 to Senate Bill 2039 last week, and the Senate, with Koehler’s support, approved it today. Now it’s up to the governor to sign it into law.

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    SPRINGFIELD- DuPage County residents may soon have millions of dollars going back in their communities to keep their roads safe, local health departments operating and provide energy assistance to seniors.

    State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park), sponsor of Senate Bill 2039, led efforts to get local money back to the people of Illinois.

    “The key point is that this gets local money back in local hands where it can do some good,” said Cullerton.

    The Senate concurred on SB 2039, a bipartisan compromise that, among other things, gets millions in gas tax money back in local communities. That money had been stalled in Springfield since July 1 because of the budget stalemate with the governor.

    That gas tax money totals millions of dollars for area communities. For instance, last year, Villa Park received $542,276 and local governments across all of DuPage County received more than $33.5 million last year.

    “My interest as a former mayor is to make sure our local governments have what they need to keep our communities safe and services running,” said Cullerton. “This is a step in the right direction. I’ll continue to work with the General Assembly and governor to reach a compromise and put a responsible budget in place.”

    SB 2039 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now moves to the governor for approval.  

  • trotter 120715SPRINGFIELD – Cook and Will County residents will soon receive $102 million in critical funding for winter road maintenance, domestic shelter programs and local shares of video gaming and motor fuel tax revenue.

    “Local communities have waited long enough. Freeing up critical dollars will keep the doors to domestic shelters open and keep salt on dangerous, icy roads,” said State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago, 17).

    The Senate approved legislation, Senate Bill 2039, today to free up gas tax money for Cook and Will County communities. Last year Cook County received $93.94 million in gas tax money, while Will County received $8.01 million.

    The bill also includes funding for the following:

    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs
    •    $45 million to the Dept. of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research

    The bill now goes to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. While Gov. Bruce Rauner stated he supports this plan, he vetoed similar measures in June when the budget impasse began.

  • murphy 120715Springfield – State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) co-sponsored legislation today to bring taxpayer money, withheld due to the state budget impasse, back to local communities.

    “As a former city official, I know firsthand the difficult decisions many of these municipalities were forced to make due to the lack of leadership in Springfield. It is past time that these tax dollars were sent back to the local communities they came from, to help avoid layoffs and property tax hikes,” said Murphy.

    While state officials have not provided exact totals on the amount communities are owed, in 2014, Des Plaines, for example, received more than $1.4 million. Last year’s totals for other communities in the area included:

    •    Schaumburg $1.8 million
    •    Hoffman Estates: $1.2 million
    •    Hanover Park: more than $940,000
    •    Park Ridge: more than $920,000
    •    Elk Grove Village: more than $820,000

    The proposal also included funding to pay lottery winners, fund breast cancer research and road salt for state highways.

    “This is a significant first step but it is only that – a first step. While I am encouraged that we were able to come together in a bipartisan fashion for these essential services, there is still work to be done to ensure that working and middle-class families in Illinois are not getting squeezed and that services are funded for the vulnerable members of our state, such as individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, rape victims and college students in need of MAP grants,” Murphy said.

    Senate Bill 2039 will now head to the governor’s desk.

  • bennett careertechSoon local municipalities across Vermilion and Champaign counties will receive their overdue gas tax money to help prepare for winter storms and patch pot holes.

    State Senator Scott Bennett (Champaign) passed Senate Bill 2039, which would free up gas money for local municipalities. State transportation officials haven’t provided exact numbers on how much these communities are owed, but last year, Champaign, for example, received more than $2 million in gas tax money.

    “This is local money that needs to be in the hands of local people,” said Bennett. “This compromise is an important step in bridging our current budget stalemate. We need to continue to work together to pass a responsible budget that fulfills our responsibility to the people of Illinois.”

    Other Champaign and Vermilion County communities received the following amounts in 2014: Urbana, more than $1 million in funds; and Danville, $817,647.

    Additional information about how much local communities are owed in gas tax money is available at www.IllinoisSenateDemocrats.com.

    Bennett says while Governor Rauner has said he supports this compromise, the budget impasse began when he vetoed similar proposals back in June.

    SB 2039 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and now moves on to the governor’s desk.

  • haine ussteelSPRINGFIELD — Millions of dollars owed to local communities will soon be on their way, Illinois Senator Bill Haine said Monday. The Illinois Senate voted to approve funding for items such as winter road maintenance, critical funding for mental health facilities and funding for community colleges.

    “This measure is a great step forward in getting Illinois back on track,” Haine said. “These funds are important to local communities and should have never been tied up in the first place. Today, we were able to compromise and now municipalities across Madison and St. Clair counties will receive the funding they need in order to provide essential services. I am pleased to see that Governor Rauner is willing to compromise with us on this important issue.”

    The House passed SB 2039 last week and the Senate concurred on the measure today. It will now be sent to the governor for his approval.
    The measure also includes funding for the following:

    •    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues.
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities.
    •    $45 million to the Department of Revenue so local governments can receive their share of video gaming proceeds.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Math and Science Academy to allow them to access their income funds and pay operating costs.
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt.
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research.
    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes.
    •    $28 million for nursing home licensing and inspections.
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance.
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs.
    •    $3.1 million to the Illinois Department of Public Health for the Tobacco Quitline.

  • lightford 120715SPRINGFIELD – State Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford (D-Maywood) issued the following statement after she voted to free up $3.1 billion in spending to sustain local communities, including motor fuel tax revenue, which has been held up by the budget impasse in Springfield. The measure passed the Senate and now goes to the governor for final approval.

    “Today, my colleagues and I proved our resolve to make sure families and local governments have the money to continue functioning without a true budget in place,” said the assistant majority leader. “Now, we must shift our focus to what remains to be budgeted, prioritizing higher education and crucial community services, such as mental health and homeless programs. We have more work to do.”

    The legislation releases motor fuel tax revenue for communities throughout Cook County – communities such as Bellwood, Maywood, North Riverside, Westchester, Oak Park and River Forest – that can be used to prepare for winter storms and repair potholes.

    The exact dollar amount of how much communities are owed this year has not yet been released, but communities throughout Cook County received nearly $100 million in gas tax money last year.

    Other areas of concern that have yet to be dealt with in the piecemeal budget process include MAP grant funding and other scholarships, services for rape victims, addiction treatment, immigrant language translation services, Teen Reach, epilepsy services and respite care.

    Still, the legislation (SB 2039) does include the following components:

    •    $582.5 million to IDOT for local governments share of motor fuel gas tax revenues
    •    $77 million for 911-related costs
    •    $1 billion to the Lottery for prizes
    •    $43 million to the Community College Board for career and technical education activities
    •    $31 million to IDOT to purchase road salt
    •    $2.5 million for breast cancer services and research
    •    $165 million for home heating bill assistance