Wednesday, February 08, 2017 01:12 PM
SPRINGFIELD – All surviving spouses of servicemen and women could be able to claim a property tax credit thanks to legislation being pushed by State Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).
The legislation, Senate Bill 87, would extend the Disabled Veterans Standard Homestead Exemption to all spouses of military members who would have otherwise been eligible for the credit.
“We should honor the sacrifice that many families make for their country when their loved ones go off to protect us,” Link said. “This is just one small thing we can do as a state to respect that sacrifice.”
Currently, if the veteran died prior to 2007 then the spouse would not be eligible for the tax exemption even though they would have otherwise qualified.
Sen. Terry Link
Assistant Majority Leader
Years served: 1997 - Present
Committee assignments: Energy; Executive; Executive Appointments; Financial Institutions (Vice Chairperson); Gaming; Insurance.
Biography: Partner, Lake County Industrial Equipment; born March 20, 1947, in Waukegan; attended Stout State University; married (wife, Susan McCall Link), has four children.>