The future of what one local representative calls “sham legislation” is uncertain, although an amendment to property tax legislation passed on a partisan vote last week in the Illinois House. By a vote of 37 – 23, with 38 voting present, the property tax freeze billed by its sponsor as a victory for local control and derided by minority Republicans as another stunt to make the governor look bad was approved.
Illinois State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) is one of those lawmakers that deride the bill as “another Democratic stunt.” He says Republicans want property tax relief.
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Kay questions the majority leadership’s commitment to property tax relief, when he says “out of the clear blue sky they embrace so-called property tax freeze legislation that neither includes reforms nor guarantees that property taxes won’t increase (HB695),” and accuses Democrats of engaging in political theatre. It is not known if the sponsor will bring the bill up on a third reading.