Illinois House Passes Controversial Bill

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The same day as Mayor Emanuel’s trip to Springfield, a new bill is passed in the Illinois House exempting one state representative from owing $444,500 in backed rent, leasehold taxes and penalties.

Bill HB5761 was passed by a 60-54 vote. The measure would bar taxation on any property owned by a state or local government leased to another state or local government. The bill in question enters the House into a legal dispute between State Rep. Monique Davis and the Chicago Board of Education, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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The bill still has to hit the Senate floor before it would become law.

See how the House members voted in the interactive graphic below, sorting by district, party and how they voted. Read the full text of the bill in the PDF below. And watch Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm for more on this story, and other Springfield news.

Also on Wednesday, the House passed a controversial bill yanking free health care from state retirees. See how the House voted on that bill here.

*Note: Absent = Excused Absence*

    Christine Hurley, Shanika Gunaratna and Hannah Bricker contributed to this report.

     

     

     

     

    Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady released the following statement on the Illinois General Assembly passage of the special tax bailout for state Rep. Monique Davis.

    "During the worst fiscal crisis in Illinois history Speaker Mike Madigan is throwing Chicago Public Schools under the (school) bus in order to give a tax bailout to Madiganville resident state Rep. Monique Davis. Rep. Davis' inability to pay property taxes on her government office will burden Chicago Public Schools with a $450,000 bill and will take up state resources; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is representing Rep. Davis during the dispute with CPS in the state Court of Claims. Davis has refused to pay property taxes on her office, which is owned by Chicago Public Schools, for the better part of a decade. During that time she has voted for countless tax increases on Illinois citizens, including the recent 67% tax increase the Governor signed into law last year."

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