Once again, the State of Illinois is trying to take money from cities and villages to pay its own bills. This means reduced funds to pay for local services across Illinois. Last week, organizations representing Chicago-metro Cities and Villages, including Warrenville, announced efforts to fight back, and called on Governor Pritzker and lawmakers to resist taking the funds local communities rely on. See the Press Release here.
What is LGDF? Rather than collect a local income tax to fund municipal services, the State agreed in 1969 to return 10% of the money collected from local residents to their cities, towns, and villages through the Local Government Distributive Fund. Despite more than 50 years of precedent, the state now is drastically reducing the amount returned to local communities, and instead, using those dollars to plug its own budget holes. Springfield should not take local money to solve its problems.