Willis Supporting Legislation to Provide More Funding for Local Government

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – In an effort to bring more resources for local government services, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is backing legislation that would increase the local government share of the state income tax.

“Local governments provide vital services to residents,” said Willis. “Strong local governments help keep residents safe, the roads clear, and important resources available to all residents.”

House Bill 278 increases the local share of the state income tax. Every year, the state collects income tax from residents and distributes a portion of that revenue to local municipalities for the purposes of running the government. This legislation would increase the share that is given to local municipalities because, as advocates argue, local municipalities can better spend the money on services that will have a greater impact on improving the lives of local residents.

“Local governments know the needs of residents and are best positioned to make sure that taxpayers dollars are going to improve the programs that are most needed,” said Willis. “This bill will help to make sure that the taxes are being put to the best use possible for local residents.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.