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Posted on: May 12, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Wheaton Joins Other Communities in Asking State for Its Share of Funding

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To ensure Wheaton residents receive appropriate funding for essential services such as road repairs, safe drinking water, firefighters and much more, the City of Wheaton is joining other Illinois municipalities in asking the State of Illinois to return full funding of Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) to our community. 

Rather than collect a local income tax to fund municipal budgets, the State agreed in 1969 to return 10 percent of the money collected from Illinois cities through the LGDF. Despite more than 50 years of precedent, the state is proposing legislation that would significantly reduce the amount returned to local communities in order to solve state budget concerns. Communities across Illinois are joining together to ask the state to restore full funding of LGDF to Illinois municipalities, where these funds are used to support essential local government services, especially at a time when communities are facing budget shortfalls due to the pandemic. 

The City of Wheaton encourages lawmakers across Illinois to permanently restore LGDF to its intended 10 percent rate so that municipalities do not need to rely on higher property taxes or reduced services to make up for losses.  

Residents who would like to contact their local representatives can use the contact information below:

Representative Terra Costa Howard, 48th District
District Office: (630) 812-9292

Representative Amy Grant, 42nd District
District Office: (331) 218-4182

Senator Laura Ellman, 21st District
District Office: (630) 453-5488

Senator Suzy Glowiak, 24th District
District Office: (630) 785-3177

The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference also provides more information.

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