- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Senate will consider a proposed property tax freeze when the chamber reconvenes for the first time since the regular legislative session ended May 31.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton announced Friday the entire Senate will hear testimony on the issue Tuesday.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says he won’t approve a 2016 budget Democrats passed last month until legislators pass some of his pro-business agenda. That includes a property tax freeze.

Senate Democrats already have rejected Rauner-backed legislation that would permanently freeze property taxes and require voter approval to increase them. Democrats say the plan would hurt schools that rely on property taxes.

Majority Democrats also have scheduled a hearing on Rauner’s proposed cuts to a program that helps senior citizens and low-income residents pay their utility bills.


This story has been corrected to show that Rauner-backed legislation proposes a permanent property tax freeze, not a two-year freeze.

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