- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner says a House-approved property-tax freeze doesn’t go far enough.

The House approved a freeze Thursday that doesn’t apply to home-rule governments like Chicago. But it prohibits school districts from getting any more in property tax revenue than they did in 2015 unless voters approve an increase in a referendum.

The 71-31 vote on the proposal by Democratic Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo included GOP support. But Rauner’s tax-freeze plan includes letting local governments control costs by restricting labor-union power and limiting wages on public construction jobs.

Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly says a true relief package would include the local-government reforms.

Franks is seeking a Senate sponsor for his bill.

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The bill is HB696

Online: https://www.ilga.gov


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