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Sen. Cullerton joins 39 other lawmakers in voting against tax conflict of interest study

Local Government

By Amanda Smith-Teutsch | Sep 17, 2019


Illinois state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst)

Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) joined 39 other members of a legislative task force in refusing to advance a proposal to study ‘systemic conflicts of interest’ in the state's property tax system.

The Property Tax Relief Task Force was created to find and study ways to create short- and long-term reforms to property taxes in Illinois. It was formed in August and has scheduled meetings every two weeks.

Illinois state Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) said her proposal to study conflicts of interest is needed because the current system increases costs to taxpayers and benefits “politically connected insiders.” The proposal was voted down, 40-23.


Illinois state Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park)

“If this task force wants to achieve meaningful reform, we must address the problem of high-level political insiders who game the system, whether at the state, county or local level,” Mazzochi said in a press release. “Illinois residents already pay among the highest property taxes in the nation. They don’t need an added corruption tax.”

Cullerton has represented the 23rd Senate District for six years. Mazzochi is in her first term as representative for the 47th district.

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