Revenue department withholding 2% of some funds from communities

Senator Murphy in a committee hearingDES PLAINES—Communities shouldn’t be expected to bear costs associated with running the state’s tax-collecting body, State Senator Laura Murphy said today as she called for the rollback of unfair fees being charged to local governments.

Murphy introduced Senate Bill 2245 to eliminate the Illinois Department of Revenue’s ability to withhold 2 percent of certain funds it collects from local governments.

“People pay local taxes so they can have local services like police and fire coverage, not so that their money can go into state coffers to prop up the Department of Revenue,” said Murphy, a Des Plaines Democrat. “This is a desperate and unfair money grab by the state, plain and simple.”

Murphy’s legislation affects the Municipal Home Rule Sales Tax, the Municipal Non-Home Rule Sales Tax, and the County Home Rule Sales Tax, among others. This retention is expected to generate about $61 million.

Under current law, the Department of Revenue can use the money it withholds – which it calls “an administrative charge” – to help cover its costs. The department is not using this new fee to provide any additional services.

“The governor has repeatedly tried to slash funding for local governments,” Murphy said. “Rather than taking money from our communities, the governor should find a better way to manage the state agencies under his direction.”
Murphy expects the Senate to take up SB 2245 when the 2018 session begins in January.

Murphy: Reid a ‘pillar within our community’

Pastor Charles Reid receives the AARP 50@50+ awardPastor Charles Reid III was recently recognized for his community-building work with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois award.

State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) nominated Pastor Charles Reid III for the award, which celebrates the contributions individuals over the age of 50 make to their communities and their work to disrupt ideas about aging.

“I am delighted that Pastor Reid was selected for the AARP 50@50+ award,” Murphy said. “He is a pillar within our community and continually gives back. He is a perfect example of dedicated community service.”

Reid serves the Bethesda Worship Center in Des Plaines where he has mentored numerous individuals. He also volunteers with the Kiwanis Club of Des Plaines. He played an integral role in establishing an interfaith breakfast in Des Plaines to celebrate the similarities between faith-based organizations.

Honorees for the AARP 50@50+ Illinois award were recognized for their work in the categories of business, community building, nonprofit work, arts and culture, and age disruption.

Photo credit: Harvey Tillis


State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) championed legislation to support the United States’ priority to bring every fallen service member home.

“I believe that returning fallen soldiers to their families is incredibly important,” Murphy said. “These men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and should be returned to their families if possible.”

An estimated 83,000 American service members are currently considered missing in action. Soldiers that do not return home are classified as Prisoners of War, Missing in Action or Died in Captivity.

The legislation also urges Congress to reestablish the select committee on POW/MIA affairs to investigate the process of recovering fallen United States service members.
“I hope that by urging Congress to prioritize bringing our troops home, more families who have lost loved ones will find closure,” said Murphy.

Murphy also co-sponsored a Senate resolution to encourage Illinois communities to participate in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundations’ “Wall of Faces” project. This project seeks to locate photos of service members who died in action or went missing during the Vietnam War. The photos for 479 Illinois soldiers have not yet been recovered.

Senate overrides governor’s veto of Debt Transparency Act 

SPRINGFIELD — State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) issued the following statement on the Senate’s motion to override the governor’s veto of the Debt Transparency Act, HB 3649:

02162017CM0725r“The governor’s veto of the Debt Transparency Act is illogical and irresponsible. This is commonsense legislation to provide the Comptroller with more accurate information on State agencies’ liabilities and estimated interest penalties. Coming out of a two-year budget impasse, the Comptroller’s office needs this information to better manage state payments.”

Murphy cosponsored HB 3649.



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