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Mayors push to release tax money due towns

Suburban mayors are stepping up pressure on the state to release millions of dollars in motor fuel and gambling tax revenue and other funds that have been blocked since the Illinois budget impasse began July 1.

State Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, is the chief sponsor of House Bill 4305, which would require the state to release the money to municipalities as well as pay out winnings to lottery winners who have won prizes of $25,000 or more. The state is now only paying winners whose prizes are less than $25,000..

“This money doesn’t belong to the state,” said Moylan, a former mayor of Des Plaines. “It’s not part of the state budget process. These revenues belong to local governments who need them to repair roads and bridges and balance their own budgets…” Please click here to read Phil Kadner’s column in the Tribune/Daily Southtown.

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