A bipartisan proposal to freeze local property taxes cleared the Illinois House Thursday.
Home-rule communities, including Chicago, would be exempt under the measure, sponsored by state Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo). Under the bill, voters can approve a property tax hike for school districts via a referendum.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner would like to pair a property tax freeze with proposals to allow local governments to change prevailing wage requirements for construction projects and impose limits on what can be collectively bargained with public employee unions. Rauner argues that these changes would help balance out a possible decline in revenue that could come as a result of a property tax freeze.
Those changes are not contained in the legislation approved in the House Thursday by a 71-31 bipartisan vote.
“The governor continues to support a property tax freeze tied to local control of bargaining and bidding,” stated Rauner spokeswoman Catherine Kelly.