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Dixon… Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed legislation backed by Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) providing a tax credit worth up to $750 for property owners who were victims of flood damage in July in 18 counties declared disaster areas.
“Many homeowners and businesses are still recovering from flood damage in July throughout Illinois,” said Demmer.  “This credit will provide some relief to those affected by this flooding and allow them to continue on the path to recovery.”
Senate Bill 403 created a natural disaster tax credit that eligible, affected property owners may apply to their 2017 Illinois income taxes.  Counties eligible for the tax credit include Cook, Lake, Kane, McHenry, Alexander, Clinton, Jackson, Marshall, Union, Woodford, Carroll, Henry, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, and Whiteside- all of which were declared state disaster areas by the Governor this Summer.
Qualified properties include a taxpayers principle residence or land owned by a small business, but not a rental or leasing business.  The allowable income tax credit will be the lesser of $750 or the deduction allowed under the IRS Code for each taxpayer who owns qualified property in a county declared a state disaster area.
The bill provides that township assessors shall issue eligibility certificates for appropriately requesting property owners (you may request this letter by contacting your local township assessors office), and that assessors shall certify to the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) the listings of flood-damaged properties. 

IDOR expects to be publishing an additional bulletin detailing the steps a taxpayer may utilize to access the credit prior to tax filing season.  That bulletin will be published on the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website at http://tax.illinois.gov.  Taxpayers needing further information on the credit or any other tax credit question, may contact the IDOR Taxpayers Assistance Hotline at 800-732-8866.

Dixon… Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) was honored on Friday by the Illinois Psychological Association with their “Legislator of the Year” Award for 2017.
The Illinois Psychological Association (IPA) presented Demmer with the Award for his public and personal commitment to ensuring that those with mental illness received access to quality and affordable treatment.  Rep. Demmer serves on the House Human Services-Appropriations Committee, the House Human Services Committee, and as Republican Spokesperson of the House Mental Health Committee and Substance Abuse Subcommittee.
“I am proud to work toward mental health recovery for the hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans battling these issues every day,” said Rep. Demmer.  “The Illinois Psychological Association has been a leading voice in Springfield dealing with mental health services and funding.  I am proud to be honored by them for my work on these issues and I thank them for the work they do every day for Illinois families.”
Founded more than 60 years, the Illinois Psychological Association is the largest professional association of psychologists with over 1,200 Illinois members and works closely with the American Psychological Association and its 150,000 members nationwide.  IPA feted Demmer at their Annual Conference on Friday, November 3rd in Schaumburg.

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United States and State flags at half-staff from Sunrise on Thursday, November 9, 2017, until Sunset on Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of:

Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox

Officer Cox was killed in the line of duty on November 5, 2017.

Flag Honors are from:

Sunrise on Thursday, November 9, 2017, until
Sunset on Saturday, November 11, 2017

"My thoughts are with Officer Cox's friends, family, and fellow officers following this terrible tragedy," said Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon). "Officer Cox's service to his community and our State will not be forgotten."
From US News & World Report
November 7, 2017

Read more at: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2017-11-07/great-lakes-basin-fails-to-appeal-freight-rail-decision

MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A group has failed to appeal in federal court the rejection of its application to construct a more than 260-mile freight railroad from northern Indiana to southeastern Wisconsin.

Great Lakes Basin Transportation had 60 days starting Aug. 31 to appeal the Surface Transportation Board's decision, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported .

The board said it rejected the company's $2.8 billion plan because it didn't provide accurate financial information. Company officials had previously said that potential investors were waiting for the project to receive federal approval before committing to it.

The railroad would've provided freight trains a path around Chicago that would've allowed them to avoid the congested city. The plan also called for 26 connections to existing railroads. The line would've be able to support as many as 110 trains a day, according to the application.

"The failure of GLBT to appeal certainly brings an end to the current proceeding," said Howard Learner, the executive director of the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center, which fought against the transportation group in court.