Democrats tee-up Illinois property tax freeze; GOP opposed

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —House Democrats are endorsing a property tax freeze — one of the issues on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s agenda.
The House Revenue and Finance Committee endorsed two proposals on partisan votes Tuesday. Republicans say they fall short of Rauner’s plan.
Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo proposes freezing the tax at the 2015 level. If a city council or park board wants more, they have to ask voters. He also would freeze the amount automatically collected for retiring debt.
Marion Rep. John Bradley proposed a freeze at the 2016 bar, which he says is identical to the Rauner’s plan.
Rauner has said he won’t negotiate on a Democratic budget plan until they adopt business-friendly changes — such as limiting property taxes.