Illinois Senate set to vote on property pax freeze

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Senate will vote on a property tax freeze proposed by the chamber’s Democratic President John Cullerton, who calls it a compromise with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

The Senate Executive Committee forwarded the measure on a 10-0 vote Wednesday. The three Republicans voted “present.”

Cullerton’s plan includes an ending date for the current school funding formula to force lawmakers to devise a fairer approach.

Rauner insists on a property tax freeze as part of a reform agenda designed to lower costs for Illinois taxpayers and businesses. Democratic lawmakers won’t go alone.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno says Cullerton’s plan is not a compromise because it doesn’t include the local government spending controls that Rauner wants.