RED BUD, ILL. – State Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is sponsoring House Bill 278 which would increase the amount of money in which municipalities receive from the Local Government Distributive Fund.
“Municipalities throughout Southern Illinois depend on the funding provided by the Local Government Distributive Fund,” Costello said. “Dollars from the LGDF help municipalities provide vital services such as first responders and law enforcement. Restoring the funding levels back to their original amount will allow for municipalities to provide the care and services for its residents that are needed.”
House Bill 278 would bringing the level of funding to municipalities back to 10 percent. Previously in 2011, the rate of the LGDF that municipalities received was reduced from 10 to 6 percent. The bill simply seeks to restore the previous rate of funding, making it easier for communities to provide and fund the necessary services and amenities for residents. The legislation passed the House of Representatives and now awaits action in the Illinois Senate.
“Southern Illinois communities should not be faced with the dilemma of cutting vital services such as police forces and first responders,” Costello said. “By sponsoring this legislation, I hope the funding level will be restored which will ultimately give more flexibility to communities to provide services that families enjoy and depend upon.”
State Rep. Jerry Costello II represents Illinois’ 116th district, which includes all or parts of St. Clair, Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties. His office can be reached by phone at 618-282-7284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.