SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, is highlighting his legislative accomplishments this year that protects middle-class families, his priorities for property tax relief, holding local governments accountable and the balanced budget proposal that will help stabilize and control state finances.
Carroll’s top priority is fighting for property tax relief for middle-class families. That’s why he sponsored the Property Tax Reduction Task Force, Senate Bill 1932, that will study and make recommendations on reducing property taxes across Illinois. Additionally, Carroll’s Senate Bill 1236 worked to hold local government accountable by allowing for the removal of unelected county board chairs and preventing double dipping in pensions by county officials.
“Nothing is more important than providing tax relief for the families I represent,” said Carroll. “They are drowning in property taxes that are being inflated by local taxing bodies, and my Property Tax Reduction Task Force will address those problems head on. By holding local government officials accountable, we can also ensure taxpayer dollars are being properly spent and that local officials are serving the people, not themselves.”
Carroll supported a balanced budget that commits more than $375 million in needed funds to public schools. His budget also commits $1 billion to pay off bills that accumulated during the budget impasse and fully meets pension obligations for this year.
“This balanced budget shows our commitment to reducing spending, paying back our debts, and keeping our promises while investing education, health care and senior services,” said Carroll. “These plans are exactly how we will build a stronger Illinois and middle-class.”
Carroll also fought for better protections for people with severe food allergies. He introduced House Bill 2123, which would require proper labeling of foods containing sesame, with misbranding and mislabeling posing a serious concern for people with rare food allergies. Carroll also spearheaded House Bill 3435 that would require health insurance companies to cover the cost of medically necessary epinephrine injector pins (EpiPen) for anyone aged 18. Both of these instrumental bills successfully passed the Illinois General Assembly with bipartisan support and awaits approval from Governor J.B. Pritzker.
“While there is much work to do, I am proud of the work my colleagues and I achieved for Illinois families this session in Springfield,” said Carroll. “I look forward to the challenges ahead along with the great work to build upon the successes of this year, and strengthening the middle class and Illinois.”