CHICAGO – In one of his first acts in office, state Rep. Cyril Nichols, D-Chicago, has introduced legislation that would allow first responders who are severely injured in the line-of-duty to not pay property taxes.
“First responders put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” said Nichols. “We already ask so much of our first responders, it is not right that we ask them to continue to pay their property taxes if they are severely injured on the job.”
Nichols’ House Bill 4084 would exempt firefighters, paramedics and police officers from paying any property taxes if they have a limb dismembered or amputated, or become paraplegic or quadriplegic, due to injuries they received during their service. The measure aims to provide a small token of appreciation for the personal sacrifices made by former first responders who will face significant life challenges as a result of their injuries.
“These are life-altering, family-altering incidents that impact these individuals for the rest of their lives,” said Nichols. “If a hero is severely injured while serving their community, we have a responsibility to give back.”
House Bill 4084 is Nichols’ first introduced bill as a state representative. For more information, please contact RepNicholsInfo@gmail.com.