Springfield, Ill –  Illinois State Representative Stephanie Kifowit (D-Oswego) achieved a significant legislative victory last week as her proposed bill, HB 612, successfully passed out of the House. This bill, aimed at safeguarding crucial tax exemptions for Illinois Veterans, marks a pivotal step forward in supporting those who have served our nation.

HB 612, championed by Rep. Kifowit, focuses on amending the Property Tax Code to ensure that Veterans, especially those from World War II, receive the recognition and support they deserve. The bill expands the Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Exemption to include Veterans of World War II, irrespective of their level of disability. This means that these esteemed Veterans will receive a 100% reduction in their property’s assessed value, translating to a $0 property tax bill, and they will no longer need to reapply for the exemption annually.

In response to the passage of the bill, Representative Kifowit emphasized, “I am deeply honored to have spearheaded this legislation, which will provide invaluable support to our esteemed World War II Veterans. By expanding the Disabled Veteran’s Homestead Exemption, we are ensuring that these heroes receive the recognition and assistance they rightfully deserve.”

Furthermore, HB 612 streamlines the eligibility process for the Veterans with disabilities homestead exemption by removing the requirement of an honorable discharge. Instead, it focuses on recognizing service-connected disabilities, thus ensuring that all Veterans who have sacrificed for our country receive the support they need.

This bipartisan effort not only demonstrates Illinois’ commitment to honoring its Veterans but also underscores the importance of bipartisan collaboration in addressing the needs of our communities.

For more information, please contact 630-585-1308 or stephanie.kifowit@att.net.


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