033022CM0822SPRINGFIELD – To fulfill the state’s commitment to invest in working families, State Senator Suzy Glowiak Hilton (D-Western Springs) expressed strong support for the proposed $1.8 billion tax relief plan to refund residents.

“Over recent years, fiscally responsible budgeting has eliminated state deficits and paid bill backlogs,” Glowiak Hilton said. “By providing direct relief to taxpayers, Illinois offering various ways to give financial support to students, working families and homeowners.”

The plan outlined Friday would directly deliver relief checks valued at $100 per person and $50 per child to state taxpayers making $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointly – sending money to 97% of taxpayers. A household of four could see a $300 check. Taxpayers could also see an additional $300 property tax relief check.

To address inflation and the rising prices at the pump, the plan also suspends the 1% state grocery tax and the state’s portion of the gas tax increase for six months. Parents could see additional relief at the store from Aug. 5-Aug. 14 under a plan to also wipe out the state sales tax on clothing, shoes and school supplies to give consumers an economic boost as they go back-to-school shopping.

“The pandemic has created numerous financial burdens,” Glowiak Hilton said. “With this proposal, Illinois is working to relieve financial stress and pay it forward to the individuals who have kept our state operational during some of the toughest times.”

The comprehensive proposal also includes increased tax credits for teachers and volunteer first responders.

Senator Glowiak Hilton is working with her colleagues to advance on the proposal – Senate Bill 1150 – by the scheduled April 8 adjournment.