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This week on the Morrison Report, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) provides an update on the status of HB 40, a measure that would dramatically increase taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois. The bill was approved in the House and Senate, but a political maneuver resulted in the bill being held rather than being sent to the Governor.

Eventually HB 40 will arrive on the Governor's desk, and Morrison is asking those who do not think taxpayers should be forced to pay for elective abortions to contact the Governor's Office and ask him to veto the bill.

Click here to watch the video, and click here to let Governor Rauner know he should veto HB 40.


On the heels of a 32 % hike in the income tax rate in Illinois, residents of Cook County were recently saddled with a one cent per ounce tax on sweetened beverages. As a strong opponent of the new beverage tax, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) is co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the tax, and is also offering residents an opportunity to sign a petition opposing it.

“The sweetened beverage tax went into effect on August 2 and will result in Cook County consumers having to pay on average 67 percent more for a 2-liter of pop, 43 percent more for a gallon of juice drink or sweetened iced tea, and 29 percent more for a 12-pack,” said Morrison. “Taxpayers are outraged by this latest move to take more of their hard-earned money and channel it toward Cook County government.”

Residents who would like to express their opposition to the sugar tax are encouraged to sign an on-line petition available on Morrison’s web site. Visit www.repmorrison54.comwww.repmorrison54.com and click on the red button to sign the petition.

In addition to offering the petition, Morrison is also championing two separate bills that would repeal the Cook County sweetened beverage tax and prevent similar taxes from being levied elsewhere in the state. HB 4082 would prevent any home rule county from imposing a tax on sweetened beverages based on volume sold and repeal local laws already in effect regarding these types of taxes. HB 4084 takes a broader approach in prohibiting these types of taxes. While similar to HB 4082 in desired effect, HB 4084 prohibits all local governments from imposing any tax that is based on weight or volume. This would apply to the Cook County sweetened beverage tax, but would also thwart other similar attempts to tax substances based on weight or volume. Both bills would repeal the Cook County tax but differ slightly in how it would be accomplished.

“Our county elected officials should be primarily focused on cutting spending, not raising taxes on our already overburdened residents,” Morrison said.
Special sessions of the Illinois General Assembly this summer dealt with two primary issues- the budget and education funding reform. 

Click here to watch the latest edition of the Morrison Report, where State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) speaks about both issues.
This year, Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) will once again be sharing a legislative booth at Palatine’s Street Fest with his corresponding Senator. This year, Representative Morrison and State Senator Tom Rooney will have a booth at the event on August 26-27. Interested constituents are invited to join Morrison and Rooney at their legislative table. Click here if you would like to volunteer for a slot at their shared booth.
This Saturday, the Village of Palatine and the Palatine Park District will host an electronics recycling event sponsored by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). This event will be held at Village Hall (200 E. Wood Street) and the Palatine Park District Community Center (250 E. Wood Street), on Saturday, August 5, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. 

Residents from Palatine and other SWANCC member communities are eligible to participate. Electronics will not be accepted from non-SWANCC residents, businesses, schools or institutions. Identification will be checked for verification of residency.
To assist Palatine Township taxpayers with questions about their property assessments, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) will partner with Cook County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, Palatine Township Assessor Terry Kelly, and Cook County Board Commissioner Gregg Goslin on Thursday, August 24 for a free property tax appeal seminar.

The event on August 24th will be held at the Rolling Meadows Village Hall, located at 3600 Kirchoff Road in Rolling Meadows and will begin at 6:00 PM. At the seminar, taxpayers can learn how to appeal their property tax assessment and submit appeal forms at the end of the event.

“I am pleased to partner with Dan Patlak, Terry Kelly, and Gregg Goslin for this important event,” said Morrison. “Valuable information will be shared, and those who feel they have been improperly assessed will leave the meeting with a valid appeal filed.”

The August 24 event is the second property tax event sponsored by Morrison this month. An identical event was held on August 1. “There is a limited window during which property owners may challenge their assessment, and in Palatine Township that window closes on August 30,” Morrison said. “I encourage anyone who feels their property assessment is too high to take advantage of the resources and information that will be available on Thursday the 24th.”
The day after the House of Representatives overrode vetoes issued by Governor Bruce Rauner on budget-related bills, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) was interviewed by Greg Corombus, host of a nationally syndicated news program on Radio America. During the ten-minute interview Rep. Morrison discussed his No vote on the tax increase and spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018, and also talked about how he feels Illinois is headed in the wrong direction. “Illinois is going in the wrong direction, in the sense that we are increasing taxes rather than making the state friendlier to taxpayers,” said Morrison. You can listen to that full interview here.