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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.
Rep. Morrison Votes Against $5 Billion Tax Hike
The two-year budget impasse ended on July 6 when members of the House overrode a series of budget-related vetoes by Governor Rauner. Sadly, the already overtaxed citizens of this state will once again have to reach deeper into their pockets to fund the tax-and-spend status quo in our State. While the General Assembly passed a huge income tax increase, lawmakers left Springfield without providing any relief on property taxes, any help for small businesses, and without any reprieve from our crushing pension debt. 

For the struggling families in the 54th District, I voted No on the massive income tax increase. People and businesses are leaving Illinois, and I believe the action taken by the General Assembly last week will only encourage more out-migration.

As a result of the successful budget bill overrides, income taxes on Illinois families will increase retroactive to July 1. The $5 billion in new revenue will be collected by increasing the individual income tax rate to 4.95% and the corporate rate to 7%. Click here to access a calculator to determine how much the $5 billion tax increase will cost your family.

Governor Signs Bill that Strengthens Penalties for Repeat Gun Offenders
Governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a landmark criminal justice bill. The bill is a result of successful negotiations between the administration, City of Chicago and the General Assembly that will crack down on criminals who are repeat gun offenders, safely reduce the prison population, and create a more rehabilitative criminal justice system. SB 1722 makes a number of changes to the criminal justice system to improve how we punish and rehabilitate gun offenders, as well as combat gang violence in Illinois. The bill will strengthen sentencing guidelines if they have committed a gun crime before. It also creates a First-Time Weapon Offender Diversion Program to address the underlying reasons why a young adult may have committed the offense. Additionally, the bill will create a Violent Crime Intelligence Task Force within the Illinois State Police. This task force will be dedicated to combatting gun violence and other violent crime in Chicago and around the state. The provisions of SB 1722 take effect in January of 2018.

Procedural Move Keeps HB 40 from Governor’s Desk
HB 40, a bill that would allow for the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for elective abortions, was approved by House and Senate Democrats in April and May, respectively. The typical legislative process states that upon approval in both chambers, a bill has 30 days to be sent to the Governor, and then the Governor has 60 days to take action. On May 10, shortly after the Senate approved the bill, a “motion to reconsider” was placed on the bill, essentially stopping that 30-day clock. As of today, two full months later, the bill has still not been sent to Governor Rauner.

The Governor has vowed to veto this bill, and millions of Illinoisans who oppose taxpayer funding of elective abortions are watching closely to make sure he stays true to his word. The ethics of abortion have been debated across the United States and here in Illinois for decades, and for the last 36 years, the State of Illinois has had the policy that prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, the health or life of the mother.

Back in April when the House was debating HB 40, I was vocal with my opposition to the bill. You can watch my floor comments here.
Today in Springfield, members of the House of Representatives approved revenue and spending packages that aim to end the budget impasse. SB06 (spending) was approved by a 81-34 vote and SB 09 (revenue) by a 72-45 vote. In response to the action on the House Floor today, State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine), who voted against both bills, has issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that negations did not continue because the bills brought to the floor of the House today were not the result of true give-and-take. By approving a large tax increase without fundamentally reforming Illinois policies that are driving businesses and taxpayers out of the state, we are not moving our state forward.”

“Illinois has the worst combined tax burden in the United States, yet rather that providing Illinoisans with real relief, today lawmakers chose to deepen that tax burden. Every one of us knows a family or a business that has moved out of this state because they could simply no longer afford to live or operate a business here. My constituents are desperate for tax relief, but today’s votes will only add to the outmigration of residents and businesses from our state.”
This week in Springfield, lawmakers remained in special session with hopes of coming to agreement on a balanced budget with reforms before the end of the fiscal year at midnight on June 30. In this edition of the Morrison Report, Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) is joined by State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton), who spoke about the nonsense votes that are taking place in lieu of sincere discussions about a balanced budget with necessary reforms that protect taxpayers.

Click here to watch the full video.