ProtectMyTown.com launched to give voice to West Chicago residents
Mayor Ruben Pineda urged West Chicago residents to voice their opposition to a state proposal aimed at taking local revenue to fix the state’s budget problem. Residents can visit ProtectMyTown.com to send a letter to their local legislators and Governor Rauner.
State attempts to take the local revenue from the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) to close budget gaps at the state level are spurring mayors across Illinois to fight to maintain control of local funds. If the state proposal becomes a reality, West Chicago would lose approximately $1,300,000 annually.
The LGDF returns tax dollars to municipalities across Illinois, including West Chicago, to fund essential services such as police, and street repairs and maintenance. If the local revenue is reduced, West Chicago will have to make up for the funding shortfall.
“The legislators and the Governor need to hear from their constituents on this important matter,” said Mayor Pineda. “ProtectMyTown.com is an easy way for residents to let their representatives know that they want their streets and potholes repaired, and community protected. These are vital services we can’t afford to lose because the state wants to shift the burden on to local communities.”
Designed to stop the LGDF cuts, ProtectMyTown.com allows residents to directly voice their opinion and tell lawmakers to make the tough decisions necessary to balance their own budgets – as municipalities have done since the recession began in 2008 – without taking these much needed dollars away from local communities.
After logging on to ProtectMyTown.com, it only takes three easy steps to directly contact your legislator and the Governor: 1) Review your letter; 2) Fill out your contact information; and 3) Hit the Take Action button to complete the form. Residents can also forward and share the site through Facebook and Twitter, encouraging their friends and followers to join the movement as well.
Illinois municipalities rely on the LGDF, which was instituted in 1969 as part of an agreement under which municipalities would not impose a separate income tax. It guarantees municipalities a share of state income tax receipts to help fund local services. A link to an informational video produced by the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference about LGDF, will help residents understand the need to protect the LGDF and may be found at: https://youtu.be/PpzUm-2fXRo.
This press release has been updated to remove garbage pick-up as an impacted service because West Chicago residents pay directly for this service. Also, fire protection (which was included in the original press release) is not a service of the City of West Chicago. It is provided by the West Chicago Fire Protection District.
We regret the errors contained in the original press release.