Representative DeLuca Advances Two Bills Aimed at Assisting Local Communities, Protecting and Helping Residents

SPRINGFIELD—(ENEWSPF)—March 25, 2013. Separate legislation sponsored by State Representative Anthony DeLuca (D-Chicago Heights) to end payment delays to local municipalities and crack down on disorderly renters passed out of House committees last week.

“Both measures aim to help and improve the district,” said DeLuca. “These bills help our area. One piece of legislation streamlines much-needed payments to our local governments, while the other gets tough on chronic troublemaking tenants living in rental properties.”

DeLuca’s House Bill 961 requires that the 6 percent of income tax receipts the state gives to local governments be sent directly to the Local Government Distributive Fund (LCDF), instead of going through the General Revenue Fund (GRF) first. If enacted, this measure would prevent local governments from receiving delayed LGDF payments and also prevent the possibility of these funds from being removed through fund sweeps as Governor Quinn is proposing.

Additionally, DeLuca advanced House Bill 1532 to allow landlords to terminate a lease if a tenant commits a felony, Class A misdemeanor, repeatedly is arrested or issued a citation from the police, or violates a public order three times within a sixty day period. This legislation was developed with the assistance of the Illinois Rental Property Owners Association and the Illinois Association of Realtors.

“As State Representative, I’m working diligently to keep the community safe,” said DeLuaca. “When I was Mayor of Chicago Heights, I saw firsthand how late payments negatively affected our ability to fund police and fire services. The LGDF bill will provide the necessary funds to help keep municipal operations running smoothly, while the Offensive Use of Property bill will help keep criminals out of our communities.”

For more information, please contact Representative DeLuca’s constituent service office at 708-754-7900.