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A budget proposal from a conservative action group in Illinois proposes freezing property taxes for five years, making schools and universities pay the full price of their pension benefits and cutting Medicaid spending by $415 million a year. John Tillman the CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute also wants to see the Local Government Distributive Fund cut to any community over 5,000 residents, that’s a share of the state income tax that’s shared with communities. It would save an alleged $1.75 billion a year but Tillman says cities would easily be able to absorb the cut in support from the state.

Tillman says the communities impacted would be able to save more than what had been given to them when prevailing wage laws and collective bargaining rules would be rolled back as part of a broader spending plan. 

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