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Property Tax Freeze, A Key Rauner Reform, Gets House OK

State of Illinois

The Illinois House has approved a property-tax freeze _ one of the key points on Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's agenda.

The measure doesn't apply to home-rule governments like Chicago and prohibits school districts from getting any more in property tax revenue than they did in 2015 unless voters approve an increase in a referendum.

The House voted 71-31 Thursday on the proposal by Democratic Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo.

Rauner's call for a tax freeze includes letting local governments control costs by restricting labor-union power and limiting wages on public construction jobs.

But Republicans in favor of Franks' proposal took the freeze even though it doesn't include the governor's reforms.

Franks is seeking a Senate sponsor for the bill.

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