Last week I was pleased to welcome my Youth Advisory Council to Springfield. More than 40 students from throughout the 58th Senate District made the trip to Springfield to learn about state government and debate issues in a mock Senate committee hearing. This is a great way for young people to get involved and learn about state government. Thanks to all the students who participated.
Tax Amnesty Program Nears End
Individuals with unpaid tax liabilities need to act quickly to take advantage of the state’s Tax Amnesty Program. The deadline is Nov. 15, 2019 to make full payments on outstanding tax debt without penalties.
Taxpayers who did not file their state taxes during the original filing period will be required to file an original return in addition to paying the full tax due. Residents will also have the opportunity to report changes to previously filed returns by submitting an amended return and paying the tax debt in full. This is a one-time amnesty.
The Tax Amnesty Program covers taxes owed from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2018. More information about the program can be found at the Illinois Department of Revenue website: https://www2.illinois.gov/rev/research/news/Pages/2019-Illinois-Tax-Amnesty-Program.aspx
While winter doesn’t officially start in the Northern Hemisphere until Saturday, December 21, some parts of Illinois have already seen snow, and that’s a good reminder to prepare for winter weather. November is Winter Weather Preparedness Month in Illinois, and several state agencies are teaming up to provide valuable information and tips to keep warm and stay safe at home or on the road.
To help you prepare for winter, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has developed a winter weather preparedness guide. The 10-page guide is available on the Ready Illinois website at https://www2.illinois.gov/ready.
State Fairground Improvements
The state is spending $3 million on improvements to Illinois’ State Fairgrounds. The two-phase enhancements will focus on Fairground roadways. Work begins this fall, weather permitting, with about $500,000 in resurfacing that the Illinois Department of Transportation hopes to complete before the Thanksgiving holiday. Phase two will begin next spring with $2.5 million in road improvements planned.
Money for the projects comes from the Capital Construction Program passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. Next year’s State Fair runs from August 13 through August 23.
Second Week of Veto Session
Senators and Representatives return to the Capitol Nov. 12-14 for the second and final week of the fall Veto Session. Nearly two dozen committee hearings are scheduled for the week on a variety of issues, including red-light cameras, minimum wage, education, public health, taxes, and the environment.