School district eligible for $1.3M property tax relief grant

SPRINGFIELD – Palatine-area homeowners and small businesses will see decreases in their property tax bills under a new state grant program that offers relief to school districts in high-taxed areas.

The Property Tax Relief Grant was included in the historic school funding reform law that has already provided millions of dollars in new state funds to school districts that need it the most. Schools in the 27th Senate District have received nearly $1.2 million in additional state funding in the new formula’s first two years on the books.

Township High School District 211 in Palatine is eligible for a $1.3 million grant under the program, the Illinois State Board of Education announced Tuesday.

“Suburban homeowners are desperate for relief from property taxes, and this grant will help with that,” said State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights). “Offering property tax relief while maintaining great suburban schools will ensure continued investment in our communities and in our students.”

To receive the state grant, eligible school districts must submit an abatement resolution to their county clerks by March 30. The State Board of Education will then distribute the grants once receiving all abatement certificates.

More information on the Property Tax Relief Grant and a listing of each eligible school district can be found at www.ISBE.net/proptaxrelief.

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – State Senator Ann Gillespie, who represents communities in the northwest suburbs, has established a district office in Arlington Heights and a legislative office at the state capitol in Springfield.

Arlington Heights office

120 W. Eastman St., Suite 207

Arlington Heights IL 60004

847-749-1880

Springfield office

108D Capitol Building

Springfield IL 62706

217-782-4471

 Hours at the district office are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Plans for an open house are in the works.

Gillespie’s website, which includes a contact form for constituents to email her office, can be found at www.senatoranngillespie.org. In addition, her district office can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The senator also can be reached through her Facebook page, www.facebook.com/senatoranngillespie, and through Twitter at @sengillespie.

In addition, Gillespie has received Senate committee assignments for the current term of the General Assembly. She will serve as vice chair of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, and she will serve as a member of the Appropriations I, Education, Insurance, Judiciary, and Government Accountability and Pensions committees.

Gillespie represents the 27th District in the Illinois Senate, which includes Arlington Heights, Barrington, Des Plaines, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Prospect Heights and Rolling Meadows.

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Xray350SPRINGFIELD – On the anniversary of the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, State Senator Ann Gillespie is urging Illinois women to continue fighting to protect their health care from government intrusion.

“Women’s rights – specifically the right to make our own health care decisions – are under assault every day,” said Gillespie, an Arlington Heights Democrat. “Although Illinois has taken dramatic steps to protect women’s reproductive decisions, it is clear to me that we can never stand down in our fight for fairness and autonomy.”

Gillespie praised Gov. JB Pritzker for issuing an executive order today enforcing House Bill 40, which protects a woman’s right to choose in Illinois.

The 2017 law removes the “trigger” provision from a 1975 Illinois law that would reinstate previous state policy banning abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Additionally the law allows abortion coverage for individuals on Medicaid or covered by State Employee Health Insurance plans.

Prtizker’s order directs the Department of Central Management Services to ensure all state employee health benefit plans include that coverage by July 1, 2019.

“This matter was settled by the highest court in the nation. Yet here we are, nearly 50 years later, rehashing whether women should have control over their own health care,” Gillespie said. “It’s troubling to me, and I urge women and men everywhere to continue fighting for rights that shouldn’t even be up for debate.”

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SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Ann Gillespie (D-Arlington Heights) released the following statement on statewide gun dealer licensing being signed into law this morning:

“We have lost too many children in this state to senseless gun violence. This law is not the solution to the problem, but it is a step in the right direction.

"People in the Northwest Suburbs are tired of gun violence and they want change. They welcome more oversight of gun purchases, and it is commendable that the state and responsible firearms dealers will be working together to achieve that.”

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Contact Info

Springfield Office:
108D Capitol Building
Springfield IL 62706
Phone: 217-782-4471

Arlington Heights Office:
120 W. Eastman St., Suite 207
Arlington Heights IL 60004
Phone: 847-749-1880