Red Cross Support (HB 4590): Creates the “Illinois Gives” initiative” to provide a means for public employees or retirees to withhold a portion of their salary, wages, or annuity for payment to Illinois Chapters of the American Red Cross to provide assistance in areas affected by a declaration of disaster issued by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA).
Mental Health Services (HB 4403): Corrects language in a property tax formula established in P.A. 96-1548, the Community Expanded Mental Health Services Act, to allow the tax to be collected if approved in a referendum. This is an initiative of the Coalition to Save our Mental Health Centers.
In 2012 the North River community in Chicago approved a referendum to support expanded mental health services with 74% of the vote. However, the Cook County Clerk has indicated that he cannot collect the additional property tax because of the way the tax formula was worded in the original legislation.
Biofuel Production (HB 4505):An initiative of the Department of Agriculture to establish a provision in the Dead Animal Disposal Act that allows an entity to pick up and transport used cooking grease and oil to use for something other than rendering or blending, which would include biodiesel production. Currently, there is no provisions that allow for the licensing of grease and oil collectors to transport these products.
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