Winger's Weekly Wrap-Up for July 30th

July 28th at Bartlett Village Hall. Representative Winger and the Bartlett Police Department are excited about the 35th Annual National Night Out on August 7th. Hope to see you there!

Disability Independence Day 

Last week Representative Winger recognized Disability Independence Day, a day of celebration in honor of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This law was passed on July 26th, 1990 to prohibit discrimination and guarantee equal rights to those with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Not too long ago, inaccessibility was all too common, making today an important celebration of how far we’ve come to provide the same access to services, businesses, buildings, and employment opportunities to all Americans.

Governor Signs Bill Expanding Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed SB 3527, a bipartisan bill improving and expanding the River Edge Redevelopment Zone (RERZ) Historic Tax Credit. The successful economic development incentive now will be available to communities statewide.

“This legislation opens up millions of dollars in economic incentives in the form of tax credits for historic preservation projects throughout Illinois,” Rauner said after signing the bill at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Plaza. “It is imperative that we add jobs and fuel economic development. This bill will help Illinois achieve those goals while also preserving our past and making our state even more beautiful to visit.”
Established in 2012, the RERZ originally was a five-year pilot program allowing a 25 percent state income tax credit for qualifying projects in blighted, historic riverfront areas in Peoria, Rockford, Elgin, East St. Louis and Aurora.

SB 3527, which passed both Houses in May, expands availability of the historic tax credits to similar projects across the state. It also adds a new Illinois Historic Preservation Tax Credit with $15 million in credits to be administered by the Historic Preservation Division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources each year between January 2019 and December 2023.

Legislators joined business officials and leaders from Landmarks Illinois and the American Institute of Architects-Illinois in applauding the bill action, which they said will not only revitalize historic structures that are falling into disrepair, but also will spur job growth and boost tourism.

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