District Update - February 23, 2018

Proud to Support Local Fire Fighters

Last weekend I was proud to support the Northern Tazewell Fire District's Annual Chili Supper with some of my family. As always, the food was terrific. Congratulations to Chief Baker and everyone associated with the fire district for another successful event. Thank you to all of our first responders for everything that you do to protect us.

Welcoming the Grain and Feed Association

On Monday I had the honor of welcoming the Grain and Feed Association of Illinois to town for their annual convention. I enjoyed the discussions, listening, and answering questions while providing a Springfield update. My thanks to those of you which help drive the economy by promoting agribusiness in Illinois.

Increasing Penalties for Attacking DCFS Employees

All too often the jobs of state employees require them to put themselves at risk to protect Illinois residents. It was the case with Pamela Knight, a Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) investigator who was brutally beaten last September while trying to take a 2 year-old child into protective custody. She died last week from injuries sustained in the attack. Her accused assailant is facing multiple charges and is awaiting trial.

In response to this senseless act of violence against a state employee, I co-sponsored HB 4147, this legislation that would enhance the penalties for attacking a DCFS worker in the performance of their duties, making it an aggravated felony. Ultimately it would provide DCFS employees the same protections as law enforcement officers and firefighters who put themselves in harm's way.

The job DCFS investigators perform can be dangerous and it is important that the state does all it can to protect them and penalize those who do them harm. Representative McCombie honored slain DCFS employee Pamela Knight last week as the House held a moment of silence in Knight's memory.

Revenue Launches Statewide Electronic Lien Registry

Individuals looking for tax liens filed by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) now have a searchable database at their disposal. A new online Statewide Tax Lien Registry (Lien Registry) provides a single-source to locate all active liens and releases filed by IDOR.

The Lien Registry is designed to improve efficiencies and incorporate technology into current work systems. It will lead to more timely information on lien filings, while reducing state filing costs.

"We filed more than 39,000 liens in all 102 counties across the state last year. That cost the Department $700,000 in fees and labor," said IDOR Director Connie Beard. "Transitioning to an electronic registry will help drive those costs down and accelerate tax receipts going to state and local tax funds."

The Lien Registry now serves as the only source for obtaining tax lien information. There is no cost and no sign-up required to search the registry, which can be accessed through the "Quick Links" tab on the IDOR webpage at tax.illinois.gov.

A tutorial video on the Registry may be found on YouTube here. Questions regarding Lien Registry may be emailed to rev.lien@illinois.gov.

House returns Feb. 27

The Illinois of Representatives returns to session February 27th. You may view or listen to session live at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27 here.

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