Illinois Capitol Building

Illinois Capitol Building (State of Illinois photo by Jay Barnard)

Several state lawmakers spoke about the Property Tax Relief Task Force at a press conference in Rockford on Monday.

According to a press release, the 88-member task force created through Democrat-sponsored Senate Bill 1932 was tasked with providing short-term and long-term policy recommendations to address the state's crippling property tax burden with an initial report due by Oct. 31, 2019 and the final report due by Dec. 31, 2019.

Both deadlines were reportedly missed and a draft of the final report was only provided to members a few days before the Dec. 31 deadline.

Representative Jeff Keicher of Sycamore spoke about the task force, saying that he remains optimistic.

Deputy Republican House Leader Tom Demmer says that tax reform has been needed for some time in Illinois.

Prior to Monday's press conference Democratic Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake, who chairs the task force, said in a statement of the initial report to the Chicago Tribune "I don’t think we can have a realistic conversation about property tax relief without addressing the need to diversify the education funding revenue stream."