CHICAGO (AP) — Mayors across Illinois are joining forces to urge lawmakers not to cut local funding to balance the next state budget.
The coalition of mayors and municipal groups launched a website and social media platform called ProtectMyTown.READ MORE: 1 Dead, 2 Injured In I-57 Expressway Shooting Incident
They’re urging Illinois residents to visit the site, send a message to legislators and the governor and share the site through Facebook and Twitter.
The state collects about $1.2 billion in local revenue annually. The money is supposed to be returned to local governments, where it helps cover costs such as police departments and garbage collection.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Temperatures Climbing; Sunny Skies Ahead
In recent years the state has held on to hundreds of millions of dollars to help close a budget gap.
Palos Hills Mayor Gerald Bennett says that passes the state’s financial burden to local residents.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
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