(SPRINGFIELD) The U.S. Treasury has ruled that Illinois homeowners who prepaid their 2018 property taxes last year will receive the full state and local tax deduction. The clarification was requested after an IRS advisory was issued in December, which suggested that homeowners who prepaid without having their properties formally assessed would not be able to deduct the payments. The treasury department ruled that because Illinois property taxes are for assessments made the previous year, the IRS advisory does not affect homeowners in the state. The situation in Illinois occurred when homeowners rushed to make property tax prepayments at the end of 2017 when it was announced that the new tax bill would eliminate the unlimited property tax deduction on itemized returns and replace it with a $10,000 deduction cap for 2018.
(SPRINGFIELD) Governor Bruce Rauner yesterday joined the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs to honor Veterans of the Vietnam War and give them a proper welcome home. During the special program held at the University of Illinois at Springfield, the Governor presented lapel pins to dozens of Vietnam-era Veterans who served the United States from 1955 to 1975. The ceremony was part of the U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration program, which was initiated by Congress in 2012 to recognize the service of Vietnam War Veterans and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the war each year until 2025. Illinois has the tenth (10th) largest Veteran population in America, with more than 724,000 Veterans who call the state home. More than a third of the Veterans in Illinois served the United States during the Vietnam War.
(LEBANON) President Donald Trump has chosen Illinois State Senator Kyle McCarter to be the U.S. Ambassador to Kenya. The White House made the announcement this past Wednesday, citing McCarter’s charitable efforts in the African nation. The Republican from Lebanon did not run for re-election to the Illinois Senate’s 54th District. The Belleville News-Democrat reports McCarter and his wife have worked in Kenya for more than 30 years with the Each One Feed One International charity, which the couple founded. The organization works with a school helping children while providing a medical clinic that serves about 15,000 Kenyans every year. McCarter applied for the Ambassador’s position a year ago.