Lake County residents whose property was damaged from the historic floods of July 2017 may be eligible for a Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit thanks to a new law from Senator Melinda Bush.

This income tax credit is for qualified real property that was damaged as a result of the flood event in July 2017. No other events can be considered for this. This credit can be obtained for up to $750, based upon information provided.

  • The property must be the principal residence of the owner
  • If the property is leased, the owner is not eligible for this credit
  • Certain business properties can apply for this credit (details listed on the certificate)
  • Only losses related to qualified real property can be considered for this tax credit
  • Properties that received or will receive a Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption for property taxes do not qualify for this credit

Items a property owner will need to provide to a Township Assessor or the County Assessor as a part of the certification process:

  • A property owner will need to complete a proforma IRS Form 4684, as well a Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit Certificate
  • Property owners will need to provide their Township Assessor or the County Assessor with proof of loss in the form of receipts, estimates, invoices, insurance claims or other validation to claim the income tax credit

Please bring completed forms and proof of loss documentation to your local Township Assessor's Office or the Chief County Assessment Office. The information will then be evaluated to:

  • Determine whether the property owner has already received a benefit with a Natural Disaster Homestead Exemption
  • Determine the amount of the credit to be received
  • Complete Sections 3 and 4 of the Natural Disaster Income Tax Credit Certificate (if the credit is approved)

The County Assessor will transmit the data from the completed certificates to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

If a property owner has questions on the income tax credit, they can call the Illinois Department of Revenue at 1-800-732-8866 or visit their website at tax.illinois.gov.

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ATM skimmerOver the weekend, more than a dozen ATM skimmers were found in Chicago and another one was discovered in Libertyville.

An ATM skimmer is a card reader placed over the ATM's real card slot. When you put your card in an ATM, the skimmer steals your card information. One way to make sure you don't become a victim of an ATM skimmer is to pull at protruding parts like the card reader and keypad. If you're able to remove part of the card reader or keypad, it's likely a skimmer.

Also, make sure to always cover the keypad when you're typing in your PIN. ATMs with skimmers usually have small cameras attached that record users' PINs.

For more tips on avoiding ATM skimming, click here.

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Please report all flood damage to Lake County Emergency Management Agency through this web form by Monday, July 24, 2017.

If you are in need of sandbags, call the Antioch Township Highway Department at 847-395-2070.

For information from Lake County on how to minimize health hazards from flood water, click here.

Lake County Emergency Management Agency: 847-377-7100

American Red Cross Hotline: 847-220-7495

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Last week, the Illinois Senate passed SB1, a bill to fix the state’s school funding formula. The measure will ensure that all Illinois schools are adequately funded and has a “hold harmless” provision, which guarantees that no school districts will see cuts to their funding.

Unfortunately, the Lake County Gazette – conservative political propaganda disguised as a newspaper, funded by hyper-partisan WIND talk show host Dan Proft – is trying to mislead Illinoisans by using numbers from the Illinois State Board of Education’s analysis of a completely different school funding reform bill (SB 231) from last year to claim that Lake County school districts will lose funding.

The Lake County Gazette’s attempt to intentionally misinform Illinoisans is absolutely disgraceful. Illinoisans deserve to know the truth.

Here are the facts:

Illinois has the least equitable school funding formula of any state. For years, legislators have been working to come up with a solution that would ensure all Illinois schools receive adequate funding. In order to do this, we would need a school funding formula that would direct additional resources to low-income school districts while also making sure not to cut resources for school districts that are well-funded. Senate Bill 1 does exactly this. Under the measure, no schools in Illinois will see funding cuts. Funding levels will either stay the same or will increase to ensure schools are receiving at least the base level of funding.

The measure is not only good for Lake County children, but for all Illinois children. That’s why I support the bill.

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