Senate bill advocates for income tax credit for volunteer firefighters

The bill encouraging additional firefighter’s was headed by Senator Christopher Belt of Swansea. (Photo Courtesy of Flickr)

By Jake Fogal

SPRINGFIELD – A bill in the Senate that would provide a $500 state income tax credit for volunteer firefighters is picking up steam in the final week of session down in Springfield.

The proposal asks for the state budget to include an income tax credit, which would support Illinois’ dire need for volunteer firefighters.

State Senator Tom Bennett is pushing this proposal forward. He joined the Scott Miller Show Wednesday morning.

“This is something that I have been working on for a couple years along with some other legislators. In our district, we have 120 to 130 towns, and just a number of volunteers that move one district to another. Again these are volunteers, and what we are trying to do is say thank you,” Bennett said.

Bennett hopes that the motion can cross the finish line this year.

The bill encouraging additional firefighter’s was headed by Senator Christopher Belt of Swansea.

The Spring Legislative Session is slated to adjourn this Friday.

Jake Fogal can be reached at [email protected].


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