Mixed reviews on Illinois’ Family Relief Plan

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Published: Jul. 1, 2022 at 11:49 PM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Illinois’ Family Relief Plan, enacted during an election year, took effect on Friday, receiving mixed reviews from some Central Illinois residents.

The plan approved by the Democratic-dominated legislature and Gov. JB Pritzker, is touted as much-needed assistance for families paying for everyday essentials like groceries, school supplies, and gas.

The $1.8 billion package of several tax holidays and suspensions also offers property and income tax credits.

“It’s definitely beneficial at this point in time, said Tiana Huff.

“Any relief that we can get in this area because gas prices are soaring as you know, food prices since COVID. Everything has gone up dramatically,” said Huff.

Area resident David Brown shares a different view.

“I feel like it’s really not going to effect too much for me personally,” said Brown.

“I feel like it’s something that’s happening in such a distant part of our state, that the trickling effects will not be very effective towards my personal life or not too many people around me,” Brown added.

Relief plan highlights include a year-long suspension of the 1% sales tax on groceries and a 10-day period from August 5-15 when families can save 5% off the sales tax for school supplies and clothes.

The state is also holding off until January the regularly-scheduled increase in the motor fuel tax, which is a fund that pays for road projects.

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