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Proposal would provide $5,000 property tax exemption for disabled public safety officers


SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator John Mulroe to help disabled firefighters, police officers, paramedics and first responders remain in their homes was approved by the Illinois Senate today.

“These men and women risk their lives for us every day,” Mulroe (D-Chicago) said. “I strongly believe it is our responsibility to take care of public safety officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.”

Senate Bill 3197 would offer a $5,000 homestead exemption to disabled police officers, firefighters, paramedics and first responders. The exemption would carry over to the surviving spouse if the spouse holds the legal or beneficial title to the home, permanently resides in that home and does not remarry. The exemption would only apply if the home’s equalized assessed value is less than $250,000.

Mulroe said he was inspired to bring this legislation by the story of Chicago Police Officer Jim Mullen, who became a quadriplegic after being shot in the face while on duty, and the tragic case of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer.

“If we can’t bring back their mobility, I think the least we can do is help them stay in their homes,” Mulroe said. “It’s our turn to protect them.”

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