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Unes' road signage bill is sixth signed into law this year

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By Glenn Minnis | Aug 22, 2019

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently signed into law the sixth bill of the year sponsored by state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria).

Senate Bill 1381 “streamlines local government by eliminating an unfunded mandate regarding the installation of certain highway road signage.”

Now in his eighth year of serving the 91st District, Unes worked with the Illinois Department of Transportation and Mid-West Truckers Association to find a solution to update the current roadway classifications. By his estimates, eliminating the unfunded mandate placed on smaller governmental bodies could result in noticeable cost reductions at the local level.

“One of the biggest contributors to higher property taxes are the unfunded mandates that burden our local taxing bodies,” Unes, who was recently named to the state’s Property Tax Relief Committee, said in a press release.“I am thrilled to effect these changes, particularly for many of the rural communities that I represent that have roadways not built to interstate highway standards. Eliminating wasteful spending and making government more efficient is common sense, and I am proud to continue to advocate for such legislation on behalf of taxpayers.”

The new law takes effect in January.

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