Martwick-Sponsored Measure to Give Back to First Responders becomes Law

 SPRINGFIELD – Legislation supported by State Senator Robert Martwick that provides private assistance to first responders via a tax check-off was signed into law.

“First responders put their lives on the line for our community and we should have an easier option to give back,” said Martwick (D-Chicago). “Making it easier for people to make a charitable contribution to support our first responders will be much appreciated in the district that I represent.”

House Bill 4161 will increase donations to the 100 Club of Illinois by making a convenient donation option on individual state income tax returns. The 100 Club of Illinois is a nonprofit that provides resources, financial support, training and moral support to both the families of first responders killed in the line of duty and active duty first responders. All sworn federal, state, county and local first responders stationed in Illinois are included.

Current law provides similar donation options on state individual tax returns for the following funds: Wildlife Preservation Fund; Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Care, and Support Fund; Assistance to the Homeless Fund; Diabetes Research Fund; Hunger Relief Fund; and Ronald McDonald House Charities Fund.

“The 100 Club of Illinois has been serving the first responder community for more than 55 years. We are grateful for the opportunity to further promote the mission of the Club,” said 100 Club of Illinois CEO Caitlyn Brennan. “Funds brought in through this program will assist the Club in providing support to the families of our fallen heroes and the larger first responder community of Illinois.”

House Bill 4161 was signed into law Friday and takes effect immediately.