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PEORIA – People who purchased an electric vehicle in Illinois are now eligible for up to $4,000 in rebates thanks to a law backed by State Senator Dave Koehler through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s second round of funding with the Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate Program.

“Creating sustainability is crucial in fighting climate change, and it’s our goal to increase accessibility and use of electric vehicles across the board,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “This program helps give more people a chance to be sustainable by providing affordable and accessible electronic vehicles and motorcycles.”

The Electric Vehicle Rebate Program offers $4,000 rebate for purchase of an all-electric passenger vehicle or $1,500 rebate for purchase of an all-electric motorcycle. An all-electric vehicle must be exclusively powered and refueled by electricity, plugged in to charge, and licensed to drive on public roadways. Illinois residents who purchase an all-electric passenger vehicle within 90 days of this round are eligible to apply for a rebate The first round of rebates saw over 2,000 applications and issued over $8.7 million in rebates. Nov. 1 is the beginning of the second round.

Individuals can complete an application for the second round rebate under Illinois’ EV Rebate Program here. Applications for the second funding round opened Nov. 1, 2022 and must be postmarked on or before Jan. 31, 2023.

Senator Koehler continues to work tirelessly on sustainability. He has sponsored other Electric Vehicle bills, such as Senate Bill 2940, which pushed to include motorcycles in the discussion of electric transportation and incentivize their purchase along with vehicles.

“Everyone has a carbon footprint, so even the smallest change in one’s life can be beneficial to the environment,” Koehler said. “This is a positive step toward ensuring affordability and accessibility.”

IEPA will prioritize the review of applications from low-income purchasers and award rebates to people accordingly. After the application period closes Jan. 31 2023, rebates will be issued to eligible applicants based on funding availability. 

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PEORIA State Senator Dave Koehler urges area residents to give thanks and appreciation to emergency personnel on First Responders Day, which takes place on Friday, Oct. 28.

“First responders put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe in an emergency,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “It is not an easy job, and these brave individuals deserve all of our gratitude and thanks.”

This day specifically thanks 911 dispatchers, as well as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for their commitment to Illinois public safety.

Koehler reminds residents to extend gratitude to first responders year-round for their dedication and remember those lost in the line of duty.

“I wish to offer my highest gratitude to the individuals who keep our communities safe,” Koehler said. “The men and women who protect us have strength and courage, and should be celebrated for all they do.”

Koehler encourages residents to recognize the contributions of first responders in their communities with ceremonies and activities.

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032222cm0719 r1PEORIA – State Senator Dave Koehler is encouraging those who may be the beneficiary of a lost or missing life insurance policy to use the Illinois Department of Insurance’s Life Policy Locator.

“When grieving over a loved one, no one wants to stress over logistics,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “IDOI can help take away the additional stress, time and burden of searching for a lost life insurance policy. If anyone feels they have unclaimed benefits, I urge them to use this service.”

Illinois law requires insurance companies to attempt to find the beneficiaries of deceased policyholders when life insurance proceeds remain unpaid, however the National Association of Insurance Commissioners reports millions of dollars in life insurance benefits remain unclaimed every year. IDOI’s Life Policy Locator can assist consumers who want to begin the search on their own. The Illinois Department of Insurance has helped recipients of life insurance find and collect more than $7.9 million from lost or unclaimed life insurance policies.

Additional sites to find unclaimed life insurance policies are:

“Losing a family member is already hard enough,” Koehler said. “It is important for families to know about these resources so they can take advantage of them and make their lives a little easier.”

September is life insurance awareness month. If you believe you are the beneficiary of an unclaimed policy, please use the above tools to assist you in your search.

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2022StateOfIllinoisTaxRebates 2022 FBPEORIA – Hardworking Illinoisans across the state have already begun to receive financial relief thanks to the Illinois Family Relief Plan, supported by State Senator Dave Koehler and members of the General Assembly.

“Hardworking people here in Central Illinois and across the state are feeling the strain at the store, at the pump, and on other everyday expenses,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “By putting hard-earned money back in the pockets of families across Central Illinois, we’re easing some of their financial burden and offering a well-deserved helping hand.”

Under Senate Bill 157, millions of Illinois taxpayers can expect to see up to $700 in tax rebates this fall.

The legislation states that individual filers who make less than $200,000 will receive a $50 income tax rebate, and couples who make less than $400,000 will receive $100. Filers are also eligible for $100 per dependent, with a maximum of three.

Additionally, people who paid property taxes in 2021 on their primary residence in 2020 – and make less than $250,000 individually or $500,000 jointly – are eligible for up to $300. The rebate will be equal to the property tax a resident was qualified to claim on their 2021 taxes.

People who filed taxes will automatically receive their rebate starting this week – but those who have not filed yet have until Oct. 17 to do so in order to receive their rebate, pending eligibility.

“I’m always proud to support measures that support our families, and I hope these rebates will provide some relief,” Koehler said.

More information on how the funds will be dispersed and qualification criteria is available at tax.illinois.gov/rebates.

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