Excerpts from ourquadcities.com:

The number of firefighters in Illinois is dropping, and responsibilities for the ones doing the work keep getting bigger. They also handle a lot of EMS calls.

In Illinois, there’s a new plan to help solve that.

The Illinois Firefighters Association wants a $500 credit on their income tax for volunteer firefighters. 

New York recently passed a similar bill that gives volunteer firefighters a tax break.

Illinois’ version wouldn’t give as big of a break.