River Edge Redevelopment Zone

The River Edge Redevelopment Zone Program (RERZ) helps revive and redevelop environmentally challenged properties adjacent to rivers in Illinois.  The River Edge Redevelopment Zone Act authorizes the Illinois Department of Commerce to designate zones in five cities:  Aurora,   East St. Louis, Elgin, Peoria and Rockford.

RERZ provides several incentives authorized by State law. Two of these – sales tax exemption and property tax abatement (if offered in the zone) – are administered by the local zone administrators.  The others involve tax incentives are claimed on your Illinois Income Tax filing forms.

  • Dividend Income Deduction:  Allows individuals, corporations, trusts and estates to deduct an amount equal to dividends paid to them by a corporation that conducts substantially all of its operation in the RERZ from their taxable income.
  • Interest Income Deduction:  Allows financial corporations to deduct an amount equal to the interest received for a loan for development in an RERZ from their corporate State Income tax.  Loans must be secured by property located within an RERZ.
  • Building Materials Sales Tax Exemption:  Allows for exemption of sales tax on construction materials for non-residential projects within the RERZ.  Forms necessary to claim this “point-of-sales” exemption are available from the local administrator.
  • Property Tax Abatement:  RERZs may offer property tax abatement within the zone.  To determine if a property tax abatement is vailable, contact the local zone administrator.

For tax information on the River Edge Redevelopment Program, click here.

For general information about RERZs, contact:

Claire Lindberg
Assistant Deputy Director
Business Development
312.814.6051
Claire.lindberg@illinois.gov
TYY: 800.785.6055 

For more information about the Peoria RERZ, contact:
Deborah Roethler
Assistant City Manager
City of Peoria
City Hall
419 Fulton Street, Room 207, Peoria, IL 61602
309.494.8618
deborah@peoriagov.org

For information about the Rockford RERZ, contact:
Karl F. Franzen
Economic Development Coordinator
City of Rockford
779-348-7419 - office
Karl.franzen@rockfordil.gov

For information about the Aurora RERZ, contact:
Bill Wiet
Chief Development Officer
City of Aurora
1 South Broadway
Aurora, IL 60507
630.256.3101
bwiet@aurora-il.org

For more information about the East St. Louis RERZ, contact:
Myisa Whitlock
Director, Community & Economic Development
City of East St. Louis
301 River Park Drive
East St. Louis, IL 62201
Phone: 618.482.6600 ext. 1659
mwhitlock@cesl.us
www.cesl.us

For more information about the Elgin RERZ, contact:
Richard G. Kozal
Assistant City Manager
City of Elgin
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120-5555
847.931.6633
KOZAL_R@cityofelgin.org