On June 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that $578.8 million will be distributed to counties in 2023 through the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program.
Illinois received a total of almost $1.5 million allocated among 45 counties eligible for PILT payments. The list of counties and amount each received is available via this link.
The PILT program provides payments to counties and other local governments to offset losses in tax revenues due to the presence of substantial federal lands within their jurisdictions. 62% of counties, parishes and boroughs nationwide have federal lands within their borders. The formula used to compute the payments is based on population, revenue-sharing payments, and the amount of Federal land within an affected county.
Additional information is available on the DOI website.