CHICAGO (Standard & Poor's) Nov. 18, 2008--Standard & Poor's Ratings Services has raised its standard long-term rating on Lockport, Ill.'s general obligation (GO) bonds to 'AA' from 'AA-', reflecting the city's strong tax base growth, which is enhanced by the recent opening of two new tollway intersections in the city, and maintenance of very strong reserves. At the same time, the rating service assigned its 'AA' standard long-term rating to the city's $2.305 million GO limited-tax bonds series 2008. Other credit factors are the city's participation in the Chicago, Ill. metropolitan area's deep and diverse economy, strong income levels, and low overall debt burden with very rapid amortization. "We expect that the city will maintain at least balanced financial operations...
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