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State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is inviting constituents to join him for a town hall meeting at his office in Crystal Lake on Monday, June 26. The town hall will feature information about Skillicorn’s “Right Now” balanced budget proposal with no tax hikes he filed due to a lack of action on the budget by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). The event will be held at his district office located at 1500 Carlemont Dr., Suite D in Crystal Lake from 7 to 8 p.m. 

“We are facing a number of issues in Illinois, like the need for a balanced budget that cuts spending to relieve the burden on overstressed taxpayers” said Skillicorn. “We spent five months in session and Speaker Madigan refused to even call a budget vote, despite several available proposals. Join me to learn about my “Right Now” balanced budget with no tax hikes and how we can move Illinois forward.” 

The June 26 town hall will give residents an opportunity to speak directly with Skillicorn about the budget, what is happening in Springfield during Special Session and other issues facing the 66th District. 
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. April job growth was revised little to show a decrease of -7,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -7,200 jobs. 

May’s modest monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Payroll growth has been sluggish thus far this year.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says the lavish severance package announced for outgoing Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker is ridiculous. At the end of May, an Inspector General investigation found that Baker’s administration made illegal hires for failing to bid out contracts, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“We are in the midst of a state budget crisis, with higher education funding a critical aspect of the crisis,” said Skillicorn. “But instead of relieving Baker for cause, NIU has given him a huge severance package worth more than $600,000. How can we have an honest conversation about funding higher education and providing critical funding for MAP Grants, and other similar programs, when the boards we entrust to administer the finances at our education institutions make ridiculous decisions like this?”
Responding to Governor Rauner calling a special session of the General Assembly, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has said it is time for House Speaker Madigan to recognize he must make a deal with Republicans.

“We now have several budget proposals, including my ‘Right Now’ budget proposal that puts taxpayers first without any tax increases. Meanwhile, the Speaker has failed to offer a budget proposal for the past six months,” said Skillicorn. “Now that the May 31st deadline has passed, he must have Republican votes to pass a budget. It seems to me he should come back to the table for this special session and recognize that Illinoisans do not want and cannot afford another massive tax hike. We should take it off the table and finally pass the balanced budget with reforms that we need right now.”
Chicago Beyond is looking to support organization’s with ideas/approaches that help youth succeed. They are now accepting applications nationwide for the second annual Go Innovate Challenge. The Go Innovate Challenge is a competition designed to identify and support transformative, innovative programs, ideas and approaches that have the potential to dramatically impact life outcomes for young people. To participate, interested organizations simply need to submit a 90-second video that describes the program, idea, or approach.

Formed in 2016, Chicago Beyond is a venture philanthropy fund that was created to transform the lives of marginalized young people through two critical issues – safety and educational attainment. The Go Innovate Challenge is part of Chicago Beyond’s effort to build a diverse portfolio of great ideas and partners – from established organizations with proven results to the newest and most innovative early-stage programs and organizations.
One day after House and Senate Leaders unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session from Wednesday, June 21st through the June 30th fiscal year deadline. 

"Republicans in the General Assembly have laid out a compromise budget plan that I can sign," Governor Rauner said in a video announcing special session. "It provides a true path to property tax reduction and it reforms the way our state operates to reduce wasteful spending. It will fund our schools and human services, while spurring economic growth and job creation. It is a true compromise - and one I hope the majority in the General Assembly will accept." 
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (66th District) discusses frustration over the budget. There needs to be a property tax freeze, changes in school funding, and more cuts and reforms. The state is spending more than we take in.