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In reaction to the Illinois House voting to nearly double the state's minimum wage, Rep. Skillicorn pointed out the small employers outside Chicago and downstate that will be put out of business, like a small manufacturer in Huntley that has been forced to leave Illinois to stay in business.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 14 to protect Illinois retirees from another tax increase.

Skillicorn, who filed HJRCA 14 at the end of January, expressed shock at recent news that both the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Civic Federation have called for the state to tax retirement income to solve its long-standing budget woes.

“Encouraging the state of Illinois to tax retirement income to solve its budget problems is like giving a no limit credit card to a spend-alcoholic already drowning in debt, it’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Skillicorn. “The State needs to take a major step toward cutting its out of control spending.”
This week, the Illinois Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program announced more than $28 million in grants for local park projects across the state. One of the projects that was awarded grant funds is right here in the 66th House District at Turtle Island Park in Lake in the Hills. State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) said he was glad to see the project receive the 50 percent funding match given the positive impact it will have on the community.

“We are blessed to have an abundance of beautiful parks and open space in the 66th District, but I’m especially happy to see the project at Turtle Island receive this funding,” said Skillicorn. “Through this expansion project, the park will not only become a more inviting place for families and fishing enthusiasts, but it will ensure everyone can enjoy it to the fullest with the addition of a handicapped-accessible fishing pier.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) are partnering to host a free utility bill savings clinic on February 21. The clinic will feature experts to teach residents how to save money on their electric, gas and phone bills.

“Without even realizing it, many of us are being overcharged or paying for services that we don’t even need,” said Skillicorn. “At this clinic, experts from CUB will teach you how to save on your utility bills, answer questions and sit down with you to find ways to save. Be sure to bring current copies of your electric, gas and phone bills.”

The clinic will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Algonquin Area Public Library, which is located at 2600 Harnish Dr. in Algonquin. As Skillicorn noted, CUB experts will be available to sit down with residents to find ways to save on electric, gas and phone bills. Space is limited, please RSVP to Skillicorn’s office at (815) 893-4884 or skillicorn@ilhousegop.org.
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Following the announcement this week by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker that the state will stump-up $100 million dollars in aid to furloughed federal government workers, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) questioned where the money would come from.

“I can sympathize with the stress that missing a paycheck can cause, but that doesn’t mean the taxpayers of Illinois can afford another hit to their paychecks either,” said Skilliorn. “Since Gov. Pritzker took office, he has already increased state employee salaries and signed other executive orders adding to our $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Where does he plan to get the money to pay for all this?

“He can’t just increase taxes again to pay for all of this spending. It isn’t fair to taxpayers, the vendors that the state still owes money or the businesses that are closing their doors and leaving Illinois every day.”
State Representatives Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives to address Illinois’ pension crisis. House Bill 830 would prevent future members elected to the Illinois General Assembly from joining the drastically underfunded General Assembly Retirement System (GARS). Skillicorn himself rejected participation in the pension system when he entered the General Assembly in 2017.

“We have a pension crisis in Illinois,” said Skillicorn. “For far too long, the state has been promising lavish pensions it can’t afford at the expense of already overburdened taxpayers. The General Assembly Retirement System is by far the worst offender of the state pension systems, being funded at barely 15 percent.”

Like Skillicorn, several newly elected members of the General Assembly have rejected taxpayer funded pensions in recent years. However, at least as many have joined the pension system in recent years, further exacerbating the long-term unfunded liability obligation that will have to be made up with taxpayer dollars. The average legislative pension has increased by nearly $15,000 in the past decade due to mandatory 3% compounded annual increases.