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On the eve of Governor’s Day at the Illinois State Fair, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says given the state’s perpetual financial problems, Illinois should stop subsidizing events like the fair and let the free market do its job.

“I’m going to the fair to remind fellow elected officials that taxpayers should no longer subsidize events like this,” said Skillicorn. “Despite the state finally having a budget, which is a terribly unbalanced budget, Illinois is still running months behind on payments due to our massive debt and backlog of unpaid bills. So instead of spending taxpayer money on a fair like this, we should let the free market do what it does best and not put taxpayers on the hook anymore.”

The state spends roughly $6 million annually on the state fair, money Skillicorn noted could be going to pay down the state’s backlog of unpaid bills. According to research by the Illinois Policy Institute, between 2001 and 2009 the state lost nearly $42 million on the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair. Given this history of losing money, despite state statute that says expenditures are not supposed to exceed revenue from the previous year’s fair, Skillicorn says it is time for a change of direction.
By state law, the last day that an assessment complaint may be filed is the close of business on the 30th day after publication in a local newspaper. The only exception is if the County Assessment Office is not open on the 30th day; in that instance, the deadline is automatically extended to the close of business on the next day the office is open.

For residents in the 66th District who reside in Kane County, below is important information regarding the Townships of Elgin, Rutland and Dundee.

The final filing deadline for Elgin and Rutland Townships is September 5, 2017.

The final filing deadline for Dundee Township is August 24, 2017.
The Constitution of Illinois not only requires that the State enact a balanced budget, but contains a little-known provision intended to enforce the “balanced” part of this mandate. Under the provisions of subsection 2(a) of Article VIII of the State’s Constitution, the budget must comply with a nonpartisan estimate of the funds expected to be available in the budget’s fiscal year. The General Assembly has given authority to the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to generate the estimates that are required by law. 
Tuesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1, the school funding bill. The matter now heads to the Illinois General Assembly, where the governor has requested that lawmakers uphold his changes.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from or who your family is. With a great education, you can go anywhere in life and be whomever you want to be. You can grow up, get a good job and provide for your family. That’s why the changes I have made to the education funding bill are so important,” Gov. Rauner said. “With my changes, our state ensures that enough resources flow to children in the poorest and most disadvantaged school districts across the entire state. And my changes ensure that the education funding system in our state is fair and equitable to all students in Illinois.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has again rejected mileage reimbursement and per diem for the latest special session, just as he did for the previous special session. Skillicorn also said he was pleased that Governor Rauner has signed House Bill 643, a bill Skillicorn sponsored, which prevents state lawmakers from receiving a pay increase amidst the state’s long standing financial issues.

“If the Speaker and Senate President would stop playing politics and manufacturing crisis after crisis, the General Assembly wouldn’t even be in Springfield right now,” said Skillicorn. “The already overstretched taxpayers of Illinois shouldn’t be on the hook to pay for this, which is why I’ve again refused to accept mileage reimbursement and per diem. We need to stop this bickering now so families and students can be certain schools will be able to open.”

Skillicorn also noted that had the unbalanced budget passed in early July not deliberately included this poison pill for school funding, there would be no need for a second special session.

Skillicorn continued, “While it shouldn’t even be necessary, I am pleased the Governor has signed House Bill 643. The idea that lawmakers would get a pay increase when the ability of schools to open is in jeopardy is ridiculous.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) would like to alert residents of the 66th House District about a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) being set up this weekend in McHenry County to assist residents impacted by flooding.

Many agencies will be present to help residents, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army, as well as many private agencies to aid flood victims and answer any questions regarding clean-up, insurance and more. The service is free to all 66th District residents that are in need of flood assistance.