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In response to the recent court ruling authorizing the prioritization of state legislators’ pay over other outstanding obligations, State Representatives Mark Batinick (R-Plainfield) and Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) filed legislation today, House Bill 4026, to give the Comptroller greater discretion when issuing salary payments for members of the General Assembly. Batinick said this would allow the Comptroller to prioritize Illinois’ other fiscal obligations over legislators’ and Executive Branch officers’ pay. The bill follows the introduction of similar legislation filed in the State Senate by Senator Dan McConchie, SB 989.

“There is no reason why we as legislators should be prioritized over the hundreds of vendors, social service providers and agencies who have been waiting months for payment from the state,” said Rep. Batinick. “This bill seeks to right that wrong by allowing the Comptroller to place the interests of vulnerable children, seniors and families ahead of legislators.”

"Yesterday's ruling showed a major flaw in Illinois law," said Rep. Skillicorn, Chief Co-Sponsor of the legislation. "We need to amend the law immediately to put taxpayers and social services before legislators who refuse to pass a budget with any cuts. The fact is, if the political will to make tough choices existed, we could pass a constitutionally required balanced budget in a few days."
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 Saturday, April 8. The event will be held at his district office located at 1500 Carlemont Dr., Suite D in Crystal Lake from 11 a.m. to noon.

“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. “While the budget is the number one issue, there are many other things we need to address to bring about the transformative reform our state needs. Hearing directly from constituents is the best way to ensure the legislation I support, or oppose, in Springfield will lead to reforms that help our district and our state.”

The town hall on April 8 will give residents an opportunity to speak directly with Skillicorn about what is happening in Springfield and the 66th District.

WHAT:
Town Hall Meeting 

WHEN
Saturday, April 8
11 a.m. to Noon

WHERE
Rep. Skillicorn’s District Office
1500 Carlemont Dr. 
Suite D 
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is sponsoring legislation in the House of Representatives to end the use of a loophole that allows school districts to levy taxes beyond the tax cap. House Bill 773 prevents school districts from levying higher property taxes in a particular fund and then transfer the additional tax revenue to a tax capped fund.

“The Tax Foundation just reported that Illinois has the third highest property taxes in the nation,” said Skillicorn. “In 2015 alone, the Illinois Department of Revenue reported that property owners paid over $28 billion in taxes on property. It is because of loopholes that allow taxing bodies to side-step tax caps by transferring between funds that we have communities that are paying five or six times the national average in property taxes. We have to stop this because property taxes are driving people out of Illinois every day.”
In an effort to make state government and the legislative process more accessible to Illinois residents, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is providing a link to translate the Illinois General Assembly website, www.ilga.gov, into various different languages.

The Illinois General Assembly website contains legislator profiles, full text of all legislation introduced in the House of Representatives and State Senate, live audio and video feeds of legislative session and committee hearings; and a wide variety of other legislative information and support services.

Please click any of the links below to translate the Illinois General Assembly website into your preferred language:

Spanish         Español
Arabic          عربي               
Hindi           हिन्दी      
Chinese (Simplified) 中文简体               
Chinese (Traditional) 中文繁體                
Japanese        日本語 
Korean          한국어             
Russian         Русский 
French          Français    
German        Deutsch             
Italian            Italiano           
Polish             Polski        
Greek             Ελληνικά            
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is sponsoring a series of bills in the Illinois House of Representatives to cut costs and save taxpayer dollars. House Bill 3790 rejects the automatic pay raise for state elected officials, House Bill 363 prevents new General Assembly members from receiving taxpayer funded pensions, and House Bill 362 prevents local elected officials from also receiving taxpayer funded pensions.

“Illinois’ state officials are some of the highest paid in the nation, but the state can’t even pay its bills. At a time when taxpayers are leaving Illinois in mass numbers, allowing a pay increase for elected officials is ridiculous,” said Skillicorn. “Illinois needs bold transformative reforms that cut spending, lower taxes and bring back businesses and jobs, not more pay and lavish pensions for elected officials."
In his response to Governor Bruce Rauner’s budget address, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) made light of how normal people make cuts in daily life that Illinois government needs to learn from.

“For years, Illinois has spent more than it has taken in and has raised taxes or used gimmicks to try and make it work,” said Skillicorn. “It hasn’t worked, and like the constituents I hear from every day say, we must stop taxing our working families, our seniors and our businesses out of the state. It’s time to make cuts, there is no other way.”

Skillicorn continued, “I agree with the Governor, to solve our financial problems, we need to grow our economy by making it easier for businesses to come to Illinois and create jobs. To do that, we need to cut spending and reduce taxes. Now is the time for transformative policies.”

Skillicorn offered a light hearted comparison about Illinois’ need to cut spending by likening it to weight loss, “Let’s think about Illinois’ budget like going on a diet. Think of cutting calories, carbs and fat from your diet like cutting spending, taxes and burdensome regulations. Then think of adding exercise like the people and businesses that come to the state when it is more inviting. Starting the diet and exercise is very hard at first, but becomes easier and improves your health when you stick to it.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed legislation to ensure that local governments in Illinois, including Chicago, cannot prevent law enforcement from following federal immigration law. Skillicorn’s bill, House Bill 2942, is a direct response to legislation offered in the House, House Bill 426, which directs certain facilities not to comply with law enforcement investigations related to illegal immigration.

“Trying to pass a law that tells our towns and cities to deliberately ignore federal law is baffling,” said Skillicorn. “We should be focused on passing a balanced budget and stopping the advance of crippling property taxes, not wasting time on efforts that violate federal law and diminish the responsibilities of our law enforcement that keep us safe.”

Under House Bill 426, being pushed by officials from Chicago, schools, medical facilities and places of worships would be permitted to obstruct law enforcement investigations into violations of federal immigration law. This failure to enforce federal law could cost Illinois taxpayers billions of dollars in the form of lost federal funds.