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Crystal Lake, IL – As the right to keep and bear arms is necessary to the security of a free state and shall not be infringed, Representative Allen Skillicorn, a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, is sponsoring FREE Conceal and Carry Training. This training will be available to twelve (12) people in the 66th District on a first come, first service basis. Please email my office at skillicorn@ilhousegop.org or call 815-893-4884 and include your name, address, age and contact information--must be 21 years old to participate. Must respond no later than Friday, June 22!

Two 8 hour training sessions will take place on Saturday July 21 and 28 starting around 9:00am.  The final time and location will be communicated to the participants.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to acquire your CCW Training at no cost!

Crystal Lake, IL – Enough is enough! For Democrat members of the General Assembly to be taken seriously, they must demand that Speaker Madigan resign as another #MeToo scandal erupts. This time it is his Chief of Staff, Tim Mapes. 
A childhood game, “hot and cold,” comes to mind:

•    High profile Democratic Senator Ira Silverstein--Warm
•    Two top lieutenants in Madigan’s political organization--Warmer
•    A domestic battery allegation Speaker Madigan says he can’t recall--Hot
•    Deputy Democratic Majority Leader Lou Lang—Hotter
•    Madigan Chief of Staff, Tim Mapes—On Fire!

Just how many women overcoming their fear and stepping forward to confront the most powerful politicians in the Democratic Majority does it take, before rank and file Democrats recognize the corruption of their leadership and call for Speaker Madigan’s resignation? Will all of the female members who surrounded Leader Lang finally awaken to the stark reality that their “champions of women’s rights” have been revealed as harassers and bullies? Was their “historic” vote to ratify the long expired ERA merely symbolic for political purposes? Will they take action to end the abuse or merely ignore the pattern that has been brought to light? 

The answers will be made obvious in the coming days. Either the Democrats will clean up their house, starting at the top, or the Majority will be revealed for who they really are—champions of power at any cost, no matter how many women they have to step over to keep it. 


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Springfield, IL. – In Illinois nothing is secure. With a sleight of hand, $630 million of overspending is disguised as a “constitutionally balanced budget,” and the transportation “lock box” is picked for a $180 million transfer to Chicago, ultimately destine for the Obama edifice called a library funded on the backs of taxpayers.
Without the official constitutionally mandated revenue estimate, it is anyone’s guess as to how much overspending was just passed, however the Commission on Government Financial Accountability (COGFA) estimated revenue for the 2019 Fiscal Year at $37.87 billion. And while COGFA has been historically high in its estimate, I’ll take that as a best guess.  So taking the approved spending of $38.5 billion less the estimated revenue of $37.87 billion, using Representative Martwick’s calculator he so generously distributed to members, I get about $630 million in overspending.
According to some estimates, Illinois has not had a constitutionally balanced budget since 2001, leaving 2018 as another year where the only thing the Democratic Majority appears to be consistent at is leading the state further into the ground. Lest you think that is an exaggeration, keep in mind that the audited financial report since 2008 graphically illustrates Illinois’ demise.
The tragic part about all of this is it doesn’t have to be this way. With serious reforms Illinois could recover, but time is running out.

 Links above in order:

Wirepoints: Illinois, One Chart Shows How You're Being Lied To Again About This Budget Being 'Balanced' - Wirepoints Original
Springfield, IL – Another session draws to a close, leaving in its wake the continued devastation of Illinois families. After permanently hiking our flat income tax by 32%, the Democratic Majority passed a resolution calling for even higher taxes in the form of a progressive income tax. Day after day bills are passed penalizing businesses, manufacturing mandates and creating onerous regulations, dictated from atop the Capitol mount causing the moving vans to start their engines.

Real reform with real relief must be forthcoming before even more Illinoisans become Hoosiers, Wisconsinites, or Minnesotans. Here are just a few of the bills I have introduced to do so:

•    Illinois has some of the highest property taxes in the nation driving families out of their homes. Recently the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago proposed a 1% property tax increase to pay for the bloated unfunded pension liability estimated at upwards of $250 billion. How about solving the pension crisis with 401K-style retirement accounts for public employees (HB4060), eliminating pensions for new members of the General Assembly (HB363) and a constitutional 1% hard cap on property taxes (HJRCA45) instead.  For those that gasp at the thought, take a look at Indiana. They seem to be doing just fine.
•    There are some estimates that government spending has increased as much as 25 times faster than personal income over the last decade. Government spending needs a speed brake, HJRCA38 amends the Finance Article of the Illinois Constitution to tie spending to the growth of the Illinois economy.
•    People have a right to earn a living (HB3319) and a right to work (HB672) without being forced into associations they do not freely choose.
•    As our property values continue to experience volatility, taxing bodies raise their levies with impunity. HB824 would limit the taxing body’s ability to levy based on the valuation of our properties. HB2727 would apply the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) to all taxing districts.
•    For those who spent a lifetime saving for their retirement, it is inexcusable to now tax their income. HJRCA44 amends the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution and provides that there shall be no tax imposed by the State upon retirement income.

And finally, HB475 would implement Term Limits for the General Assembly. It is painfully obvious that no one should be able to spend over 30 years gathering power and ruling unchallenged over a state of 12 million people, as Speaker Madigan has done.

Rep. Allen Skillicorn is encouraging kids to read this summer by joining his Summer Reading Club. 

Students in kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to read over the summer. For a little extra incentive, those who complete 8 or more books will be recognized at a special ice cream party just for them. 

For more information, call the district office at (815) 893-4884 or download the brochure.

Springfield, IL - Fresh off reports of a recent proposal by three economists of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago recommending a 1% property tax levy on the actual value of all Illinois homes to pay for state pensions, I am introducing House Resolution 1091 (HR1091) calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve System.


Enough is enough! Despite having some of the highest property taxes in the nation, the Chicago Fed has the audacity to recommend a massive property tax hike to pay for Illinois’ unsustainable pensions on the backs of middle class taxpayers who are already taxed enough.



I am calling on my colleagues to co-sponsor HR1091 in support of U. S. Congressional H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017.



Currently the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is prohibited by law from auditing four areas of the Federal Reserve:



•    Transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or no private international financing organization;


•    Deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations;


•    Transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or


•    A part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System.



The “Audit the Fed” bill would remove these four exemptions and is supported by nearly 75 percent of the American people.



The economic trio of the Chicago Fed offer three options as their only solution—increase sales taxes, income taxes or property taxes.  How about three of my own: restructure government spending; amend the Illinois Constitution to end the pension protection scheme; or have government employees contribute more to their retirement–no economics degree required.



It is beyond ironic that as a part of the Federal Reserve—a major contributor to the circumstances that caused the Great Recession by keeping interest rates too low for too long, along with crushing those on fixed incomes and savers with Zero Interest Rate Policy for a decade--the Chicago Fed looks to Illinois homeowners to once again bail out reckless government spending. Time to Audit the Fed!