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Hustle Up the Hancock takes place on Sunday, February 25, 2018 and is Chicago’s premiere winter fitness event. Each year more than 4,000 people climb to the top of the John Hancock Center to raise funds for Respiratory Health Association’s lung disease and clean air education, research and policy change efforts.

Some climb for the individual fitness accomplishment. Others dedicate their efforts to honor or remember a loved one. More than 55% of our participants indicated they or someone they know has been touched by asthma, COPD, lung cancer or other lung diseases.
The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, “Invest in Kids,” provides a 75 percent Illinois state income tax credit to individuals and corporations that contribute money to a non-profit Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). The SGOs award scholarships to eligible students from low-income families. These scholarships allow schools across the state to provide quality educations to young students who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend the quality school of their parents choosing.

Through this program:
  • An individual or corporation will receive a 75 percent credit on donations to an SGO. For example, if a person donates $100,000, they will receive a state tax credit of $75,000. 
  • Individual donors can designate their donations to a specific SGO. 
  • The credit can be rolled over for five years. 
  • Donors are prohibited from receiving a federal tax deduction for these donations. 
  • The program is capped at $100 million in donations, resulting in $75 million in total tax credits issued. 
The Illinois Department of Revenue has approved an income tax credit for qualified real property that was damaged as a result of the flood event in July 2017. The credit is worth up to $750 for property owners in 18 Illinois counties where flood damages were sustained in July.

Qualified properties include a taxpayer’s principle residence or land owned by a small business, but not a rental or leasing business. The allowable income tax credit will be the lesser of $750 or the deduction allowed under the Internal Revenue Code for each taxpayer who owns qualified property in a county declared a state disaster area.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has been recognized by the Technology and Manufacturing Association (TMA) with a 100 percent score for his support of manufacturing in Illinois. TMA represents nearly 1,000 manufacturers and their more than 30,000 employees that make up Illinois’ critical manufacturing sector.

“I want to thank the Technology and Manufacturing Association for this recognition,” said Skillicorn. “To improve Illinois’ economy and grow jobs, we need to have a strong and thriving manufacturing sector. Between our location, resources and infrastructure network, our state has everything needed to be a manufacturing powerhouse and I will continue to make this a top priority of my work in Springfield.”
Today, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) was appointed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) to a special task force formed to address sexual harassment and discrimination. The Task Force on Sexual Discrimination and Harassment will conduct a comprehensive review of sexual misconduct problems in Illinois and provide recommendations for action in 2018.

“No person should ever have to worry about being sexually victimized and it’s upsetting that we are still dealing with so many cases of harassment in 2017,” said Skillicorn. “The fact that we still are dealing with so many cases means we need to conduct a thorough review of the causes of the problem to produce lasting change. Another feel good solution is not good enough for this problem.”
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 Wednesday, November 15. The town hall will feature an update from Skillicorn on the conclusion of the recent veto session, as well as a one-on-one meeting session prior to the main discussion. 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.

“Despite a summer and fall filled with special legislative sessions, a lot of contentious issues came up this veto session,” said Skillicorn. “This town hall is to ensure people know what did, or did not, happen during veto session, and to get ready for the new session in January, because Illinois still has too many problems that need to be fixed.”
Speaking during debate on an Illinois Resolution calling for the federal government to cut support for our military service members, State Rep. Allen Skillicorn said the Illinois Legislature should be focused on fixing its own poor finances first.