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Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) gave a shout out Tuesday on the House floor to all Hustle Up the Hancock participants.
Skillicorn used his point of personal privilege to acknowledge fellow representatives who attended the annual winter fitness fundraiser Feb. 25 at the John Hancock Center in Chicago, which has been held for 21 years and raised more than $16 million for lung disease treatment and research.
“Sunday was the Hustle Up the Hancock and I heard a couple other legislators joined us that do the stairs,” Skillicorn said, pointing to Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview). Skillicorn also mentioned other lawmakers including Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch (D-Hillside) and Rep. Kelly Burke (D- Oak Lawn) and said, "If I forgot someone, please feel free to shout and let us know.”
Skillicorn said the “good cause” that brought together the legislators regardless of political party promotes a positive atmosphere.
“I also want to point out that many state employees and state aides did the similar event here at the Wyndham and say that people who sweat together can work together,” Skillicorn said.
Join the Kane County Farm Bureau for their 13th annual Touch-A-Tractor event. This family friendly event will feature new and antique tractors and farm equipment, as well as raffles and activities for all ages.


April 6th-8th
Friday, 12pm-4pm
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Sunday, 10am-3pm

Kane County Farm Buraeu
2N710 Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tomorrow at noon, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will deliver his annual Budget Address. The address will provide a blueprint to the General Assembly of how the Governor would like to see the state appropriate taxpayer dollars. 

You can watch it live online, Click Here.
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Tax ID Theft Warning Signs
The IRS estimates that recent crackdowns in 2016 on ID theft scams stopped more than 785,000 fraudulent returns, but that $239 million in “suspect” refunds were paid out. Tax ID theft is still very prevalent and some warning signs to look for if you think you may be a victim are:
  • Your electronically filed tax return is rejected because a return with your SSN already has been filed. 
  • Receiving a letter from the IRS asking for confirmation on submission of a tax return being held for review. 
  • Being informed by the IRS that that records of wages were received from an employer that you did not work for. 

Today at noon, Governor Rauner will deliver his State of the State Address.

You can watch it live online, Click Here.