Did you miss Rep. Skillicorn's seminar on why Illinois has some of the highest property taxes in the nation and how to appeal your assessment? Watch the whole presentation, including the Q&A with Warren L. Dixon and Rep. Skillicorn, here.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is hosting a second property tax seminar for residents of the 66th House District about how property taxes are determined and why they are so high in Illinois. The event will be held on October 5 at Algonquin Village Hall.

The seminar will feature Naperville Township Assessor, Warren L. Dixon, III, CIAO. Dixon is an expert on Illinois property taxes and the disparate factors and rules throughout the state that lead some communities to have a much heavier property tax burden than others.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is donning his fire proof race gear and strapping into a racecar to once again raise awareness about pet rescue and adoption. Earlier this year, Skillicorn drove the Rescue Pet Motorsports (RPM) Honda CRX at the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Majors road race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway to qualify for the National Championships. Rescue Pet Motorsports is an organization dedicated to spreading the word about pet rescue and adoption.

“As dog owners and volunteers for our local animal shelter, pet rescue and adoption is particularly important to me and my wife,” said Skillicorn. “Every year, approximately 6.5 million pets enter shelters in the U.S., but only about half will be adopted by a loving family. With so many animals in need of loving homes, anything we can do to help raise awareness is necessary.”
Equifax, an Atlanta based credit-rating agency, suffered a security breach on July 29th that exposed sensitive information of millions of Americans. Such information included social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card numbers, birthdays, and addresses. It has been determined that 5.4 million Illinois residents have been affected by the breach.

The company has set up a website where you can find more information regarding the breach at www.equifaxsecurity2017.com.
Please join State Representative Allen Skillicorn and Naperville Township Assessor, Warren L. Dixon, III, CIAO for a presentation about the process for determining your property taxes and why property taxes are so high in Illinois.
If your home, business or other property suffered damage from the July storm which led to flooding along the Fox River, its tributaries, and other low-lying areas, you may be eligible for disaster reassessment.

To apply, complete the Disaster Area Application for Reassessment (Form PTAX-245) and send it into the respective assessment offices in McHenry and Kane county. The form can be found at:

Kane-Dundee Township
Kane County Assessment Office
719 South Batavia Avenue, Building C
Geneva, Illinois 60134-3000
PTAX-245 Form: Click Here.
Note: Kane County Assessor's Office address prefilled in online form
Speaking on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives,  State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says Senate Bill 1 is simply a CPS pension bailout and the definition of unfair to all other school districts.
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.
Beginning September 1, 2017, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will no longer accept paper applications for specific professions that have already been migrated to the Online Services Portal.

CRYSTAL LAKE - In response to historic flooding along the Fox and Des Plaines Rivers, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is letting residents know that his office is ready and willing to be a much needed resource for those impacted. The 66th House District includes areas in both McHenry and Kane counties along the Fox River.

“I want to encourage any residents impacted by these historic flood waters to reach out to me if I can be of assistance in any way,” said Skillicorn. “Things can be replaced, but the most important thing is that people remain smart and stay safe.”

The Governor issued a disaster proclamation on Friday for the effected counties to ensure the state can provide whatever assistance is needed now through sandbags, pumps and other means and in later recovery efforts through property tax breaks and other means. Illinois Emergency Management Agency has activated the State Emergency Operations Center to coordinate any requests for assistance from flood-impacted communities. Individual residents are encouraged to contact Rep. Skillicorn’s Springfield office at (217) 782-0432.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Property Tax Seminar. We had a wonderful response and a good interaction. I especially want to thank Elgin City Council Member, Toby Shaw; Dundee Township Assessor (Kane County) , Michael Bielak; and Chief Assessment Officer of McHenry County, Robert Ross for sharing their expertise.

Please use the links below to view the presentations that were made.

Skillicorn-Property Tax Event

How to Appeal Your Assessment-Kane County

How to File an Appeal-McHenry County
Please join State Rep. Allen Skillicorn and Elgin City Council Member Toby Shaw, along with McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Robert Ross and Dundee Township (Kane County) Assessor Michael Bielak to learn about the process for determining your property taxes and how to appeal if you are being over-assessed.
Following votes to override Gov. Rauner’s vetoes of a tax hike and unsustainable budget, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) called it a “junk budget.” 

“Overriding the Governor’s vetoes today only stands to make problems worse for Illinoisans,” said Skillicorn. “Moody’s has indicated this tax increase and budget do not adequately address Illinois’ financial problems, meaning this is a ‘junk budget.’ Nothing is being done to address our $15 billion in unpaid bills or deal with the more than $100 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. All that is accomplished by overriding the vetoes is to ensure that more families will be driven from their homes and our financial problems will grow even worse as our economic growth slows even more.”
Speaking on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) called the budget passed by overriding the Governor's veto a "junk budget" that will do more harm to Illinoisans.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says the massive tax hike and last minute budget rammed through the Illinois General Assembly and vetoed by Governor Rauner is far from compromise. When the vote was taken in the House of Sunday, Skillicorn said that dropping 1,200 pages of legislation on the floor and voting within a few hours is not working together to fix Illinois’ problems.

“To fix Illinois we need to work together, which is why so many of us chose to wear purple, a symbol of red and blue coming together,” said Skillicorn. “However, in the matter of a few hours on Sunday, more than 1,200 pages of new legislation were dropped on the House floor and votes were taken. These bills included a massive hike and a budget that did nothing to reform Illinois’ broken system. The Governor rightly vetoed these bills because they utterly failed to represent compromise and put Illinois on a path forward. They were far from being purple.”
Veto Message for SB 9
To the Honorable Members of

The Illinois Senate,

100th General Assembly:

Today I veto Senate Bill 9 from the 100th General Assembly, which is part of Speaker Michael Madigan’s 32% permanent income tax increase forced upon the hard working people of Illinois.

The package of legislation fails to address Illinois’ fiscal and economic crisis – and in fact, makes it worse in the long run. It does not balance the budget. It does not make nearly sufficient spending reductions, does not pay down our debt, and holds schools hostage to force a Chicago bailout.
Speaking on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says dropping 1,200 pages of legislation and voting within a few hours is not working together.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says the massive tax hike and last minute budget rammed through the Illinois of House Representatives today fails the citizens of Illinois.

“Only a few days ago, Speaker Madigan and House Democrats said they were ready to negotiate and pass a budget that reformed Illinois’ broken system, but it’s clear that was merely a distraction,” said Skillicorn. “Passing a massive tax hike and doing nothing to change the states’ structural problems is going to drive more people and businesses out of Illinois. Worst of all, passing this tax hike and ramming this budget through the House shows Speaker Madigan is more interested in keeping lobbyists and special interests happy, even at the expense of this state’s people. The people of Illinois deserve far better.”
Speaking on the floor of the Illinois House of Representatives, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) calls on House colleagues to vote with the people of Illinois, not special interests, and vote no on an income tax increase.
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 Monday, June 26. The town hall will feature information about Skillicorn’s “Right Now” balanced budget proposal with no tax hikes he filed due to a lack of action on the budget by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). 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. 

“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. “We spent five months in session and Speaker Madigan refused to even call a budget vote, despite several available proposals. Join me to learn about my “Right Now” balanced budget with no tax hikes and how we can move Illinois forward.” 

The June 26 town hall will give residents an opportunity to speak directly with Skillicorn about the budget, what is happening in Springfield during Special Session and other issues facing the 66th District. 
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday that the unemployment rate declined -0.1 percentage points to 4.6 percent in May and nonfarm payrolls increased by +2,400 jobs over-the-month, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES. April job growth was revised little to show a decrease of -7,300 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of -7,200 jobs. 

May’s modest monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average. Payroll growth has been sluggish thus far this year.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says the lavish severance package announced for outgoing Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker is ridiculous. At the end of May, an Inspector General investigation found that Baker’s administration made illegal hires for failing to bid out contracts, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“We are in the midst of a state budget crisis, with higher education funding a critical aspect of the crisis,” said Skillicorn. “But instead of relieving Baker for cause, NIU has given him a huge severance package worth more than $600,000. How can we have an honest conversation about funding higher education and providing critical funding for MAP Grants, and other similar programs, when the boards we entrust to administer the finances at our education institutions make ridiculous decisions like this?”
Responding to Governor Rauner calling a special session of the General Assembly, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has said it is time for House Speaker Madigan to recognize he must make a deal with Republicans.

“We now have several budget proposals, including my ‘Right Now’ budget proposal that puts taxpayers first without any tax increases. Meanwhile, the Speaker has failed to offer a budget proposal for the past six months,” said Skillicorn. “Now that the May 31st deadline has passed, he must have Republican votes to pass a budget. It seems to me he should come back to the table for this special session and recognize that Illinoisans do not want and cannot afford another massive tax hike. We should take it off the table and finally pass the balanced budget with reforms that we need right now.”
Chicago Beyond is looking to support organization’s with ideas/approaches that help youth succeed. They are now accepting applications nationwide for the second annual Go Innovate Challenge. The Go Innovate Challenge is a competition designed to identify and support transformative, innovative programs, ideas and approaches that have the potential to dramatically impact life outcomes for young people. To participate, interested organizations simply need to submit a 90-second video that describes the program, idea, or approach.

Formed in 2016, Chicago Beyond is a venture philanthropy fund that was created to transform the lives of marginalized young people through two critical issues – safety and educational attainment. The Go Innovate Challenge is part of Chicago Beyond’s effort to build a diverse portfolio of great ideas and partners – from established organizations with proven results to the newest and most innovative early-stage programs and organizations.
One day after House and Senate Leaders unveiled a compromise balanced budget plan to end the budget impasse, Governor Bruce Rauner called lawmakers back to Springfield for a 10-day special session from Wednesday, June 21st through the June 30th fiscal year deadline. 

"Republicans in the General Assembly have laid out a compromise budget plan that I can sign," Governor Rauner said in a video announcing special session. "It provides a true path to property tax reduction and it reforms the way our state operates to reduce wasteful spending. It will fund our schools and human services, while spurring economic growth and job creation. It is a true compromise - and one I hope the majority in the General Assembly will accept." 
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (66th District) discusses frustration over the budget. There needs to be a property tax freeze, changes in school funding, and more cuts and reforms. The state is spending more than we take in.
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), Senate Republican Caucus Whip Karen McConnaughay (R-St. Charles), Assistant Senate Republican Leader Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington), Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), Deputy House Republican Leader Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) and House Republican Conference Chairperson Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) have introduced a package of bills to end the budget impasse. The bills represent a compromise balanced budget and reforms that address the priorities of both parties, and urged the General Assembly to return to Springfield to vote on this proposal. 
Please join State Rep. Allen Skillicorn and Elgin City Council Member Toby Shaw, along with McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Robert Ross and Dundee Township (Kane County) Assessor Michael Bielak to learn about the process for determining your property taxes and how to appeal if you are being over-assessed.
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 Monday, June 26. The town hall will feature information about Skillicorn’s “Right Now” balanced budget proposal with no tax hikes he filed due to a lack of action on the budget by House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). 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.
Please join State Rep. Allen Skillicorn and Elgin City Council Member Toby Shaw, along with McHenry County Chief Assessment Officer Robert Ross and Dundee Township (Kane County) Assessor Michael Bielak to learn about the process for determining your property taxes and how to appeal if you are being over-assessed.
Reacting to the failure of House Speaker Madigan to call for a vote on a budget, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) said it represents Chicago politics at its worst.

“Wednesday was the last day of the spring legislative session, but by mid-day we already knew that Speaker Madigan had no interest in even calling a vote on a budget, let alone a balanced budget, even though many proposals have been offered, including my own,” said Skillicorn. “There can no longer be any doubt, Speaker Madigan is more than happy to let Illinois crumble to keep his power than to work with Republicans and the Governor to do what is right for the state. Meanwhile, taxpayers and our most vulnerable suffer. This is Chicago politics at its worst.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn holds a press conference at the Capitol on the budget gridlock in Springfield and his Right Now Budget proposal.
Suburban Freshman Representative, Allen Skillicorn, is flabbergasted that the Illinois House has not yet voted on a budget.

“We’ve been in session for five months and haven’t voted on a budget yet. The Constitutional deadline is Wednesday at midnight. Why didn’t we debate and vote on this in February? This has been a historic impasse for the past 23 months and an ongoing problem for over 16 years,” said State Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-Dundee). “I’ve grown impatient of the majority party to craft a balanced budget, so I have taken it upon myself to do so. Today I am proposing a balanced budget with significant reforms and no tax hike.”

NBC Chicago’s Ward-Room reports Illinois House Democrats do not have enough votes to pass a tax increase on their own and House Republicans remain united against a tax hike without substantial reforms. Sunday on the House Floor a Democratic state representative even went so far as to refer to the Senate's $5.4 billion plan as a “massive tax hike.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) welcomed Colin Smith of Hoffman Estates to Springfield this week. Colin, a 5th Grader at St. Hubert Catholic School in Hoffman Estates, joined Skillicorn as his House Page for a day. As a Page, Colin served as an aide to Skillicorn and members of the Illinois House of Representatives on the House floor.
Rep. Skillicorn tastes some of the raw milk produced at
All Grass Farms in Dundee.
Did you miss the special event on our local environment Saturday, May 20 at the Randall Oaks Recreation Center? See the presentations here.

The first presentation of the event will featured, “Bees at Home and on the Prairie,” presented by Terry Miesle. Terry has been monitoring bees and other insects at Fermilab Natural Areas for four years, and in East Dundee for over ten. He is part of the Native Bee Awareness Initiative, which raises awareness of our local native bees.

The second presentation, “Sustainable Food and Raw Milk,” was be presented by Cliff McConville. Cliff is the founder of local organic All Grass Farms and has been organically farming in the area since 1998.
In an effort to move the state budget process forward, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has joined 39 House colleagues in sending a letter to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The letter calls on Attorney General Madigan to use the power of her office to compel the Illinois General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate prior to the filing and passage of any spending bills to prevent further damage to the state’s finances and the many social service providers who serve the state’s most vulnerable.

In the letter, Skillicorn and his co-signers cite several prior court rulings and instances which set precedent for the Attorney General to intervene to ensure the Illinois Constitution is upheld. Both the Constitution and state law require the General Assembly to adopt a revenue estimate on which to base a balanced budget for the forthcoming fiscal year, an action which has not occurred in either of the past two years and hasn’t yet occurred for the coming fiscal year.
Earlier this month, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) donned his fire proof race gear and strapped into a racecar to raise awareness about pet rescue and adoption. Skillicorn drove the Pet Rescue Motorsports Honda CRX at the recent Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Majors road race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. Pet Rescue Motorsports is an organization dedicated to spreading the word about pet rescue and adoption.

“Pet rescue and adoption is of particular importance to my wife and I as volunteers for our local animal shelter,” said Skillicorn. “It is estimated that 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters annually in the U.S., but only half are adopted by a loving family. With so many animals in need of loving homes, anything we can do to help raise awareness is worthwhile.”
Governor Bruce Rauner announced today that Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin have filed legislation that will direct all future property tax receipts from the redevelopment of the James R. Thompson Center (JRTC) to Chicago Public Schools. The bill numbers are SB 2209 and HB 4044

"The JRTC is sucking up valuable space, time, and money," Governor Rauner said. "No one likes working here. It's expensive to maintain and it's a drain on taxpayer resources. The legislation introduced today gives us yet another reason to move swiftly in selling this building. Every day of delay just postpones Chicago's ability to earn millions in property taxes."
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is hosting a special event on our local environment Saturday, May 20 at the Randall Oaks Recreation Center in West Dundee from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
An Illinois based not-for-profit, the Computer Banc, is an organization that takes donated computers and refurbishes them for low income families, schools, veterans and others in need of digital technology. In the past year, the Computer Banc started a program to work with the State of Illinois to take surplus government computers, refurbish them and sell them to schools at drastically reduced cost for use in the classroom. The pilot program recently provided three central Illinois schools with 140 computers. The state is now working with Computer Banc to provide state and federal surplus computers to expand the program. 

For the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, the program is expanding to provide 2,000 computers to schools across the state for only $85 per computer:
  • 2,000 computers at $85 each are available for August 1 delivery. Additional computers will be available on a monthly basis on the first of each subsequent month. Each computer comes with a 1-year warranty. 
  • The computers come preloaded with Google Chrome, Testnav functionality for required assessments, as well as offline curriculum featuring over 1,500 eBooks, Illinois State Museum modules and early learning educational games. 
  • For additional information, visit www.ComputerBanc.org, or contact Executive Director David Fowler at (217) 528-9506 or director@computerbanc.org.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced this week that six firms have responded to their request for information on who would be interested in developing an airfield in southeastern Will County. The initiative, which was not a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) process, was explained as a way for IDOT to gauge continuing interest in the project. Since 2001, the State of Illinois has acquired more than 4,454 acres of land northeast of Peotone, Illinois. Most, but not all, of the land needed to build a modern airport has been acquired at a cost of $95 million. 

While development proponents have long dreamed of reducing Illinois’ air traffic congestion through the construction of a third Chicago-area airport, hopes have faded somewhat during the sixteen years that the “Peotone airport” has been under development. The airline industry has sharply reduced its positive attitudes toward new U.S. airport development. Major passenger carriers operating in Illinois have moved their focuses toward more efficient usages of existing runways and gates at Chicago’s Midway and O’Hare International Airports. 

The “fun state” gauge used aggregated data on the availability of options for entertainment, nightlife, restaurants, and other leisure-time activities, adjusted for population. Tourism-oriented states such as Nevada (ranked #1 of 50) and New York (#5 of 50) tended to do well. Illinois outdid all of the states that border it, with the nearest nearby rival, Wisconsin, scoring 21st. The Prairie State’s overall 16th slot was an aggregate of its score on “entertainment and recreation” (10th of 50) and its score on nightlife (24th of 50). By contrast, Indiana scored 47th in entertainment and recreation, and 45th overall. Numbers were released on Tuesday, May 2.
Last week, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) joined with colleagues in the Illinois House of Representatives to pass legislation to reform tax increment financing districts, better known as TIF’s. In addition passing House Bill 3720, which reforms the way surplus TIF funds can be used, Skillicorn is also working on legislation to improve TIF transparency and reform the way TIF’s are used to entice businesses.

“The original purpose of these TIF districts was to help rebuild blighted properties and provide economic stimulus,” said Skillicorn. “Unfortunately, in many cases TIF districts have become a misused form of underperforming corporate welfare that ultimately adds more and more costs to taxpayers.”
The new program aims to create home-visiting opportunities for newborn babies and their families. The first support visits implemented by the pilot program will be carried out by the Stephenson County Health Department, which is based on the northwestern Illinois city of Freeport. 

Home visits are a way to help children remain healthy and thrive by providing personal contacts between a mother and a trained professional who can answer questions. The program, which is being coordinated by the Illinois Home Visiting Task Force and by FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, will be implemented by community nurses. Visitation times will be as soon after birth as possible, to enable these questions to be rapidly asked and answered. Illinois Family Connects also plans to create wellness checks for the baby and family, and to put the family in touch with any supportive resources that may be helpful.
The analysis, by the nonpartisan Civic Federation’s Institute for Fiscal Sustainability, contained severe criticism of HB 109. The emergency appropriations bill, pushed through the House earlier this spring session on a partisan roll call, was touted by its sponsors as a “lifeline” to stretched providers of human services. The bill was supposed to substitute for a full-year, constitutionally balanced budget. Analysts for the Civic Federation, however, discovered that the Democrats’ bill would provide only 27.1 cents on the dollar for the human-services funding shortfall based on FY16 spending numbers. 

The majority party’s “lifeline” plan has been proclaimed as providing rescue money to Illinois institutions of higher education. The Institute’s analysts, after running the numbers, stated that the plan would provide only 56.2 cents of the dollars previously allocated by higher education and not paid in FY16. House Republicans opposed the so-called “lifeline” plan as being both ludicrously inadequate to meet its proclaimed purposes and a distraction from the hard work of generating progress toward government reform and a constitutional balanced budget.
Despite K-12 education funding being spared much of the turmoil caused by the lack of a full-year, balanced state budget, many school districts have been feeling the crunch due to state mandated categorical payments not being paid. These categorical payments, which help fund things like transportation and special education, have yet to be paid to school districts by the Comptroller because of the state’s ever growing backlog of bills. State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) says this is one more reason it is essential to stop playing games with another stopgap in Springfield and pass a comprehensive, full-year balanced budget as soon as possible.

“Illinois has been without a complete budget for nearly two years now, and gone even longer without a balanced budget that actually matches spending to projected revenues,” said Skillicorn. “Every day this continues, our schools face growing uncertainty as their backlog of unpaid state vouchers grow. This is unacceptable and ultimately leads to more pressure being placed on local taxpayers.”
In response to a late move to pass another stopgap in lieu of passing a comprehensive balanced budget, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) called it another political maneuver by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

“Today, Speaker Madigan passed a pork filled stopgap that cannot even be considered by the Senate until April 26th,” said Skillicorn. “The Illinois Senate has already adjourned and begun their spring break, meaning this pork-gap will sit in limbo for three more weeks. Higher education and social services need urgent, real solutions, not more of Speaker Madigan's political maneuvers. I urge the Speaker to work with both Republicans and Democrats to pass a comprehensive balanced budget immediately.”
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
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."