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.
From the Northwest Herald: A local state representative will make an effort to carry a state budget plan developed by a conservative free-market group.

Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee, will join Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, in filing a House bill to carry the budget plan floated by the Illinois Policy Institute. The institute unveiled the plan Tuesday, which they say would balance the state budget and right its finances through cuts and reforms with no need for a tax increase.

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