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