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.