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.