Springfield, IL – Another session draws to a close, leaving in its wake the continued devastation of Illinois families. After permanently hiking our flat income tax by 32%, the Democratic Majority passed a resolution calling for even higher taxes in the form of a progressive income tax. Day after day bills are passed penalizing businesses, manufacturing mandates and creating onerous regulations, dictated from atop the Capitol mount causing the moving vans to start their engines.

Real reform with real relief must be forthcoming before even more Illinoisans become Hoosiers, Wisconsinites, or Minnesotans. Here are just a few of the bills I have introduced to do so:

•    Illinois has some of the highest property taxes in the nation driving families out of their homes. Recently the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago proposed a 1% property tax increase to pay for the bloated unfunded pension liability estimated at upwards of $250 billion. How about solving the pension crisis with 401K-style retirement accounts for public employees (HB4060), eliminating pensions for new members of the General Assembly (HB363) and a constitutional 1% hard cap on property taxes (HJRCA45) instead.  For those that gasp at the thought, take a look at Indiana. They seem to be doing just fine.
•    There are some estimates that government spending has increased as much as 25 times faster than personal income over the last decade. Government spending needs a speed brake, HJRCA38 amends the Finance Article of the Illinois Constitution to tie spending to the growth of the Illinois economy.
•    People have a right to earn a living (HB3319) and a right to work (HB672) without being forced into associations they do not freely choose.
•    As our property values continue to experience volatility, taxing bodies raise their levies with impunity. HB824 would limit the taxing body’s ability to levy based on the valuation of our properties. HB2727 would apply the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL) to all taxing districts.
•    For those who spent a lifetime saving for their retirement, it is inexcusable to now tax their income. HJRCA44 amends the Revenue Article of the Illinois Constitution and provides that there shall be no tax imposed by the State upon retirement income.

And finally, HB475 would implement Term Limits for the General Assembly. It is painfully obvious that no one should be able to spend over 30 years gathering power and ruling unchallenged over a state of 12 million people, as Speaker Madigan has done.

Rep. Allen Skillicorn is encouraging kids to read this summer by joining his Summer Reading Club. 

Students in kindergarten through 5th grade are encouraged to read over the summer. For a little extra incentive, those who complete 8 or more books will be recognized at a special ice cream party just for them. 

For more information, call the district office at (815) 893-4884 or download the brochure.

Springfield, IL - Fresh off reports of a recent proposal by three economists of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago recommending a 1% property tax levy on the actual value of all Illinois homes to pay for state pensions, I am introducing House Resolution 1091 (HR1091) calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve System.


Enough is enough! Despite having some of the highest property taxes in the nation, the Chicago Fed has the audacity to recommend a massive property tax hike to pay for Illinois’ unsustainable pensions on the backs of middle class taxpayers who are already taxed enough.



I am calling on my colleagues to co-sponsor HR1091 in support of U. S. Congressional H.R. 24, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2017.



Currently the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) is prohibited by law from auditing four areas of the Federal Reserve:



•    Transactions for or with a foreign central bank, government of a foreign country, or no private international financing organization;


•    Deliberations, decisions, or actions on monetary policy matters, including discount window operations, reserves of member banks, securities credit, interest on deposits, and open market operations;


•    Transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee; or


•    A part of a discussion or communication among or between members of the Board and officers and employees of the Federal Reserve System.



The “Audit the Fed” bill would remove these four exemptions and is supported by nearly 75 percent of the American people.



The economic trio of the Chicago Fed offer three options as their only solution—increase sales taxes, income taxes or property taxes.  How about three of my own: restructure government spending; amend the Illinois Constitution to end the pension protection scheme; or have government employees contribute more to their retirement–no economics degree required.



It is beyond ironic that as a part of the Federal Reserve—a major contributor to the circumstances that caused the Great Recession by keeping interest rates too low for too long, along with crushing those on fixed incomes and savers with Zero Interest Rate Policy for a decade--the Chicago Fed looks to Illinois homeowners to once again bail out reckless government spending. Time to Audit the Fed!