State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is hosting a “4 Town Halls in 4 Weeks” series during the month of April at various locations throughout the 66th House District. The town hall events will be held each weekend in April in West Dundee, Elgin, Huntley and Algonquin.

“There are several contentious pieces of legislation and ideas floating around Springfield right now,” said Skillicorn. “Unfortunately, far too many of them are about raising taxes. Whether it’s a progressive income tax hike or a bag tax, I want to hear what people are most concerned about and discuss what we can do about it.”
From the Illinois Department of Revenue: Low-to-moderate income families and senior citizens needing assistance filing their 2018 income taxes can receive free help through several trusted programs across the State of Illinois. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and AARP Tax-Aide programs are providing free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals in over 300 locations statewide.

"With April 15 just around the corner, it is important for Illinois taxpayers to know that filing assistance is available," said David Harris, Illinois Department of Revenue Acting Director. "Volunteers at these locations are certified by the IRS and ready to assist qualified individuals in filing their state and federal tax returns accurately and on time."

The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Tax Counseling for the Elderly programs offer free tax help for individuals making $55,000 or less, persons with disabilities, limited English speaking taxpayers and individuals 60 years of age or older.

Even though Illinoisans already face one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country, Governor Pritzker and Springfield Democrats are debating more and more ways to tax you. The latest idea is to tax you for every “checkout” bag you get while shopping at retail stores.

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State Representatives Allen Skillicorn, Darren Bailey and Chris Miller presented legislation at a press conference at the Illinois Capitol on March 7th to clamp down on double voting reported by the Illinois State Board of Elections.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) are partnering to host a bipartisan discussion about cannabis legalization legislation. The town hall event will be held at the Woodstock Opera House from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 25th.

“The prospect of cannabis legalization is a loaded topic for people on all sides of the issue,” said Skillicorn. “That’s exactly what this town hall is about. To have an open and honest discussion that welcomes all viewpoints and provide information about the proposals being discussed in Springfield.”

As Skillicorn noted, the town hall will provide information about what is being proposed in Springfield to legalize cannabis, as well as welcome discussion from residents about it. All viewpoints are welcome.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the loved ones of McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner who died in the line of duty. We owe a debt we can never repay to those who make the ultimate sacrifice to protect those whom they serve.”
From left to right: State Rep. Chris Miller, State Rep. Allen
Skillicorn and State Rep. Darren Bailey.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) is encouraging State’s Attorney’s offices across Illinois to protect voter integrity and pursue those who vote more than once in an election.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections (ISBE), in the 2016 General Election, over a thousand records were identified with potential issues. Of those, almost 20% appeared to be double voting. 60% of the double voting cases were referred to the ISBE internal legal team with 40% being referred to local law enforcement. In order to determine whether cases are pending against violators, Skillicorn’s office issued a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the names of the alleged double voters, however the FOIA was denied.

“The State Board of Elections and State’s Attorney’s must prosecute those who violate our voting laws,” said Skillicorn. “Protecting our most sacred voting rights is long overdue and I have introduced two bills to do so.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives to cut the state’s license plate requirement in half. House Bill 1623 would change the motor vehicle registration plate requirement from the current of two plates for the front and back of a vehicle to only one plate for the rear of a vehicle.

“Changing the plate requirement from two to one will save the state around $800,000,” said Skillicorn. “Considering the state’s poor financial situation, we should be looking at everything we can to cut costs and this a good option.”

House Bill 1623 would change current law by directing the Secretary of State to issue only one license plate for the majority of common vehicles such as cars, trailers, semi-trailers, and truck tractors. The single plate would be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. Motorcycles are already on this single rear plate format. The state currently spends $3.20 to produce two plates, but it would drop to $2.60 for one plate, which is where the savings to the state is realized.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed a resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives to oppose the implementation of a plastic bag tax in Illinois. As part of his recent budget address, new Governor J.B. Pritzker proposed several new taxes to increase state revenues, one of which being a 5¢ per bag excise tax on plastic bags.

“It’s really incredible that despite record numbers of people and jobs leaving Illinois every year, Pritzker proposed 11 different ways to increase taxes and fees in his budget address without any plans to cut state spending,” said Skillicorn. “Illinois can’t fix its financial problems by making a special new tax on plastic bags, or any other inconsequential item. We need to cut spending.”

The resolution filed by Skillicorn, House Resolution 156, points out that Illinoisans already face one of the highest overall tax burdens in the country. This tax burden has created an inhospitable climate to citizens and businesses alike, as well as noting public sentiment against a plastic bag tax will drive down the limited revenues the Pritzker administration hopes to get from its implementation.
Yesterday, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) joined with the entire House Republican Caucus to oppose the creation of a progressive income tax in Illinois. House Resolution 153, which was filed yesterday and is co-sponsored by the entire House Republican Caucus, states opposition to any measure that would create a graduated (i.e. progressive) income tax in Illinois.

“Make no mistake, a progressive income tax in Illinois is going to be a deceptive way to hide a tax increase on the middle class,” said Skillicorn. “Projections from within the Pritzker Administration make it obvious they will have to raise taxes on the middle class to get the revenue they claim to need. Couple that with the fact that the one piece of legislation that was filed by a House Democrat last year to set progressive tax rates was estimated to increase income taxes on 77 percent of Illinois taxpayers. That is according to a report by the non-partisan Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed a workers’ compensation reform package consisting of legislation to address this major area impeding job growth in Illinois.

“Workers’ compensation costs in Illinois are among the highest in the country and it is driving job creators of all sizes out of the state,” said Skillicorn. “A couple of weeks ago, I heard from a small business owner in my district who has been forced to move his business out of Illinois because all the costs from the state are too much. This is another 50 good paying jobs we are losing.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed House Resolution 139 to oppose the creation of a per miles driven tax in Illinois.

“It’s just astonishing how so many of the politicians in Springfield will try anything to tax us more,” said Skillicorn. “Illinois lost 45,000 people last year alone because of the multitude of taxes and fees that are forcing families and businesses to pick up and leave, but Springfield keeps trying to get more. Even though the public has already loudly voiced opposition on multiple occasions to the idea of a per mile tax, they are trying it again. We must continue to say no to this ridiculous idea.”
In reaction to Gov. Pritzker's budget address, State Rep. Allen Skillicorn says the proposal ignores constitutional requirements concerning revenue and adds to the pension crisis with another holiday on required payments.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) invites residents of the 66th District to take advantage of a free ‘Constituent Education Resource Card’ that is available through his legislative office in Crystal Lake. The resource card provides for free entry for up to four people to several of Chicagoland’s world-class museums and zoos.

Any resident of the 66th District may reserve the Constituent Education Resource Card on a first come first served basis, to visit any of the following museums in 2019:
  • Adler Planetarium
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Dusable Museum of African American History
  • The Field Museum
  • Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
  • National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • John G. Shedd Aquarium
Because only one group pass is available at a time, reservations are required. To reserve the free pass, please contact Rep. Skillicorn’s office at skillicorn@ilhousegop.org or (815) 893-4884. A reservation can be made by providing a name and address, and the date(s) the card would like to be reserved.
In reaction to the Illinois House voting to nearly double the state's minimum wage, Rep. Skillicorn pointed out the small employers outside Chicago and downstate that will be put out of business, like a small manufacturer in Huntley that has been forced to leave Illinois to stay in business.
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 14 to protect Illinois retirees from another tax increase.

Skillicorn, who filed HJRCA 14 at the end of January, expressed shock at recent news that both the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Civic Federation have called for the state to tax retirement income to solve its long-standing budget woes.

“Encouraging the state of Illinois to tax retirement income to solve its budget problems is like giving a no limit credit card to a spend-alcoholic already drowning in debt, it’s absolutely ridiculous,” said Skillicorn. “The State needs to take a major step toward cutting its out of control spending.”
This week, the Illinois Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program announced more than $28 million in grants for local park projects across the state. One of the projects that was awarded grant funds is right here in the 66th House District at Turtle Island Park in Lake in the Hills. State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) said he was glad to see the project receive the 50 percent funding match given the positive impact it will have on the community.

“We are blessed to have an abundance of beautiful parks and open space in the 66th District, but I’m especially happy to see the project at Turtle Island receive this funding,” said Skillicorn. “Through this expansion project, the park will not only become a more inviting place for families and fishing enthusiasts, but it will ensure everyone can enjoy it to the fullest with the addition of a handicapped-accessible fishing pier.”
State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) are partnering to host a free utility bill savings clinic on February 21. The clinic will feature experts to teach residents how to save money on their electric, gas and phone bills.

“Without even realizing it, many of us are being overcharged or paying for services that we don’t even need,” said Skillicorn. “At this clinic, experts from CUB will teach you how to save on your utility bills, answer questions and sit down with you to find ways to save. Be sure to bring current copies of your electric, gas and phone bills.”

The clinic will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Algonquin Area Public Library, which is located at 2600 Harnish Dr. in Algonquin. As Skillicorn noted, CUB experts will be available to sit down with residents to find ways to save on electric, gas and phone bills. Space is limited, please RSVP to Skillicorn’s office at (815) 893-4884 or skillicorn@ilhousegop.org.
If you or a loved one has diabetes and is experiencing difficultly affording the cost of insulin, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers resources for a number of programs to help. Resources are available for those with insurance and those without. Review the below tips from the ADA and then visit their website for more information.

General Tips:
  • If the cost of your medication is a barrier for you, talk to your healthcare team about your concerns, and see what options might be available to you.
  • Review your insurance plan’s drug formulary to understand coverage of your prescriptions and cost variation by tier, by pharmacy, and pharmacy type (mail order or retail). Depending on your health care plan, generic medications and biosimilar insulins may be less expensive than the original formulation.
  • If you use insulin: use of older human insulins may be a practical option for some people who use costly newer insulin analogues. In addition, insulin vials can be less costly than pens.
  • Align prescription needs: talk to your doctor to ensure that your prescription reflects your medication usage each month to avoid multiple monthly copays.
Click Here to visit the ADA website and find the assistance that fits you best. 
Following the announcement this week by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker that the state will stump-up $100 million dollars in aid to furloughed federal government workers, State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) questioned where the money would come from.

“I can sympathize with the stress that missing a paycheck can cause, but that doesn’t mean the taxpayers of Illinois can afford another hit to their paychecks either,” said Skilliorn. “Since Gov. Pritzker took office, he has already increased state employee salaries and signed other executive orders adding to our $8 billion backlog of unpaid bills. Where does he plan to get the money to pay for all this?

“He can’t just increase taxes again to pay for all of this spending. It isn’t fair to taxpayers, the vendors that the state still owes money or the businesses that are closing their doors and leaving Illinois every day.”
State Representatives Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has filed legislation in the Illinois House of Representatives to address Illinois’ pension crisis. House Bill 830 would prevent future members elected to the Illinois General Assembly from joining the drastically underfunded General Assembly Retirement System (GARS). Skillicorn himself rejected participation in the pension system when he entered the General Assembly in 2017.

“We have a pension crisis in Illinois,” said Skillicorn. “For far too long, the state has been promising lavish pensions it can’t afford at the expense of already overburdened taxpayers. The General Assembly Retirement System is by far the worst offender of the state pension systems, being funded at barely 15 percent.”

Like Skillicorn, several newly elected members of the General Assembly have rejected taxpayer funded pensions in recent years. However, at least as many have joined the pension system in recent years, further exacerbating the long-term unfunded liability obligation that will have to be made up with taxpayer dollars. The average legislative pension has increased by nearly $15,000 in the past decade due to mandatory 3% compounded annual increases.
Representative Skillicorn is co-hosting a Focus on Student Safety for National School Choice Week along with the Heartland Institute, Americans for Prosperity and the Illinois Conservative Union.

Details for this FREE event are as follows:
Today, State Representatives Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) took the oath of office for his second-term to represent the 66th District in the Illinois House of Representatives.

“I want to thank the people of the 66th District for again entrusting me to represent you in Springfield,” said Skillicorn. “Illinois government is broken, but when we the people work together we can affect change. Our recent success to defeat a massive motor fuel tax hike in the waning moments of the 100th General Assembly that appeared to be a sure thing just a month again is proof of that.

“If the Governor-Elect holds to his word to work in a bipartisan manner, then I am optimistic we can find common ground to tackle issues like non-partisan redistricting, crippling pension debt and serious property tax reform to stop the exodus of people and businesses from our state.”
Join the McHenry County Conservation District for Search for Eagles.

Representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Hackmatack Wildlife Refuge, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and McHenry County Audubon will be on hand at locations along the Fox River in Illinois and Lake Geneva in Wisconsin to help you search for eagles. There will be scopes and binoculars available for use at each location, along with guided activities for children. Visit the site closest to you or visit them all!

Saturday, January 12 from 8 a.m.–10  a.m.
Four locations:
McHenry Dam, Algonquin Dam, Carpentersville Dam, Fontana Beach

For more information, Click Here.
Today, State Representatives Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) were joined by concerned citizens and activists donning yellow jackets to speak out against the idea of Illinois becoming the state with the largest tax on motor fuel at a rally at the Illinois State Capitol.

“The worst kept secret in Springfield is a rumored massive gasoline and diesel tax hike,” said Skillicorn. “Just when gas prices are finally falling, and little more than a year after income taxes were hiked 32 percent, greedy politicians seem all too willing to take more of our hard-earned money. It’s just plain wrong.”
On Monday, January 7 at 10:45 a.m., State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) will hold a press conference in the Blue Room at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield to oppose increasing the state motor fuel tax. Following the press conference, Skillicorn will be joined by concerned citizens and activities for a rally to be held in the Capitol Rotunda at 11:30 a.m.

“The worst kept secret in Springfield is a rumored massive gasoline and diesel tax hike,” said Skillicorn. “Just when gas prices are finally falling, and little more than a year after income taxes were hiked 32 percent, greedy politicians seem all too willing to take more of our hard-earned money. It’s just plain wrong.”

Just before Christmas, Skillicorn was joined by Representative Jeanne Ives and other activists – all donning yellow jackets in solidity with similar protests in France – to speak out against the idea of Illinois becoming the state with the largest tax on motor fuel at a press conference in Chicago. On Monday, Skillicorn will address how the lock box amendment precludes the need for a motor fuel tax increase of 30 cents or more and the need for Illinois to first work with its congressional delegation regarding proposed infrastructure spending on the federal level.

Press Conference and Rally Details:
Who:        Rep. Allen Skillicorn, concerned citizens and activists
What:       Press conference and rally to oppose increase in the gas tax 
Where:     Illinois State Capitol, Springfield 
When:      10:45 a.m. – Blue Room Press Conference 
                  11:30 a.m. – Capitol Rotunda Rally