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.