Through the use of Home Rule powers, East Dundee’s finances have gotten out of control. Over the past decade, spending and debt have both grown exponentially. Total East Dundee spending in 2007 was $3,961,411 and in 2017, it reached $12,187,614. That’s a 300% increase in expenditures while inflation only grew 18%. Likewise, village debt has reached a whopping $33 Million. Considering population has remained essentially stagnant, this is a gross misuse of hard-earned taxpayer dollars. What follows are my recommendations to set East Dundee’s finances back on track.
By Carol Ostrow
Allen Skillicorn, the candidate for state representative in House District 66, spoke out recently regarding the urgency of creating a balanced budget, citing Illinois’ own laws as the bottom line.
from Reboot Illinois
When reporter Kurt Erickson began covering the Illinois Statehouse, Jim Edgar was governor, George Ryan was secretary of state, Rod Blagojevich was a little-known state representative and a civil rights attorney from Chicago named Barack Obama was about to win election to his first term in the Illinois Senate.
In nearly two decades of covering Illinois government and politics for Lee Enterprises newspapers, Erickson saw a transition from an atmosphere of deal-making amid a healthy state economy to the current state of budget gridlock and partisan bickering as leaders argue over the cause of the economic malaise that’s gripped Illinois since the Great Recession. He has covered five governors, including two who would go to prison on corruption charges.
House Speaker Michael Madigan has worked all year to show Gov. Bruce Rauner that he’s still the most powerful person in Springfield, but that wasn’t the scene when Erickson arrived at the Statehouse. Continue reading
East Dundee, IL – Allen Skillicorn, Republican candidate for State Representative seeking Rep. Mike Tryon’s open-seat, challenges statements by Speaker Michael Madigan. During a public meeting arranged by local good government groups to facilitate budget negotiations, Madigan criticized Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposals as unbalanced and extreme.
“I have to point out that Speaker Madigan calling Governor Rauner ‘extreme’ for just a few modest reforms, is, in itself extreme.” Skillicorn continued, ”Speaker Madigan has been Speaker of the House for thirty years now… No one else owns Illinois debt like Speaker Madigan… He controls a veto proof majority. He could override the Governor and pass a budget today, yet he doesn’t.” Continue reading
Full uncut footage of Allen Skillicorn’s announcement and campaign kickoff Bandito Barney’s in East Dundee, Thursday, November 19, 2015. Guest speakers for the program include:
- Jeff Meyer (MC)
- Pat Hughes
- Tom Hartwell
by Ulysses Arn | Illinois Review
Open the Books.com Founder Adam Andrzejewski spoke Tuesday night in Ottawa to the Lasalle county Tea Party about the multiple examples of government waste that he and his small team of government watchdogs have found over the last 5 years.
From the myriad of scandals at the College of DuPage, to the EPA spending millions on military equipment and public relations, to the VA giving out millions in bonuses to the very same people responsible for the lack of care and access to our nations veterans, which cost some of them their lives, to farm subsides going to people living on the island of Manhattan or in downtown Chicago, the waste, fraud, and abuse of our money is everywhere.
Here’s why you should care about Illinois’ credit rating getting knocked
by Matt Dietrich and Madeleine Doubek | Reboot Illinois
What does this mean to you?
Mainly it means that more of your tax dollars now will go toward paying interest on state borrowing.
With the worst credit rating in the nation, Illinois is like the home buyer whose credit score is so bad that he gets his mortgage through a payday lender.