Chicago Tribune endorses Allen Skillicorn for State Representative

I’m honored to receive the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune. Proves that the people of Illinois have the will to reform our state! #IL66

“66th District: Republican Allen Skillicorn has an important characteristic that makes him Springfield-ready: He led a movement to freeze the tax levy in East Dundee, where he is a trustee. He understands the urgency to enact policy changes that make Illinois friendlier for businesses and residents. He faces Nancy Zettler, D-Algonquin, an attorney who says she’s running to represent the middle class and end “corporate welfare.” Maybe she doesn’t realize most of the corporate giveaways during the last decade in this state were handed out by Democrats, not by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Skillicorn is endorsed.”

REPEAL BLAGOJEVICH 2005 WORKERS COMPENSATION ACT

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

East Dundee, IL –Allen Skillicorn, Republican candidate for State Representative called for repeal of Public Act 094-0277, 2005 workers’ compensation legislation passed into law that has dramatically worsened Illinois’ competitiveness among national employers. Within 24 months of the legislation’s passage, Illinois went from the middle of the pack among fifty states to the fourth most expensive in the nation according to studies by the University of Oregon.

Trial Lawyers Hold Worker’s Comp Reforms Hostage

Breaking down the overall high cost and regulatory burden borne by businesses.

by Michael Lucci

Illinois’ workers’ compensation system is the most costly in the region, according to a 2014 biennial study of all states by the state of Oregon. The Oregon study compares workers’ compensation costs among states, averaged across industries, and shows that Illinois has the most expensive system in the Midwest and the seventh-most-expensive system nationwide.

Recycled rhetoric and no progress as Rauner, Madigan meet

by Monique Garcia and Kim Geiger | Chicago Tribune

Gov. Bruce Rauner and the four legislative leaders sat down together Tuesday for the first time since May, only to discover little has changed since then to resolve a budget impasse that’s entered month six.

Even the talking points on both sides were recycled. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan again labeled Rauner’s political agenda “extreme,” blaming the governor for a state “awash in debt” as various court orders and laws mean spending carries on even though fewer tax dollars are flowing into state coffers.

Rauner quickly shot back, saying Illinois must take on the “structural causes” of the state’s financial problems. Lawmakers, he said, can’t just raise taxes and make “modest cuts,” otherwise “we’ll still just chase our tail.”

“I respectfully disagree that any of our ideas are extreme,” Rauner said.

The back-and-forth played out before cameras that broadcast the opening remarks online. The gathering then continued behind closed doors for about another hour. While a major breakthrough was hardly expected, the politicians emerged with little more to celebrate than an agreement to meet again next week. Continue reading