Grafton area property tax assessments were recently published in the newspaper as required by law. There is only a 30 day window every year to appeal your property assessment. Once this deadline is passed, the next opportunity will not be until next year. The deadline to appeal your 2017 assessment is November 7th, 2016.
We need to restore the two-party system in the Illinois legislature. Republican super-minorities in the House and Senate have empowered Chicago Democrat Speaker Madigan to hold the state budget hostage. Behind closed doors he silently refuses to negotiate. Madigan could ignore reforms and pass his own state budget tomorrow, yet he chooses not to do so. He is the architect of the Illinois Budget Crisis and the single largest road-block to an effective General Assembly.
Here’s the ultimate injustice. Here in the suburbs we pay the highest property taxes in the nation, yet Chicago and Speaker Madigan play by a different set of rules.
Allen Skillicorn, state representative candidate in House District 66, recently joined a group of supporters of a voter referendum for a state constitutional amendment that would limit the number of terms that members of the General Assembly may serve.
“After experiencing the decay and failure of career politicians in Illinois, voters want term limits,” Skillicorn said. “I agree with the majority of voters in calling for a constitutional amendment for term limits to appear on the ballot.”
Top 25 legislators receiving the biggest Illinois pensions
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Taxpayers United of America, an organization that advocates for tax relief and “fighting government pensions,” has released an updated list of lawmaker pensions in the General Assembly Retirement System.
At the end of fiscal year 2015, the pension fund had a funded ratio of 16.4 percent — the lowest of the state’s five retirement systems — and $278.8 million in unfunded liabilities. Here are some more fast facts from the 2015 comprehensive annual financial report:
“If we are lending money that ostensibly we don’t have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don’t exist, I might suggest that we’ve gone around the bend a little bit,” says TV personality Mike Rowe, best known as the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs.
“There is a real disconnect in the way that we educate vis-a-vis the opportunities that are available. You have – right now – about 3 million jobs that can’t be filled,” he says, talking about openings in traditional trades ranging from construction to welding to plumbing. “Jobs that typically parents’ don’t sit down with their kids and say, ‘Look, if all goes well, this is what you are going to do.'”
by Stephen Moore | Illinois Conservative Examiner
If Republicans are going to get truly serious about cutting government spending, they are going to have to snip the umbilical cord from the Treasury to corporate America. You can’t reform welfare programs for the poor until you’ve gotten Daddy Warbucks off the dole. Voters will insist on that — as well they should.
Part of the explanation is that too many have gotten confused about the difference between free-market capitalism and crony capitalism.
And part of the problem is corporate welfare that is so well hidden from public view in the budget that no one has really measured how big this mountain of giveaway cash to the Fortune 500 really is. Finding out is like trying to break into the CIA.
Until now. Open the Books, an Illinois-based watchdog group, has been scrupulously monitoring all federal grants, loans, direct payments and insurance subsidies flowing to individuals and companies.
Jim Edgar has been getting a lot press lately for pushing Speaker Mike Madigan’s $7,000,000,000 out of balance spending spree. What he isn’t talking about is why Illinois’ finances are in such shambles. Notice that he doesn’t talk about a quarter of our budget goes to fund pensions. He doesn’t talk about the pension debt that crowds out spending on the mentally handicapped or educating our children. No talk about the fact that Jim Edgar mortgaged our pensions through his infamous “Edgar Pension Ramp”!
Traffic and transportation, two of the biggest concerns families, commuters, and communities have to deal with everyday. Not everyone can work from home and if we want to rebuild our manufacturing sector, we need to get goods to the market.
Allen Skillicorn has deep roots in the Fox River Valley. Allen grew up between Crystal Lake and Algonquin; he and his wife Heather have made a home in East Dundee. Together they give back by volunteering for the local therapy dogs group and animal rescue. The Skillicorn’s are also active members of the Fox Valley Church near Huntley and Randall Road.