Why won’t Illinois lawmakers reform their own pensions?

by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner | Illinois Policy Institute

The pension fund for Illinois lawmakers is the state’s most insolvent system. Taxpayers bail it out every year. If they didn’t, the General Assembly Retirement System, or GARS, would only have enough assets to pay retired politicians for another 2.5 years.

Illinois politicians face no obstacles to reforming their own retirement system, so why haven’t they?

Illinois Property Taxes As High As Your Mortgage!

From the Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois property taxes are now so high that they are equivalent to a second mortgage, according to a new study from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, a Washington-based tax-research and -education center.

The report, which shows the effective property-tax rates in each state, ranks Illinois as the second-highest property-tax state in the U.S. The top spot goes to New Jersey, where the effective property-tax rates is 2.38 percent, barely higher than Illinois’ 2.32 percent.

Paying For Education In The 21st Century

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IL Funding SourcesAfter pensions, the biggest issue facing Illinois taxpayers (at least, until the impending Medicaid crisis overtakes it) is education funding.

How we fund our schools has an impact at every level of government, from the fight over allocation of Federal dollars to figuring out what parts of the education system is the State’s responsibility to the crushing burden of the cost of schools on our local property taxes.

In the book “Fixing Illinois”, the authors quip that “[t]here is an old saying that only six people really understand the Illinois state school aid formula, and they are not allowed to travel on the same plane.” That’s a pretty sad commentary when you think about it, and dangerous, too, because the more you complicate anything in government, the easier it is for special interests to inject themselves into the process and drive up costs even further.

Illinois’ Unfunded Pension Mess Hurts Every Man, Woman, and Child

Springfield needs to pay all current and past obligations, but all future obligations need to shifted to defined contribution plans. – Allen


by Steve Rieck | Illinoyances

When talking about the pension problem in Illinois, everyone focuses on the $100 or so billion underfunding. But the problem is not just the underfunding, it’s the amount the state needs to contribute to the plans each year to move them toward solvency.

Take a look at the following chart, comparing the Gross State Product, taxes and pension obligations of Illinois and Florida.

Illinois vs. Florida: Pension Funding Chart (Illinoyances)

Illinois vs. Florida: Pension Funding (Illinoyances)

Illinois Needs To End Planned Parenthood Medicaid Subsidies Now

planned-parenthood-taxesEast Dundee, IL – Allen Skillicorn, a Republican preparing to run for State Representative in the 66th District, calls on Illinois Department of Human Services officials to cancel Planned Parenthood Medicaid ties immediately.

Planned Parenthood is currently one of Illinois’ Medicaid providers.

After multiple videos documenting inappropriate and illegal sales of human body parts, Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid services need to be stopped.

Planned Parenthood operations need to be examined to see if similar practices have occurred in Illinois for criminal prosecution.

“Just watch the videos in entirety, the greed and depravity of human life is shocking.”

Skillicorn commented, “When Dr. Mary Gatter shamefully asked to be paid with an Italian Lamborghini super car in exchange for viable human body parts, I was physically nauseated.

“Planned Parenthood leadership does not represent the values and respect for human dignity of an organization worthy of Illinois taxpayer funding.”

Multiple videos of Planned Parenthood illegal and unethical practices are available on the Center of Medical Progress website – www.centerformedicalprogress.org.

Presidential Debate Watching Party at Moretti’s

Thursday August 6th, 7:30-9:30pm FREE Presidential Debate Watching Party at Moretti’s Pizzeria (220 Randall Road, Lake In The Hills). Meet and network with fellow Republicans and support your candidate!

(Appetizers, pizza, and soft-drinks will be served at no charge, cash bar available.)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015
7:30pm-9:30pm
Moretti’s Pizzeria
220 Randall Road
Lake In The Hills, IL 60156

RSVP to allen@allenskillicorn.com or 224 484 0458