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5-year-old with an iPad provides teaching moment on Illinois General Assembly spending habits

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SPRINGFIELD – I opened my credit card bill last month and gasped.

 There were $3,570 in charges I did not recognize.

 And each charge was for something from Apple computer’s iTunes division.

 I asked my wife, Joan, and she said, “It wasn’t me.”

 I asked my 10-year-old and 8-year-old daughters and they gave perplexed looks and shook their heads.

 Then I asked my 5-year-old, Caitlin, and she gave me a snaggletooth grin and said, “Yes, Daddy, I’ve been buying stuff for my video game.”

 Um, $3,570 worth of stuff in one month?

Jim Edgar and Pensions, Pensions, Pensions…

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”!

Skillicorn Racing To Help Homeless Pets At VIR

Allen Skillicorn, East Dundee Village Trustee and candidate for State Representative, teamed up with Rescue Pet Motorsports to raise awareness for the thousands of pets that are waiting to be adopted from local pet shelters across the country. Rescue Pet Motorsports uses racing to spread the word of Petfinder.com and all the pet rescue and shelter organizations. This year the ‘Never Shop, Always Adopt’€ Race Schedule included the Ultimate Track Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway (also known as VIR).

Protect Our School Funding: Chicago Bailout Guts 50% Of A Local School District’s Funding!

It’s a shameless money grab! Springfield politicians want millions of our tax dollars to bail out Chicago. – Allen

School District FY 15 Disbursements Change with SB 231 Compared to Disbursements % Change
300 $     32,265,103.31 $       (2,383,447.01) -7.4%
155 $     10,624,580.88 $       (2,086,089.01) -19.6%
158 $     20,621,386.42 $       (3,326,799.10) -16.1%
47 $       9,207,467.94 $       (4,726,667.91) -51.30%

Four Illinois pension solutions we ought to be pushing

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In a recent post, I focused on the fact that we still have the worst pension debt among all U.S. states and yet there seems to be little focus on trying to do something about that this spring in Springfield.

Don’t get me wrong. A budget deal with cuts, purchasing reforms, efficiencies and an actual balance without gimmicks would be welcome.

New IL Gas And Mileage Tax Hikes Are Shameless!

Skillicorn Opposes IL Gas And Mileage Tax Hikes

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) proposes Automotive Mileage Tax (SB3267) and Illinois Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) proposes 30 Cent Per Gallon Tax Hike (SB3279), which would give Illinois the dishonor of the highest gas tax in the nation.

Local Government Consolidation Gathers Speed In Springfield

First posted at First Electric Newspaper

One of four bills to extend DuPage County’s pilot government consolidation program statewide passed a House committee Wednesday while over the in the Senate the Local Government Committee announced a series of hearings next week on various consolidation bills aimed at shrinking local government.