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.
By McHenry Times
Uneasy about Illinois’ economic record? District 66 House candidate Allen Skillicorn recently related how doing business in Illinois simply became too expensive for one family’s business, forcing it out of state.
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 has been getting a lot press lately for pushing Speaker Mike Madigan’s $7,000,000,000 out of balance spending spree. What he isn’t talking about is why Illinois’ finances are in such shambles. Notice that he doesn’t talk about a quarter of our budget goes to fund pensions. He doesn’t talk about the pension debt that crowds out spending on the mentally handicapped or educating our children. No talk about the fact that Jim Edgar mortgaged our pensions through his infamous “Edgar Pension Ramp”!
Allen Skillicorn, East Dundee Village Trustee and candidate for State Representative, teamed up with Rescue Pet Motorsports to raise awareness for the thousands of pets that are waiting to be adopted from local pet shelters across the country. Rescue Pet Motorsports uses racing to spread the word of Petfinder.com and all the pet rescue and shelter organizations. This year the ‘Never Shop, Always Adopt’ Race Schedule included the Ultimate Track Car Challenge at Virginia International Raceway (also known as VIR).
It’s a shameless money grab! Springfield politicians want millions of our tax dollars to bail out Chicago. – Allen
|School District||FY 15 Disbursements||Change with SB 231 Compared to Disbursements||% Change|
|300||$ 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%|
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.