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McHenry Times|House candidate Skillicorn states his views on property taxes, term limits and Illinois’ political leadership

 Tax Accountability, the Political Action arm of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), was featured in an article by McHenry Times for their endorsement of Allen Skillicorn.


Since the launch of his campaign, Illinois’ District 66 House candidate Allen Skillicorn has promised he would focus on property taxes and fight to reduce the tax burden on Illinois citizens, as he has successfully done as trustee for the Village of East Dundee.
In a Chicago Tribune questionnaire, Skillicorn, a Republican, maintained his position and said reducing property taxes and worker compensation reform are his highest priorities for state government.
“Property taxes are a crushing burden threatening homeowners and businesses across Illinois. Worker compensation reform — this is crucial to Illinois businesses, jobs, and the vitality of our state economy,” Skillicorn said.
On July 10, 2015, Skillicorn signed the Tax Accountability Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising to “support economic freedom by working to decrease the overall tax burden of taxpayers.”
In response to whether or not he supports legislative term limits and term limits for leadership positions, the marketing director said he does and has set a self-imposed limit should he win.
“Yes, I support term limits. After eight years, it is time to move on from the Illinois House,” Skillicorn said. “Limiting a politician’s span of service helps them focus on what they were sent by the people to do. Endless re-election campaigns and the accumulation of power by too many for too long have led Illinois to its current state of dysfunction.”
House Speaker Michael Madigan is the longest-serving Speaker in Illinois history. He has held the position since 1983, with the exception of two years when Republicans gained control of the House. Madigan has been a member of the House representing District 22 since 1971.
When it comes to key strengths and weaknesses of Chicago and Illinois political leadership, Skillicorn said he believes Gov. Bruce Rauner is putting a commendable amount of effort into rescuing the state.
“Gov. Bruce Rauner is a courageous businessman trying to save the failing state of Illinois,” he said. “Although I’m not wealthy, I made modest contributions to Rauner’s 2014 campaign, put up yard signs, and much more. With my efforts East Dundee was the first municipality in the state to support his Turnaround Agenda. I’m running to help Gov. Rauner in the State House.”
The praise of Illinois’ political leadership ended there.
“In stark contrast, House Speaker Michael Madigan, President John Cullerton, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and many other Democrats have brought Illinois to its current state of crisis, dysfunction and chaos,” Skillicorn said. “How many families have to flee Illinois before they embrace basic reforms to make Illinois competitive? How many innocent peoples’ lives must be destroyed for the narrow, partisan gain of the Illinois Democratic Party? For so many reasons, I’m also running because what Chicago Democrats are doing to our state is wrong.”
Skillicorn was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune earlier this week. Tax Accountability, the Political Action arm of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), has also endorsed the conservative candidate.

Northwest Herald|From the Editor's Desk: Five land on top 200 teachers' pension list

Taxpayers United of America’s data release of the top 200 Illinois Teacher’s Retirement System pensions was used by Northwest Herald.


Five McHenry County educators appear on the latest Taxpayers United of America’s top 200 Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System pensioners list, which was released Wednesday.
TUA is a tax accountability organization led by President Jim Tobin.
On the list from McHenry County:
• Former School District 300 Superintendent Norm Wetzel, whose current annual pension is $253,917. To date, Wetzel has collected $2,701,557. He contributed $203,194 toward his pension.
• Former School District 155 Superintendent Michael Mills, whose current annual pension is $203,442. To date, Mills has collected $1,777,425. He contributed $221,959 toward his pension.
• Former School District 155 Superintendent Joe Saban, whose current annual pension is $200,746. To date, Saban has collected $2,222,217. He contributed $199,646 toward his pension.
• Former School District 155 Superintendent Jill Hawk, whose current annual pension is $187,983. To date, Hawk has collected $611,447. She contributed $250,017 toward her pension.
• Former District 300 Superintendent Joseph Scime, whose current annual pension is $187,745. To date, Scime has collected $2,958,014. He contributed $133,646 toward his pension.

Reboot Illinois|Top 25 legislators receiving the biggest Illinois pensions

Taxpayers United of America’s recent data release of an updated list of lawmaker pensions in the General Assembly Retirement System was used by Reboot Illinois.


Which retired state lawmakers have the biggest Illinois pensions?
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:
Average member salary: $89,241
Active members: 145
Active retirees: 309
Total active beneficiaries (including survivors): 424
Required employee contribution rate: 11.5 percent
Participant contributions: $1.49 million
Employer contributions: $15.87 million
Total participant contributions as percent of total contributions revenue: 8.6 percent
Average age at retirement: 60
Average pension: $58,644
Average length of service: 13.4 years
Following is a list of the Top 25 legislators who are receiving the biggest annual pension payouts as of Jan. 27, 2016.
*TUA’s calculation for estimated lifetime pension payout assumes a life expectancy of 85 (IRS Form 590) and the 3 percent compounded cost-of-living adjustment.

25. Rep. Ralph Capparelli (D-Chicago)

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Annual Pension: $123,282
Member Contributions: $160,576
Age at Retirement: 80
Pension Collected to Date: $1.13 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $1.13 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 14.2%

24. Rep. Arthur L. Turner (D-Chicago)

Arthur-L.-Turner
Annual Pension: $123,420
Member Contributions: $189,941
Age at Retirement: 60
Pension Collected to Date: $563,976
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.66 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 5.2%

23. Rep. Chuck Hartke, director, Illinois Department of Agriculture (D-Teutopolis)

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Annual Pension: $123,432
Member Contributions: $112,308
Age at Retirement: 63
Pension Collected to Date: $874,473
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $2.98 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.8%

22. Rep. William T. Ryder (R-Jerseyville)

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Annual Pension: $123,930
Member Contributions: $138,330
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $1.25 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.15 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.3%

21. Rep. Kurt Granberg (D-Carlyle)

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Annual Pension: $125,738
Member Contributions: $121,757
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $800,358
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.88 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 2.5%

20. Rep. Samuel McGrew (D-Galesburg)

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Annual Pension: $127,992
Member Contributions: $76,963
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $1.53 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.92 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 2.0%

19. Rep. Lee Daniels, former House Speaker from 1995-1997 (R-Elmhurst)

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Annual Pension: $128,161
Member Contributions: $181,640
Age at Retirement: 64
Pension Collected to Date: $988,156
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $2.81 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 6.5%

18. Rep. Robert Molaro (D-Chicago)

Robert-Molaro
Annual Pension: $129,924
Member Contributions: $109,860
Age at Retirement: 58
Pension Collected to Date: $818,708
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.31 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 2.5%

17. Sen. Timothy Degnan, former adviser to Richard M. Daley (D-Chicago)

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Annual Pension: $130,014
Member Contributions: $85,291
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $2.0 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.32 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 2.6%

16. Sen. Richard M. Daley, former Cook County state’s attorney and mayor of Chicago (D-Chicago)

Richard-M.-Daley
Annual Pension: $132,393
Member Contributions: $88,434
Age at Retirement: 69
Pension Collected to Date: $583,892
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $2.28 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.9%

15. Sen. Doris Karpiel (R-Carol Stream)

Doris-Karpiel
Annual Pension: $132,428
Member Contributions: $95,999
Age at Retirement: 68
Pension Collected to Date: $1.32 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $2.02 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 4.7%

14. Sen. Dan Rutherford, former state treasurer (R-Chenoa)

Dan-Rutherford
Annual Pension: $132,616
Member Contributions: $173,209
Age at Retirement: 59
Pension Collected to Date: $122,650
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.96 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.5%

13. Gov. Pat Quinn (D)

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Annual Pension: $133,168
Member Contributions: $197,925
Age at Retirement: 66
Pension Collected to Date: $136,216
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.25 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 6.1%

12. Sen. Carl Hawkinson (R-Galesburg)

Carol-Hawkinson
Annual Pension: $135,366
Member Contributions: $136,036
Age at Retirement: 58
Pension Collected to Date: $1.16 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.11 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.3%

11. Rep. Thomas Homer (D-Canton)

Thomas-Homer
Annual Pension: $137,276
Member Contributions: $78,093
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $1.47 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.24 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 1.8%

10. Sen. Emil Jones, Jr. (D-Chicago)

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Annual Pension: $146,073
Member Contributions: $206,924
Age at Retirement: 73
Pension Collected to Date: $884,497
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $1.66 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 12.5%

9. Sen. James “Pate” Philip (R-Addison)

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Annual Pension: $146,782
Member Contributions: $330,125
Age at Retirement: 72
Pension Collected to Date: $1.52 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $1.52 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 21.7%

8. Gov. James Thompson (R)

James-Thompson
Annual Pension: $147,477
Member Contributions: $84,996
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $2.59 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.38 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 2.5%

7. Roland Burris, former Illinois attorney general, comptroller and U.S. senator (D)

Roland-Burris
Annual Pension: $149,734
Member Contributions: $134,680
Age at Retirement: 57
Pension Collected to Date: $2.31 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.46 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.9%

6. Rep. Gary Hannig (D-Litchfield)

Gary-Hannig
Annual Pension: $150,967
Member Contributions: $176,273
Age at Retirement: 58
Pension Collected to Date: $628,808
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $5.24 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.4%

5. Gov. Jim Edgar (R)

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Annual Pension: $156,331
Member Contributions: $164,657
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $1.85 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.75 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.5%

4. Sen. John Friedland (R-South Elgin)

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Annual Pension: $163,051
Member Contributions: $66,716
Age at Retirement: 55
Pension Collected to Date: $2.64 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.89 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 1.7%

3. Rep. Judy Erwin (D-Chicago)

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Judy Erwin
Annual Pension: $164,010
Member Contributions: $238,038
Age at Retirement: 60
Pension Collected to Date: $818,027
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $4.94 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 4.8%

2. Sen. Edward Petka (R-Plainfield)

Edward-Petka
Annual Pension: $186,968
Member Contributions: $171,449
Age at Retirement: 66
Pension Collected to Date: $1.03 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.68 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 4.7%

1. Sen. Arthur L. Berman (D-Chicago)

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Annual Pension: $235,829
Member Contributions: $109,293
Age at Retirement: 66
Pension Collected to Date: $2.68 million
Estimated Lifetime Pension Payout: $3.67 million*
Percent Contributed to Lifetime Payout: 3.0%
You can see Taxpayers United of America’s complete list and analysis here.

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