Legislative Update 4-29-22

Pritzker Bills Propel Illinois Property Taxes To Nation’s Highest

Illinois’ property taxes, along with sales and income taxes and the nation’s 2nd-highest gas taxes, all add up. According to the Tax Foundation, Illinoisans now pay the nation’s 7th highest total state and local taxes. 

Governor Pritzker & Co have been busy passing legislation that will only serve to drive all Illinois taxes even higher.

Here is a partial list of the cost hikes Illinois has to look forward to:

Secret Union Contracts Trample Parents’ Rights

Why do Illinois’ teachers unions have so much power? Because Illinois is just one of 10 states to keep contract negotiations with public sector unions closed to the public. Taxpayers, parents and residents only get to find out what’s in a contract once it has been ratified.

The teachers unions have far more power than ordinary Illinoisans who will never have similar benefits.

It’s time to roll back those powers!

SAFE-T Act Consequences

A bipartisan group of Illinois state’s attorneys are worried about what will happen to the criminal justice system with the implementation of the Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today (SAFE-T) Act. It makes changes to many areas of the criminal justice system, including pre-arrest diversion, policing, pretrial, sentencing, and corrections. The measures were pushed through the Illinois General Assembly and passed in the middle of the night with very little debate in January 2021.


Whopper Alert!

In this interview, Illinois Senate President Don Harmon claims, among other tales, that Democrats funded police:


Madigan Corruption Tied To Soaring Illinois Energy Costs

Over 70% of Illinois receives its electricity from Commonwealth Edison, and laws that go around the normal rate-setting process are driving up the prices.

Who is linked to both, you ask? The embattled former Illinois House speaker who was recently indicted for corruption over his dealings with Com Ed.

Wonder How Much She’s Getting Paid…

Last year, Hinsdale High School District 86 hired Patrice Payne to be their director of instructional equity so they could be lectured on providing students with a sense of “belongingness”.

That’s funny, because while she claims that education is “very Eurocentric”, she simultaneously goes after Asians saying they are overrepresented among students taking Advanced Placement courses.

So, who deserves to feel like they belong, Ms. Payne?

Based on what, exactly?

Her ‘study’ needs to be studied:


This Chicago Tribune article goes into more detail, but it has a paywall:


Not Following Their Own ‘Science’

Countless Americans have lost their jobs for not being ‘fully vaccinated’, yet nearly 400 employees at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC also disclosed that the agency had granted zero requests for exemption to President Joe Biden’s federal worker vaccine mandate.

To date, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officer at the CDC, Roger Andoh, (pictured above), is not being forthcoming.


They’re Using Our Kids To Validate Themselves

Coming to a school near you! Unless you pay attention and stay involved.

It started in colleges, but trans closets—rooms stocked with transgender clothes and accessories for students to change into after arriving to school and back out of before going home—are being discovered in public schools with some indication they are being kept a secret from parents.

In a recent TikTok video, a California transgender teacher, (a man who brags about wearing stilettos to school), explained, “The goal of the transition closet is for our students to wear the clothes that their parents approve of, come to school and then swap out into the clothes that fit who they truly are.”


See their organizational website here:


Republicans Were Never Invited To Hearings

Governor Pritzker signed Illinois’ 2023 budget into law on April 19th, but Republicans were kept in the dark during its creation.


Pritzker Doubled Illinois’ Gasoline Tax

Governor Pritzker’s tax hikes doubled the state’s gasoline tax from 19 to 38 cents, including automatic annual hikes.

His election-year package of ‘tax relief’ includes a 6-month delay in the automatic hikes, but don’t fall for it.

Here’s the truth:


We Are Here To Serve You!

As a state representative, my office is available to assist you with any issues you may have when interacting with a state agency. Whether you need help with unemployment claims, getting a FOID card, renewing your drivers license or resolving a tax problem, we are here to serve you.

Oftentimes, some of the best legislation comes from people who see where the law is unworkable or simply unfair.

If you have ideas on how the state of Illinois could improve, let’s sit down and discuss if a legislative fix is needed.

Please call our office at 217.876.1968 to get help or schedule an appointment to see me. The office is located at 715 W Imboden Dr, Decatur.