District Update 8-22-22

“Champion of Free Enterprise” Awarded to State Rep. Dan Caulkins 

“I am honored to have received Illinois Chamber’s Highest Award.”

Decatur, Illinois:  This week the Illinois Chamber of Commerce recognized legislators “who have made special contributions to the defense of free enterprise, and the furtherance of economic opportunities for Illinoisans.” Legislators are eligible for the award if they have an “Illinois Chamber rating averaging 85% or better over the previous two General Assemblies” and have “demonstrated their commitment to legislation that frees the entrepreneurial spirit,” according to the Illinois Chamber website.

No Democrat in either the House or Senate qualified for the award. No Democrat has ever qualified for the award in the last ten years of available ratings on the Illinois Chamber website.

State Representative Dan Caulkins remarked, “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities. I am firmly committed to economic development and I appreciate that the Illinois Chamber recognizes my support of businesses. Everyone in the General Assembly should be on the side of business in this state.” 

Inflation Reduction Act Will Impact Illinois Farmers

The Inflation Reduction Act is now law, and it will increase taxes on incomes over $400,000, and impose a 15% minimum income tax on business profits.

Illinois Farm Bureau President Richard Guebert said farmers need to “fasten their seatbelts.”

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Few Illinoisans know that their state is home to the primary organization that dispensed Zucker Bucks in what was probably the nation’s biggest election scheme ever. In 2020 alone, the Chicago-based Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) made $332 million in grants to counties and municipalities across America for “local election administration”.

Despite Mark Zuckerberg’s indication that he will not be participating this year, CTCL announced a new alliance with a similar organization, US Alliance for Election Excellence, which has already pledged $80 million for the same “local election administration”.

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Fraud?? What Fraud?

Pritzker & Associates think that by not acknowledging wrongdoing, dirty deeds magically disappear.

Online chat rooms offered tutorials on how to scheme Illinois’ unemployment benefits through identity theft, and the state lost over half of its pandemic unemployment funds to fraud. About $1.9 billion of $3.6 billion was paid to illegitimate accounts.

In typical Pritzker fashion, the incompetence is being blamed on the federal government, and he is taking no accountability.

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Illinois State’s Attorneys Fighting Back On No Bail Law

Local state’s attorneys are increasingly worried about a new state law that would sharply restrict the ability of judges to require cash bail for criminal defendants before trial. 100 of the state’s 102 county prosecutors are fighting back against what they see as an incursion on judicial discretion and community safety. Gov. Pritzker and Democrats are facing harsh criticism for passing the SAFE-T Act. 

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Your Liberty Matters to Me

Keep It Close to Home

We all need to push back on the Left’s favorite new tactic of using ‘public emergencies’ to control us!

YOU know better than faceless bureaucrats what is best for your community and your family. Take back the power to make decisions for yourselves if you want a healthy, thriving community for everyone.

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.

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