Corruption Continues to Plague Illinois

Caulkins Statement on ‘ComEd Four’ Corruption Trial Verdict


Illinois State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) issued a statement following the verdict in the corruption trial connected to former House Speaker Mike Madigan:

“Corruption has plagued Illinois for decades. The guilty verdict exposed the arrogance by these convicted lobbyists and their complete disregard for the taxpayers of our state. With the Madigan trial up next, how many more people need to go to jail before the Democrat majority running our state government decides to get serious about passing anti-corruption laws. It’s time for the legislature to fight corruption.”

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Rep. Caulkins Urges Fiscal & Ethics Reform

At a capitol press conference on Tuesday, State Representative Dan Caulkins discussed the need for the legislature to address pension reform and stronger ethics reform in the State of Illinois.

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Also, below is my interview with Doug Wolfe on the ComEd Four/Madigan corruption trial.

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The Illinois Gun Ban Debate Is Heating Up

As a federal judge grants a preliminary injunction against the Illinois assault weapons ban, a separate case from Naperville has made it all the way to U.S. Supreme Court.

Illinois legislators have been drafting facially unconstitutional laws that are consistently becoming more and more sweeping. At the same time, their overreach is giving gun rights advocates huge victories.

U.S. District Judge Stephen McGlynn has granted a preliminary injunction of Illinois’ gun ban law recognizing that these types of laws may be popular in states like Illinois but noted that “even legislation that may enjoy the support of a majority of its citizens must fail if it violates the constitutional rights of fellow citizens.”

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Now U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett has been brought into the fray in response to a case involving a gun shop in Naperville, Illinois. The shop is seeking injunctive relief, and Justice Barrett has given the proponents of the Illinois gun ban law until Monday to respond to the request.

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This Is What A Real Budget Looks Like, Governor

The Indiana General Assembly concluded last week, and their Republican Senate successfully passed a balanced two-year budget for 2024 & 2025. The package will provide a projected $109 million in property tax relief for homeowners and an additional projected $117 million in income tax cuts for Indiana residents.

Other highlights of the budget include improved healthcare, funding for K-12 education, improved public safety, support for Hoosier veterans and the reduction of state debt.

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So What About Illinois’ Budget?

Meanwhile, in Springfield budget discussions are virtually nonexistent to rank and file House members.  What should be the priority legislative item we handle at the beginning of session, is pushed to the end of the session and discussed behind closed doors.  At best, Democrats will let a couple members of the Republican caucus sit-in in budget negotiations. But at the end of session, the budget bills that are presented on the members for a vote are entirely a Democrat product.  With their super majorities, Democrats are uninterested in Republican calls to reign in spending and any of our budget priorities.  Hopefully, I will have more specific budget information available in next week’s newsletter.

Illinois Exodus Ramps Up

Continuing to be in denial, or be intentionally deceptive, J.B. Pritzker insists that “countless companies are choosing Illinois as their home”. But the data is clear that Illinois and other states dominated by progressives are losing human talent in droves to better-governed states. IRS data proves that a net 105,000 people left Illinois in 2021, taking with them some $10.9 billion in AGI (adjusted gross income).

That’s up from $8.5 billion in 2020 and $6 billion in 2019.

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Illinois is in a vicious cycle.

The more people that leave the state the more pressure there is to raise taxes, which causes more out-migration. Listen to this segment on ‘Chicago’s Morning Answer’ (AM560) discussing how the flight of Illinois’ wealthiest residents causes Illinois to miss out on billions in tax revenues.

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Illinois On Track To Deny ALL School Choice

Even though Illinois is spectacularly failing its public school students and taxpayers, Governor Pritzker and his foot soldiers intend to strip low-income, working-class families of the state’s sole form of school choice, the Invest in Kids Act. 

While states around the country are rapidly expanding meaningful school choice programs, self-serving Illinois politicians are feverishly working to eliminate any options that would bring the opportunity for success to their students- opportunities that underprivileged children desperately need. The only thing the elites are interested in is teachers’ union goodies for themselves.

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Any Opportunity To Control Us

Even though the statewide Illinois mask mandate ended over 400 days ago, our Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias is still requiring face coverings for drivers’ tests.

With no justifiable reason, the Secretary of State’s Office (which is not a health agency) issued a statement that they will continue to enforce the masking until May 11 which is when the federal government will officially ‘end’ the national public health emergency.

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Bottom Line: No One Should Eat Illinois Carp

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued a statewide fish consumption warning for 10 locations with specific fish they caution should not be eaten by anyone. The primary cause of the “do not eat” advisories involves a group of more than 200 man-made chemicals.

The list is even more extensive for women who are, or could become, pregnant, women who are nursing, and children under 15 years old.

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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.