Category Archives: Cost of Government

Frustrated? Call (217) 782-5350. Ask for Mike.

We have 19 days until the end of the legislative session, and how have we spent the month of May so far? We didn’t meet at all during the first week, and this past week was spent passing resolutions and … Continue reading

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Riding Shotgun With Steve

It’s a 3-1/2 hour drive back and forth from Woodstock to Springfield, so I landed on the bright idea of recording my thoughts on my time in the General Assembly on video.* I’m calling the videos “Riding Shotgun With Steve”, … Continue reading

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A $10 Million Boondoggle You’re Going to Pay For

Last week, the Democrats in the House rammed through a piece of legislation (HB 2622) in which the state will loan $10 million to a new “public” workers’ comp insurance company to compete with the over 300 companies now licensed … Continue reading

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If Hypocrisy Was Helium, We’d All Be Talking With Funny Voices

Last Wednesday, this sign graced a number of desks on the Democrat side of the aisle and greeted Governor Rauner as he entered the Speaker’s well of the Illinois House to give his annual budget address. During the speech there … Continue reading

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Putting the Brakes on Unfunded Mandates

The biggest issue in the past election was the out-of-control property taxes that are driving businesses and residents out of McHenry County and out of Illinois. I ran on a promise that I’d do my best to bring down that … Continue reading

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The Governor’s SOTS Speech, What He Said and What He Didn’t Say

Every “State of” speech I’ve ever heard follows the same script: A recitation of accomplishments achieved since the previous speech; A shopping list of proposals to be addressed before the next one; and A reminder that those who stand in … Continue reading

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Finding Out What’s In a Contract Before You Have to Pay For It

In 2014, Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) sponsored a bill (H.B. 4268) that would have provided transparency to the collective bargaining process between school districts and their union employees. The bill was co-sponsored by 3 of McHenry County’s representatives: Mike Tryon … Continue reading

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