State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) has again rejected mileage reimbursement and per diem for the latest special session, just as he did for the previous special session. Skillicorn also said he was pleased that Governor Rauner has signed House Bill 643, a bill Skillicorn sponsored, which prevents state lawmakers from receiving a pay increase amidst the state’s long standing financial issues.
“If the Speaker and Senate President would stop playing politics and manufacturing crisis after crisis, the General Assembly wouldn’t even be in Springfield right now,” said Skillicorn. “The already overstretched taxpayers of Illinois shouldn’t be on the hook to pay for this, which is why I’ve again refused to accept mileage reimbursement and per diem. We need to stop this bickering now so families and students can be certain schools will be able to open.”
Skillicorn also noted that had the unbalanced budget passed in early July not deliberately included this poison pill for school funding, there would be no need for a second special session.
Skillicorn continued, “While it shouldn’t even be necessary, I am pleased the Governor has signed House Bill 643. The idea that lawmakers would get a pay increase when the ability of schools to open is in jeopardy is ridiculous.”
Years ago, an annual cost of living adjustment for Illinois’ state elected and appointed officials was put into law. House Bill 643 prevents this annual increase from taking effect and also prevents an increase in the mileage rate and allowance for lodging and meals.
Skillicorn said Illinois lawmakers are already among the best compensated in the nation and the state needs to focus on dealing with its long standing financial problems first and foremost.