Rep. Skillicorn Files Three Bills to Address Legislator-Lobbyist Revolving Door Schemes

Crystal Lake…State Representative Allen Skillicorn (R- Crystal Lake) filed three bills this week aimed at rooting out what he calls ‘rampant corruption’ under the Statehouse dome. Skillicorn says House Bills 3956, 3957, and 3958 are common sense reforms to Illinois’ ethics laws in order to restore confidence in the General Assembly.

“This week I filed three bills that will strengthen our state’s lax ethics laws,” Skillicorn said. “This is a tough ethics package that would disallow lawmakers from working as property tax appeals attorneys while in office, and restrict retired lawmakers and their spouse and immediate family living under their roof from engaging the General Assembly as a lobbyist for a period of five years.”

“I came to this office to fight for the taxpayers of Illinois that have spent decades getting ripped off by corrupt insiders, and I have been a fervent watchdog calling out this corruption for years. It sickens me to hear of yet another Democratic state legislator in leadership being indicted on bribing a sitting State Senator to advance his own Chicago lobbying firms efforts.”

“I have filed dozens of consumer protection, anti-corruption, and common sense fiscal reforms that have been supported by the House Republican Caucus, however the Democratic Majority will not even allow these bills out of committee and onto the floor for a discussion,” said Rep. Skillicorn. 

“My hope today is to gain bi-partisan support on these three simple, common sense ethics reform bills. We must restore confidence in the General Assembly and give the people of Illinois a State Government they can trust and respect. We have passed every tax imaginable in this State yet we still rack up annual budget deficits and owe $200+ billion dollars in debt to our pension systems. It is time to tell Speaker Madigan and his corrupt cronies that we are done picking up the tab for their corruption,” said Rep. Skillicorn.