Zettler Sends Mailing Criticizing Skillicorn

Here is the latest direct mail piece from Democrat Nancy Zettler, who is running against Republican Allen Skillicorn to take State Rep. Mike Tryon’s place in Springfield:

One can easily tell that this is a hit piece on Republican Allen Skillicorn.

One can easily tell that this is a hit piece on Republican Allen Skillicorn.

The back of Nancy Zettler's

The back of Nancy Zettler’s charges> “Allen Skillicorn is giving away our Property Tax Dollars.”


Zettler Sends Mailing Criticizing Skillicorn — 23 Comments

  1. Is she competing with Jack Franks for how to trick the taxpayers.

    The “gun store” has the largest, or one of the largest, indoor firing ranges in the United States.

    Nancy Zettler receives the majority of her contributions from unions.

    Unions want more tax money for salary and benefit hikes.

  2. That is one of the largest privately held indoor firing ranges in the United States.

  3. Laughing my rear end off…and that is a lot of laughing…

    Please think about this:
    “Hand outs like this are costing us hundreds of Millions of dollars”

  4. How is this tricking taxpayers?

    Allen definitely voted for and brags about the Gat Guns TIF, which gave them $5.5M.

    I know that facts don’t matter to some of y’all, but it’s funny to claim that pointing out facts is tricking taxpayers.

    Allen has lied throughout this campaign, stating over and over again that he’s never voted for a TIF.

    This is a blatant lie, and Allen has admitted it! And it’s Zettler that’s tricking the taxpayers?

    And Bill – laugh all you want, but it’s absolutely a fact that TIFs and other business incentives cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

    I don’t find it funny.

  5. I am laughing at the irony of putting out a mailer complaining about the cost of putting out mailers

    I would rather laugh than shrug my shoulders

  6. alabamashake: TIF’s are bad, although in Illinois they seem to be the standard for doing business.

    But I think you know that most of the tax impact locally comes from the schools.

    What was Zettler’s stance on seeking every nickel from District 300 taxpayers?

    I think you know the answer to that.

    So yes, tricking the taxpayers indeed.

    Vote for Zettler — she will trick or treat your wallet 365 days a year if elected.

  7. It is more than just a gun store.

    It is one of the largest, if not the largest, privately held indoor firing ranges in the United States.

    It is one of the largest tax producers in the village.

    Why not compare the taxes generated vs the TIF subsidy.

    That would be more useful information to the taxpayer than mislabeling and hyperbole.

  8. Mark – so basically you admit that the mailer is true.

    But you want a policy paper instead of a political mailer.

    It’s amusing hearing from you, of all people, saying you want the more context.

    You never present greater context.

    You just post a bunch of one-sided anti-union info.

  9. The mailer is deceptive.

    As indicated in this post and the linked post.

    An attempt to portray a union backed candidate is lower cost makes no sense, as indicated above.

    I am not anti union.

    I am against unsustainable finances as indicated over hundreds if not thousands of posts.

    Nancy Zettler had a chance to add some value to the TIF debate.

    She chose not to do so.

    It is a misrepresentation to present educating taxpayers as requiring a policy paper.

  10. Allen – which are we to believe?

    The “fact check” video where your city lawyer claims that you’ve never voted for an agreement to incentivize any corporation or small business?

    Or you, where you admit to voting for TIFs?

    It is a FACT that you voted for a $5.5 million TIF giveaway to Gat Guns.

    You brag about this.

    You even have said that you wish that Gat Guns could have brought labor from outside the state to do the work.

    So much for creating IL jobs…

    Also… you haven’t replied to my other question.

    What robocall are you referring to?

  11. A giveaway implies the business would have expanded if it did not receive the TIF which is likely a false assumption.

    Giveaway is the wrong word.

    Comparing a history of sales and property tax revenues generated by GAT Guns, to incentives, would be a more meaningful conversation.

    Along with a comparison of the largest sales and property taxpayers in the village.

  12. The most recent contribution to the Nancy Zettler campaign is $5,000 from IPACE.

    IPACE = Illinois Political Action Committee for Education.

    IPACE is the IEA teacher union PAC.

    IEA = Illinois Education Association.

    IPACE is the PAC that on March 8th, 2016 reported sending $12,500 for mail pieces to the then home address of Shaw Decremer to oppose Steve Reick in the 63rd State House of Representatives District.

    In a January 15, 2016 article, the Chicago Tribune called Shaw Decremer, “Madigan’s top campaign aide.”

    Steve Reick’s opponent was Jeffery Lichte, whom was a Democrat Jack Franks supporter who filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections to run as a Republican in the election.

    A letter from IPACE dated March 9th, 2016, stated that IPACE filed a B1 report regarding a contribution to the independent expenditure Government for the People that included a wrong address.

    The correct address for that independent expenditure should read as follows:

    2978 Kentshire Circle, Naperville, IL 60564.

    That is the address Government for the People PAC filed with the State Board of Elections on March 7, 2016.

    On that statement, a John M Biesk signed his name twice as BieSk, printed his name twice as BieSk, and printed his name once as BieCk, all on 1 piece of paper.

    Who forgets how to print their name one out of 3 times on a single piece of paper?


    Notice the lightning fast chain of events for Government for the People.

    March 7, 2016 – PAC registered with the Illinois State Board of Elections, with the register misspelling their personal name.

    March 8, 2016 – IPACE PAC reports sending a contribution to the then address of Shaw Decremer, whom the Chicago Tribune called Michael Madigan’s top campaign aide.

    March 9, 2016 – IPACE PAC corrects the address to an address in which the person misspelled their name, whom as no known political experience.

    March 15, 2016 – election.

    May 21, 2016 – Final expenditure to Alliance of Illinois Taxpayers, 233 S Wacker, Chicago, IL, chairperson and treasurer James Weiss.

    May 22, 2016 – The PAC closed.

    Other than the final expenditure, the PAC existed solely to attack Steve Reick.

    Jeffery Lichte had no campaign signs, not even on his own lawn, no website, not literature, did not show up at the League of Women’s Voter’s forum to debate, etc.


    The largest contribution made to Government for the People was $15,000 from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

    Trial Lawyer Jack Franks was unopposed as Democrat candidate for 63rd District State Representative on March 15, 2016.

    Jack Franks’ father, Herb Franks, is former treasurer and served on the board of managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

    As a recap, Jack Franks supporter Jeffery Lichte ran as a Republican to oppose real Republican Steve Reick in the primary election.

    Those contributing to the Government for the People PAC, which had the explicit purpose of supporting Jeffery Lichte and opposing Steve Reick, were:

    – Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

    – IPACE (IEA teacher union PAC)

    – SEIU Healthcare

    – Illinois Federation of Teachers Union COPE (another teacher union PAC)

    – International Union of Elevator Constructors (labor union)

    – Illinois State AFL-CIO (union umbrella organization)

    – Painters District Council (labor union umbrella organization)

    – 10 healthcare organizations such as healthcare centers, rehab centers, nursing centers…why their interest in the election?


  13. **Also… you haven’t replied to my other question.

    What robocall are you referring to?**


    What robocall are you talking about Allen?

  14. The mailer above includes the following quote:

    “Handouts like these are costing us hundreds of millions of dollars.”

    Where is the listing by “corporation”, dollar amount, and a description of the handout?

    All that has been provided is a list of 50 ordinances and resolutions copied from the village website, and a $5.5 million giveaway to GAT Guns (where is a comparison of tax revenue paid by GAT to the incentive received; where is the accurate portrayal of GAT Guns as one of the largest, if not the largest, privately held indoor firing ranges in the United States, instead of just calling it a gun store).

    Show us the money.


    The list of ordinances and resolutions includes:

    – votes to annex property

    – An organization led by a black female that educates youth about African culture (Mr. Skillicorn said he never voted to provide an incentive to that organization)

    – etc.


    Thus, the Zettler campaign is misrepresenting Mr. Skillicorn’s TIF votes.


  15. Actually, what Mr. Skillicorn said about the CAKE vote(s) was that he voted for procedural votes to let it move forward, but that those voted didn’t count.

    And are you really denying that TIFs and other business incentives costs hundreds of millions of dollars?

  16. Where is the breakdown of Allen Skillicorn voting for TIFs that cost hundreds of millions of dollars.

  17. Voting to annex property is not the same as a TIF incentive.

    Many properties are annexed and not provided TIF incentives.

  18. Oh isn’t the Nancy Zettler campaign tricky.

    The mailer says:

    “We can’t trust Allen with our money.”

    “Allen brags about giving away $5.5 MILLION DOLLARS to one gun store.”

    “Handouts like these are costing us hundreds of millions of dollars.”

    “Skillicorn a tax fighter. Hardly…”


    So the mailer does not claim that Allen Skillicorn handouts are costing us hundreds of millions of dollars.


    But it certainly leaves one with that first impression.

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