Nancy Zettler Faces Off Against Allen Skillicorn at Jacobs HS

Republican State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn and Democrat Nancy Zettler were on a McHenry County League of Women Voters stage at Jacobs High School Thursday night.

Republican State Rep. candidate Allen Skillicorn and Democrat Nancy Zettler were on a McHenry County League of Women Voters stage at Jacobs High School Thursday night.

Someone else will have to tell readers what happened in the comment section, because I was at an Informed Choices banquet in Kildeer Thursday night.

Most of the crowd at Jacobs High School.

Most of the crowd at Jacobs High School.

Allen Skillicorn

Allen Skillicorn

The crowd does not seem particularly robust.

The two are running to replace retiring State Rep. Mike Tryon.

Nancy Zettler

Nancy Zettler

Republican incumbent Congressmen Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren did not attend. Their Democratic Party opponents, Amanda Howland and Jim Walz, respectively, gave five minute talks, just as Mike Walkup did when Democrat Jack Franks was absent.

At the Informed Choices dinner, I was told that Howland has spent time trying to get McConchie’s minister in trouble for putting a McConchie yard sign in front of his Lake Zurich parsonage, which is owned by the adjacent church.

Thanks to a Friend of McHenry County Blog for the photos.


Nancy Zettler Faces Off Against Allen Skillicorn at Jacobs HS — 3 Comments

  1. 1. Would you consider implementing a bridge over Randall Road for pedestrians to secure the safety of students and other Algonquin residents?

    2. What are you going to do to bring new business into the vacant buildings in our community such as the Dominic’s store?

    3. We should legalize marijuana and tax it to help balance the budget. Do you agree or disagree and why?

    4. National Firearms Act items such as suppressors and short barreled rifles are illegal in Illinois. Do you agree with this if so why? If you disagree, why? What is your position on background checks?

    5. Do support fracking in Illinois?

    6. What is your position on climate change? If you support action on climate change, what actions do you propose?

    7. As women’s issues in some ways have become a big issue in the last few weeks of the Presidential campaign, how will you be a strong voice for women?

    8. How do you feel about prevailing wage and it’s impact on bids and projects?

    9. What will you do to support green, alternative energy business in Illinois?

    10. What is your opinion of term limits?

    11. How do you as a freshman Representative break the log jam between the long-term Speaker of the House and the Governor insisting on passage of his Turnaround Agenda prior to passing a budget?

    12. What role do you believe that Congress or the State should do to address the current opioid epidemic?

    13. Do you support redistricting reform, to form a commission to do redistricting by voting to place an amendment on the Illinois ballot?

    14. Please explain your position on charter schools, and specifically how it differs or aligns with the model that ALEC follows?

    15. Illinois has the 1st or 2nd highest property taxes in the US, and education is funded primarily through property taxes. How should education be funded and why?

    16. What are your thoughts on the Longmeadow Tollway Bridge?

    17. McHenry County has an anti-corruption referendum on the ballot. Do you support restricting or limiting dark money in campaigsn? Have you been supported now or in the past by any independent expenditure PACs?

    18. Do you feel Illinois’ TIF laws need to be modified?

    19. As of today October 13th, Illinois’ backlog of bills is at $8.9 billion what would you do about this backlog?

    20. What do you believe you are more capable of doing than your opponent?

  2. 1) Absolutely.

    2) Beg, and advocate for lower corp taxes.

    3) Disagree. Colorado blazed this trail, and now many regret their chosen path as dopeheads migrated to that state and tookup residence in tents and doorways just so they could legally take hits. However, if this happens down the road, then let’s do a comprehensive analysis and make decisions based on facts not inuendo and assumptions.

    4) Agree. They have no place in our community. Again, let’s have some standards on safety. Close the loop on gunshow checks once and for all. While we’re at it, tax bullets – and don’t be shy about it.

    5) Absolutely not. Until 2000, earthquakes in this central part of the US was rare at best. But that has changed. Take Oklahoma, for example, where fracking is now commonplace. Unfortunately, so are the man-made earthquakes that are ruining buildings – one’s that have never had a need to carry earthquake insurance. And because these are considered man-made events, insurance is disputing having to pay. In the meantime, new buildings must be designed to be quakeproof, driving up costs. Consider:

    6) Expand recycling programs, including electronics recycling, which is dead because of Springfield – they passed a mandate they cannot fund. So taxpayers either dump tv’s in ditches or store it in homes. Climate change is here; denying it does not give our children a better life. Work with the tollway to find a way to incentivize multiple passengers in cars to reduce car volume on the roads. Evaluate conversion of public lights to LEDs, thereby reducing municipality’s carbon footprints.

    7) Work toward leveling playing field for wages such that gender does not enter into the equation.

    8) Prevailing wage is a union scam. We force entities to accept the lowest bids, but those bid amounts differ because of material costs with labor costs held flat. This takes away from bidders’ ability to bid labor costs as well.

    9) These businesses already enjoy certain perks that other businesses do not, but tilting that landscape further creates a larger disparity than already in place.

    10) I do not like term limits on publicly elected offices, but I would like to see term limits on leadership roles. Term limits takes away a voice from people. Not all elected officials are bad, not are all good. Term limits can oust a good leader just as much as a bad leader. But if the leadership roles are limited, then it allows good leaders to remain elected just take on different challenges as an elected leader. The entire state has no say on Mike Madigan’s election – he’s the poster child for Term Limits, right? But by limiting the term of his “leadership” as speaker, does allow for others to take on the role.

    11) Hard to say because politics is hardly an application of Christian teachings, where we are instilled with beliefs to help others, love and lead. And yet, the pervasive partisan ugliness restricts lawmakers from good conscious voting.

    12) Interesting that opioids are an epidemic in this question, but we had a question earlier about legalizing dope. Why do we compromise our standards? If it’s a drug make it illegal and deal with it. While I would want to expand programs to help people recover from these drugs, I’m dont think the state can afford it given the state of the state. That leaves the federal government to help, and I’m unsure that a comprehensive direction or plan can be made nationally, so it falls back on the states.

    13) HALLELUJAH, yes!!! This is long overdue. We have too many districts represented by people who know ZILCH about our communities. It’s a travesty on both parties that lawmakers couldn’t be fair to constituents, and this reform is 40 years overdue. It’s another reason people leave this state – and there are plenty of reasons for people to leave. It’s time to swing the pendulum the other way and give people reasons to stay in Illinois.

    14) Charter schools are a joke. Education should not be about turning a profit. By allowing charter schools to exist, allows corporate entites to cut corners on education because their #1 goal is turning a profit. We do have serious problems with pensions, but that doesn’t mean we shoudl compromise a child’s education for the sake of turning a buck. Statistically, fewer charter schools exist that outperform public schools; it’s a small number. They have no incentive to educate students; their incentive is profit margins by syphoning public dollars AND charging egregious tuition – and that’s just plain wrong.

    15) Property taxes are the most stable means of revenue for schools. Sales tax fluctuates as people just go to places where taxes are lower. Now, one way for the state to add revenue is something our neighbor states ALL DO – tax services. Today we do not do this, yet we complain about property taxes being high, and the state being in a financial hole. The reality, is we cannot go back to the economy of our youth. It’s not realistic – or sustainable. Other states also impose “use taxes” like on boats and campers/motorhomes. Is that a possible revenue stream – I don’t know; we can’t get out of Partisan Hell.

    16) Desperately needed, but I hate the idea of it being a toll bridge. It’s built to mitigate the traffic, but people are deterred from it because crossing comes at a price. Makes no common sense. Clearly, it’s needed to provide another means for commuters to travel and reduce rush hour gridlock – one that’s 30 years overdue. Reducing commute time is good for workers and good for their families.

    17) Get rid of dark money all together. Get real and get transparent. Dark money does nothing to earn trust with our constituents. And no, no PACs for me.

    18) Yes – the definition of blighted is arcane, antiquated and very loose for interpretation. Again, it’s a joke and needs to be updated for the 21st century.

    19) Sadly, we do need to permanently raise the state income tax back to the temporary rate from several years ago. Also, I would be willing to support (albeit with a sunset provision) a tax on services, similar to our neighbors. Again, we cannot sustain any sort of quality of life in this state by living on the economic standards of our childhood. To that end, I think it’s dishonest that legislators vote themselves payraises, particularly without public knowledge. Clearly, lawmakers failed to earn their pay fgiven the financial state of the state. The fact that the state owes creditors that amount of money is a joke on this state’s lawmakers. Our vendors deserve better than a government that reneges on bills (I consider delays as reneging).

    20) Taking a realistic view of our state’s finances and swallowing the castor oil. This state needs realistic leaders. The blind eyes cast by others for decades is exactly why we are in such a dire financial predicament. Bickering isn’t going to make it better. Cutting state or local revenue doesn’t make it better. This is a reality we must accept as adults. First, start and focus on making Illinois great again, then move on to the nation.

  3. There are plenty of children and parents happy with the charter school the child attends.

    It’s their choice.

    If they don’t like the school, they can attend a different school.

    Lots of attention on Chicago charters now that the CTU affiliated AFT Local 4343, Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers & Staff’s (Chicago ACTS) United Educators at UNO (UEU) council is considering a strike on UNO Charter School Network (UCSN) in Chicago.

    UNO = United Neighborhood Organization

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