Halbrook 2020 Budget Statement


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Illinois General Assembly


For Immediate Release                   Contact: Rep. Brad Halbrook

   February 19, 2020                         774-1306


Rep. Halbrook: Governor’s Budget Proposal is Just More “Tax and Spend”


Springfield…Following the Governor’s budget address today, State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville) says the outlined proposal is simply more of the same “tax and spend” that continue to drive Illinois deeper into debt.


Halbrook is issuing the following statement on JB Pritzker’s Budget Address:


“The Governor today tried to make the point that Illinois is united. He said in his address that ‘trying to separate Chicago from the rest of Illinois, whether rhetorically or literally, will not solve the economic challenges of downstate Illinois. Quite the opposite. Some of you need to stop pretending that one part of Illinois can exist without all the others. We are … one Illinois.’


I appreciate the sentiment that Illinois is one state, but the truth is Chicago politicians continue to attack our values and our way of life. The message the Governor is sending to the thousands of people who are upset enough with what is happening in our state that they want to form a new state separate from the City of Chicago is to sit down and be quiet and just accept having their values trampled. This not the way to win over residents of rural Illinois.


There was nothing in the Governor’s speech to give downstate residents any hope that he is going to stop attacking our values and our way of life. In fact, just the opposite. The Governor wants to preach unity, but his actions tell a much different story. He is going to continue to double down on his extreme, liberal agenda and continue to divide Chicago and downstate Illinois. 


It is clear our point of view matters little to this Governor. His budget is just the same as the record $40 Billion spending plan he signed last year except the new budget sets a new record by adding another $2.2 billion in spending, and he’s relying on his graduated income tax increase scheme to pay for it. Illinois families are already the highest taxed in the nation, and more people have fled our state in the past ten years than any other. What we heard today is just a continuation of the Democrats’ tax and spend philosophy that created this mess in the first place. We don’t need more taxes. We need reforms and sadly the Governor made it clear reforms such as spending, and pension reforms are off the table.”


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Pritzker Defends One Corrupt Illinois, Mocks Reform Movement

Taking a breather from hiking taxes and destroying middle-class jobs, Governor Pritzker and the wealthy Chicago Democrats today mocked our movement for a better future. Pritzker could have acknowledged the pain and disgust behind our movement for a New Illinois. A New Illinois without a culture of corruption or unfundable spending promises. Instead, Gov. Pritzker confirmed all the worst stereotypes of a rich, out of touch, liberal billionaire looking down on the rest of us.

You can see my full remarks here.

Then watch Pritzker's remarks for yourself below, and sign our petition demanding a New Illinois.

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The President's Team

I am proud to report that I have been selected to serve as an Alternative Delegate for our President Donald Trump to the Republican National Convention next year. 

If you support the President and want to see him re-elected next year, then I hope you'll download a copy of the President's delegate petition and ask a few of your friends to sign it and then mail it back to me at Citizens for Brad Halbrook PO Box 644, Shelbyville IL, 62565

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2019 Announcement

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Open Government Night

Press Release | August 12, 2019

Contact: Ashley Phelps | 202-225-2371


Davis Announces Upcoming
Open Government Night

Champaign, IL - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced he will be hosting his second Open Government Night following the first event held in Decatur recently where more than 250 constituents attended. The series is in conjunction with state lawmakers to allow constituents an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials at the state and federal level on important issues. The second event will be held in Champaign with State Representative Brad Halbrook (R-Shelbyville).

"Ensuring constituents have an opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials continues to be my priority," said Davis. "Open Office Hours allow me to have personal, one-on-one conversations with people about the issues they care about. Open Government Nights allow people to discuss issues facing our government at the state and federal levels. I'm looking forward to discussing these issues next Monday night."

“Events like this are a great way for area residents to hear directly from their State Representative and Congressman about the issues important to them. We need to hear from our constituents, and so I would encourage everyone to try to make it out and let their voice be heard." said Halbrook.

Open Government Nights are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis for constituents.

Davis has hosted 70 Open Office Hours, where constituents meet with him one-on-one or in small groups, and his staff has held 106 Traveling Help Desks, where they help constituents with casework or take down policy concerns, during his time in Congress.
Upcoming Open Government Night


WHAT: Audience Q&A with Congressman Davis and Representative Halbrook moderated by News-Gazette Media's Scott Beatty.

WHEN: Monday, August 19th 6:00-7:30PM CST, Doors open at 5:00PM CST

WHERE: Parkland College, Harold and Jean Miner Theatre, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign, IL

Attendance is free and open to the public.
Seating is first-come, first-serve. No registration.
Parking is free. Lot M1 north of the theatre entrance is recommended.
Anyone requiring special accommodations can call (217) 403-4690.

Information for Media Only

Media is invited to cover the Open Government Night and will be permitted to take photos and video. Following the events, media will have an opportunity to speak with Davis. If media plans to attend, they are asked to RSVP to ashley.phelps@mail.house.gov.




Springfield District Office
2833 S Grand Ave East
Springfield, IL 62703
P: 217.791.6224

Champaign District Office
2004 Fox Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
P: 217.403.4690

Decatur District Office
243 S Water Street
Suite 100,
Decatur, IL 62523
P: 217.791.6224

Maryville District Office
915 Professional Park Drive
Maryville, IL 62624
P: 618.205.8660

Normal District Office
104 W. North Street
Normal, IL 61761
P: 309.252.8834

Taylorville District Office
108 W. Market St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
P: 217.824.5117

Washington, DC Office | 1740 Longworth HOB | Washington, DC 20515 | P: 202.225.2371 | F: 202.225.0791



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Halbrook Dismantles State Funding Myth

You’ve probably heard the talking point that downstate gets more money back from the state when compared to Chicago, so we should all just sit down, be quiet, and thank Chicago. I won’t sit down. And I won’t be quiet. Hear my take from an interview I did on Capitol Connection.


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Halbrook Urges Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

Rep. Halbrook urges opposition to a possible gas tax hike


For Immediate Release                                                                                      Contact: Brad Halbrook

Dec. 17, 2018                                                                                                                        217-774-1306 


Shelbyville, IL – With the possibility of legislators being asked to vote on a gas tax increase during the upcoming lame duck session of the Legislature, State Representative Brad Halbrook is urging opposition to any tax hike proposal.


“We do not need a repeat of what happened in 2011 when the Democrat majority pushed through a massive income tax increase during the lame duck session as dozens of lawmakers who were leaving office the next day cast votes to raise taxes,” Halbrook said. “That vote occurred in the middle of the night while most people were asleep. There was strong opposition to how that tax increase became law. We should not go down that road again.”


There have been several ideas floated to raise the gas tax in Illinois. The most recent proposal from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is to raise the gas tax 20 – 30 cents in Illinois. The average tax on motor fuel in Illinois is 37.32 cents per gallon. Raising the tax by 30 cents per gallon would mean Illinois would have the highest gas in the nation at 67.32 cents per gallon – nearly 9 cents higher than the 58.7 cents per gallon tax in Pennsylvania.


Halbrook said what is needed is a comprehensive approach to transportation – not a knee jerk reaction to raise taxes just because gas prices are low.


“The political battles between Gov. Rauner and Speaker Madigan has made it impossible to get a Capital bill done and so we have not done any major road improvement plans in a very long time,” Halbrook said. “But we do not need to sneak tax increases through in the middle of the night and allow lame duck legislators to set major policies for the state. We need to take a comprehensive approach to transportation funding and we also need to see what is going to happen at the federal level as Democrats and Republicans both are wanting a major transportation funding initiative. We should wait and see what happens at the federal level before raising taxes here in Illinois.”


For more information, log onto www.rephalbrook.com/.




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Illinois Chamber PAC Endorses Halbrook

The voice of Illinois business, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce’s Political Action Committee has endorsed Brad Halbrook for State Representative in the 102nd District.

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Rauner Endorsement

Optimized-_DSC1660.JPGGovernor Bruce Rauner officially endorsed Brad Halbrook in the 102nd Representative District Republican Primary.

“As a small businessman and farmer, Brad has the experience Illinois needs in Springfield," said Rauner. "During his previous service in the General Assembly, Brad established a strong conservative record by advocating for much needed reforms, economic growth and lower taxes. We need leaders like Brad Halbrook who will bring real-world business experience to the General Assembly. Career politicians and the special interests have stifled business for too long."

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