Sep
16

Julie Bigham Eggers Signs ‘No Perks Pledge’ to Refuse State Pension and Healthcare Benefits if Elected State Rep.

Republican candidate for State Representative Julie Bigham Eggers signed a pledge today stating that if elected state representative she would refuse to accept the taxpayer funded pension and healthcare benefits offered to Illinois legislators. Julie Bigham Eggers will also refuse the part-time salary of $67,836 offered to Illinois legislators. Eggers challenged her opponent Jerry Costello II to do the same by refusing to accept the taxpayer funded pension and healthcare benefits.

Julie Bigham Eggers issued the following statement regarding the ‘No Perks Pledge’. I have signed a ‘No Perks Pledge’ to state firmly, “The State of Illinois is broke and in desperate need of repair. Illinois’ deficit is $43.8 billion. Illinois’ pension debt is $83 billion. $126 billion – That’s how much Illinois is in debt thanks to our elected officials at our state capitol. Illinois legislators haven’t earned nor deserve the lavish Pension and Cadillac healthcare benefits paid for by the taxpayers. By signing this pledge, I will refuse to accept any taxpayer funded pension and healthcare benefits.”

“The state is broke and we cannot afford benefits like these for elected officials,” said Julie Bigham Eggers. “I will also refuse the part-time salary of $67,836 offered to me if elected State Representative. I ask my opponent Jerry Costello II (A.K.A Jerry Costello Jr.) to join me in signing the ‘No Perks Pledge’ to refuse to accept any taxpayer funded pension and healthcare benefits. I await his response.

Julie Bigham Eggers No Perks Pledge

Sep
13

Julie Bigham Eggers says the state legislature should not get paid if they don’t do their job!

Columbia, IL – Candidate for State Representative of the 116th district Julie Bigham Eggers has pledged to push for a REAL balanced budget amendment if elected to the Illinois Legislature. Eggers proposal will require that the state legislature pass a balanced budget or they won’t get paid!

The Illinois Constitution currently calls for a balanced budget but does not ensure that the state’s general checkbook is balanced at the end of the year and it also fails to outline any measures to ensure accountability. Julie Bigham Eggers proposal would require that state spending will never exceed Illinois’ revenue in a fiscal year and offers new budgetary procedures or else legislators pay will not get paid.

“For years, the General Assembly has avoided fiscal responsibility which has resulted in record debt, high taxes, declining bond ratings and high unemployment,” said Julie Bigham Eggers. “Legislators and their leadership need to be held accountable – by having their pay on the line just might motivate them to get the state’s finances in order.” Read the rest of this entry »

Aug
27

Senator Dave Luechtefeld and Representative Mike Bost Endorse Julie Bigham Eggers for State Representative

State Senator Dave Luechtefeld and Representative Mike Bost recently announced their support of Julie Bigham Eggers for State Representative. Julie Bigham Eggers is running against appointed State Representative Jerry Costello Jr., the son of Congressman Jerry Costello in Illinois House District 116.

“We asked Julie Bigham Eggers to run for State Representative because she knows how to create jobs and has a grasp of Southern Illinois,” said Senator Dave Luechtefeld. Julie has the energy, independence and ideas to be an outstanding legislator. Julie Bigham Eggers will always stand tall for Southern Illinois and she will never stand for the Chicago Way. Never.”

While serving in the Illinois legislature Senator Dave Luechtefeld and Representative Mike Bost opposed Governor Quinn’s tax increase and are working to repeal the tax increase, reduce over burdensome taxes and regulations that drive jobs out of Illinois, balance Illinois’ budget and reduce wasteful spending.

“Julie Bigham Eggers opponent is Jerry Costello Jr. He is supported by Pat Quinn, Mike Madigan and the same Chicago politicians that raised your taxes and created the record debt we now face,” said Representative Mike Bost. We need your help to move Illinois in a new direction—and that begins by electing Julie Bigham Eggers to the Illinois State House.” Read the rest of this entry »

Aug
23

Julie Bigham Eggers to Push for Concealed Carry Law in Illinois by Revealing ‘Eggers-Stands-With-You.com’

Republican Candidate for State Representative Julie Bigham Eggers is pushing for a concealed carry law in Illinois through an online petition effort. The website explains the facts about why concealed carry has not became law in Illinois.

If you really want concealed carry to become law in Illinois. Then ask Julie Bigham Eggers opponent Jerry Costello Jr. who he will vote for as the next Speaker of the House. If Julie’s opponent says Mike Madigan, then you know concealed carry will not have a chance at becoming law. Julie Bigham Eggers will not vote for Speaker Madigan, the one Chicago politician preventing concealed carry from becoming law. However, Julie’s opponent Jerry Costello Jr. who he will vote for as the next Speaker of the House, Julie’s opponent has already proven his alliance to Mike Madigan through his voting record. Jr.’s most recent alliance to Madigan and Chicago politicians is shown through his actions in voting to forgive Chicago State Rep. Monique Davis 445,000 in back taxes owed to the state of Illinois. Downstate will no longer be fooled by career politicians and their web of deceit. According to Julie Bigham Eggers, “Costello Jr. is not fooling anyone – actions do speak louder than words!” (See House Bill 5761). Read the rest of this entry »

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