— News By Subject —
Budget & Taxes


Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses the republican budget plan, not raising taxes during the pandemic, while still providing necessary programs.

Feb. 18, 2021

The legislative session is here – almost a month old – and it's unlike any I've ever been involved with. Face-to-face meetings with constituents, other lawmakers, staff, and stakeholders has been...

Feb. 3, 2021

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, reviews several of the gas taxes, carbon-control measures and transportation-related fees proposed by Democrats this year. Kretz also discusses his legislation, House Bill 1168, authorizing forest-thinning, prescribed...

Jan. 26, 2021

The new coronavirus has changed all our lives in ways we never imagined. Me, my friends and family, my neighbors – we're all ready for this to be over. But we...

May 8, 2020

Reps. Joel Kretz and Jacquelin Maycumber, along with Sen. Shelly Short, give an update on the 2020 legislative session.

May 6, 2020

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, discusses the revenue forecast and budget negotiations.

Feb. 28, 2020

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Waucanda, expresses his opposition to a Democrat-sponsored business and occupational tax increase (B&O). Kretz also gives an update on the status of his wolf collar bill.

Feb. 14, 2020

Democrats in the state House passed legislation this week that will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon and diesel by 63 cents. Their low-carbon fuel...

Jan. 31, 2020

Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, joins Capitol Report to discuss the Democrats' proposed tax increases, despite record revenue growth. Kretz warns that this will lead to a massive deficit during the next...

March 29, 2019

Part of my job as your legislator is to continually educate my colleagues around the state – especially the West side of the state – about the issues, challenges, priorities and...

Jan. 31, 2019