U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) has honored his "Contract with the Illinois 17th District" and led by example in Washington, D.C.
On January 6, 2010, Schilling signed the following contract:
I, Bobby Schilling, pledge to the citizens of the 17th district of the state of Illinois and to the American people that:
1. I will reject the congressional pension.
2. I will not accept any pay increase or raise. Any pay-raise will be returned to a charity inside of the district.
3. I will not accept any health care benefits from the federal government. My family and I will keep our own private insurance plan.
4. I will term limit myself to four terms or eight years in the House of Representatives.
5. I will read or understand each and every bill that I vote in favor of.
6. I will provide constituent services that are second to none.
Schilling has followed through and kept each of these promises in his first term.
"This job is about service--about serving the people and working for the next generation," Schilling said. "It's not about me. It's not about a plaque on the wall. This is about fighting for the future of our children and grandchildren."
Jon Schweppe, communications director at Bobby Schilling for Congress, said that voters know Bobby Schilling is a true public servant.
"Bobby Schilling places serving the people above all else," Schweppe said. "That's why he got involved, and his contract demonstrates that emphatically. Voters know they can trust Bobby Schilling because he isn't trying to make a career for himself--he's focused on creating jobs, balancing the budget, and leading by example in Washington."