Romney to headline Schock fundraiser

By Marc Strauss

February 22, 2012 Updated Feb 23, 2012 at 12:50 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Congressman Aaron Schock spoke to a group of Illinois farmers Wednesday. On March 19, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will speak on Schock's behalf.

The 18th District congressman asked Romney to visit Peoria while campaigning for him during the Iowa caucuses in January. Now Romney is scheduled to appear at a $250-a-plate fundraiser at Finish Line Ford the night before the Illinois primary.

"A lot of downstate Republican voters will vote on March 20. I think it's a smart move for him to come to Peoria on March 19, the day before, and spend his last night campaigning in Illinois right here in Peoria," Schock said.

Schock has endorsed Romney, and both have attacked President Obama's proposed 2013 budget.

Wednesday's Wall Street Journal reports in it is a provision that would triple the tax rate on corporate dividends.

The budget he put forward would take our deficit from $15 trillion to $28 trillion in ten years and that's assuming we pass $1.5 trillion in new taxes. Even when Democrats controlled the House and Senate they didn't go along with the president's wish to raise taxes.

Schock also weighed in on the budget presented Wednesday in Springfield by Gov. Quinn, saying its additional billion dollars in spending is a bad idea.

"We heard from Doug Oberhelman, the CEO of Caterpillar, who said this absolutely played into their decision not to invest more in Illinois," said Schock.  "We see other companies leaving Illinois because of the tax environment. For the governor to put forward a budget that spends more and taxes more seems to me to be a little out of touch with what we really need in this state."

Schock encouraged the governor to reduce spending by reforming pensions and medicaid.