State Representative 52nd District

David McSweeney

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Rep. David McSweeney files bill to allow voters to abolish townships

By Ed Komenda Jan. 17, 2018 Northwest Herald Crystal Lake – State Rep. David McSweeney has filed a bill that could allow voters to eliminate townships and transfer their responsibilities and assets to McHenry County officials. On Friday, the Barrington Hills Republican filed House Bill 4244, a proposed law that applies only to the 17 townships in McHenry County and puts abolishing townships at the top of McSweeney’s legislative priorities.

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McSweeney property tax reform effort starts with consolidation

By Glenn Minnis Jan. 15, 2017 Lake County Gazette Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) seems hopeful that the timing might finally be right for the property tax proposal he’s been promoting for a long time. “Consolidation of local government is the best way to bring about longtime change and lower property taxes,” McSweeney said during a recent appearance on the "Illinois Rising" radio show, co-hosted by Dan Proft, who also is a principal in Local Government Information Services, which owns this publication. “The ultimate vision has got to be giving voters the ability to eliminate and consolidate on the best path to lower property taxes.”

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Suburban lawmaker wants to end towns' spending for conventions, training

By Elana Farrarin  Jan. 12, 2018 Daily Herald A suburban lawmaker wants to stop local governments from spending money for elected officials and employees to attend conferences or trainings, saying taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill in "a time of crisis."

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McSweeney urges swift state action at Quincy veterans home

By Angela Underwood Jan. 9, 2018 Lake County Gazette Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) wanted answers at the joint Illinois House-Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday. Directing his questions to Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah and Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Erica Jeffries, McSweeney wanted to know why the public was not immediately informed of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy in 2015, which has since caused 13 deaths.

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McSweeney: It is time for federal tax reform

By State Rep. David McSweeney Oct. 18, 2017 Northwest Herald One of the first things President Ronald Reagan accomplished after winning the 1980 presidential election was to help pass legislation in 1981 to cut federal tax rates. President Reagan later said cutting taxes was a priority because, “The whole thing could be boiled down to a few words – freedom, freedom and more freedom.” 

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Billions in Illinois bills not set for payment

By John O’Connor, The Associated Press Posted Oct 10, 2017 at 6:41 AMUpdated Oct 10, 2017 at 6:41 AM    Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation’s worst budget crisis, and a review obtained by The Associated Press shows $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills -- as much as half the total -- hadn’t been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.  

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Abortion Bill That He Vowed To Veto

By Dave McKinney Sept. 28, 2017 WBEZ News  Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday signed into law an abortion bill that he previously threatened to veto, prompting a backlash from conservatives and creating political risks for a first-term governor who has largely stayed away from social policies.

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GOP lawmakers file effort to repeal sanctuary law

Two Illinois Republican state reps are very concerned about the immigration law enforcement measure Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Monday.

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McSweeney files resolution opposing Cook County soda tax

Aug. 11, 2017 Illinois Review BARRINGTON - Rep. David McSweeney is hearing from the part of his district that's in Cook County - and they are upset about the one cent per ounce soda pop tax that went into effect last week. 

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Some say good riddance to controversial EDGE tax credit that expired months ago

By Greg Bishop Aug. 3, 2017 Illinois News Network The controversial tax credit handed out to some businesses, but not all, expired months ago and a couple of Illinois state representatives says good riddance. The Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credit, known as EDGE, provided special tax incentives to certain businesses to encourage those companies to locate or expand in Illinois, but the program was criticized for not having enough checks and balances. Even Gov. Bruce Rauner said EDGE needed to be reformed to ensure it only focused on job creation, not retention.

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