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June 23, 2018

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The Battle for the Future of Illinois

By David McSweeney

June 17, 2018

St. Louis Post Dispatch 

As the late Congressman Jack Kemp said, “If we have better ideas, we will win.” In Illinois, the Republican Party has a good chance to win if we’re bold and stand firmly for lower taxes, less spending and real reform. There should be a GOP “Contract with Illinois” based on a commitment to cut property taxes by 10 percent and roll back the 32 percent increase in the income tax rate that was passed in 2017.

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CPS sex abuse findings result in proposals to change Illinois law

CPS sex abuse findings result in proposals to change Illinois law

By Gary MarxDavid JacksonJuan Perez Jr. and Jennifer Smith Richards

June 7, 2018

Chicago Tribune

llinois lawmakers this week introduced a set of legislative proposals and began planning hearings in response to the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal.

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#MeToo Bills Headed To The Governor's Desk

#MeToo Bills Headed To The Governor's Desk

June 6, 2018

NPR Illinois

In addition to an overhaul of how the Illinois General Assembly deals with sexual harassment among its ranks, lawmakers approved several other measures meant to address concerns from the #MeToo movement. 

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Rep. McSweeney: New budget will cause more people to leave Illinois

Rep. McSweeney: New budget will cause more people to leave Illinois

June 6, 2018

Northwest Herald

Illinois is a great state with a great history. Two of the finest U.S. presidents of all time – Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan – have deep connections to our state.

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Rep. McSweeney: High taxes are driving people out of Illinois

April 27, 2018

David McSweeney

If I have heard it once, I have it heard dozens of times. The conversation or correspondence usually goes something like this. “David, Illinois is a lost cause. We are putting our house up for sale and moving. We can’t afford to live in Illinois any longer.”

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Costello stands with taxpayers, signs resolution opposing progressive income tax

April 27, 2018

Austin Berg

Calls to protect Illinoisans from a progressive income tax are now coming from both sides of the aisle in Springfield. 

 

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Op-Ed: The bipartisan bullies of township government

April 26, 2018

Austin Berg

A great deal of what’s wrong in Illinois government can be explained by a socioeconomic theory called “concentrated benefits and diffuse costs.”

What does that mean?

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Clock is ticking on federal funds for Quincy Veterans Home, McSweeney says

April 26, 2018

Angela Underwood

Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) insisted Gov. Bruce Rauner contact President Donald Trump about $265 million in funding to build new facilities and renovate older ones at the Quincy Veterans Home.

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Northern IL County Could Abolish Townships

April 21, 2018

By Cole Lauterbach 

One Illinois county is a step closer to giving voters the power to abolish townships.

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EDITORIAL: Most folks don’t enjoy automatic pay hikes — and neither should legislators

April 20, 2018

Sun Times Editorial Board

When Illinois legislators want to give themselves raises, they should have the guts to take a vote on that every single time.

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Rep. David McSweeney's township bill passes Illinois House, 80-22

April 18, 2018

By ED KOMENDA

A proposed bill sponsored by State Rep. David McSweeney that could give township boards in McHenry County the power to put a consolidation referendum on an election ballot with a majority vote has passed the Illinois House.

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Our view: Support McSweeney's bill to make it easier to consolidate townships

April 12, 2018

Northwest Herald Editorial Board

It should be easier to consolidate governments in Illinois. That’s why we support a recently proposed bill backed by State Rep. David McSweeney that could give township boards in McHenry County the power to put a consolidation referendum on an election ballot.

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McSweeney proposes measure to keep guns away from those with mental illness

March 29, 2018

By Chacour Koop

Illinois police officers could take guns away from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others under legislation sponsored by a Barrington Hills Republican.

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Our View: McSweeney's sexual harassment and discrimination transparency bill a positive step

March 17, 2018

Northwest Herald Editorial Board

Sexual harassment and discrimination claims against public officials should not be handled privately.

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Ban on public sex-harassment payouts moves to House floor

Mar 7, 2018

By John O’Connor

Illinois lawmakers could not tap taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment complaints under legislation that moved to the House floor Wednesday.

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Lawmakers continue efforts to stop sexual harassment under the dome

Jan. 19, 2018

by Rachel Droze

A letter circulating the state claiming sexual harassment has been happening under the dome for decades and an allegation claiming a state senator sexually harassed a lobbyist sparked change in Illinois' statehouse.

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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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Lawmakers demand permanent plan for Quincy veteran’s home

JANUARY 9, 2018,

BY WQAD Digital Team

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) —  Illinois lawmakers are demanding Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration deliver a permanent plan of action to control an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.

 

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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

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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McSweeney argues cost of Obamacare is crushing lllinois

By Tricia Erickson

July 18, 2017 

Lake County News Gazette

Unless the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed or replaced, it will continue to wreak havoc on Illinois' financial situation, even with the state's new budget, Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) told a House Revenue and Finance Committee during a recent hearing.

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McSweeney rails against tax increase

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