Ban Red Light Cameras

red light camera
Big Brother is Watching…

But who is Watching Out for Us?

Illinois Red light Camera Laws:
Anatomy of a Scam

-National Motorists Association, July 21, 2009

“Thanks to the stories by the Herald and Tribune, legislators are feeling the public pressure on this issue and are considering reforming the red-light camera laws.”

ban red light cameras

Conservative David McSweeney supports a ban on red light cameras.

Big brother is watching more than ever as red light cameras have gone up throughout our communities.
But many have questioned their purpose – and whether they benefit the people or the politicians.

“When the very first red-light camera was planted in the suburbs at 25th Avenue and Harrison Street in Bellwood, it instantly became more than just a traffic control device. It became a cash machine.”

As State Representative, David McSweeney will support State Senator Dan Duffy’s legislation banning Red Light Cameras for right turn violations.

“As many news reports have proven, the red light cameras are not for safety of life but rather for safety of bureaucrats’ jobs who have found this hidden tax. Government exists to serve the people, not the other way around.” -David McSweeney

David McSweeney. Watching Out for Us.

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Economic Growth Agenda

Cutting Taxes. Reducing State Spending.
Economic Growth

“The only way to grow our Illinois economy and lower our unemployment rate is to cut taxes and reduce spending. More money will then stay in the hands of individuals and businesses and the result will be a better economic climate.”
-David McSweeney

Economic Growth Agenda
Freeze Property Tax Levies and Empowering Voters
If property assessments go down, the property taxes should not go up.

Repeal of the 67% Tax Increase on Individuals and Businesses in Illinois
Businesses and people are leaving Illinois because of higher taxes. In fact, since the tax increase, unemployment in Illinois has gone up.

Reduce State Spending
Illinois needs pension reform and budget cuts to help our economy: For the last several budget cycles, Illinois State Government has annually spent more money than it received in tax revenues and federal aid. The result: budget deficits, pension liabilities, and an unfriendly economic and business environment.1

Government Reform
Reduce legislators’ pay, eliminate legislators’ pensions, and stope the use of taxpayer dollars for their campaigns.

1. The Tooling and Manufacturing Association

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Leading by Example

legislative pensions

“These are part-time jobs. This is public service. Why should legislators build a retirement out of them?”
-Daily Herald, 1/29/11

Leadership by Example, An Agenda of Real Reform, Real Change

Conservative Businessman David McSweeney

Setting the Example

With a base salary of nearly $68,000, Illinois state representatives and senators earn the 5th highest legislator salary in the country.*

“End pensions for Illinois legislators”
-Daily Herald, 1/29/11

“These are part-time jobs. This is public service. Why should legislators build a retirement our of them? At a time when the state budget must take severe cuts, legislative pensions ought to be one of the cuts on the table.”

David McSweeney believes government must start tightening its belt – with legislators leading by example and cutting their own budgets first. McSweeney supports a repsonsible reform agenda that will rein in legislator salaries and end their pensions, beginning with his own.

The McSweeney Reform Agenda:

  • Eliminate legislator pensions
  • Cut legislative salaries by 10%
  • Eliminate wasteful taxpayer funded mailings
  • Cut the administrative budget of the legislature by 10%
  • Prohibit the use of legislative staff for campaign work
  • End special legislative scholarships

“We can’t tell taxpayers to tighten their belts without the legislators setting the example. As your State Representative, I will not accept a pension and I will push for a 10% pay cut. Keep in mind that the legislature is only in session for part of the year.”
-David McSweeney

Real Experience. Real Change.

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Fighting for Real Property Tax Relief

Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough.
Property taxes are going up.
Home values are going down.

Fighting for Real Property Tax Relief

It’s a sign of the times

Property taxes skyrocketing, even as home values go down.
Illinois workers searching for jobs in a poor economy.
Families struggling to make ends meet, hit with a 67% tax hike.

In fact, Cook, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties are all ranked in the top 100 across the nation for the highest property taxes.1
Property Tax Relief
David McSweeney will fight to secure real property tax relief for Illinois’ homeowners.

McSweeney supports plans to freeze property taxes when home values go down and put voters in charge.

As our State Representative, McSweeney will lead the fight to protect homeowners by supporting HB3793, prohibiting taxing bodies from increasing property tax levies, when property assessments decrease.

1. The Tax Foundation

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Fighting to Repeal Illinois' 67% Tax Increase

“The Governor, the legislature, and the bureaucrats pushed for and passed the largest tax increase in Illinois’ history. Instead of balancing the budget by cutting back on spending, they increased taxes on individuals and businesses. My top priority is to repeal the tax increase immediately and put an end to the job-kill environment in Illinois.”
-David McSweeney

Real Change in Springfield begins with David McSweeney

Businessman McSweeney Strongly Supports the Repeal of Illinois’ 67% Tax Increase.

Illinois was just starting to recover and create jobs.1

But then the Governor, the legislature, and the bureaucrats in Springfield passed the largest tax increase in Illinois’ history.1

Now the unemployment rate has reached 9.9%2, and a family of four earning $60,000 a year pays over $1,000 more in taxes.3

“Businesses don’t like Illinois’ corporate tax increase, but neighboring states do”
-Chicago Tribune, January 12, 2011

“Illinois budget deficit to hit $8 billion despite tax increase”
-Chicago Tribune, September 26, 2011

David McSweeney is an independent conservative leader and an experienced businessman who understands that raising taxes kills jobs.

That’s why David will work hard to repeal the job-killing 67% income tax increase that is hurting middle-class families and small business owners.

1. Illinois Policy Institute
2. Associated Press Report
3. Wall Street Journal

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Intro Biographical Mailer

This was the first of a set of introductory campaign mailers sent to Republicans for the upcoming March 20th 2012 Primary.
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David McSweeney

for State Representative

The leadership we need.
The experience we can trust.

Biography Mailer

David McSweeney.


  • Married 20 years to wife, Margaret
  • Proud father of two daughters, Melissa and Katie
  • Successful businessman who has raised capital for American companies
  • Attended Barrington High School
  • Graduate of Duke University and the Duke Fuqua school of Business
  • Former Palatine Township Trustee
  • Intern with the Reagan-Bush 1984 Presidential campaign
  • Served as Republican Precinct Captain in Palatine, Barrington and Schaumburg Townships

Create Jobs Our Families Need David McSweeney will work to create a pro-jobs, pro-business climate that will open Illinois for business and reduce regulations so that we are more competitive with neighboring states.

Reduce Wasteful Government Spending David McSweeney will work to reform the broken public employee pension system so that it is more accountable to Illinois taxpayers and supports cutting the administrative budgets of each government agency by 10%.

Protect Our Families’ Hard-Earned Incomes David McSweeney knows that during tough times, families need every penny they can get. That’s why David will work hard to repeal the job-killing 67% income tax increase that is hurting middle-class families and small business owners.

Lead by Example David McSweeney will work to cut Legislators’ pay by 10% and will eliminate bloated Legislator pensions on our dime.

David McSweeney


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McCain to help McSweeney

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2011

Senator John McCain to headline event for David McSweeney

Barrington Township: David McSweeney, candidate for State Representative in the 52nd District, is announcing an event to be headlined by former Republican Presidential nominee and Senator from Arizona John McCain. Senator McCain will be the featured guest at an event to be held in early 2012. Details of the event are pending and will be released when they become available.

“I am proud to have Senator McCain headline my event for my campaign for Republican nominee for State Representative in the 52nd District. Senator McCain is a true American hero having served in the United States Navy, the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Senator McCain and I share the belief that government at all levels needs to balance their budgets” said McSweeney.

“Illinois’ budget mess has become a national story mirroring the failed policies of the Federal government. Tax increases, debt and deficits have resulted in a 9.1% national jobless rate and Illinois now stands at 10% unemployed. Since the huge tax increases were levied in Illinois our unemployment rate has gone up. We need to cut taxes and roll back regulations on business so that we can grow our businesses and increase job opportunities. Senator McCain has been a proponent of reining in spending nationally and I look forward to engaging in that battle right here in Illinois”, said McSweeney.

John McCain served as a naval aviator in Vietnam. His plane was shot down in 1967 and he was held captive until 1973. He was elected to the US House in 1982 and then the US Senate in 1986. In 2008 he was the Republican nominee for President. He continues to serve in the Senate and is a leading advocate of conservative principles.