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From the NW Herald:

The odds of a lame-duck income tax increase, already pretty remote, became even more of a long shot with a significant majority of Illinois House lawmakers now on the record opposed to it.

House Resolution 1494, which opposes any effort to raise taxes in the final days of session in January, passed on an 87-12 vote Wednesday. With almost three-fourths of the House backing the House bill, local Reps. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, and Jack Franks, D-Marengo, consider a lame-duck tax increase dead in the water. McSweeney filed the resolution, and Franks the constitutional amendment, and both lawmakers have co-sponsored each other’s bills.

With a six-month stopgap budget set to expire at the end of the year, and ongoing talk of a “grand compromise” budget deal between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate, McSweeney and Franks were concerned that an effort would be made to ram a deal through in the final days of session.


“I hope this kills a massive tax increase. Eighty-seven members stood up and said no tax increase during a lame-duck session,” McSweeney said.
The Illinois Chamber of Commerce has named State Representative David McSweeney a Champion of Free Enterprise. It is given to the types of lawmakers who will encourage investment in Illinois and help it become more competitive with other states. The Champion of Free Enterprise Award is awarded biennially to recognize Illinois Senators and Representatives who have committed to support and defend the employers of Illinois and support the policies of a free enterprise system to help Illinois’ economy grow and prosper. In order to be eligible for the award a lawmaker must have received an average of at least 85% positive voting record as rated in the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Legislative Rating, which is published at the end of each session. The ratings are based on votes on key business legislation selected for their impact on the business community. 
State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) filed House Bill 6613 last Friday to prohibit subruban and downstate school districts from including port retirement bonuses in contracts, a practice that costs local taxpayers thousands of dollars. The practice was recently highlighted in a Chicago Tribune article. The bill does not yet include CPS but Rep. McSweeeney is open to the idea. 

"I would definitely consider adding Chicago, but I want to see all the facts and read the (new CTU) contract," McSweeney said Tuesday. "I certainly do not like the practice."

Read more on the bill at the Chicago Tribune.
A new state law allows Illinois high school students to earn college credit while in high school, ultimately making college tuition more affordable.

Gov. Bruce Rauner last week signed the legislation calling on community colleges to make courses available to high school students for free.

....."College tuition is only getting more and more expensive each year," McSweeney said. "This new law will open the door for Illinois high school students to earn dual credit for certain classes while they are still in high school. It is an effort to help students save money on their college tuition costs and to better assist their transition from high school to college."

Read the full story at the Daily Herald.
From the Daily Herald:

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday signed legislation from a bipartisan duo of suburban lawmakers geared toward cutting local government costs.

One new law was sparked by the reporting of Daily Herald columnist Jake Griffin and would limit spending on travel for local officials and prohibit using taxpayer money for entertainment costs.

"Illinois has the highest property taxes in the nation," state Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, said of the plan he sponsored. "We need to make sure our tax dollars are being used wisely and we need to reduce property taxes."

Another new law signed Friday would require counties to write a report for state lawmakers about what local governments they make appointments for. The idea is to try to identify unnecessary local agencies.
The clamor in Springfield for a tax increase has reached a near fever pitch. The conventional wisdom, we are told, is Illinois’ budget is so out of balance, so out of whack the only hope of solving this crisis is a massive tax increase on Illinois families and small business employers. A tax increase is the wrong answer for Illinois.

In the last few weeks, various tax increase proposals have emerged. News reports say a recent secret working group document calls for increasing the personal income tax rate by nearly 30 percent, from 3.75 percent to as much as 4.85 percent, and expanding the sales tax to include certain services.

The truth is Illinoisans cannot afford another tax increase. WalletHub.com recently named Illinois the state with the highest combination of local and state taxes in the entire nation. The last thing Illinois taxpayers need right now is for lawmakers to add to an already high tax burden in Illinois. 

State Rep. David McSweeney is calling on the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to examine lead levels in Illinois’ drinking water supplies, he said in a news release.

“We are learning through media reports that some water systems could have lead levels exceeding federal standards,” McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, said. “This is our drinking water we are talking about here. The IEPA needs to investigate this closely and report back to us on how widespread this problem really is. This problem needs to be addressed now.”

Read more at the NW Herald.