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From the NW Herald:

House Bill 350, which passed the Illinois House on a 108-0 vote Friday, would allow for the forfeiture of survivor benefits for anyone convicted of a felony related to the service of any public employee. The bill was filed last month by state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, with the convening of the new General Assembly.

The bill now heads to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

Melodie Gliniewicz faces felony charges of money laundering, conspiracy and misusing charitable funds relating to the now-disbanded Police Explorers youth program run by her late husband, Fox Lake Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz.
Property taxes are hurting Illinois families and each day that goes by without tax relief, the worse this problem becomes. Everywhere that I go in my district, people tell me that high property taxes are forcing them to think about leaving the state. We have to stop the exodus from Illinois.

We not only need to freeze property tax levies, we need to cut them. Taxpayers simply cannot afford to pay ever-escalating property taxes.

My constituents are also worried about the massive tax increase being considered by the Illinois State Senate that liberal Democrats and some Republicans are promoting. The Senate tax increase bill would increase both the personal and corporate income tax rates by 33% and impose a massive new job-killing tax on small businesses. In Springfield and at the local level, we need to cut spending – not raise taxes!

Recently, I filed House Bill 1768, which would require most units of government to cut property tax levies by 10 percent over two years and then permanently freeze property tax levies at the reduced level. School districts and community colleges would be immediately required to permanently freeze their property tax levies. The only way that property taxes could be increased is by a local voter referendum.

Read Rep. McSweeney's full editorial at the NW Herald
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.