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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. 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.

State Representative David McSweeney recently sat down with fellow Representative Patti Bellock and State Senators Andy Manar and Daniel Biss at the City Club of Chicago's luncheon on the state budget. 

Watch the entire panel here.
House lawmakers unanimously passed a proposal Tuesday calling on community colleges to make courses available to high school students for free.

Sponsored by state Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, the measure calls for the creation of a statewide pilot program modeled after Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300's Accelerate College program, which allows qualifying high school students to take a full-year of college classes tuition free during senior year.

If passed by the Senate and signed into law, Illinois high school students can earn dual credit for taking community college classes. Participation in the Accelerate College pilot program would be voluntary for community colleges.

Read more from the Daily Herald.
A bill that would make it harder for local government officials to travel and dine at taxpayer expense sailed through the Illinois House and is on its way to the state Senate.

House Bill 4379, filed in January by state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, would limit the amount of money that non-home-rule governments can spend on travel, meals and lodging. The bill was inspired by a slew of reports and investigations revealing questionable travel and entertainment expenses racked up by government officials.

Read more at the NW Herald
From the State Journal Register:

A measure to eliminate the office of lieutenant governor in Illinois has gotten initial approval in the state House.

The bill from Republican state Rep. David McSweeney would not apply to the state's current lieutenant governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti.

The House State Government Administration Committee unanimously approved the bill Wednesday on a 12-0 vote.

McSweeney says the office has limited responsibilities and eliminating the position would save the state about $1.6 million annually. The change would be a constitutional amendment so voters would ultimately decide whether to eliminate the office starting in 2019, the end of Sanguinetti's term. The question will go to voters if three-fifths of each chamber supports the proposal.

An identical measure is pending in the Senate.