...“Trying to adopt a budget without pension reform is like trying to do surgery with a butter knife,” state Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Republican, said long before last week’s show of a faux budget confab.

McSweeney is among the lawmakers who believe pensions could be brought to a more manageable burden by restructuring the payment cycle and by trying to see if Illinois Senate President John Cullerton’s notion of offering “consideration” to public workers might be doable. That involves offering workers a choice of different options that could cut pension debt, too....

Read the entire Op-ed from Madeline Doubek, editor of Reboot Illinois here.
A bipartisan coalition of 70 Illinois House members is publicly opposing putting a sales tax on advertising as a way to help the state deal with its crushing financial problems.

House Resolution 889, filed Wednesday by local Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, puts a majority of the House on record as opposing the idea, which has been floated by the administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner as part of expanding the state sales tax to services as other states do.

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