Excerpt from the NW Herald:

"One of the lead co-sponsors of the bill, state Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, said it is “absolutely outrageous that members of the General Assembly should get a pay increase” when the state has not yet passed a budget.

“They should lock us in the capital until we pass a budget without a tax increase,” McSweeney said. He said that without passage of a budget, social service agencies are starting to feel the pressure."

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"Representative David McSweeney joined the show to talk about a mandatory pay raise that is coming to those in Springfield and his belief that Illinois needs a budget deal before any representative should take that raise. He’s giving his raise away, and he criticized both sides of the aisle for putting this state in the financial position that it is."

Listen to Rep McSweeney on WGN Radio this morning. 
The NW Herald editorial board gave State Representative David McSweeney a "Thumbs Up":

"Thumbs up: To state Rep. David McSweeney for denouncing the pay raises lawmakers passed for themselves and donating the raise to social service agencies. “I think it is outrageous that we, as legislators, are getting a pay raise even though we are not down in Springfield every single day doing our job to get a budget passed,” said McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican. “We should be down there every day working to resolve the budget crisis. People are going to get hurt if we don’t do our job and pass a budget soon.” Legislators are receiving a 2 percent automatic cost-of-living adjustment, which amounts to about an additional $1,563 annually. The comptroller’s office has said the law prohibits McSweeney from rejecting the pay increase outright. So he is donating $781.50 each to Pioneer Center for Human Services and Night Ministry, a nonprofit group that helps homeless children and adults."
SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) says lawmakers should not be receiving a pay raise when the State does not even have a balanced budget. By law, he is not able to reject the pay raise and announced today he is donating the full amount of the yearly extra pay to charity.‎ “I think it is outrageous that we as legislators are getting a pay raise even though we are not down in Springfield every single day doing our job to get a budget passed,” said McSweeney. “We should be down there every day working to resolve the budget crisis. People are going to get hurt if we don't do our job and pass a budget soon."

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A good-government bill inspired by the Oakwood Hills Village Board’s closed-session handling of a power plant proposal is awaiting action by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

House Bill 175, which will give people a larger window to report potential violations of the Illinois Open Meetings Act to the Illinois Attorney General’s public-access office, was sent to Rauner’s desk at the end of June, about a month after it unanimously cleared the House and Senate.

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State Rep. David McSweeney, who already has voluntarily given up his paycheck, filed a bill that would suspend legislator pay during the budget impasse. House Bill 4253 would remove members of the General Assembly from the list of continuing appropriations, forcing legislators to pass a balanced budget before they could receive their paychecks.

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From the Daily Herald

State Rep. David Harris, an Arlington Heights Republican, has asked the state to withhold his paycheck if state workers miss theirs later this month because of the ongoing budget fight in Springfield...

Later, state Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, said he'd follow Harris' lead and send a similar letter in the afternoon...