From the Daily Herald:

An Algonquin area school district's initiative has prompted legislation calling on community colleges to make courses available to high school students for free.

State Rep. David McSweeney, a Barrington Hills Republican, has proposed the measure [House Bill 5561] pushing for the creation of a statewide pilot program modeled after 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.


"I think it's a great program," said McSweeney, who worked closely with District 300 Superintendent Fred Heid to craft the legislation. "It efficiently uses state resources. It's a great model for what we should be doing (statewide) to make sure we are giving (students) the best opportunities for college. It makes sense that our students are incentivized to attend college, do college-level work and receive credit for that."

State Representative David McSweeney's office will be participating in this year's Winterfest Home and Business Expo. This showcase of services from throughout the area will be held at the Jacobs H.S. Fieldhouse, 2601 Bunker Hill Dr. in Algonquin. The expo hours are from 9am to 4pm. The event will be collecting food items for the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Food Pantry so if you can please bring non perishable items.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and like-minded lawmakers unveiled four proposed pieces of legislation Friday aimed at helping reduce the state’s 7,000 units of government.

The legislation is the first inspired by the final report released last month from the Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates chaired by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. The report, which included a 27-point action plan, concluded that the sheer number of taxing bodies and the unfunded mandates imposed on them by Springfield play a significant role in the state’s high property taxes.

State Representative McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) filed the Citizens Empowerment Act, HB 4967, to allow citizens to consolidate “duplicative, excessive or unnecessary” governments by referendum.

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