McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills

David McSweeney

David McSweeney

Sophomore State Rep. David McSweeney introduced eleven bills on the first day of the session.

To say that it is an ambitious agenda is more than an understatement.

You can take a look at them below:

House Bill 173 – Repeals Section providing authority to sue [I’m guessing this is a typo by the Legislative Reference Bureau and the correct word is “site.”] automated traffic law enforcement systems at intersections in which cameras are used to photograph or video record a motor vehicle’s failure to stop and yield as required by traffic control signals. Denies home rule powers. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement from the State. Makes conforming and other technical changes.

House Bill 174 –  Creates the Local Government Dissolution Act. Provides that electors may petition for a referendum at the next general election to dissolve a non-home rule unit of local government. Sets forth the requirements for the petition, together with the form and requirements for the ballot referendum. Provides for the transfer of all real and personal property, and any other assets, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the dissolving unit of local government to the receiving unit of local government. Amends the Election Code to provide exceptions for the Local Government Dissolution Act.

House Bill 175 – Amends the Open Meetings Act. Provides that a request for review may be filed not later than 60 days after the discovery of an alleged violation of the Act (instead of 60 days after the alleged violation) if facts concerning the violation are not discovered within 60 days after the alleged violation but are discovered at a later date by a person utilizing reasonable diligence.

House Bill 176 – Amends the Illinois Income Tax Act. For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, reduces the rate of tax to 3% for individuals, trusts, and estates and 4.8% for corporations. Makes corresponding changes concerning the distribution of tax proceeds. Provides that, if the State exceeds certain specified spending limitations, the Auditor General shall post a copy of the supplemental spending report on his or her website.

House Bill 177 – mends the Property Tax Extension Limitation [Tax Cap] Law in the Property Tax Code. Provides that, for tax years 2015 through 2017, the extension limitation is (a) 0% or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters (instead of the lesser of 5% or the percentage increase in the Consumer Price Index during the 12-month calendar year preceding the levy year or (b) the rate of increase approved by voters).

House Bill 178 – Amends the Property Tax Code. Creates a Township Property Tax Extension Freeze for the 2015 levy year for townships with a population of 100,000 or less that are located within a county that is subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

House Bill 179 – Amends the General Assembly Article of the Illinois Pension Code. Provides that no person first elected or appointed to the General Assembly on or after November 8, 2016 shall be eligible to become a participant in the General Assembly Retirement System.

House Bill 180 – Amends the Salaries Act. Decreases the annual salary of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Comptroller, Treasurer, and Attorney General by 10% beginning on January 9, 2019. Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Decreases the annual salary and committee service stipends of General Assembly members by 10% beginning on January 11, 2017 for each member of the House of Representatives and each member of the Senate elected to a 2-year term commencing January 14, 2015 and beginning January 9, 2019 for all other members of the Senate.

House Bill 181 – Amends the General Assembly Compensation Act. Reduces the district office allowance of members of the General Assembly by 10%.

House Bill 182 – Provides that funds for township and road districts may be derived from other road district sources, but may not exceed the amount that would be allocated under the motor fuel tax fund formula.

HJRCA5 – Proposes to amend the Executive Article of the Illinois Constitution. Eliminates the office of Lieutenant Governor, beginning with the term of office otherwise commencing in 2019. Effective upon being declared adopted.


McSweeney Introduces Eleven Bills — 7 Comments

  1. Wow, nothing about abortion and drunk driving.

    It’s gettin pretty obvious who is really representing their constituents.

    Thank you!

  2. How refreshing!

    All have an uncanny resemblance to principled, conservative representation of the people’s [not so special] interests…

  3. Paul, “All have an uncanny resemblance to principled, conservative representation of the people’s [not so special] interests”, Really? HB 178 and HB 182

    When will elected State Legislators get honest with the people and ATTACK the real problem with taxes in the State?

    The REAL problem is the existence of a clause in the Constitution relative to pensions – where is the legislation to have a referendum to change it?

    The REAL problem is we pay public sector employees more than the taxpayers can afford.

    Relative to property taxes, the REAL problem is the Schools.

    We keep paying teachers more and more for a constant decrease in the quality of the product they produce.

    We have complicated school funding to the extent that districts are forced to hire people to apply for grants and track ALL the sources of income for schools.

    We will soon be paying more in property tax for teacher pensions than we pay for teachers who actually work!

    Instead of presenting legislation relative to Townships, I would like to see McSweeney push legislation relative to right to work and put an end to public sector employee bargaining.

    Here are some statistics he can use: Property tax EXTENSION INCREASES from 2008 to 2013: (This is the actual dollars NOT the rate)

    PARK DISTRICTS ————–1.60 %
    TOWNSHIPS——————–4.86 %
    MUNICIPALITIES—————5.73 %
    LIBRARY BOARDS—————6.45 %
    FIRE DEPARTMENTS————-6.88 %
    TWP ROAD DISTRICTS———–7.00 %
    COUNTY AND MCCD——— —7.68 &
    CEMETARIES——————-9.16 %
    SCHOOL DISTRICTS————12.75 %

    The winner is of course school districts – not Townships. S

    tatements relative to flat property taxes being collected by the County are not reflected in the property tax extensions as listed on the County website.

    Do note that this study was done comparing 2008 to 2013.

    In the same period, property owners in the County have LOST close to ONE-THIRD of their property values. .

  4. If we eliminate the Lt. Governor position, that effectively means that Lisa Madigan is next in line for the Governor slot for the next 40 years (she ain’t going anywhere).

  5. WOW.

    When a candidate is criticized because they “have an agenda”, the candidate should be commended — it means they’re against the status quo.

    A candidate without an agenda is for business as usual (in Illinois = continued corruption and cronyism).

    I’m glad to have David McSweeney as my rep.

    He actually makes a case against term limits.

    His legislative agenda is what we need to keep the enemies of freedom and liberty at bay. Most or all of these bills may not pass in the next General Assembly.

    But Rep. McSweeney has done a great job of putting on the table what needs to be done to repair Illinois.


    Take a quick look at the article below regarding Illinois Representative David McSweeney showing us his humble leadership by deferring 10% of his salary and cutting his office expense.

    Point 1: Cutting his pay and office expense It’s $14,000 … Big whoop. The Illinois budget deficit in 2013 was in the neighborhood of $47,000,000,000…

    ( so conceptually his impact on the deficit was like 0.0000000% If all of the state reps did the same thing then maybe the overall impact would be 0.0000000001%

    Point 2: He’s not taking the pension… a bit of a bigger impact (still about 0.000000000%), but I guess the bigger question would be what is his net worth, how does he make his living and how do are his votes coloring the decision making…

    McSweeney is a successful investment specialist according to Google (who knows everything).

    Why is it important to know that?

    Because it would explain why he doesn’t need the pension.

    He helps people with their retirement.

    So what’s a state representative that specializes in making money to do?

    Why give him (and his investment specialist brethren) some more money to invest…

    You see, Mr. McSweeney was the sole Republican Sponsor and vote in the Illinois General Assembly for a bill that former (THANK GOD) governor Quinn just signed that requires “all businesses in operation for at least two years and that have at least 25 employees to offer by June 1, 2017, its workers an individual retirement savings option.” (Chicago Tribune- January 4, 2015


    If you want to read the bill, take in the sponsor list, and even review the voting record you can do so at

    What’s my point.

    Don’t pander, especially when you sponsor and support bills that are generated for reasons that include self enrichment.

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