McSweeney Signs Up 56 to Oppose Retirement Tax

David McSweeney

David McSweeney

As of January 19th, State Rep. David McSweeney has 56 sponsors of his House Resolution not to tax retirement income.

Here is what appears on the Illinois General Assembly website:


House Sponsors

Rep. David McSweeney – Brandon W. Phelps – Jeanne M Ives – Martin J. Moylan – Mark Batinick, Margo McDermed, Steven Andersson, Jack D. Franks, Sue Scherer, Deborah Conroy, Jerry F. Costello, II, Anna Moeller, Katherine Cloonen, Daniel V. Beiser, Mike Smiddy, Natalie A. Manley, Sam Yingling, Stephanie A. Kifowit, C.D. Davidsmeyer, Reginald Phillips, Thomas Morrison, Bill Mitchell, Adam Brown, Avery Bourne, Dwight Kay, John M. Cabello, Ron Sandack, Terri Bryant, Christine Winger, Michael P. McAuliffe, Randy Frese, Joe Sosnowski, John D. Anthony, Anthony DeLuca, Patrick J. Verschoore, John D. Cavaletto, Sheri L Jesiel, Jay Hoffman, Tom Demmer, Andrew F Skoog, Frances Ann Hurley, David Reis, Rita Mayfield, Norine Hammond, Jaime M. Andrade, Jr., Camille Y. Lilly, Kenneth Dunkin, Donald L. Moffitt, Mary E. Flowers, John D’Amico, Linda Chapa LaVia, Emanuel Chris Welch, Peter Breen, Cynthia Soto, Sonya M. Harper and Monique D. Davis

The names of Jack Franks and Steve Andersson appear above.

Maybe you can find the names of local State Representatives Mike Tryon or Barbara Wheeler on the list of sponsors, but I can’t.

Mike Tryon

Mike Tryon

Tryon’s numbers are

  • (217) 782-0432
  • (815) 459-6453
Barb Wheeler

Barb Wheeler

Wheeler can be contacted at

  • (217) 782-1664
  • (847) 973-0064

Tryon is retiring and member of the House Republican Leadership team.

Wheeler has no primary opponent.

It takes 60 votes to pass a bill and there are 118 House members.


McSweeney Signs Up 56 to Oppose Retirement Tax — 8 Comments

  1. How is it that Barb Wheeler gets a free pass demonstrating politics such as hers?

    McHenry County votes on a “popularity contest” vs. a fact base campaign.

    Jack Franks, again, is voting with his constituents, locally, and he gets whacked around locally by ‘the established party.’

    Perhaps the ‘established party’ needs to begin cleaning out from within?

  2. The established party toppled “The Regime”

    There is no popularity contest.

    The Prim supporters presented the facts, while Zinke’s camp created confusion.

    It’s time for Jack to take a hike down that hill!.

    And, please bring Mad Mikey with you!

  3. Neither Tryon nor Wheeler are in the list.

    To search on a web page, just click the three lines or dots in the upper right hand corner of the browser, select find, type in the search words into the pop up search bar (usually in one corner of the screen), hit key or the up and down arrows (depends on browser), and any results will be highlighted on the page.

  4. To tax Social Security or 401K’s along with pensions, and everyone knows the number 1 revenue need is to fund pensions, and the legislative benefit hikes to underfunded pensions along with salary hikes while pensions were underfunded games occurred, is not representing taxpayers at large.

    There’s no sense of fairness to the Social Security and 401K folks.

    That’s diverting funds from less lucrative retirements to more lucrative retirements.

  5. I hear more and more retirees leaving Illinois and taking their pensions with.

    It seems to me that state pensions that are opting out of Illinois should be taxed up front.

    I am sure this would be illegal but any fool that stays in this state is stuck paying for all those bailing and giving nothing back to the state.

    Tax the state pensioners that leave and keep your hands off social security and 401k’s, the state didn’t contribute tax payers money into those.

  6. There are probably not too many who would be bothered by taxing high public pensions, but, if Barb Wheeler believes that only public pension can be taxed, I believe she is forgetting the uniformity clause in the Illinois State Constitution:




    In any law classifying the subjects or objects of non-property taxes or fees, the classes shall be reasonable and the subjects and objects within each class shall be taxed uniformly. Exemptions, deductions, credits, refunds and other allowances shall be reasonable.

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