Rauner Bans Nepotism, McSweeney Bill Banning of Payment of Legislative Hush Money in Sexual Harassment Cases

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Rauner abolishes 53 inactive boards, commissions; prohibits nepotism in state hiring Cites steps as improvements in ethics, transparency, efficiency CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner today issued executive orders eliminating 53 boards and commissions … Continue reading

McSweeney Bill Prohibiting Tax Dollars for Legislative Sexual Harassment Payouts Signed

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: McSweeney Bill Prohibiting State-Funded Sexual Harassment Payoffs Now Law Springfield, IL –Taxpayers in Illinois can now rest easy knowing state money will not be used to protect state legislators from sexual harassment … Continue reading

Skillicorn Joins Franks in Calling for Referendum to Put Algonquin Township Road District Under Township Board in 2021

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Franks, Skillicorn Asking Algonquin Township for Referendum to Abolish Highway Department WOODSTOCK, Ill. – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn is joining McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ call for the Algonquin Township Board … Continue reading

McSweeney Offers Legislation to Address Public Teacher Sex Abuse

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeneyL Rep. McSweeney Files Bill to Address State Issues Raised By CPS Sexual Abuse Scandal Springfield, IL – State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) today filed legislation to protect students from predatory educators … Continue reading

BGA Supports McSweeney Abolish McHenry County Townships by Referendum Bill

Looking at an email from the Better Government Association, I found an endorsement of State Rep. David McSweeney’s House Bill 4637, of fifteen bills the organization is supported. The email describes the bill like this: HB 4637: Allows the board … Continue reading

GOP County Chairman Diane Evertsen Comes Out Against Bill Allowing Voters to Abolish Townships

In a reverse twist on former McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Sandra Salgado’s push to consolidate townships, newly-elected Chairman Diane Evertsen has sent an email to some Precinct Committeemen calling for opposition to State Rep.David McSweeney’s bill to allow voters … Continue reading

McSweeney’s Bill Is Not About Township Consolidation

Yesterday, the Northwest Herald article‘s headline and first sentence of a story by report Ed Komenda characterized State Rep. David McSweeny’s House Bill 4637 as having to do with consolidating townships. The bill, instead, is about allowing voters to abolish … Continue reading

Reick Criticizes “Short Debate” on McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum Bill

The Illinois House has a rule which limits debate to two people on certain bills. It’s called “Short Debate.” Usually bills put on that agenda are non-controversial. The person speaking in favor of the measure is its sponsor. Then, the … Continue reading

McSweeny Budget Transparency Bill Passes House

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: House Approves McSweeney Legislation to Ensure Late Payment Interest is Included in the Budgeting Process Springfield, IL – The Illinois House overwhelmingly approved a measure State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) sponsored … Continue reading

Burton Township’s Road District Would Barely Survive Abolition under McSweeney’s Bill

With only 15.69 miles of township roads, the office of Burton Township Road Commissioner would be abolished at the end of the current commissioner’s term under House Bill 4637. The bill was sponsored in the Illinois House by Republican State … Continue reading

Bill Allowing Voters to Abolish Township Government Passes House

A press release from State Rep. David McSweeney: House Passes McSweeney’s Township Consolidation Bill Springfield, IL – Yesterday the Illinois House overwhelmingly approved State Rep. David McSweeney’s (R-Barrington Hills) measure to allow voters in McHenry County new pathways to eliminate … Continue reading

Taxpayers Still Funding Severance Agreements for Sexual Harassment Cases, But at Least We Will Know About It

A press release from the Illinois General Assembly: House Approves Rep. McSweeney Bill Requiring Taxing Bodies to Make Public Severance Agreements Resulting from Sexual Harassment Cases Cary, IL –  State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) has advanced legislation amending the … Continue reading