Is McSweeney Bill to Grossly Increase Power of Jack Franks Constitutional?

The following comment from “Cheap Goat” sounds like a legal opinion to meL The “McHenry County Equitable Standards and Government Efficiency Law” is as phony as a three dollar bill. It’s special purpose legislation. And special purpose legislation is expressly … Continue reading

Steve Reick’s Arguments Against David McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum Bill

A communication from State Rep, Steve Reick: The following is an email I sent to the members of the Illinois House, Republican and Democrat about HB348, a township bill that would have a devastating effect on McHenry County, and is … Continue reading

Jack Franks on His Naked Power Grab in His Own Words

At Tuesday night’s McHenry County Board meeting Chairman Jack Franks could not wait his turn before trying to defuse the powder keg that introduction of St. Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to increase his power beyond that of any other county … Continue reading

David McSweeney Transfers Sponsorship of Jack Franks’ Power Enhancement Bill, Franks Decides He Doesn’t Want People Thinking He Was Behind It

The major actors in the legislation that would make McHenry County Boar Chairman perhaps the most powerful county chairman in Illinois made major moves yesterday. McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks disavowed his lust for power in the following statement … Continue reading

McSweeney Introduces Bill to Give Jack Franks Tremendously More Power, Abolish Independently-Elected Auditor’s Office, Power of County Board Pretty Much Disappears

This article was published late Friday. I am putting it back on top because it represents the most audacious grab for virtually absolute power in county government that I can imagine. He could only make himself more powerful by having … Continue reading

McSweeney’s Township Abolition by Referendum on House Floor

State Rep. David McSweeney succeeded in getting his McHenry County township elimination bill after passage of a referendum out of the Committee on Counties and Townships. He is the Republican Spokesman on that committee. The vote was 11-4-1. The bill … Continue reading

Is David McSweeney Bill Part of Jack Franks’ Plan to Cripple Two Female Elected Officials?

Thinking through the unintended and/or intended consequences of State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to provide McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks with line item veto power, I’ve come up with come up with another possibility. Remember how Franks wanted to … Continue reading

McSweeney Aims To Give Public Right to See Teacher Contracts Two Days Before Board Consideration

The Cary Grade School Board already lets the public see proposed teacher contracts before they are passed. The Crystal Lake High District 155 School Board did not. Now State Rep. David McSweeney proposes in House Bill 309 to require internet … Continue reading

Two McHenry County State Reps. in Forefront of Attack on Teachers Sexually Abusing Students

In today’s Chicago Tribune, two State Representatives get coverage for legislation they have introduced regarding teachers who sexually abuse those in their class rooms. State Rep David McSweeney made the front page with a description of the bill he and … Continue reading

Synopsis of David McSweeney’s New Township Abolition by Referendum Bill.

Here’s what legislators will see (in addition to any caucus analysis) about State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to allow the abolitiion of township governments in McHenry County: Amends the Township Code. Provides that the board of trustees of any township … Continue reading

McSweeney Seeks to Eliminate Pensions for New Legislators

A press release from David McSweeney: Rep. David McSweeney Introduces Measure to Prohibit New Legislators from Participating in the Legislative Pension System Springfield, IL – State Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) has introduced legislation to end the legislative pension system … Continue reading

Senator Terry Link Pledges Township Abolition Bill Will Pass Again and Likely Be Signed by Governor JB Pritzker

Calling former Governor Bruce Rauner “hypocritical” for vetoing the township abolition bill, State Senator Terry Link,also Chairman of the Lake County Democratic Party, says the bill will pass again and be signed by Governor JB Pritzker. The bill had two … Continue reading

McSweeney Re-Introduces Township Abolition by Referendum Bill for McHenry County

The Illinois News Network‘s take on Governor Bruce Rauner’s killing of State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to allow taxpayers to petition for referendums to abolish township government: After veto from Rauner, lawmaker plans to re-file consolidation bill again this spring … Continue reading