State Representative David McSweeny

With Eye Toward Cost Reductions, Carroll Targets Townships

Originally written for Journal & Topics by “Journal Staff” on April 11th, 2019. Link to original article may be found HERE. Continuing his efforts to scale back the size and number of units of local government, and to reduce skyrocketing property taxes, State Rep. Jonathan Carroll (D-57th) passed bipartisan consolidation legislation out of Illinois the…

Gov. Pritzker, Lawmakers Vow Sweeping Changes to Address CPS Sexual Abuse Scandal

Original story by David Jackson for the Chicago Tribune. Click here for the original article. Illinois lawmakers have renewed bipartisan efforts to address the Chicago Public Schools sexual abuse scandal, filing bills designed to protect students by making sweeping changes to state laws. Legislators last year proposed 12 bills that would allow state officials to swiftly revoke the licenses of educators found to have sexually abused children, lift…

Bipartisan Township Consolidation Bill Reintroduced in Springfield

Original story written by Joe Barnas for Illinois Policy. Link to original article HERE Former Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bill before leaving office, but bipartisan support in the General Assembly may send it back to the governor’s desk. Lawmakers in Springfield have renewed their efforts to make it easier for McHenry County taxpayers to cut a layer of local government that is often inefficient at best and…

Illinois Drivers May See End of Automated Tickets from Red-Light Cameras

Original Story written by Vincent Caruso for Illinois Policy, link to original article HERE Red-light cameras generated lots of traffic ticket revenue for local government without proof they made roads safer. One Illinois House bill would ban them from certain municipalities, but another would ban them statewide. Drivers in Illinois could see red-light cameras banned…
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