McSweeney Wants to End Towns' Spending for Conventions & Training

Representative David McSweeney

McSweeney Wants to End Towns’ Spending for Conventions & Training

Barrington Hills Republican state Rep. David McSweeney introduced bills Friday to stop local government spending for conventions and training and state spending to rent booths at such events. Public safety would be excluded.

A suburban lawmaker wants to stop local governments from spending money for elected officials and employees to attend conferences or trainings, saying taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill in “a time of crisis.”

State Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican from Barrington Hills, introduced bills Friday that would prohibit all expenses for such events, including registration, meals, hotels and transportation, as well as any state spending to rent exhibition space there. The only exception would be for public safety events.



McSweeney said he was prompted by reporting by the Daily Herald that suburban towns spent thousands of dollars to send representatives to the Illinois Municipal League conference in downtown Chicago in September

About 50 suburbs sent representatives to the three-day Illinois Municipal League conference at a total cost to taxpayers of $119,431.64, according to the Daily Herald’s analysis. Six state agencies and the Pace suburban bus system spent nearly $10,000 to operate promotional exhibition booths at the conference.

Round Lake Beach, Lake in the Hills and Round Lake spent the most, charging taxpayers $12,856.16, $11,071.50 and $9,170.85, respectively, most of it for hotel rooms. Addison charged $8,680.55 to taxpayers, including a $566 dinner for six elected officials that included cocktails.

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  • John Olsen | Jan 15,2018

    MCSweeney. Not Sweeney.

    • Round Lake Area News | Jan 15,2018

      The mouse didn’t quite grab it all when I was copying and pasting. It’s been updated 🙂

  • John Olsen | Jan 15,2018

    We already have a way to limit the spending… It’s called The Ballot Box, and I suggest people use it. Legislation is NOT the answer.

  • John Olsen | Jan 15,2018

    VOTE OUT the people responsible.

  • Larry Boyd | Jan 15,2018

    I don’t agree with eliminating expenses entirely. Villages learn a lot from each other’s best practices. I think registration fees are legitimate. If the state meeting is outside of a village’s area, then a modest per diem should be OK. No booze, no fancy meals, and no fancy hotels on the public dime.

  • Alan Saul | Jan 16,2018

    When you read on what some of these towns spend on going to these conventions you will understand the need for such a law. Im really sick of Illinois politicians spending our money like there is no tomorrow. Ever wonder why this state is so in debt and our taxes so high? Quoted from this article in daily herald, “About 50 suburbs sent representatives to the three-day Illinois Municipal League conference at a total cost to taxpayers of $119,431.64, according to the Daily Herald’s analysis. Six state agencies and the Pace suburban bus system spent nearly $10,000 to operate promotional exhibition booths at the conference.

    Round Lake Beach, Lake in the Hills and Round Lake spent the most, charging taxpayers $12,856.16, $11,071.50 and $9,170.85, respectively, most of it for hotel rooms. Addison charged $8,680.55 to taxpayers, including a $566 dinner for six elected officials that included cocktails.”

  • Wayne Varner | Jan 16,2018

    It is how many went that cost. They over did it on the FUN PART.

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