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.