from the Daily Herald – 12/28/2012
SPRINGFIELD — Republican David McSweeney will start his Illinois House career several days early, after state Rep. Kent Gaffney resigned from his seat.
McSweeney was elected in November and scheduled to start in Springfield with the rest of his freshman class Jan. 9.
But Gaffney, a Lake Barrington Republican who lost his primary bid this year, resigned this week, and McSweeney will be sworn in Jan. 6.
That’s when state lawmakers will be in their so-called lame-duck session, possibly voting on last-minute efforts to legalize gay marriage, ban certain guns and cut teacher and state worker retirements…