SPRINGFIELD – To help eliminate redundant bureaucracy, State Senator Tom Cullerton passed a measure to prohibit the State of Illinois from creating new units of local government.
Cullerton (D-Villa Park) passed Senate Bill 1215, which would prohibit the General Assembly from creating any new unit of local government until Jan. 1, 2022.
"As a state with nearly 7,000 units of government, we need to take proactive steps to reduce and eliminate unnecessary layers bureaucracy," Cullerton said. "This measure will put a stop to the overzealous creation of government entities while our municipalities evaluate and consolidate services to promote the efficient use of taxpayer dollars."
Senate Bill 1215 also prohibits dividing existing units of local government but does not apply to the creation of a new unit of local government from the consolidation of two or more preexisting units of local government.
In 2013, Cullerton worked with DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin to implement an effective government consolidation model to eliminate redundant forms of government. Last year, Cullerton continued to advance his mission of making sure government is working in tune with the needs of Illinois’ residents.
To continue his mission to ensure government is working for Illinois residents, Cullerton passed House Bill 5777, which decreases the waiting period from 150 to 60 days after the first mandated county audit is performed. The law went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
"Consolidating government the right way will help lower property taxes for DuPage County residents," Cullerton said. "Speeding up the process will help residents experience government savings sooner rather than later."
Previously, it could take over two and a half years for some Illinois counties to consolidate local government entities.
Senate Bill 1215 passed the Senate with unanimous support and is now in the House for consideration.
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April 24, 2019 at 01:23PM