Herald: DuPage starts process to disband fire protection district

Feb. 11, 2014

Robert Sanchez / Daily Herald

Six months after being granted the power to eliminate 13 local government entities, DuPage County is working to disband one of them.

The county board on Tuesday agreed to begin the process to dissolve the Fairview Fire Protection District, which covers an unincorporated area near Downers Grove.

“This is a momentous occasion,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said before the vote. “It’s the first time this new law has been used in the state of Illinois. This is the demonstration of how you go about dissolving units of local government in a responsible and thoughtful way.”

Cronin pushed for state legislation after learning how difficult it is to eliminate a taxing body. Some entities, for example, can be dissolved only with voter approval.

The new law, which the governor signed in August, gives DuPage authority to eliminate “duplicative or inefficient county-appointed agencies,” officials said.

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