August 21, 2017
Madeline Doubek, Chicago Sun Times
Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of government, more than any other state and about 1,800 more than Texas, which is much more populous.
“That’s a lot of hands in the pockets of our taxpayers and our taxpayers need relief, Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti said last week.
Good news! Democrats and Republicans have worked together to take a few steps toward encouraging consolidation and streamlining of some of those governments….
At the bill signing, Cronin noted DuPage County, which launched a pilot program, was able to consolidate four units of government, is working on two more and can point to $100 million in savings from its efforts. “If local government leaders across this state embrace this tool, I believe they could realize similar types of savings and with 102 counties,” Cronin said, “you’re talking about a substantial amount of money.”