IMG 20781SPRINGFIELD- To share the success seen in DuPage County, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) will advance House Bill 4501, which will spread the success of DuPage County’s government consolidation model statewide.

“It’s important that we continue to explore different ways to make sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “Government needs to evolve with the needs of the people. This is one small step we can take to make government more efficient and effective.”

Representative Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) passed House Bill 4501 in the House with bipartisan support.

“I’m incredibly pleased that we are making meaningful progress on this bipartisan effort to eliminate unnecessary layers of government in Illinois,” Yingling said. “This common sense approach to reducing expenses and consolidating services will provide relief to Illinois homeowners who are increasingly being taxed out of their homes.”

HB 4501 allows counties to dissolve certain units of local government through a voter referendum. Counties may only dissolve local governments with governing boards appointed by the county.

Illinois Municipal League Executive Director Brad Cole and Illinois Policy Institute Government Affairs Staff Attorney Heather Weiner stood with Cullerton and Yingling in support of House Bill 4501.

Cullerton passed Senate Bill 494 in 2013 which created the DuPage County government consolidation model used in House Bill 4501. This initiative will move the state one step closer in identifying and removing unnecessary government entities.

"There’s been a great deal of talk over the past several years about streamlining local governments to create efficiencies,” Cole said. “We certainly need to identify and eliminate service redundancies at the local level and pass the cost savings on to local taxpayers. HB 4501 moves us in the right direction."

Through this model, DuPage County is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years. The savings allow for lower property tax rates and provide residents with necessary services.

“This is why Illinois Policy is so enthusiastic about House Bill 4501 and expanding the consolidation powers of DuPage County to all counties in the state,” Weiner said. “This should be a noncontroversial step toward making government more efficient, controlling property taxes, and stopping the exodus of Illinoisans who can no longer afford to live here.”

House Bill 4501 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate’s Committee on Local Government at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

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