- Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 11:37 AM
SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Tom Cullerton’s bipartisan government consolidation model may soon be applied throughout the state to streamline and remove redundancies in local government.
Senate Bill 2994, which requires all Illinois county boards to submit a report to the General Assembly recommending units of government that may be dissolved or consolidated, was signed into law.
“Through our bipartisan work, we have made DuPage County a leader in government consolidation,” Cullerton said. “It’s time to use the lessons we have learned and spread our success throughout the state to save valuable taxpayer dollars.”
This was the first step DuPage County took in its government consolidation efforts. Through this model, the county is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.
Cullerton acknowledges that Illinois has more than 7,000 government entities that were developed decades ago.
“Government needs to evolve with the needs of the people,” said Cullerton. “It’s important that we continue to look for ways to make sure government is working for the people.”
State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) carried this measure in the House.
Senate Bill 2994 passed the Senate and House with bipartisan support and was signed into law on Friday, July 22.