When a state has almost 7,000 units of local government, it's easy for costs to get out of hand. Lawmakers in Springfield say that's why it's important to shrink government.
Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, and Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, are pushing a plan that would allow every county to eliminate units of local government. Currently only DuPage County has the power.
“Illinois has more units of local government than any state in the country,” Yingling said. “That's represented in crushing property tax bills that our residents are facing.”
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Cullerton said the plan could save Illinois taxpayers $5 million a year. “When you're trying to get a wrap around what we have in Illinois, you need to get nickels and dimes any way you can.”
Cullerton said it’s also about the message local-government consolidation sends to taxpayers.
“If every county in this state reduces by, say, ten units of local government, we'll reduce our total by over a thousand units of government,” Cullerton said.