It’s as clear as the list of names on your property tax bill: Illinois has a seemingly endless series of local units of government, an estimated 7,000.   A bill sponsored by State Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) won unanimous approval in the Senate.  It would allow the DuPage County Board to consolidate some units of government; Cullerton estimates 13.
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The idea is for the county board to get rid of some appointed positions, while allowing voters to petition against such decisions. Current law requires a voter referendum to remove these appointed boards and authorities.  “We are going to utilize DuPage County as sort of a test program,” said Cullerton, “and we are going to … reduce, hopefully, 13 units of local government.”
S.B. 494 has passed the Senate, 51-0.
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