State lawmakers could kill two birds with one stone if they pass House Bill 126, according to the bill’s sponsor. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) introduced a bill that would eliminate the East St. Louis Election Board and transfer responsibility for election operations to the St. Clair County Clerk.
The population of the once thriving town is about one-third of what is was at the time of the 1950 census, so Kay feels the time is right to eliminate the board. In addition to saving the city an estimated $400,000 per year, Kay tells The Big Z there would be another benefit.
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Kay says the savings could be used to hire more police or be used in community renewal programs, and would possibly support wording mandating the savings be used for those purposes. House Bill 126 awaits action in the Illinois House.