A new law to streamline one country’s government may serve as a model for the rest of the state. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Friday that grants DuPage County the ability to dissolve certain appointed agencies that are found to be outdated or inefficient. Quinn calls that authority unprecedented in Illinois, and will help reduce costs to taxpayers.
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“I really look forward to working with DuPage County to carry this law out, and show other counties that it can be done,” Quinn said. The law will impact non-elected public service agencies, such as sanitation, mosquito abatement, and street lighting districts. The process won’t be quick, as all potentially dissolved agencies will be subject to an audit and a six-month public review. Still, Quinn believes DuPage County will serve as a laboratory for similar efforts in rest of the state’s counties.
“I think it’s important to put our shoulder to the wheel, and tell the bureaucrats that they have to take a place at the end of the line, not the front of the line,” Quinn said. The measure had passed with unanimous support in the Illinois Senate, and only 6 votes against in the House.