The “Land of Lincoln” is the “Land of Local Governments” – some 7,000.
“There are more than 200 sanitary districts within just three counties: Champaign, Christian, and Iroquois,” Alden Loury told a government consolidation task force chaired by the lieutenant governor. Loury is senior policy analyst for the Better Government Association.
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Okay, but don't cut my local unit of government, right? Especially townships, which provide relief to the poor. Loury's heard it all and gives an example of a new law allowing consolidation of Belleville Township into the city of Belleville.
“In the run-up to that legislation, it was reported widely that the township was spending more on the administration for its general assistance grants than it was actually providing in grants themselves.”