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Tom Cullerton to Governor Rauner: “The time to act is now”

tc 052417VILLA PARK- State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) urges Governor Bruce Rauner to sign Senate 3, bipartisan government consolidation, into law today.

Senate Bill 3 is based on Cullerton’s DuPage County government consolidation model that is expected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

“The time to act is now,” Cullerton said. “This is a no brainer. I ask Governor Rauner to sign this legislation today to empower local bodies to eliminate and combine services. The best way for local government to lower property taxes is find efficiencies. This one step will improve government services and lower property taxes without sacrificing the needs of residents.”

Cullerton acknowledges Illinois has more than 7,000 governments that are often duplicative and outdated. His initiative will allow those units to be consolidated and eliminated.

This legislation would enable Illinois to consolidate more units of government than any other state in the nation.

“This is monumental legislation,” Cullerton said. “The sooner we empower local bodies to eliminate and reduce redundant government services the faster we will see savings. Illinois cannot afford to wait.”

Cullerton agrees the best way to prompt action is to pass legislation with bipartisan support. Senate Bill 3 passed the Senate with a bipartisan vote of 49-3 and the House 75-34-1.

“There is clear support in the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 3,” Cullerton said. “Governor, let’s get it done. I look forward to the governor signing this legislation today to empower local control for local government to help our residents lower their property tax bills. Government works best when it evolves with the needs of the people.”

Senate Bill 3 is awaiting the governor’s signature to become law.

More details:

Click here to read a fact sheet on SB3

Click here to see how House members voted

Click here to see how Senators voted