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Bertino-Tarrant: local government efficiency, procurement reform are good for taxpayers

jbt041415SPRINGFIELD— State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted for a plan today that would make it easier for taxpayers to save money by abolishing duplicative township governments.

“Illinois has more than 1,400 township governments,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “By opening up the opportunity for local government consolidation throughout the state, we are ensuring that taxpayer dollars can be saved and unnecessary or outdated township governments can be abolished.”

Under Senate Bill 3, local government consolidation procedures that exist in DuPage, Lake and McHenry Counties are extended throughout the state. Townships could merge with one or more adjacent townships. A city or village could absorb a township that occupies the same geographical boundaries.

Today, Bertino-Tarrant also voted to improve the way state government purchases goods and services, which was initiated because of concerns regarding procurement rules that can be difficult for vendors, state agencies and universities to navigate.

“We could make government purchasing a lot more efficient if we eliminate red tape that slows down the process,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

Senate Bill 8 expands the ability of state universities to purchase needed products and services without going through the procurement process. Illinois would be allowed to enter into joint purchasing agreements with other governmental units. Vendors would also be given more flexibility when registering or submitting a bid.

Procurement reform and local government consolidation will have to be passed by the Illinois House before going to the governor for final approval.

Sen. Bertino-Tarrant

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49th Senate District

Years served: 2013 - Present

Associated Representatives: Mark Batinick; Natalie A. Manley

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Education (Chairperson); Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Transportation.

Biography: Lifelong educator; former Will County superintendent and secretary of Will County Regional Board of School Trustees; B.A., Illinois State University; MS, University of St. Francis; EdD., Loyola.