Holmes supports consolidating local governments

holmes-locgovsSeeking to eliminate some redundancy from local government, State Sen. Linda Holmes, D-Aurora, voiced her support for legislation aimed at bringing separate forest preserve districts into county government.

Most of Illinois’ 102 county boards regulate local forest preserves. DuPage County, which includes parts of Aurora and Naperville, has a separate Forest Preserve Board of DuPage County, something local voters have questioned the necessity of in the past.

“Illinois is cited time and again as having too many layers of government, more than any other state in the country,” Holmes said. “We need to find efficiency where we can. If most counties in the state can manage their forest preserves within county government, DuPage County can do the same.”

The legislation, sponsored in the Illinois House by state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Elmhurst, would mandate that separate forest preserve districts in counties like DuPage become part of county government by November of 2018.

The legislation is House Bill 3099. It awaits debate in the Illinois House.

Sen. Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes

Assistant Majority Leader
42nd District

Years served: 2007 - Present

Committee assignments: Agriculture (Vice-Chairperson); Commerce and Economic Development (Chairperson); Executive; Labor; Local Government (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunications & InfoTechnology.

Biography: Elected to the Senate in 2006; born March 16, 1959, in Chicago; received a bachelor's degree from the National College of Education (now National-Lewis University); First woman president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry; Full-time state legislator.

Associated Representatives:
Barbara Hernandez
Stephanie A. Kifowit