Wednesday, February 08, 2017 05:54 PM
SPRINGFIELD- Currently, Illinois has the most local units of governments in the nation with over 7,000, running up an expensive tab for taxpayers.
Today, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Bill 3 to make it easier for local governments to consolidate or be eliminated completely and save taxpayers’ money. State Senator Laura Murphy (D-Des Plaines) supported the legislation.
The proposal, which passed the Senate with a vote of 34-14-11:
- allows counties to dissolve local governments with governing boards appointed by the county (excluding water and fire protection districts)
- allows townships to merge with adjacent townships
- allows townships that share the same boundaries as a municipality to be dissolved by referendum
- removes the current cap on square mileage of a township and other various barriers that prevent townships from consolidating
“These duplicative layers of government cost taxpayers thousands of extra dollars every year,” Murphy said. “Removing these outdated barriers to consolidation will provide significant savings.”
The proposal will now head to the Illinois House of Representatives.
Sen. Laura Murphy
Years served: 2015 - Present
Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Criminal Law; Higher Education; Revenue.
Biography: Park Ridge native; B.S. in Political Science from Illinois State University; former Des Plaines alderman; currently lives in Des Plaines with her husband and son.