• Tom Cullerton seeks to spread DuPage success throughout Illinois

    TC dupage 041416SPRINGFIELD- To mirror the success seen in DuPage County, Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) has advanced a series of initiatives to streamline and remove redundancies in local government.  

    “Through our bipartisan work, we have made DuPage County a leader in government consolidation,” Cullerton said. “It’s time to use the lessons we have learned and spread our success throughout the state to save valuable taxpayer dollars.”

    Three initiatives advanced by Cullerton to streamline state government:

    • Government consolidation report (Senate Bill 2994): Requires all Illinois county boards to submit a report to the General Assembly recommending units of government that may be dissolved or consolidated.

      This was the first step DuPage County took in its government consolidation efforts. Through this model, the county is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

    • School district consolidation (Senate Bill 2324):  Will require the Illinois State Board of Education to submit a report to the General Assembly recommending school districts that can be consolidated or dissolved.  

    • Mosquito abatement (Senate Bill 2323): Dissolves mosquito abatement entities in DuPage County and transfers their duties to townships.

      Mosquito abatement entities manage mosquito populations and the economic and environmental impact they have on communities.

    Cullerton acknowledges that Illinois has more than 7,000 government entities that were developed decades ago.

    “It’s important that we continue to find ways to make sure government is working for the citizens of Illinois,” Cullerton said. “Government needs to evolve with the needs of the people.”

    The government consolidation package passed the Senate’s Committee on Local Government with bipartisan support and now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

  • Holmes responds to consolidation task force report

    holmes locgovs mrCalls for review of unfunded mandates on local government

    CHICAGO — State Sen. Linda Holmes, a member of the Lt. Governor's Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Bruce Rauner's Monday unveiling of the task force's findings.

    "It is unfortunate Gov. Rauner has chosen to inject highly politicized items like repealing prevailing wage and making collective bargaining optional for local governments into the discussion of these other common sense approaches to spending reductions," Holmes said. "I worked with Lt. Governor Sanguinetti to put forth a number of other proposals that could benefit taxpayers, such as granting the power to consolidate units of government with careful local input and examining the unfunded mandates state government imposes on local government. These other items reflect the governor's continued insistence on an anti-union and anti-middle class agenda."

    Holmes was one of several members of the task force. She has repeatedly voiced her support for more government consolidation powers to be given over to local governments with proper oversight and taxpayer input. She voted against the task force’s recommendations on the prevailing wage repeal and collective bargaining changes.

    Unfunded mandates are laws or rules that require local units of government to perform services or meet regulatory standards, but do not provide the funding to do so. Holmes, D-Aurora, will file legislation that would review such mandates on local government.

    The commission's full report can be read here.

  • Tom Cullerton leads the charge to streamline local government

    tc sandack dupageVILLA PARK- In order to provide taxpayers with smaller and more efficient local government State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) crafted legislation to allow the DuPage County Board to dissolve many appointed positions.

    DuPage County is projected to save taxpayers more than $100 million over the next 20 years. To spread the success of this legislation, Cullerton lead the charge this week at Transform Illinois.

    “DuPage County has been a leader in government consolidation by creating a model for other communities to embrace to save Illinois taxpayer dollars,” said Cullerton. “It’s important for us to continue this collaboration to spread the success in DuPage County across the state.”

    Transform Illinois is a collaboration between local elected officials, civic organizations and research institutions dedicated to promoting and supporting local government efficiency efforts. Cullerton says the meeting was productive and brought community leaders from all levels of government to the table.

    “These conversations are vital to streamlining and increasing efficiency at all levels of government,” said Cullerton. “Illinois has over 7,000 government entities that were developed decades ago. It’s important that we make sure government evolves with our needs in mind.”

    Transform Illinois is committed to better coordinating research, advocacy, legislation and policy implementation activities that will improve the effectiveness of government service delivery in Illinois.

    PHOTO: Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) participated in a vital discussion at Transform Illinois to save taxpayer dollars and streamline government services.