Members of the Local Government and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, created by Gov. Bruce Rauner and chaired by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, passed eight non-binding proposals on June 23 to help streamline and consolidate local governments to make them more effective and efficient.
Charged with the responsibility of developing way to reduce the size and cost of Illinois’ nearly 7,000 units of government, the task force passed the following proposals in its June 23 meeting:
- Enact a 4-year moratorium on creating new local governments.
- Expand DuPage County consolidation powers to all 102 counties.
- Empower Illinois citizens to consolidate or dissolve local governments via referendum.
- Repeal or reform prevailing wage.
- Modernize public notice mandates.
- Provide third-party contracting mandate relief.
- Implement physical education mandate relief.
- Provide drivers education mandate relief.
These proposals were overwhelming supported by all members of the bipartisan task force. Two Senate Republicans appointed to the task force, Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) and Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington), have pledged to sponsor legislation that implements these proposals.
The task force has a deadline of Dec. 31, 2015 to submit its findings to the Governor and the Illinois General Assembly.