Consolidating local governments

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It also gives boards of townships that are conterminous with municipalities the ability to seek voter approval to dissolve the townships.The other measure the governor signed gives townships in counties with less than 3 million residents the ability to seek permission from voters to absorb road districts in their townships. Sam Yingling, who sponsored both measures, said there are too many units of local government in Illinois that are duplicative or obsolete.Although each plan is different, they both closely resemble a mayor-council form of government.

So far, the county has consolidated four local government entities.

"We're currently working on two more dissolutions," Cronin said.

"We've only done this where it makes sense and where real savings can be realized." Mc Henry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said the county is trying to consolidate the Lake in the Hills Sanitary District with the village of Lake in the Hills.

But he said the sanitary district is attempting to acquire land in Kane County to thwart the consolidation effort.

"Shenanigans like that prove why (the new law) is a sorely needed step in the right direction," Franks said.

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