Demmer, Yingling Pass Government Consolidation Bill out of Committee with Bi-Partisan Support

SPRINGFIELD- On Tuesday, March 14th, Representative Sam Yingling (D-62), Chairman of the Government Consolidation and Modernization Committee and Representative Tom Demmer (R-90) worked across party lines to pass the first in a series of government consolidation bills. The bill passed out of committee with unanimous support.

“Illinois has too many layers of government, and we’ve got to get serious about consolidation,” said Yingling. “As Chairman of the Government Consolidation and Modernization Committee, I will hold hearings and move legislation to consolidate government and reign in the soaring costs of local property taxes.”

The bill, HB 496, is sponsored by Representative Tom Demmer (R-90) and provides that a coterminous township may be dissolved after voter approval.  The question for dissolution may be placed on the ballot upon adoption of an ordinance by the city council of a township, or upon submission of a petition of at least 10% of the registered voters of that township.

HB 496 follows up on a recommendation made in the December 2015 report of the Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates.

“It’s time to modernize Illinois by consolidating and lowering the cost of government,” said Demmer. “This bill gives local officials the tools and resources they need to lower costs and create real savings for the taxpayers they serve.”

Illinois has nearly 7,000 units of local government– the highest in the country.  Duplicative layers of government lead to inefficient service delivery and higher property taxes.

HB 496 now moves to the House of Representatives for a vote by the full chamber.