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Township consolidation proposal passes Illinois Senate, moves to House


From Illinois Business Journal news services

SPRINGFIELD – A plan by state Sen. Julie Morrison, D–Deerfield, that would empower townships and local residents to dissolve or consolidate certain services passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

“Illinois law currently prevents many proposals that would make local government more efficient and have the potential of saving taxpayers’ money,” Morrison said. “My proposal, while entirely permissive, would empower townships and local residents to make decisions that are in the best interests of local residents.”

Morrison’s plan, contained in Senate Bill 389, would remove the state cap on the size of townships, currently set at 126 square miles, giving townships that want to merge the ability to do so. The plan also allows townships to absorb a road district with less than 15 miles of road. In many areas of the state, especially in the suburbs, municipalities have annexed and grown to include many areas once maintained by townships.

Morrison’s plan would also allow county boards in Will, Lake and Kane Counties to absorb the responsibilities of drainage districts. There are 19 drainage districts located in the three counties.

The bill passed the Illinois Senate yesterday on a 36-9 vote and heads to the Illinois House for further debate.

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