Rep McSweeney Joins Governor Rauner in Unveiling Consolidation Bills

Gov. Bruce Rauner and like-minded lawmakers unveiled four proposed pieces of legislation Friday aimed at helping reduce the state’s 7,000 units of government.

The legislation is the first inspired by the final report released last month from the Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates chaired by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti. The report, which included a 27-point action plan, concluded that the sheer number of taxing bodies and the unfunded mandates imposed on them by Springfield play a significant role in the state’s high property taxes.

State Representative McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) filed the Citizens Empowerment Act, HB 4967, to allow citizens to consolidate “duplicative, excessive or unnecessary” governments by referendum.

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