Chicago Sun Times Editorial Board:
If Illinois’ government is going to keep burning money in a garbage can, as one lawmaker puts it, it should at least keep track of how much that’s costing us.

The wasted money — literally over a billion dollars — is cash the state shells out for high interest on overdue bills. Keeping track of that utterly wasted money is the idea behind a House bill that passed unanimously Monday. The bill would require future governors to stop ignoring how much late-payment interest is costing the state each year when they submit their annual proposed budgets.

This is a bill that absolutely should become law.

State Journal-Register Editorial Board:
The House has already taken steps to address this issue by approving House Bill 5814, which if signed into law would require governors to identify and account for the cost of late payment interest penalties in their budget proposals. The idea behind requiring the governor to start with it, according to Mendoza’s office, is that the budget starts with the governor and if it’s included in the first step, legislators can be pressured into following suit.

This shouldn’t be a partisan matter. We are encouraged that the House vote of 101-0 indicates that chamber did not see it as such. It was sponsored by Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, in the House and Sen. Tom Cullerton, D-Villa Park, in the Senate, which gives us hope that legislators can agree on common sense, good-government measures regardless of what letter follows their name.


Better budgeting practices can only help the future. But we can learn from the mistakes of the past. We look forward to this becoming law — and soon.
From the NW Herald:

A proposed bill sponsored by State Rep. David McSweeney that could give township boards in McHenry County the power to put a consolidation referendum on an election ballot with a majority vote passed committee Monday in Springfield and now will go to the House floor.

...If signed into law, HB 4637 would allow voters to force a referendum onto an election ballot with a petition signed by 5 percent of voters from a previous comparable election. For example, if 5,000 people voted in Algonquin Township in the last election, a petition carrying 250 signatures would put a question on the ballot asking voters whether they want to eliminate the township.

If 50 percent of voters support elimination at the polls, the township would be dissolved within 90 days after the election. All property, personnel, contractual obligations and liabilities inside the township then would transfer to McHenry County.