SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois House today approved legislation Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) is sponsoring to help streamline and ultimately reduce the number of units of local government in Illinois.
Senate Bill 2994 requires every county to prepare a report for the General Assembly identifying any local public entity to which the county board, board of county commissioners, county board chairman or president, or county executive makes appointments.
The House approved the bill by a vote of 112-0. The measure previously passed the Senate without opposition. Senator Thomas Cullerton (D-Lake Villa) is the Senate sponsor.
A recent WalletHub.com survey outlined how Illinois has the highest state and local taxes of any state in the country. There are more than 7,000 units of local government in Illinois.
“This legislation is a significant step forward in helping us take the necessary steps to consolidate and eliminate duplicative units of government. Property taxes are too high in Illinois. Consolidation will help reduce property taxes,” McSweeney said.
Senate Bill 2994 now moves to the Governor’s desk for further consideration.