Local Illinois governmental units get go-ahead to consolidate
Amid the more-controversial debates going on in the state Legislature the last few months, one important measure that drew little comment could be a major factor in reforming Illinois, the Better Government Association (BGA) contended recently.
Senate Bill 3, which became Public Act 100-0107 upon enactment, is designed to make Illinois government more streamlined and answerable to citizens, the BGA said.
"It enables county governments across the state to consolidate units of local government under their jurisdiction by approving a referendum asking voters if they support the proposed dissolution," the BGA said. "This means voters need to approve the proposed plan before it is adopted. Lastly, SB3 will also allow townships to be dissolved into overlapping municipalities, allow townships to be larger than 126 square miles, and let townships sharing a border to merge."