Created to help identify ways to help streamline and consolidate local governments, the Local Government and Unfunded Task Force, chaired by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, aims to help make Illinois government more effective and efficient.
State Senators Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) and Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) were appointed by the Governor to sit on the task force, along with municipal and county leaders, representatives of school districts, other state legislators, and experts in consolidation.
Gov. Rauner explained the task force was created as a way to consolidate the “excessive numbers of local government units” and “reduce the burden of unfunded mandated imposed by the state,” which “will reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve delivery of services.”
There are currently nearly 7,000 local government entities in Illinois, more than any other state in the nation.