Saturday, February 11, 2012
Franks Heads Commission To Cut Government Bodies
“Illinois has over 7,000 units of local government, thousands more than the next closest state,” continued Franks. “As we find ways to reduce the size of state government, we can also save hundreds of millions of dollars by identifying opportunities for collaboration and consolidation in local levels of government.”
The Commission consists of representatives from county, municipal and township levels of local government. In addition to legislators of both parties, public libraries and park districts also have representation on the committee. A final report is due to the General Assembly by the end of the year.
Probably the first order of business will be to identify government bodies that only exist on paper anymore, for example, drainage districts that disappeared decades ago. Send them to Franks via email at Jack@jackfranks.org, by mail at 1193 South Eastwood Drive, Woodstock, IL 60098 or by phone at (815) 334-0063.
In the pic: In 1885 the Legislature decided Drainage Districts where construction was finished could get by with only one commissioner. But if he died, who'd notice the annual financial reports to the county or circuit court weren't being filed anymore?