Saturday, February 11, 2012

Franks Heads Commission To Cut Government Bodies

Members of the Illinois Local Government Consolidation Commission chose rural McHenry County State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) as their head at the groups first meeting this week.  It was Franks' legislation that create the Commission to review the effectiveness and impact of local units of government.

“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, 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?


Anonymous said...

Any chance of cutting Jack Franks?

Anonymous said...

'bout time someone starts cutting government instead of more "districts", "commissions",
"agencies", and the other busy-work groups that suck up our taxes.County Board/Koehler big on lobbyists; isn't that what our elected officials are supposed to be doing? Provenzano always looking for someone else to do his work when he should bone up on what's expected of a County Board member. Keep it up Jack; Republicans actually think they're doing a good job.