Lawmakers push measures for Rauner backed consolidations

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Now that the governor is backing efforts to consolidate local government units, one state lawmaker has suggestions on where to start.
 
State Rep. Jack Franks (D-Marengo) feels former Gov. Pat Quinn never took consolidation seriously, despite the fact Illinois has more units of local government than any other state. With Gov. Bruce Rauner in charge, he feels there’s more of a push on this issue.
 
Franks says he would start with townships first, and would look at ways to cooperate and consolidate because there are a lot of townships that, for instance, have multiple road districts.
 
After townships, Franks recommends the governor’s new consolidation task force look into combining school districts, especially those overseeing only one school.
 
Franks has already proposed two consolidation bills this session: one allowing counties statewide to combine certain units of government, and another which forbids state lawmakers from creating any new local government unit for four years.