House Bill 229 is a bill whose content ended up doing virtually nothing in DuPage County and will do the same in McHenry and Lake.
Sponsored by State Rep. Jack Franks, it deals with consolidation of local governments.
This is at least Frank’s second foray into consolidation.
The first time he passed a bill that would allow the Nunda and Richmond Cemetery Districts to be folded into the township governments that appoint them.
No saving of money could be foreseen, except for salaries of the cemetery district trustees.
The last bill is described as follows:
Local Government Dissolution: Allows both Lake County and McHenry County to dissolve units of local government whose governing body is appointed by the county chairman.
Adds conservation districts to the units of local government that are excluded from dissolution.
Also excludes community mental health boards from being dissolved.
Currently these consolidation powers are only granted to DuPage County.
(Ask Algonquin Township Road Commissioner Bob Miller how homeowners’ taxes went up when a DuPage County Board-appointed fire protection district was replaced with a special service area taxing entity.)
Had not Franks passed a bill to have the trustees of the Marengo Rescue Squad to be elected, this hometown unit of government, which exists nowhere else in McHenry County, the services being delivered by fire departments, could have been dissolved.
Guess consolidation wasn’t really a priority for the Marengo Democrat running for McHenry County Board Chairman against Mike Walkup.