Synopsis of David McSweeney’s New Township Abolition by Referendum Bill.

Here’s what legislators will see (in addition to any caucus analysis) about State Rep. David McSweeney’s bill to allow the abolitiion of township governments in McHenry County:

Amends the Township Code.

Provides that the board of trustees of any township located in McHenry County may submit a proposition to dissolve the township to the township electors or township electors may petition for a referendum to dissolve a township.

Provides for the transfer of real and personal property, and any other assets, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the dissolving township to McHenry County.

Provides that all road districts wholly within the boundaries of the dissolving township are dissolved on the date of dissolution of the dissolving township and the powers and responsibilities of the road district are transferred to McHenry County, and provides that municipalities within the dissolving township may elect to assume the duties and responsibilities of the road district or road districts.

Limits extensions of specified property tax levies to 90% of the original property tax levy and within the boundaries of the dissolved township. Amends the Election Code and Counties Code making conforming changes.

Amends the Illinois Highway Code.

Provides that any township in Lake County or McHenry County shall abolish a road district of that township if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length.

Provides that the road district is abolished on the expiration of the term of office of the highway commissioner of the road district facing abolition following the determination by the county engineer or county superintendent of highways.

Provides that the township board of trustees may enter into a contract with the county, a municipality, or a private contractor to administer the roads added to its jurisdiction.

Effective immediately.

Representatives SamĀ  Yingling, Mark Batinik, Johnathan Carroll and Allen Skillicorn have joined in sponsoring House Bill 348.


Synopsis of David McSweeney’s New Township Abolition by Referendum Bill. — 3 Comments

  1. It is poorly written legislation like this which resulted in:

    Bottom line of video gaming?

    More addiction to gambling and $70,000,000 in tax revenue LOST for education!!

    Bottom line of HB0348?

    Higher taxes for road maintenance.


  2. Several concerns have been brought up and McSweeney has had months to improve this bill (which failed after Rauner vetoed it).

    So, how has McSweeney improved upon this bill or has he done nothing?

  3. Maybe Steve Reick can answer ‘An American’ as it appears he does actually read other people’s bills.

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