Eliminating a Sanitary District, DuPage County Style

The Daily Herald had an article last Tuesday about the DuPage County Board’s efforts to eliminate the small Highland Hills Sanitary District. It’s located near Lombard, supplying water and collecting sewage for about 465 homes and businesses. (Lake in the … Continue reading

Scott Coffey Looks at LITH Sanitary District Costs and Benefits

From a comment of Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffee under the story about costs and benefits of consolidating local governments. I reviewed the Village’s financial analysis from their board packet and have a few observations. The operating savings … Continue reading

Bob Anderson Testifies on Governmental Consolidation in Springfield

Wonder Lake’s Bob Anderson testified in Springfield before the entire House of Representatives on government consolidation. His message is summarized below: The restructuring (streamlining) of Illinois’ 7,000 unit of local government system, starting with township consolidation or elimination, will put … Continue reading

Referendum Effort to Merge Two DuPage County Township Road Districts

Consolidation of township road functions is taking a new twist in DuPage County. According to the Naperville Sun, a judge is being asked to putA  the following question on the spring ballot: Shall the Naperville Road District and the Lisle … Continue reading

Considering Consolidation of High School District 155 with Feeder Grade Schools

The following was written by Cary Grade School Board President Scott Coffey: Thoughts on School Consolidation A new, consolidated district is NOT required to migrate to the highest wage rates of the legacy contracts of the combined districts. However, that … Continue reading

Small Lake County Sanitary Districts Allowed to Merge with Lake County Operation

Weekend readers found an article about this new law on Saturday, but here is the press release about it from State Senator Pam Althoff and State Rep. Barb Wheeler: New law signed by Gov. Rauner aims to save Lake County … Continue reading

Wheeler & Althoff Pass Bill Allowing Local Sanitary District to Go Out of Business

There is a lot of talk about consolidation local governments, but little significant action. State Rep. Barb Wheeler and State Senator Pam Althoff have passed a bill designed to lead to one fewer local government in Illinois. They have successfully … Continue reading

Looking for the Beef in Jack Franks’ Latest Consolidation Bill

Andy Shaw of the Better Government Association bragged that Jack Franks’ bill that would allow the McHenry County Board to do what the DuPage County Board had done with regard to governmental consolidation deserved “a shout out.” I remember Franks’ … Continue reading

Replay: School Consolidation Would Cost Taxpayers Plenty Copy

In the “Here we go again” category is consolidation of schools. Just as with township consolidation, I ask, “Where’s the beef?” Show me the money that school consolidation would bring. Don’t just assert that consolidation of school will save money. … Continue reading

Franks Not Serious Enough about Government Consolidation to Attend Half of Meetings

The Local Government Consolidation Task Force Report recommendations are out and it has lots of detail regarding the proceedings, which you read here. One person who did take a look at the report was Jack Franks’ 2014 opponent Steve Reick. … Continue reading

Local Government Consolidation Report Issued

A press release from Governor Bruce Rauner: Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force Issues Final Report to Governor Task force makes 27 recommendations for streamlining local government, empowering communities & saving taxpayer dollars OAK BROOK – Illinois Lieutenant … Continue reading

Twp. Consolidation Folks Robocall

The people seeking to put township consolidation on the ballot are making robocalls to encourage people to call wavering County Board members to vote, “Yes.” While I imagine they are making the calls in each McHenry County Board district where … Continue reading

Schofield Reports Township Consolidation Task Force Conclusions

McHenry County Board Township Consolidation Task Force Chairwoman Carolyn Schofield made her report to the County Board Tuesday morning. She presented fourteen slides, which you will see below. Not much of the information was new. She said the Task Force … Continue reading