Skillicorn Joins Franks in Calling for Referendum to Put Algonquin Township Road District Under Township Board in 2021

A press release from State Rep. Allen Skillicorn: Franks, Skillicorn Asking Algonquin Township for Referendum to Abolish Highway Department WOODSTOCK, Ill. – State Rep. Allen Skillicorn is joining McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks’ call for the Algonquin Township Board … Continue reading

Oversight, Not Cost Savings, Goal of Proponents’ of Putting McHenry Township Road District Under Township Board

A letter to the Northwest Herald, reprinted here with permission of Ned Neumannn, its author Cost Savings Not Goal of Abolition of Independent McHenry Township Road District Why do so many seemingly intelligent people read simple things and not understand … Continue reading

Citizen Argues Checks and Balances, Not Tax Savings Reason for Putting McHenry Township Road District Under Township Board

The following letter to the Northwest Herald is reprinted with permission of its author: To the editor: Regarding the proposal in McHenry Township to eliminate the road district taxing body and having it taken over by the township board, why … Continue reading

104 Respond to Steve Reick Poll on Precondition to Township Consolidation Vote, Bill Tubed

From State Rep. Steve Reick’s web site: Rep. Steve Reick Presents Consolidation Survey Results State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) has released the final results of a recent legislative survey which showed that taxpayers believe elected officials should have to prove … Continue reading

Algonquin Township to Debate Road District Abolishment

Referendum Could Make Its Way on November Ballot Tonight, Algonquin Township Trustees will discuss placing a consolidation referendum on the November ballot. This is the first time the topic will be discussed formally at Algonquin Township, making Algonquin Township the … Continue reading

Proof of Reduction in Costs with Township Road District Elimination is Goal of Legislation Filed by Rep. Steve Reick

From the Rep. Steve Reick’s Office: Rep. Reick Files Legislation to Require Cost Study to Ensure Township Road District Consolidations Save Money Taxpayers and elected leaders seek consolidation because they want lower taxes. I fully support consolidation that results in … Continue reading

Jeanne Ives Plays to Those Who Don’t Know How Salary Costs Would Increase If Dual Districts Became Unit Districts

I am so tired of people who don’t do a cost-benefit study before advancing government reorganization proposals. There was Jack Franks, who bragged at the savings of allowing townships to take over township cemetery districts. Yes, there would be some … Continue reading

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

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