Springfield Republican State Rep. Tim Butler seems to be trying to follow the example of former State Rep. David McSweeney.
Butler introduced a bill to allow citizens to vote on whether to abolish Capital Township, consolidating it into Sangamon County government.
He followed former State Rep. (now Congrssman) Mike Bost’s House floor example as well.
According to the Springfield Journal-Register, Butler “pounded his fist, screamed and threw a paper calendar across the Illinois House chamber Thursday night, saying he was frustrated Democrats won’t call a House vote on his bill to allow a referendum on a Capital Township merger with Sangamon County government.”
Welch’s promise of a “new day is a bunch of BS right now,”
House Bill 2994 is on Short Debate on the House Calendar, meaning the committee which approved it (Counties and Townships) deemed it uncontroversial.
Indeed it passed 11-0 in committee.
The bill is described below:
Provides that, in addition to any other procedure available by law to discontinue a township, upon resolutions of the board of trustees of Capital Township in Sangamon County and the Sangamon County Board, and after referendum approval by the voters of the Township and County:
(1) Capital Township in Sangamon County is discontinued; and
(2) all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the Township are transferred to Sangamon County, including, but not limited to, the administration of the Capital Township’s general assistance program.
Provides that Capital Township and Sangamon County shall follow the same procedures that townships and municipalities must follow under Article 29 of the Township Code in order to dissolve the Township and transfer all the rights, powers, duties, assets, property, liabilities, obligations, and responsibilities of the Township to the County.
The State Journal-Register adds the reason for the blockage:
Springfield Mayor Jim Landfelder, a Democrat, has said he opposes Butler’s bill and informed Democratic leaders in the General Assembly that he doesn’t want the legislature to pass special legislation dealing with Springfield and instead consider dissolving townships around the state that are entirely inside municipalities.
The Mayor says he wants the township merged with city government.
In 2018 74% of Capital Township (which pretty much covers Springfield) voters approved merging with county government in an advisory referendum.