Willis Backs Measure to Increase Government Consolidation, Fiscal Responsibility

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Continuing her efforts to end the budget crisis, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, recently supported a measure to make consolidating local governments easier and to help save taxpayer money as part of the budget compromise.

“Illinois has over 7,000 taxing bodies across the state,” Willis said. “Many of these local units of government serve the same residents and perform very similar functions. By making it easier to consolidate, we can help ensure that tax revenue is not being wasted and reduce the tax burden on homeowners.”

Willis supported House Bill 171, which was negotiated between Democrats and Republicans, to address the governor’s demands before approving a budget. Under this legislation, the township boards of adjacent townships could authorize, via resolution, a voter referendum to consolidate adjacent townships into a single township; or dissolve a township and absorb it into two adjacent townships with which it shares a border. Additionally, the proposal allows a township board to abolish, via resolution, its road district if the roads total less than 15 miles in length and a voter referendum approves of the road district’s dissolution.

“The passage of this legislation, once again, shows that Democrats are willing to work with the governor and put a full-year, balanced budget in place,” Willis said. “The legislation combines many of the ideas from the Senate’s grand bargain, Republican legislation and initiatives from Democrats in the House. It is time for the governor to recognize that we are all trying to work together to end the gridlock in Springfield and he needs to do his part as well.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.