The Task Force on Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates, led by Lt. Governor Sanguinetti, has released their final report. Early last year Governor Rauner issued executive order 15-15, creating the task force to help tackle Illinois' bloated local government system and high property taxes. Illinois has more local units of government than any other state in the nation at 6,963 and the second highest effective property tax rate. The task force also worked on addressing Illinois' growing unfunded mandate burden; 266 new unfunded mandates have been imposed on municipalities since 1982 and 145 mandates have been imposed on schools since 1992.
In meetings over the past year, the task force heard testimony from those representing government associations, nonprofit think tanks, researchers, and state agencies. The final report makes 27 recommendations, which approved by the task force throughout the year, for streamlining local government, empowering communities, and saving taxpayer money. Some of the recommendations have already become law, such as a four year ban on creating new units of government, PA 99-0353, while many others remain stuck in the legislative Rules Committee. The House reconvenes from winter break on January 13th.
The comprehensive report is 406 pages and includes the minutes from every meeting. It can be read here.