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Gov. Rauner Signs Illinois Government Consolidation Law

July 25, 2018 - 9:18 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a government consolidation law this week -- but says Illinois needs more.

The law lets some county clerk offices take on duties of the local election commission. Rauner says it's a good step, but says Illinois still has more units of local government than any other state.

“Illinois is the model for what not to do. Many states have half the number of units of government that we have and we’re not that different in size. We can do this, but there’s always an argument to say we need this service or we need that particular type of service but we can do it, and we can do it more efficiently,” he says.

Rauner says taxpayers could save $3.5 billion a year if all the recommendations from the state's government consolidation task force were implemented.