On December 17th, Rep. Batinick attended the Final Report meeting for the Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates in Chicago. The Task Force’s purpose is to study issues of local government and school district consolidation and redundancy and to make recommendations that will ensure accountable and efficient government and education in the State of Illinois.
Rep. Batinick stated, “The goals of this Task Force fall right in line with my own legislative initiatives, as they address the nitty-gritty issues that shackle our local governments and our local education systems. After offering up many initiatives that aim to make Illinois more efficient, it is very important that I contributed to this unique Task Force.”
The Task Force:
- Conducted a comprehensive review of State laws relating to local government and school district consolidation;
- Conducted a comprehensive review of State laws relating to unfunded mandates on local government bodies and school districts;
- Identified opportunities to consolidate, streamline, or eliminate duplicative governmental bodies, school districts, and taxing authorities;
- Identified opportunities to replace, revise, or repeal unfunded mandates placed on local governments and school districts;
- Discussed solutions and impediments to consolidation of local governments and school districts;
- Analyzed the success of programs and legislation with similar goals implemented in Illinois and other states; and
- Prepared a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly making specific recommendations to consolidate local governments and school districts.
The Task Force held 16 meetings across the state and has heard testimony from 33 experts representing government associations, nonprofit think tanks, researchers, and state agencies. It also received more than 85 proposals and has endorsed 27 recommendations on topics relating to local government consolidation and unfunded mandates.