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Amid union criticism, task force gets to work on cutting into Illinois' 7,000 local government taxing bodies

Nov 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A task force aimed at the Illinois local government glut began shaping its report to the governor and legislature Thursday as members approved nine proposals.

Most of the items passed with little or no opposition, but a handful are expected to draw debate should they make into bill form and be considered by the General Assembly.

The items passed involved:

  • Giving the Illinois State Board of Education flexibility to provide incentives for the outcomes of school consolidation.
  • Encouraging sharing of regional safety equipment, resources, training, facilities and administrative functions.
  • Merging downstate and suburban public safety funds into a single pension authority or…

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