Consolidating local government services
This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. The District was ultimately dissolved by State statute in 2006.The Federation also released a report on June 30, 2008, that recommended disbanding the Illinois International Port District and allowing the City of Chicago to transfer the District’s open lands to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and its golf courses to the Chicago Park District.It has not been signed into law yet, but Snyder has said he supports making the merger process easier for local governments.Not all local officials embrace consolidation as a quick financial fix.
For instance, in 2011 the Illinois General Assembly passed and Governor Quinn signed into law Public Act 097-0316, which created the Local Government Consolidation Committee.The Civic Federation has long supported legislation aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations in Illinois by consolidating or abolishing redundant and/or anachronistic local governments.For example, on November 17, 2003, the Federation called on the State to abolish the Suburban Cook County Tuberculosis Sanitarium District.The Local Government Efficiency (LGe) Program provides technical assistance and competitive grants to local governments for the development of projects that will achieve savings and improve municipal efficiency through shared services, cooperative agreements, mergers, consolidations and dissolutions.New York State is committed to working with local governments to control costs while maintaining the quality service delivery provided by New York’s local governments.
Although that dissolution has not yet occurred, the Civic Federation continues to support legislation to do so.