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Senate: Let DuPage leaders eliminate governments

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  • Tom Cullerton

      Tom Cullerton

  • Dan Cronin

      Dan Cronin


SPRINGFIELD -- DuPage County officials might soon have the option to eliminate about a dozen local governments after an Illinois Senate vote Thursday.

The plan backed by DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin doesn't touch the controversial recent idea of consolidating the county's forest preserve district with the county government.

But it would give Cronin and the county board the authority to eliminate districts like the Century Hill Lighting District, Downers Grove Sanitary District, Highland Hills Sanitary District, Salt Creek Sanitary District and West Chicago Mosquito Abatement District.

The measure was approved by a 51-0 vote and was sponsored by state Sen. Tom Cullerton, a Villa Park Democrat.

"It's no secret Illinois has way too many layers of government," Cullerton said in a statement.

The plan now moves to the Illinois House, where lawmakers recently rejected the idea of stripping forest preserve district board members of their salaries.

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