More task force ideas on cutting governments

Updated 1/4/2016 6:24 PM

Here are some of the other recommendations included in the final report from the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force to Gov. Bruce Rauner:

• If townships consolidate, ensure the first year's tax rate is the lowest among the consolidating bodies.


• Provide the Illinois State Board of Education with flexibility to ensure school district consolidation results in improved academic offerings and improved administrative efficiencies.

• Encourage local governments to seek savings through sharing of services, assets and personnel.

• Allow the merger of township road and bridge districts that maintain less than 25 miles of roads.

• Repeal or reform prevailing wage requirements to give local units of government more control over contracting.

• Allow school districts to contract out noninstructional services such as those for building maintenance, transportation and food preparation.

• Allow local governments to decide whether collective bargaining is mandatory or permitted.

• Allow municipalities and fire districts to determine staffing needs and remove it as a collective bargaining issue.

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