Jack Franks’ Bill Banning New Layers of Government Passes

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Mike Riopell on December 27th, 2015:

Read their lips: No new government.

Lawmakers voted to ban themselves from creating new local governments for the next four years, a nod to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s efforts to consolidate.

The legislation from Connelly and Democratic state Rep. Jack Franks of Marengo wouldn’t apply to creating a new government by combining two or more.

Because the ban is both created by lawmakers and aimed at them, it could always be overridden if a future General Assembly sees fit.

Still, “we are sending a pretty significant message that if there came an opportunity or circumstance where we had to create a new unit of government, we would have to explain why we’re lifting the moratorium or going around the moratorium,” Connelly said in the spring.

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