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.