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Duffy Appointed to Local Government and Unfunded Mandates Task Force

State Senator Dan Duffy (R-Lake Barrington) has been appointed by Governor Bruce Rauner to the Local Government and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, chaired by Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. Created to help identify ways to help streamline and consolidate local governments, the task force aims to help make Illinois government more effective and efficient.

“The fact that we have 7,000 units of government in Illinois, more than any other state in the nation, is reason enough that we need to reevaluate how we do things,” Sen. Duffy said. “I am honored to be appointed to this task force to help develop solutions on how we can make Illinois government more efficient and accountable to the taxpayers.” 

Senator Duffy joins other appointed state legislators, municipal and county leaders, representatives of school districts, and experts in consolidation on the task force this year to develop long-term solutions on how to reduce government costs in Illinois.

Governor Rauner explained the task force was created as a way to consolidate the “excessive numbers of local government units” and “reduce the burden of unfunded mandated imposed by the state,” which “will reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve delivery of services.”

“Shrinking the size and cost of government is key to Illinois’ fiscal recovery,” said Sen. Duffy. “There are too many layers of government that restrict economic growth. As a member of this task force, I will continue to fight for the taxpayers of Illinois by working to eliminate government bureaucracy and reduce the burden of unfunded mandates on our schools and local governments.”

The task force will submit its findings to the Governor at the end of 2015.

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