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A new law gives townships the option to let voters abolish their road districts through referendum. But Algonquin Township trustees rejected a resolution that would have given taxpayers that choice.
Alton residents are paying for two overlapping units of government – the city of Alton and Alton Township. But voters will soon have the chance to slash costs by dissolving the city’s redundant township.
Two McHenry County highway commissioners hired each other’s sons to township government positions in 2017. Despite concerns of nepotism, these practices are not uncommon in township government.
An investigation into the office of a former township official concluded with no criminal charges. But the probe did find evidence that calls into question the merits of township governance.
Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the country, many of which are duplicative and overlapping. In Belleville, where the majority of the city’s school districts cover fewer students than the state average, consolidation efforts could boost efficiency while saving taxpayer dollars.
More than half of local school district administrators earn more than $100,000, and those incomes will get a boost after a recent board decision.
Many school district employees’ earnings are more than double that of the typical Belleville household.
Taxpayers in the city of Alton, which has identical borders to that of Alton Township, could see savings through consolidation.
Townships are the cockroaches of governance. They won’t die.
The appearance of patronage hires in some McHenry County townships highlights consolidation efforts at the state and local level.