Good government reform legislation was signed into law July 23 that will allow affected county clerk’s offices to absorb the functions of their now-separate county elections commissions, eliminating duplicative and costly layers of government—saving taxpayer dollars.
“Illinois has an unreasonable amount of units of local government, which plays a significant role in Illinois’ out-of-control tax problem,” said Sen. Michael Connelly, R-Naperville. “Consolidating the DuPage Election Commission into the DuPage County Clerk’s office is one way we can achieve a lower tax burden for our residents, while also providing them with a more efficient election process.”
Residents of DuPage County passed an advisory referendum in March stating they wanted their county election commission merged into the county clerk’s office, a move that is predicted to save $300,000, improve efficiency and streamline election reporting.
House Bill 5123 will enable that consolidation to move forward, and would allow a similar action in Kankakee County, the only other county in Illinois where a separate county election commission presently exists.
“Despite nearly all of Illinois operating elections through the county clerk’s office, DuPage County is one of the only counties that uses an election commission,” said Sen. Chris Nybo, R-Elmhurst. “With this consolidation, DuPage County will be able to administer elections cost-effectively and better mitigate any possible errors in the election process. This initiative is long overdue and truly in the best interest of the county and its residents — and we will see immediate benefits.”
“Back when I was serving on the county board, we pushed hard to eliminate duplicative layers of government in a focused effort to reduce waste and increase efficiency in our county government,” said Sen. John Curran, R-Downers Grove. “I’m glad to see this sustainable government policy bring efficiency to another part of county government. As a result, our election process will be streamlined and more financially responsible, so we can save our taxpayers from extra costs.”