Yingling Transparency and Consolidation Measures Pass Overwhelmingly in House

GRAYSLAKE, Ill. – Measures sponsored by state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, to make local governments more accountable and responsive to taxpayers passed the Illinois House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support.

"As stewards of taxpayer money, legislators have the responsibility to ensure that taxpayer money is being spent responsibly," Yingling said. "These measures will help residents track how their hard-earned dollars are being spent and consolidate services to ensure that they are getting the best services for their money."

Yingling sponsored two bills, House Bill 5522 and House Bill 4501, which are heralded by Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike as major wins for taxpayers. House Bill 5522 opens the books on local taxing bodies and their contracted vendors, requiring local governments and school districts with operating budgets of at least $1 million to maintain websites that provide access to documents about budgets, spending and operations. House Bill 4501 allows local government bodies with appointed boards to consolidate by voter referendum. Both measures passed with broad bipartisan support and await consideration by the Senate.

“If we are to truly turn our state around economically, then we must continue to support common sense policies that save taxpayers money and continue to weed out waste and abuse,” Yingling said. “Both measures will help keep local taxing bodies responsive to their taxpayers and will help restore taxpayer trust in their government."

Yingling represents the 62nd District, which contains portions of Gages Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Hainesville, the Round Lake communities, Wauconda and Wildwood.