SPRINGFIELD—On Wednesday, May 31, Representative Sam Yingling (D-Grayslake) passed SB 3, a bill that allows Illinoisans to consolidate wasteful, inefficient layers of government, with a bi-partisan, veto-proof majority. The bill has already passed in the Senate and now moves on to the Governor’s desk for his consideration.

“I represent the 62nd district located in Lake County, where property taxes are among the highest in the country,” said Yingling. “While property taxes continue to go up, redundant and ineffective layers of government continue to sock away stockpiles of cash, adding taxing body after taxing body to property tax bills. I’m fighting for government consolidation to lower the unfair tax load carried by my constituents.”

When Governor Rauner signs SB 3 into law, Illinois taxpayers will have more tools to make choices regarding the layers of government they pay for with their property taxes. Illinois has more units of local government than any other state, often leading to inefficiency and waste of property tax dollars.

SB3 allows

· Voters to approve via referendum the consolidation of township governments

· Expands a DuPage County pilot program statewide that would allow voters to approve the consolidation or elimination of local taxing bodies that provide duplicative or obsolete services, or if the services can be efficiently and effectively absorbed by another unit of local government.

“I will keep fighting to give my constituents the tools they need to rein in wasteful, inefficient use of their tax dollars, particularly when it comes to townships, but SB 3 is an important step in the right direction,” said Yingling. “This is a great example of what happens when lawmakers take off their partisan hats and come to the table ready to do what’s right for their constituents.”

Representative Yingling is the Chairman of the Government Consolidation and Modernization Committee in the House.