Yingling Continues Push for Less Government, Pro-taxpayer Policies


SPRINGFIELD – State Representative Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, is again leading the charge to do away with duplicative taxing layers of government when a measure to give township residents in McHenry County the power to put a consolidation referendum on the ballot passed Tuesday in the House.

“Illinois must no longer be on the top ten list of states with most taxing bodies or layers of government,” Yingling said. “Illinois has over seven thousand units of government. That is unacceptable to taxpayers, and we must work to lessen that number if we are to truly deliver tax relief for hardworking families across our state and county.” “It was a pleasure working with Representative David McSweeney and McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks on this bill. I hope that the Lake County government will follow McHenry’s lead in participating in this program”, Yingling added.

Yingling passed House Bill 4637 with broad, bi-partisan support. The measure would help taxpayers by giving township residents the power to put a referendum on the ballot with a majority vote, to do away with taxing bodies such as highway commissioners and by mandating a ten percent reduction in property taxes on the township. The bill now awaits action in the Senate.

Yingling, who is the Chairman of the Government Consolidation Committee continued, “We must make it easier for taxpayers to have a greater say in how their tax dollars are spent.” “My measure would make it less difficult for them to get a question on the ballot and ultimately lessen property tax should they choose to do away with one of many line items on their tax bills.”