Connelly leads charge against expansion of taxing bodies
State Sen. Mike Connelly (R-Ill.) has taken the lead against the growth of taxing bodies in the state.
On Thursday, Rauner signed into law House Bill 228, which seeks a four-year moratorium on the creation of any new units of government or the subdivision of any existing ones.
"I would like to thank Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing this commonsense proposal to help us rein in the ever growing influence of taxing bodies in Illinois," Connelly said. "We do not need to be in the business of adding taxes to Illinois’ already sky high property tax levies."
The bill doesn't prevent two existing units of government from combining or eliminating and consolidating services into one taxing body.
Illinois leads the nation with 6,963-plus units of government, double the number of neighboring states Wisconsin and Missouri. Illinois’ other three neighbors – Kentucky, Indiana and Iowa – combined have 1,000 less units of government. California has 4,425 and Texas has 5,147.