Council Discusses Consolidation of Peoria Township

Sep 13, 2017

A new state law sets guidelines for the dissolution or consolidation of townships. Peoria Township is entirely within the boundaries of the city of Peoria, and the city council sits as the township board of trustees. 

Members of the Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff, the union representing teachers at city's charter schools, have voted to join the Chicago Teachers Union.

Illinois officials are finally done with a months-long effort to review thousands of units of local government.  Members of the governor’s task force today easily approved a report containing both analysis, and opportunities for consolidating and saving money.  

A statewide commission looking to reduce the number of unnecessary governing bodies in Illinois passed several measures in Peoria today. The Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force task force overwhelmingly supported measures that include putting consolidation decisions before voters in 2016.

Gov. Bruce Rauner set up the task force in February to recommend ways to trim the number of local governing bodies in the state.  

Gov. Bruce Rauner is lauding the efforts of one Illinois county to consolidate local government and save taxpayers money. 

Legislation passed in Springfield clears the way for Peoria County to have a single election commission. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the election reform bill allows the County to ask voters if they want a combined commission:

Currently the City of Peoria runs election services within its borders, and part of the County Clerk’s Office runs the rest of Peoria County services. Tom Bride is executive director of the Peoria City Election Commission. He says a combined service means more efficiency for voters: