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Sorenson Says State Should Proceed 'Cautiously' On Consolidation


The head of the McLean County Board is casting a cautious eye on a new report from the Lieutenant Governor suggesting ways to consolidate units of government. Illinois has more small government bodies than any state. But, County Board Chair Matt Sorenson says he is concerned that the report will take a one size fits all set of recommendations.

"I think there may be an opportunity to look more like DuPage county. They've been running some test initiatives in DuPage county where they have invested some responsibility in the county board to look at consolidation opportunities. So, something like that may have some traction around the state."

Yet, in the Chicago suburbs, Sorenson says, consolidating township road districts into larger units makes sense because there is very little unincorporated roadway left. Sorenson says he also looks forward to seeing the report's suggestions for relieving counties and cities of unfunded state mandates.

WGLT Senior Reporter Charlie Schlenker has spent more than three award-winning decades in radio. He lives in Normal with his family.
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