New Consolidation Law Championed by Rep. David S. Olsen Could Save DuPage Taxpayers $300,000

This morning Governor Bruce Rauner signed HB 5123, which will allow the DuPage County Clerk to absorb the functions of the county’s election commission. State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) was a Chief Co-Sponsor and vocal proponent of the bill, which is estimated to save DuPage County taxpayers up to $300,000 on tax bills.

“This is an area where consolidation makes perfect sense,” said Olsen. “It’s a model used successfully across the state. In DuPage County, the signing of this new law will lead to a more efficient level of service at a lower cost to taxpayers.”

According to Olsen, residents of DuPage County passed an advisory referendum in March stating they wanted their county election commission merged into the county clerk’s office. In addition to the estimated $300,000 in savings, the consolidation should improve efficiency and streamline election reporting. Today’s bill action will enable that consolidation to move forward, and will also allow a similar action in Peoria County, the only other county in Illinois where a separate county election commission presently exists.

Upon signing the bill at the DuPage County Government Center in Wheaton, Governor Rauner said, “This is another step in the right direction for Illinois. We need to continue to root out duplicative layers of government that serve only to burden taxpayers and hinder businesses. I’m pleased to sign this bill and congratulate the leaders, voters and taxpayers of DuPage County.”

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin welcomed the Governor’s action, calling it the culmination of a worthwhile process. “DuPage County has spent several years to approve this consolidation effort,” said Cronin, a former state legislator. “With the support of voters and help from our DuPage legislators, we have advanced another good government reform that will save taxpayers money. Together with Governor Rauner, we are setting the standard of a responsible, effective government, one that adapts and innovates the delivery of its services and works on behalf of the people it serves.”

HB 5123 is now listed in the Illinois State Statutes as Public Act 100-0628.

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