St. Clair Township Chairman Robert M. Goins (R) told the Record that he is behind government consolidation as laid out by the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandate’s Task force.

The task force, created by Governor Bruce Rauner, released a report on Jan. 4 outlining 27 legislative recommendations designed to help reduce the tax burden on Illinois landowners, while providing better public services.

Twelve of the recommendations were related to the issue of government consolidation. “I think it’s a good idea,” Goins said.”

Illinois has more local taxing bodies than any state in the nation, with a total of nearly 7,000. Most residents live under three layers of general purpose government including county, municipal and township…

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