Governor Bruce Rauner
Governor Bruce Rauner

CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s task force on shrinking the number of Illinois government offices and eliminating some unfunded mandates has unanimously approved its recommendations.

The recommendations in the report won’t be known until it’s released later this month. But group members who voted on it Thursday in Chicago indicated recommendations will include consolidating some school districts and townships and reviewing unfunded mandates on municipalities that haven’t been looked at in nearly 30 years.

Illinois has more units of government than any other state with nearly 7,000. They include park districts, counties and townships. Texas has the second-highest number and it has 1,800 fewer units.

Rauner created the task force in February with an executive order. It will be up to state lawmakers and Rauner to decide whether to implement the group’s suggestions.




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