A commission concludes Illinois lawmakers should make it easier to reduce local government boards and agencies but shouldn't force communities to do so if they don't want to. The Illinois Legislature created the Local Government Consolidation Commission to examine whether it's necessary for the state to have nearly 7,000 units of local government. That's more than any state in the country. Many critics have long said reducing the number of local government units would cut property taxes. But the commission doesn't conclude that. The commission found Illinois might want to follow the lead of other states where local government units cooperate with each other and share resources.
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