Reducing the Number of Government Units

There are too many units of government in Illinois spending money and I believe there is a way to reduce the number. Illinois has close to 7,000 units of government, more than any other state.  


By decreasing the number of units of government, you can at a minimum decrease the amount of overhead and bureaucracy waste that goes along with having a separate unit of government. If you take the same amount of resources and allocate it to other units of government, you should have more money to provide services by decreasing overhead and waste.  


Take for example these two paragraphs that were taken from the Rich Township Website: 


By statute, modern Township government is mandated to provide for road and bridge maintenance, the vital safety net of general assistance and to perform the assessment of all real property within the Township. Other services usually include senior and youth services, health service delivery and programs to the disabled. 



These basic functions are specific and targeted, and clearly no less important than the services that a municipal corporation (city or village) provides. It can be said that effective Township government provides a needed adjunct to the services that cities and villages provide and "fills the gaps" where these services do not exist. 


Bridge Maintenance: Couldn’t we push this to the state level? 


Vital safety net of general assistance: Couldn’t we push this to the state or county level? 


Perform the assessment of all real property within the Township: Couldn’t the assessor’s office handle this? 


Other services usually include senior and youth services, health service delivery and programs to the disabled: Couldn’t the state, county or local municipality handle this?  


The argument is not that these services shouldn’t be provided, because they should, the argument is why does a Township have to provide them? Here I wanted to present you my line of thinking that could hopefully save us all money. There is nothing physically prohibiting any other unit of government from providing these services.  


A township simply exists because it does.  The amount of money spent by the township can be divided among other units of government, and we should have more money for services at the end.