DuPage County Report
Governor Bruce Rauner joined Chairman Dan Cronin, County Clerk Paul Hinds, members of the County Board, and local lawmakers as he signed House Bill 5123 into law on Monday.
House Bill 5123 provides the DuPage County Board with the authority to dissolve the DuPage County Election Commission and fold its duties into the County Clerk’s Office.
“DuPage County has spent several years working toward this consolidation. 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 Gov. 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,” said Chairman Dan Cronin.
A majority of DuPage County voters approved a referendum question on the consolidation in March, and the General Assembly unanimously approved the bill this spring. The law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2019. The County Board will consider an ordinance in January officially dissolving the Election Commission. Through this merger, the County expects to save taxpayers $300,000 annually.
By summer 2019, DuPage County will have dissolved seven units of local government under its Accountability, Consolidation, and Transparency (ACT) Initiative. One tenet of the ACT Initiative is consolidating local units of government when appropriate.