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Dupage County Chairman Cronin helps pass government reform bill

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House of Representatives passed legislation that grants DuPage County the ability to dissolve, by ordinance, outdated or defunct County appointed agencies, a press release from the DuPage County Board says.

Senate Bill 494, spearheaded by DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin and sponsored by Senator Tom Cullerton (D – Villa Park) and Representative Deb Conroy (D – Elmhurst), passed by an overwhelming 108-6 margin and will move on to Governor Pat Quinn's desk for its ultimate fate.

The legislation's aim is to help thecounty steamline its local government, and could be applied to appointed governmental agencies that provide public services such as lighting, mosquito abatement, sanitation and others. It does provide a degree of safety against rash cuts, requiring a six-month public audit before a program can be eliminated or reduced, as well as a backdoor referendum.

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