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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Update on Municipal Consolidation Bill

A couple of weeks ago we reported on a bill that would amend the municipal consolidation statute in a number of ways. One of the most significant changes in that earlier version of the bill would be to require referendum approval by voters in just one of the consolidating municipalities, rather than voters from all of the consolidating municipalities. Recently, HB 5777 was amended to eliminate the language requiring only one municipality's voters to approve the consolidation, restoring the previous language. The amended bill also requires filing of the referendum petition only in the county where the largest municipality is located, and includes a 22 month "waiting period" on filing another referendum petition if the referendum fails, with certain exceptions.

The bill, as amended, passed the Illinois house and now moves to the Illinois senate.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf


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