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Supporters of four measures to help spur on local government consolidations say it will save taxpayers money.

Democratic Representative Jack Franks says there’s a reason property taxes are so high in Illinois.

Franks says there won’t be agreement on all the measures, but he’s confident lawmakers will find common ground on some and move those forward to save taxpayers money. Republican Representative Mark Batinick agrees this is the year to bring about consolidation reforms because it will free up needed resources to spend on things everyone agrees must be funded, like education and various social services.

Governor Bruce Rauner says the four introduced measures will address 8 of 27 recommendations generated by his Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Taskforce.

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