Illinois Local Government: How do you make essential services more effective and efficient?

May 19, 2016

Dr. Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Studies at the University of Illinois Springfield describes how the complex system of local government in Illinois came to be, the current constitutional and statutory structure that frames local government, and the barriers and forces that prevent the creation of more efficient and effective ways of providing services to the citizens that local governments serve. He then looks at the promise and the limitations of intergovernmental cooperation, single unit and multi-function consolidation, and mandate relief as ways of achieving benefits for citizens.