by Brian Costin
Illinois Policy Institute
November 14, 2013
Illinoisans suffer from the second-highest property tax rates in the nation. Their state is the third most corrupt in the nation. And driving this expensive and corrupt reality on the local level is the fact that Illinois has more units of local government than any other state in the nation. With 6,963 units of local government, Illinois beats its nearest competitor by more than 1,800. When citizens live in areas with too many layers of government, their ability to participate in the democratic process becomes more difficult. Taxpayers shouldn’t be supporting multiple – and often redundant – layers of government through ever-higher property taxes. The state of Illinois must create more reasonable pathways for citizens to consolidate local government.

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