Letters to the Editor

Letter: Township consolidation

To the Editor:

Finally, there has been some progress on reducing Illinois government and expenses, and the only comments are about saving personal fiefdoms and the status quo.

I experienced this quite a bit in the private sector. I never once saw a consolidation opportunity that didn’t reap significant rewards. You have to make tough choices, plan it well and communicate each change to make it happen as smoothly as possible. It works better when driven from the top down.

Merely signing a law allowing it to happen is not the way to go about it. McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks, where are you?

What we have experienced so far is a lot of complaining about services that we all know can be done at the county level (bus service) or do not fit a township charter in the first place (tax preparation help).

Meetings now occurring in township buildings can be held in libraries, township personnel combined, road repair equipment and buses better used, township buildings sold and the list goes on. It doesn’t have to happen all at once, but to happen, you have to get started. Are we going to get started or continue to whine and create interference?

Tom Straley

Spring Grove

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