A new CMAP Policy Update examines state-led consolidation and partnership efforts. ON TO 2050 recommends encouraging partnerships for consolidating services or units of government based on the potential benefits, such as improved capacity and resources, greater efficiency, enhanced service quality, and cost savings.
Enhancing coordination and partnerships across local governments in Illinois will make our communities more resilient. To implement these partnerships, ON TO 2050 proposes that the State provide funding to local governments for service sharing and consolidation feasibility studies. This update looks at states such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, that have provided assistance for government consolidation by enacting legislation and awarding grants, and it suggests priorities for a program in Illinois.