Rauner Signs Breen Bill to Improve Government Transparency

A new layer of transparency is now available in Illinois government thanks to a bill sponsored by State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) that was signed into law this month.

SB 2066 improves transparency as it relates to the cost of unfunded mandates on local governments. The provisions of the new law apply to items listed in the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s (DECO) catalog of state mandates.

“As taxpayers continue to plead for property tax relief, it is important to shine a light on the true cost of unfunded mandates from Springfield and how they drive up the cost of our local government,” said Breen, the bill’s Chief House Sponsor. “When government passes along these mandates, costs really increase over time. If elected officials can see the cumulative effect of these mandates, my hope is that they’ll make unfunded mandate relief a priority.”

Unfunded mandates include any State-initiated action that requires a local unit of government to absorb a new function at their own cost. The idea for the legislation was brought forward by Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. “The Lt. Governor’s Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force explored the staggering costs tied to unfunded mandates in Illinois and determined that legislators needed to be aware of how significantly their actions are increasing the tax burden on Illinoisans.”

The new law is listed in the Illinois statutes as Public Act 100-0242.

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