2017 Awards

2017 Awards2017-10-30T20:28:27+00:00

2017 State Transformer: Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti
R-State of Illinois

Lt Governor Sanguinetti

An attorney, former Assistant Attorney General, adjunct professor of law, Wheaton City Councilwoman, and working mother of three, Evelyn Sanguinetti was elected as the state’s first Latina Lieutenant Governor in November 2014.

A tireless advocate on behalf of taxpayers, Ms. Sanguinetti has helped spearhead a movement to reduce the size and cost of government in Illinois. With the highest count of local governments in the nation – nearly 7,000 – Illinois citizens pay some of the highest local tax rates in the country. In early 2015, Governor Rauner issued Executive Order 15-15 creating a Task Force on Local Government Consolidation & Unfunded Mandates and appointed Ms. Sanguinetti to serve as Chairman.

The 24-member Task Force was instructed to study issues of local government and school district consolidation, examine unfunded mandates, and identify ways to streamline government. The Task Force held 16 public hearings across the state, heard testimony from 33 experts, and issued 27 recommendations designed to empower Illinois citizens and permit local officials to lead by tackling consolidation, shared services, and unfunded mandates according to the needs of individual communities.

Delivering efficient, effective and streamlined government to Illinois taxpayers, remains a top priority of her office. Today, the Lt. Governor continues to push for meaningful consolidation initiatives and travels around the state to highlight and promote local efforts to innovate the delivery of public services.

2017 Citizen Transformer: Brent Frank

Since being appointed to serve on the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District by the DuPage County Board in 2013, President Brent Frank has taken steps to enhance public safety, reduce costs and ensure long-term financial stability for the organization.

A DuPage County study in 2012 found that the District had experienced a decline in net assets and a growth in its pension obligations, which created financial concern for the agency. Under President Frank’s leadership, the District took action to reduce its operational expenses by over $1.9 million, implementing a wide variety of operational efficiencies.

In 2016, the District contracted out its financial administration unit, saving an additional $500,000 annually. President Frank led an effort to ensure that the District’s pensions are properly funded, using operational savings to establish long-term sustainability.

Additionally, President Frank successfully brokered an agreement with Darien-Woodridge Fire Protection District leaders to share resources and functionally consolidate public safety operations, allowing both entities to operate as a single unit. This collaboration with fire union leadership led to a comprehensive review operations, identifying opportunities for greater collaboration. Upon approval of an intergovernmental agreement, the agencies have been able to reduce emergency response times and decrease overtime costs. The collaboration has allowed both agencies to more efficiently deploy staff while ensuring proper manning of emergency vehicles, which enabled the closure of one fire station.

President Frank’s efforts have enhanced public safety for the District’s 70,000 residents and helped the District reaffirm its 2017 designation for exemplary public fire service protection, a distinction given to only one quarter of one percent of fire service agencies across the nation.

2017 State Transformer: State Rep. Sam Yingling
D-Round Lake Beach

Sam YinglingSam Yingling was elected to the Illinois House of Representatives to represent the 62nd District in November 2012. A lifelong resident of Lake County, he formerly served as Avon Township Supervisor and President of the Round Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Rep. Yingling’s family also has deep roots in the community, owning a small business in Lake County for the past three generations.

As a full-time legislator, Rep. Yingling has championed the cause of government consolidation in particular, working to reduce as many duplicative positions and government entities as possible in order to help lower high property taxes paid by his constituents.

As Chairman of the newly created House Government Consolidation & Modernization Committee, he has taken a lead role as sponsor of several landmark pieces of legislation including Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 607 this session. Senate Bill 3, recently signed by the Governor, extends the Local Government Reduction & Efficiency Act (DuPage model) to all counties in the state and establishes a process for township boards to initiate voter referendum questions to consolidate townships. House Bill 607 provides for the automatic dissolution of smaller township road districts and establishes procedures for a township board to place directly on the ballot propositions to abolish township road districts.

Rep. Yingling is a graduate of DePaul University, where he studied Public Policy & Administration and Metropolitan Land Use (Urban Planning), interests that were cultivated by the dramatic shifts in demographics, population, and development in central Lake County. He currently resides in Round Lake Beach with his husband, Lowell Jaffe.

 

2017 Local Transformer: The Villages of Montgomery and Oswego and the City of Yorkville

montgomery logooswego logoYorkville logoMotivated by mutual interest in cost savings and control, sharing knowledge, and more efficient service delivery, the Lower Fox River Partnering Initiative for the Village of Oswego, Village of Montgomery, and the United City of Yorkville is exemplary of what government collaboration can accomplish.

The three Fox River communities have similar demographic, land use, and economic development patterns, making them well-suited for service sharing. As a result, they decided to jointly pursue Local Technical Assistance from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (which in itself has created a precedent, as several other service or staff sharing projects have since been submitted by other communities). The Lower Fox River Partnering Initiative Shared Services Study was accepted in August 2015 through a joint resolution, and the three communities are exploring ways to coordinate service delivery to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of municipal operations through instituting equipment sharing services, undertaking a shared fleet analysis, and pursuing joint professional development programs. Further, Oswego and Yorkville have issued a joint IT Request for Proposals and jointly hired a Procurement Manager. So far, these implementation strategies have been successful where the three communities have also begun exploring the potential for a joint water facility.

Together, these goals will equip the communities to take immediate actions to share services, as well as to build institutional capacity for collaboration in the long-run.

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