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