DuPage County will gain the power to disband the county election commission if Gov. Bruce Rauner signs legislation now on his desk. The Illinois Senate on Friday unanimously approved the legislation that would amend the Election Code to allow DuPage County to dissolve its election commission and transfer its functions to the county clerk’s office. The state House approved the measure last month. “This is a major step forward for DuPage County government,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said Friday. “We’re streamlining an operation that’s been around for a while and is antiquated.”
Cronin praised the state lawmakers who sponsored the legislation, including state Rep. Deb Conroy and state Sen. Tom Cullerton, both Villa Park Democrats. “It was a bipartisan effort,” he said. “I’m thrilled.”
Cronin said he expects Rauner to “enthusiastically” sign the legislation, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2019.
“He has been a very strong proponent of consolidation,” Cronin said. “He has been very supportive of our efforts. Frankly, he has helped set the tone that allowed this bill to pass.”