Two state lawmakers from Kane County say providing more options for publication of required public notices will save local municipalities, and their taxpayers, a lot of money.
Sponsored by State Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), Senate Bill 189 would allow various units of local government to publish required public notices online, rather than in a newspaper.
“It’s no secret that demands are high and revenues are tight for government budgets at all levels. Why not give communities a little latitude in fulfilling their obligations to post public notices? The information is available to citizens, but at a considerably lower cost to municipalities, and ultimately taxpayers,” Oberweis said. “I hope citizens will contact their state lawmakers and ask them to support Senate Bill 189.”
State Sen. Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles) is a member of the Local Government Committee that heard testimony about Senate Bill 189 March 6. No vote was taken on the bill.
“This is simply a cost-saving measure. It is estimated that Kane County alone could save $200,000 a year,” said DeWitte. “In this day and age, there are other ways to inform residents of public information at a lower cost to taxpayers. This bill not only keeps up with the times, but also provides huge savings to taxpayers.”
Senate Bill 189 is supported by the Illinois Municipal League.