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Gov. Rauner forms committee to shrink government

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

Gov. Bruce Rauner says the problem with Illinois, too much government. He wants to make cuts starting at the local level.

Governor Rauner says Illinois has 7,000 units of local government more than any other state.

"That is not right. That keeps the system from working for you," says Governor Rauner.

He signed an executive order this afternoon to start a committee called the Local Government Consolidation and Unfunded Mandate Task Force. He wants to go after the duplicate forms of government.

"I want your tax dollars working for you," says Rauner.

The idea came from DuPage County. Leaders there started an initiative to reduce government waste. They found agencies that only existed on paper.

"It's important to review the size of government and make sure it's as efficient as possible and there are reduction of services but you want to motivation to come from local leaders and local citizens it should not be something that is mandated by the state," says Senator Steve Stadelman.

The task force will be headed up by Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. It will be dissolved at the end of the year.

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