The finishing touches are going on a plan to streamline local government costs.
One of Gov. Bruce Rauner's controversial ideas is to give local governments the option to discontinue collective bargaining. That's something state law requires now.
The task force chaired by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti has embraced the idea.
By the end of this year, Sanguinetti says the group will have a report published, with that and other recommendations for finding mandates that can be done away with, room for government consolidation, and cutting costs.