- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

ELMHURST, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed an executive order creating a task force looking at streamlining government functions.

Rauner made the announcement in DuPage County on Friday. County officials in recent years eliminated a fire district and a sanitary district as part of an effort to save more than $100 million over the next 20 years.

Rauner highlighted DuPage County’s savings at his first State of the State address last week. He says Illinois needs to lessen the burden of unfunded mandates imposed by the state on local governments.

Rauner’s office says Lt. Gov Evelyn Sanguinetti will chair the task force. A spokeswoman says members will be appointed by the governor, and include representatives of units of local government, school districts, and the General Assembly from throughout Illinois.

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