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Resource ID: #17974
Subject: City Government
Source: Associated Press
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Date: Dec. 20-22

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"Often overshadowed and overlooked, Illinois' 1,433 township governments last year collected almost half a billion dollars from taxpayers although many did not need the money and hundreds wound up spending as much on bureaucracy as on services. In September, for example, Benton Township paid $7,500 for two employees to pass out $500 in welfare to five needy people in Franklin County... Illinois clings to the tradition of its townships governments while neglecteing serious questions about their usefulness, such as: Are townships efficient grassroots government or outdated vestiges wasting millions to do jobs that overlap services already offered on wider scales by county, munincipal and state governments?"

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