One of the more unique forms of government in Illinois is townships. They provide some services beyond those of a city but, in this frugal budget climate, some see township functions as redundant.
Back in 2010, the city of Peru was emerging from the national financial crisis. To cut back on expenses, Mayor Scott Harl met with his counterparts from LaSalle and Oglesby.
“We were looking at consolidation of our safety services, our dispatch for police, fire and 911," he said. "That took effect after six years. September of 2016.”