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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Belleville Township one step closer to dissolution

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Belleville Township one step closer to dissolution

BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) – Officials in a southwestern Illinois community have cleared the first hurdle in dissolving the 130-year-old township. Members of the Belleville Township board met Tuesday evening and directed an attorney to draft a dissolution ordinance. The city of Belleville will take over the Belleville Township’s responsibility to provide assistance to needy […]

Belleville Township one step closer to dissolution

BELLEVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ill. (AP) – Officials in a southwestern Illinois community have cleared the first hurdle in dissolving the 130-year-old township.

Members of the Belleville Township board met Tuesday evening and directed an attorney to draft a dissolution ordinance. The city of Belleville will take over the Belleville Township’s responsibility to provide assistance to needy residents if the township shuts down.

The move is possible because of a new state law signed last week by Gov. Bruce Rauner that’s aimed at cutting overhead costs. The Belleville News-Democrat reports that the law’s wording allows a dissolution to take place without a public vote.

Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert says he’s confident that the city will be able to help those in need.

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