SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to streamline government services and save taxpayer dollars, state Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, is sponsoring a proposal to eliminate the office of the Lieutenant Governor.
“Eliminating the Lieutenant Governor’s office is one step we can take to create a more efficient, streamlined government,” D’Amico said. “Legislators on both sides of the aisle agree that the position is largely ceremonial and does not serve a vital role in providing state services.”
D’Amico is co-sponsoring House Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment 5 which would amend the state constitution to eliminate the office of the Lieutenant Governor. The proposal is estimated to save roughly $1.6 million dollars annually. If passed, the amendment would be put up to the voters in November of 2018.
“While this legislation won’t solve all of our state’s fiscal woes, it is an important first step,” D’Amico said. “Voters in Illinois deserve the opportunity to vote for a more streamlined, efficient state government.”