CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners had an easy hearing before the City Council Budget Committee on Wednesday, mostly avoiding questions about a proposed cost-saving idea.
Some state lawmakers and the Civic Federation – a nonpartisan budget watchdog – in recent years have suggested merging the city’s election board with suburban Cook County’s elections operations.READ MORE: Parents Of Michigan School Shooter Arrested After Manhunt
Election board spokesman Jim Allen said similar moves have been made elsewhere in Illinois.
“The trend out of Springfield has been to consolidate it under an election board. So that’s what happened recently in Peoria and Peoria County. There’s now a Peoria County Election Board. So you have a bipartisan commission whose members and whose staff are not allowed to participate in, endorse, [or] contribute to any campaigns,” Allen said.