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Bill granting power to county board chairmen could die with session

State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake
State Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake

A bill that would have given more power to county board chairmen in the state could die in the Rules Committee after members missed the deadline to send the legislation back to the House.

House Bill 3596 is sponsored by state Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Grayslake, and would have allowed county board chairmen to take actions such as giving funds back to taxpayers and allowing them to get rid of advisory committees or commissions. The bill originally was filed by state Rep. David McSweeney as House Bill 3317.

Bills that don't report in time to the House for third reading and passage, or consideration of action, are automatically re-referred to the Rules Committee. From there, the bill either advances to other relevant committees or remains untouched until it dies with the end of session.

Yingling could not be reached for comment Friday.

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