This will come as no surprise to anybody in my state of Illinois. As long as I’ve been alive, people have been bitching about how Illinois has more units of local government than any other state.
We have 102 counties, 1,291 municipalities, 1,431 townships (worthless), 3,145 school districts, and 4,079 special purpose districts covering parks, libraries, fire, sanitation, drainage, mosquito abatement, and God knows what else. Each requires its own elections and independent administration.
All and sundry understand that the legislature could abolish, consolidate, or reorganize these at any time. The problem isn’t that they can’t but that they won’t. Every district benefits administrators and their policial patrons, who care more about maintaining it than taxpayers care about abolishing it.