By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has authorized eliminating or consolidating 75 state boards and commissions.
Quinn issued the order approving the shrinking of government groups Friday. He first announced the move Wednesday during his budget address before legislators.
The order eliminates various commissions whose work has been completed, such as the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial and Ronald Reagan Centennial commissions.
"While there are many essential boards and commissions that perform important duties for our taxpayers, there are also many which are no longer needed," Quinn said in a release. "This executive order is another step forward to increase efficiency in state government."
Rosters of the commissions and boards eliminated involved at least eight local representatives, including Jeff Steinkamp, interim manager of the Quincy Regional Airport. He was listed as a member of the Air Service Commission even though his term expired in 2008.
Steinkamp said the commission had not met for a number of years.
"This was kind of a statewide (Essential Air Service program), trying to get any money appropriated for any downstate airports so they could get some commercial air service," he said. "There was never any money allocated."
Members of the commission were not paid outside of expenses.
Also gone is the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force, which was created to develop policy and funding recommendations for expanding and supporting a local and organic food system. Members included Carrie Edgar and Gerry Kettler, both of Adams County.
The order also lists commissions considered redundant or dormant. This category includes a task force that studied racial profiling and the Chronic Disease Nutrition and Outcomes Advisory Commission.
Quincy Mayor John Spring was co-chairman of the Economic Recovery Commission, which submitted its final report to Quinn on how to improve the state's economy on June 24, 2010.
On the education front, Delbert Scranton, former superintendent of the Pikeland School District, was listed as a member of the Governor's Education Accountability Task Force. Former Quincy Public School Superintendent Lonny Lemon was a member of the Instructional Mandates Task Force.
The order consolidates three river coordinating councils, which includes the Mississippi River Coordinating Council.
Quinn still has authority over 317 boards and commissions.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.