Durkin to speak at Township Topics Day April 30
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (82nd Dist.) will speak at TOI's Topics Day 2014 luncheon. Topics Day begins at the Hilton Springfield Illinois Ballroom (mezzanine level) where township officials learn about upcoming legislation impacting township government. Lunch is provided and then officials are shuttled to the Statehouse to meet with their legislators face to face. The day concludes with a legislative reception from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Illinois State Library.
GATI (General Assistance Training Institute) Courses Scheduled
GATI Continuing Education will be held March 6 at Effingham, March 20 at Bloomington and April 10 at Rockford...register now!
Subsidies Available for Phone Service
For members of your community who may be struggling to afford a phone to keep in touch with family or work, there is a program that can help. Lifeline is a federal program that provides a monthly subsidy toward the cost of a landline or cell phone.
NATaT Update Feb. 24
This is the latest from Washington, D.C.
Mileage Rate 56 cents/mile
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the standard mileage reimbursement rate is 56 cents per mile, a reduction of a half cent.
Affordable Care Act
Townships must comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. Please read the following information carefully and attempt to comply in good faith.
2013 Laws & Duties Handbook Here!
The revised Laws & Duties Handbook is now available for purchase.
Governor Signs Bill on Sale of Personal Property
Governor Quinn signed SB2268....
Provides township or township road district may lease or sell (now dispose of) personal property by a vote of the township board or request of the township highway commissioner. Deletes references to personal property valued for sale at $2,500 or less. Provides that the township board or the highway commissioner may authorize the sale of personal property by public auction conducted by a licensed auctioneer or through an approved Internet auction service.
What's My Job? is here!
What’s My Job? has been updated and is an easy-to-digest overview of the role of each township official. The book covers the basic duties of the supervisor, township clerk, highway commissioner, assessor, trustee and tax collector.
What’s My Job? is available for $5 each. Payment must
Changes to Meeting Notices and Agendas
PA 97-827 – MEETING NOTICES AND AGENDAS
This law makes two changes to the procedures for giving notice for a meeting. First, it requires that the agenda for any meeting contain the “general subject matter” for any item that will be voted on. Second, it requires that at least one copy of any notice and agenda for the meeting be continuously available for public review during the entire 48-hour period before the meeting. The public body may satisfy this requirement for continuous posting by placing the notice and agenda on its website. No action or meeting is invalidated if the notice is not continuously available through no fault of the public body. Effective January 1, 2013.
Apply for Cemetery Exemptions before Dec. 31
Township cemeteries must apply for their partial exemption under the Cemetery Oversight Act no later than December 31, 2012. Some cemeteries may even qualify for a full exemption because of their size or the number of services they perform. The COA states that anyone who does not apply by December 31, 2012 for a partial or full exemption may be denied this exemption and could be required to fulfill all requirements of fully licensed cemeteries.
The Alliance of Illinois Cemeterians has started the training and certification required for cemetery managers and customer service employees. Although partially exempt and fully exempt cemeteries are not required to have licensed cemetery managers and customer service employees, we have found that many are choosing to attend our training because they believe the information is essential and will assist them with the operation of their cemeteries. Information about our upcoming training and certification can be found on our website at aicemeterians.org.
Salary Posting Requirements for IMRF Employers
Requirements for IMRF Employers
Cemetery Licenses Now Available
As of July 1, database entries for burials taking place after July 1, 2012, are at no cost.
Applications for licensure are available on the IDFPR website now.
The AIC certification program is scheduled for the following dates:
Thursday, September 27, Rock Island;
Wednesday, October 24, Rockford;
Wednesday, November 24, Springfield;
Saturday, January 26, Glen Ellyn.
Additional dates and locations (including southern Illinois) will be forthcoming. Details and registration forms are on our website at aicemeterians.org.
All cemeteries will have until January 1, 2013, to file their application for licensure as a cemetery authority. Cemetery managers and customer service employees have up to one year after the cemetery authority obtains its license to obtain their license as either a cemetery manager or customer service employee.
IL Dept of Labor Posters
Illinois Dept of Labor Required Postings
Open Meetings Act Electronic Requirements
All elected or appointed township officials are now required to complete the Open Meetings Act training online.
This law (P.A. 97-0504) is effective January 1, 2012 but officials have until January 1, 2013 to complete the training. If a person fills a vacancy or is appointed after January 1, 2013, they have 90 days to complete the training after taking the oath of office (if an oath is required).
If you are a member of a public body or committee in addition to your role as an elected official or you hold more than one appointed/elected position, you are only required to complete the training once. The certificate of completion can be filed with each public body of which you are a member. Completion of this training qualifies for one hour of voluntary education credit through TOI; the official is responsible for reporting the credit.