Township Topics Day
Tuesday, May 5 is the date of the 2015 Township Topics Day in Springfield! State Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park will speak at the noon lunch at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel. The afternoon is open for officials to go to the Capitol to meet with legislators, concluding with an evening reception at the Illinois State Library.
Legislative Video with Consultant Tim Bramlet
Here's the latest from the Statehouse
IF your township is in the TOI/Midwest Truckers Random Drug & Alcohol Program and the township is involved in an accident, the township driver will be required to take a post-accident test if one of the following occurs:
2. Township driver ticketed and a vehicle HAS to be towed
3. Township driver ticketed and someone is taken away by ambulance
Midwest Truckers has a 24 hour answering service. It is imperative that you call immediately as testing must be done within a limited amount of time.
NATaT Update April 13
This is the latest from Washington, D.C.
Mileage Rate 57.5 cents/mile
Effective Jan. 1, 2015, the standard mileage reimbursement rate is 57.5 cents per mile.
Public Act Gives Leeway on Voluminous Requests
House Bill 3796 (Public Act 98-1129) became effective Dec. 3, 2014 and allows townships to charge a fee and have additional time to provide requested documents.
Videos from 2014 Conference
Check out these videos from our Conference! Please take our Conference survey, and our member technology survey. Many of the Conference session handouts are in our Download Center.
Using the Private Rail System
GoRail works closely with Class 1 Railroads, short lines railroads, rail supply companies and the American Association of Railroads to build awareness for issues impacting the rail industry, and educate community leaders on how the nation’s freight rail system can be a private sector solution to many of our national problems.
Electronic Wage Reporting
If your township has 25 or more employees, these new wage reporting requirements affect you.
Farm Bill Funding Opportunities and Provisions
This resource applies to local agriculture markets
Transportation Infrastructure Resolution
Township boards may adopt this resolution supporting the need for a capital investment program.
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.
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.
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.
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.