General Assistance workshops
The Township Supervisors Division will hold basic GATI training Sept. 19-20, Oct. 3-4 or Oct. 17-18.
Enlist Now for TOI Boot Camp!
Four locations of training will be held in July for newly-elected and returning officials.
15th Annual Illinois Leadership Conference June 6, Decatur
Put your assets to work! For anyone seeking to manage and lead more effectively using existing resources, this is the conference for you! This interactive, hands-on conference will help you:
o Focus on existing resources.
o Build on community and organizational assets.
o Discover value in the networks, associations, and people in your community and organizations.
Interactive workshops provide new information, a chance to learn practical skills, and opportunities to network with community leaders and community “do-ers” from across the state. The conference features nationally known speaker Tim Moore, from Generational Insights. Tim has extensive experience in business, industry and education, and in helping others learn how to navigate the differences and value of multiple generations. Our luncheon speaker is Michael Perry, author of Population 485, Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time.
The conference offers a range of breakout workshops, including a community development clinic, basic leadership skills, listening skills and techniques, focus on the issues from Illinois elected officials, and a breakout session on strategies to drive local engagement in community projects. We’ll end the day with a discussion addressing the practical applications of the networking and learning. For more information and to register, go to: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/illinoisleadership/index.cfm
Cost of the conference is $75, and includes refreshment breaks, lunch, and all materials. Scholarships and CEUs are available. Participation is limited, so register early. For more information, contact Anne H. Silvis, University of Illinois Extension, at email@example.com
Fly Your Township Flag!
Does your township have a banner or flag? Would you like to be part of a new program TOI is creating to recognize township flags?
Oath of Office Must be Given
“I do solemnly swear (affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of _____________ to the best of my ability.” [60 ILCS 1/55-10]
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
Governor's Hometown Awards underway
Applications for the 2013 Governor’s Hometown Awards (GHTA) competition are now available. This is the 31st year of the annual event which recognizes those volunteers whose hard work and dedication greatly improve their communities. The deadline to submit applications for consideration is July 15, 2013.
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.
Mileage Rate 56.5 cents/mile
Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage reimbursement rate is 56.5 cents per mile.
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.