2017 Scholarship Program
The application for the 2017 TOI Scholarship program will be available online and in the Township Perspective magazine in January 2017. Applications will be due on March 1, 2017. Please check back for more information.
Please watch our new video for an important update from TOI's legislative consultant Tim Bramlet.
In Memoriam - Shirley J. Green , 1925-2016
We are mourning the death of Shirley J. Green, the first woman to serve as TOI President in 1989-91.
TOI mourns the passing of board member Patrick Murphy
TOI is mourning the loss of Patrick Murphy, who died on September 16, at the age of 67.
TOI mourns the passing of Dr. Paul Green
TOI mourns the passing of Dr. Paul Green, of Chicago. Dr. Green was a familiar face at TOI education events in the 1980’s, 1990’s and early 2000’s. Dr. Green led the charge by putting together training seminars for township officials co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, Governor's State University's Institute for Public Policy and Administration, and TOI. Dr. Green also served as a township official, as Monee Township (Will County) Supervisor from 1977-1983.
Shared Services Best Practices Survey
The Office of the Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti has asked that we share this survey with you. Although this is not a mandated task, we ask that you please consider taking the time to respond. Any information we can get out to others on how vital and efficient townships are to them would be much appreciated.
Education Sessions for Conference
Many people have contacted our office asking about the educational sessions lined up for this year's conference. The line-up of sessions and speakers is now available here.
Accountability in Action Training
Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger invites you to participate in the 2016 local government financial reporting training series, “Accountability in Action."
Mighty Message Contest Deadline Approaching
We are again recognizing townships that exemplify excellence in communication with our 20th Annual Mighty Message contest. Please share with us the unique and effective ways you are able to reach those in your township, including newsletters, websites, photos, videos, social media, program campaigns, or other communications.
State Board of Elections
State Board of Elections - New Resources Available
Announcing the 2016 Holiday Food Pantry Project
We are excited to announce the launch of our Food Pantry Project. As part of our Annual Educational Conference theme this year, Township
Government: Neighbors Serving Neighbors, the conference committee is wanting to generate support for a food basket program offering all conference attendees an opportunity to assist in giving back to the community.
Illinois Highway Commissioners in Northern Illinois - Education Program Information
The Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA) is hosting the 2016 In-Place Recycling & Reclaiming Seminar in Lake Geneva, August 16-17.
Reminder of Pre-Election/Pre-Appointment requirements for Township and Multi-Township Assessors
As election season nears, it is important to remind candidates for the office of township or multi-township assessor of their pre-election requirements.
TOI's Lunch & Learn Webinar Series Program
2016 marks that first year our association will offer webinars. The objective is to allow officials and interested parties an opportunity to eat lunch in at their desk while participating in an hour long program to benefit their responsibilities as township officials or staff in township government. More specifically, many of our members are unable to attend our district events and/or the annual educational conference for numerous reasons. These scheduled webinars are designed to reach them with an educational opportunity. The cost to participate is very low and all you need is a phone and an internet connection. A camera is not needed on your computer.
Township Address - Dr. Glenn Poshard
District Education District Event
Notice: Prevailing Wage Rates
It has been brought to our attention that the Illinois Department of Labor website listing the latest rate of Prevailing Wages has not been updated since July 2015.
June 2016 Legislative Update Video now available
Get the most current on legislative issues affecting townships in Illinois from TOI Legislative Consultant Tim Bramlet.
2016 Salary Survey
The results of the 2016 Salary Survey are now available. A copy of these results has been mailed to all township clerks in Illinois.
Heyl Royster Webinar - The DOL New Overtime Rule
Don't Get Caught Unprepared
Please join us for this free webinar!
On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published the Final Rule defining the overtime standards of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes are expected to provide overtime to more than four million additional employees.
Legislative Update - April 2016
Legislative Update - April 2016
Click here to watch Tim Bramlet speak about the most up-to-date matters in legislation regarding townships in Illinois.
Certification of Pre-election Qualifications for the Office of Township and Multi-township Assessor
The Illinois Department of Revenue is required under Sections 2-45 and 2-50 of the Property Tax Code (35 ILCS 200/2-45 and 2-50) to certify assessor pre-election qualifications by February 1 of the year prior to the election. All candidates for the offices of township and multi-township assessor must satisfy pre-election qualifications based upon the equalized assessed value (EAV) of property in their assessment district.
2016 Mileage Rates
2016 Mileage Rate
As of January 1, 2016, the new standard mileage rates will be in effect. The new rate is 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2015.
Volunteers needed for NATaT Fly-In!
TOI is seeking township officials from across the state interested in volunteering to participate in the NATaT Annual Legislative Fly-In, April 27-28, 2016 in Washington D.C.
NATaT Update October 26
This is the latest from Washington, D.C.
Video Resources for Township Officials
Videos covering a variety of issues affecting townships in Illinois.
Illinois Attorney General's Office
2015 Binding PAC Opinions Index Public Access Opinions
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: 1. Fatality 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. Call 217.525.0310
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.