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2017 Newly Elected Officials Training Dates:

July 13 - Lisle/Naperville - Hilton

July 20 - Mt. Vernon - Holiday Inn (Evening Session)

July 27 - Rockford - Giovanni's 

August 3 - Normal - Marriott


2017 Professional Development

Held at the TOI Office in Springfield

Bonus Session: February 24 - Nuts and Bolts of Township Finance 

Speaker: Bob Porter, Director of Special Projects for Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C.

While there have been a number of TOI educational sessions covering township finances, limited time has restricted in-depth explanations with questions and answers for this subject. In this session, Bob Porter, Director of Special Projects for Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C., will resolve individual township issues and will provide some great resources for elected officials to better understand the functions of township finance, especially if their duties are changing with a different office.
Topics covered during this session include: the impact of the Open Meeting Act on financial reports and procedures, how real estate taxes impact financial procedures, Tax Levy Ordinance, Truth-in-Taxation Act, Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (tax caps) Public Act 94-976, Budget & Appropriation Ordinance, Annual Treasurer Report, Annual Comptroller Report, Annual Audit, Public Fund, Investment Procedures, Personal Property Replacement Tax, Permanent Road Fund, Road District distribution and transfer of funds.



Bonus Session 2: March 3 - IDOT - Local Public Agency Flagger Training

Presented by IDOT

**There is NO COST for this course provided by IDOT and lunch will be provided courtesy of TOIRMA.**

This session is presented by the Illinois Department of Transportation to provide training to local agency personnel for their day labor and maintenance activities. It meets requirements established by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The course is available to local agency highway personnel holding a valid driver’s license or an Illinois Identification Card from the Secretary of State. Topics covered include: traffic control devices, the flagger’s role in work zone safety, Illinois laws and responsibilities, and flagging procedures.



Session 2: April 7 - Transition: The ABC’s of Township Government

Speaker: Jeff Jurgens, Attorney, Sorling Northrup 
Have you wondered what to do with the transition of a new board. Have you wanted to re-evaluate the work performed by the Township? Ever wanted to change software? Bookkeeping? Forms? Hours? Learn how to make a smooth transition and set your township up to succeed. 


Session 3: June 23 - Understanding the Illinois General Assembly Process

Speaker:  Jerry B. Crabtree, TOI Associate Director/Education Coordinator
This program provides an understanding of the legislative and lobbying process in Illinois. Government 101 a return to the basics to understand lobbying. What do we need to know as we monitor the activity of the Illinois General Assembly? What important factors are there when advocating for Township issues? This session will also provide an open forum for general township issues.


Session 4: September 15 - Highway Commissioner 101

Speaker: John Redlingshafer, Attorney Heyl Royster
A highway commissioner is asked to do a lot – maintain and plow roads, keep their equipment in repair, and carefully oversee a budget for their road system. However, there is much, much more that a highway commissioner is expected to know. This course will provide an overview of many of these additional obligations under the law, including the Prevailing Wage Act, the bidding process, trade-in of equipment, vacating roads, and right-of-way disputes.


Session 5: October 13 - QuickBooks for Township budgets

Speaker: Janette Cowden
The objective is to introduce new users of QuickBooks to working with the software and your township budget. Additionally, for seasoned users, an opportunity to explore the many options provided to user. Participants are asked to bring their laptops and a copy of their budgets to review what can be done to make the conversion or general maintenance of QuickBooks for your township.


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Date: February 22
Title: Ask a Township Professional
Speakers: Jeff Jurgens, Attorney Sorling Northrup; TOI Executive Director Bryan
Smith; and TOI Associate Director/Education Coordinator Jerry Crabtree

Date: March 22
Title: Recordkeeping and Meeting Minutes in Township Government
Speaker: Greg Moredock, Attorney Sorling Northrup
Sponsored by the Township Officials of Illinois Clerks Division 
Date: May 24
Title: Employment Issues in Township Government
Speaker: John Redlingshafer, Attorney Heyl Royster
Date: June 14
Title:Running an Efficient Meeting with Roberts Rules of Order
Speaker: Jim Donelan, TOIRMA Executive Director
Date: Sept 20
Title: Employment Issues in Township Government
Speaker: John Redlingshafer, Attorney Heyl Royster
Date: October 11


*Only requires an internet connection and a phone line. All courses begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Cost for TOI members is $25/webinar.*

  Can't attend during the scheduled course? No problem. On Demand courses are also available.

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LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The information to be provided at this Webinar is provided by the Township Officials of Illinois for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. It is intended to provide timely general information of interest, but should not be considered a substitute for legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Participation in the Webinar does not create an attorney-client relationship with any attorneys participating in the Webinar and participants.


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