Township Legislation

TOI End of the Year Report 2020

Weekly upon legislative activity during the legislative session, TOI issues a legislative report on the status of legislation we are tracking. This is an updated report based upon our latest status. Please verify any legislation you are interested by checking the Illinois General Assembly website at www.ilga.gov


2021 End of Session Report


Legislative Report of May 24, 2021:

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Legislative Report of April 29, 2021

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Legislative Report of April 13, 2021

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Legislative Report of March 26, 2021:

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Legislative Report of March 25, 2021

Memo To:   All TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS
From:          Bryan E. Smith, Executive Director
Date:           March 25, 2021
Re:              Legislative Alert HB 1861

TOI is asking you to submit a witness slip in opposition of the bill.  Additionally, contact members of the House Committee (Counties and Townships) to express our opposition.


HB 1861 (Counties and Townships)

Amends the Dissolution of Townships in McHenry County Article of the Township Code. Makes the Article applicable to all counties. Amends the Counties Code and the Motor Fuel Tax Law making conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Changes provisions requiring road districts in townships in Lake County and McHenry County to be abolished if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length to require all townships to abolish such road districts. Effective immediately.

TOI POSITION: OPPOSE THIS LEGISLATIONTOI is opposed because this legislation:

        Automatically abolishes township road districts under a certain threshold throughout the entire state without providing the voters an opportunity to make the decisions themselves.


 

        Forces the County to absorb all debt, obligations, and responsibilities of the township.

        Lacks a process for the impacted County or resident (s) outside the dissolved  township  to weigh in on the dissolving of a township.

        Establishes an unfair process permitting a small number of voters to unilaterally increase the tax burden on an entire county.

        Automatically abolishes township road districts without providing the voters an opportunity to weigh in and make the decision themselves.

        The legislative applies to townships STATEWIDE.

        In the November 2018 Election, a referendum was held on abolishing the McHenry Township Road District. The Referendum failed 3,455 (31.08%) to 8,267 (68.92%). Voters should have a voice. Again, failing in 2020.

        Under this bill townships in Illinois could be dissolved with no input from the County, who absorbs them, and no estimation regarding if the absorption would save taxpayers money or reduce services.

        HB 1861 claims to save taxpayers money but provides that a county could levy 90% of the taxes of the dissolved township. Townships make up less than 2% of a property tax bill statewide.

        Because of contractual obligations it is more expensive for a county to maintain road miles than a township, but HB 1861 makes no accommodation for this increase in taxpayer cost.

        Public Act 100-0107 provides a process that ensures all parties are heard, a methodology and predictability for voter’s on how services are going to be delivered.

        Current law already allows for dissolution of townships or road districts in a process that is fair, transparent and requires public hearings, HB 1861 does not.

        No provision in HB 1861 permits voters to revert back to the TOWNSHIP form of government.

        Current statute provides for the dissolution of township government with a process that is fair to all taxpayers. 

The legislation is scheduled to be heard in the Counties and Townships Committee on Friday, Mach 26, 2021.  We are requesting that you log in to the link below and complete a witness slip in OPPOSITION with a record of appearance only.   Also, we would appreciate you contacting by phone the Committee members below and express your OPPOSITION to HB 1861.  You can access their phone number and email address by clicking on their name below. 


Chairperson:

Sam Yingling

D

Vice-Chairperson:

Jonathan Carroll

D

Republican Spokesperson:

Brad Halbrook

R

Member:

Carol Ammons

D

Member:

Andrew S. Chesney

R

Member:

Daniel Didech

D

Member:

David Friess

R

Member:

Suzanne Ness

D

Member:

Lawrence Walsh, Jr.

D

Member:

Tom Weber

R

Member:

Kathleen Willis

D


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Legislative Report of March 23, 2021

The Township Officials of Illinois is OPPOSED to the legislation listed below.

This legislation is posted to the committee schedule for this week and will be heard virtually.  

We are providing you with links to the legislation, bill status, committee schedule information, as well as, a link that provides you the opportunity to submit an opposition witness slip virtually.  Please consider completing the witness slip to assist in our legislative efforts to OPPOSE these bills.
Regarding witness slips:  A separate slip is required for each bill from the links below.  This is for a record on appearance only and you should select OPPOSED. 

House Bill 1775 (Counties and Townships Committee)

Amends the Township Code. Provides that all townships within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality may be discontinued (modifying an Article that currently only applies to: municipalities in which the city council exercises the powers and duties of the township board, or in which one or more municipal officials serve as an officer or trustee of the township; that are located within a county with a population of 3 million or more; and which contain a territory of 7 square miles or more). Makes conforming changes. Repeals an Article of the Township Code regarding discontinuance of specified townships in St. Clair County. Effective immediately.

TOI Position OPPOSED:  TOI is opposed to this legislation because it applies for the discontinuing of townships government to all conterminous townships in the State of Illinois.

Click here to view bill.

Click here to view committee schedule.

Click here to complete witness slip.

House Bill 1861 (Counties and Townships Committee)

Amends the Dissolution of Townships in McHenry County Article of the Township Code. Makes the Article applicable to all counties. Amends the Counties Code and the Motor Fuel Tax Law making conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Changes provisions requiring road districts in townships in Lake County and McHenry County to be abolished if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length to require all townships to abolish such road districts. Effective immediately.

TOI Position OPPOSED:  TOI is opposed to this legislation because the bill takes the provisions of House Bill 348 that was passed a few years ago and makes it apply statewide.  TOI strongly OPPOSES this initiative because current statutory law provides for the dissolution of township government by a process that is fair to all taxpayers. 

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Click here to complete witness slip.

House Bill 2994 (Counties and Townships Committee)

Amends the Discontinuance of Township within Coterminous Municipality Division of the Township Code. In provisions allowing a township to discontinue and consolidate with a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipally, allows a county to initiate discontinuance of the township with the county taking control of the former township's operations. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

TOI POSITION OPPOSED:  TOI is opposed to this legislation because it applies one township in Sangamon County (Capital) and allows the County Board to put the question on the ballot to eliminate the township transferring the duties to the county.  

Click here to view bill.

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Click here to complete witness slip.

HB3727 (Counties and Townships Committee)

Amends the Township Code. Provides that all townships within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality may be discontinued (modifying an Article that currently only applies to: municipalities in which the city council exercises the powers and duties of the township board, or in which one or more municipal officials serve as an officer or trustee of the township; that are located within a county with a population of 3 million or more; and which contain a territory of 7 square miles or more). Makes conforming changes. Repeals an Article of the Township Code regarding discontinuance of specified townships in St. Clair County. Effective immediately.

TOI Position:  OPPOSED This legislation applies for the discontinuing of township government in all coterminous townships in the State of Illinois.

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Click here to complete witness slip.

HB 3599 (Counties and townships Committee)

Amends the Dissolution of Townships in McHenry County Article of the Township Code. Renames the Article and makes it applicable to all counties under township organization. Amends the Counties Code and the Motor Fuel Tax Law making conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Changes provisions requiring road districts in townships in Lake County and McHenry County to be abolished if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length to require all townships to abolish such road districts. Repeals provisions making abolition permissive for townships with road districts that have roads of less than 15 miles in length. Effective immediately.

TOI Position:  OPPOSED This legislation take the provisions of House Bill 348 that was passed a few years ago and makes it apply statewide.  TOI strongly OPPOSES this initiative because current law provides for the dissolution of township government by a process that is fair to all taxpayers.

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Click here to complete witness slip.


Legislative Report of March 16, 2021

The legislative reports provided on our website are only updated upon verification with the Illinois General Assembly. To ensure that no additional legislative activity has occurred to a piece of legislation we recommend that you visit the Illinois General Assembly website at www.ilga.gov. for the most recent status updates on legislation. Should you have any questions on a bill included in the report provided please contact the TOI office. To look up a bill visit www.ilga.gov

The Township Officials of Illinois is OPPOSED to the legislation listed below.
This legislation is posted to the committee schedule for this week and will be heard virtually.  We are providing you with links to the legislation, bill status, committee schedule information, as well as, a link that provides you the opportunity to submit an opposition witness slip virtually.  Please consider completing the witness slip to assist in our legislative efforts to OPPOSE these bills.
Regarding witness slips:  A separate slip is required for each bill from the links below.  This is for a record on appearance only and you should select OPPOSED. 

House Bill 2863 (Transportation Committee)

Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Provides that an owner or occupant seeking consent from a highway authority to construct ditches, drains, track, rails, poles, wires, pipeline or other equipment along any highway or road may appeal the authority's decision to deny consent to the county superintendent of highways by filing an appeal in the office of the district clerk within 10 days after receiving the written explanation of the decision. Provides that the county superintendent shall set a date for hearing a complaint and provide notice of the hearing to all persons interested. Provides that if the county superintendent of highways finds that a petition for ingress or egress is not inconsistent with public safety, the commissioner shall approve the petition.

TOI Position OPPOSED TOI IS opposed to this bill because the current statute already provides for the remedy for failure to repair or maintain roads located in township areas. 

Click here to view bill.

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Click here to complete a witness slip.

House Bill 433 (Ethics and Elections Committee)

Creates the Citizens Empowerment Act. Provides that electors may petition for a referendum at the next general election to dissolve a unit of local government. Sets forth the requirements for the petition, together with the form and requirements for the ballot referendum. Provides for the transfer of all real and personal property and any other assets, together with all personnel, contractual obligations, and liabilities of the dissolving unit of local government to the receiving unit of local government. Amends the Election Code to provide exceptions for the Citizens Empowerment Act. Effective immediately.

TOI Position OPPOSED:  The requirements of this legislation are too burdensome on local governments (Townships) in all aspects.  Specifically, the financial burden this imposes on local government units. 

Click here to view bill.

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Click here to complete witness slip.

House Bill 2805 (Ethics and Elections Committee

Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act. Provides that a member of a county board or county board of commissioners may not also hold the office of township highway commissioner. Repeals a Section providing that a member of the county board in a county having fewer than 550,000 inhabitants, during the term of office for which he is elected, may also hold the office of township highway commissioner. Effective immediately.

TOI Position OPPOSED:  TOI is opposed because this legislation limits even more individuals who may hold the office of Highway Commissioner and county board members.  Further, this legislation makes it more difficult to find people to serve in these positions in areas with an already reduced population.

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Click here to complete witness slip.

House Bill 2807 (Ethics and Elections Committee)

Creates the Local Accumulation of Funds Act. Provides that a unit of local government's funds, excluding the capital fund, shall not exceed an amount equal to or greater than 2.5 times the annual average expenditure of the previous 3 fiscal years of the unit of local government. Defines "capital fund" as a capital fund of a township or a similar fund of another unit of local government established to dedicate funds toward capital improvement as a part of the unit of local government's annual budget. Amends the Township Code repealing a Section about accumulation of funds. Effective immediately.

TOI Position OPPOSED TOI is opposed to this legislation as it makes the law apply to ALL local governments where it was specific to only townships when originally passed. 

Click here to view bill.

Click here to view committee schedule.

Click here to complete witness slip.

House Bill 1775 (Counties and Townships Committee)

Amends the Township Code. Provides that all townships within a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipality may be discontinued (modifying an Article that currently only applies to: municipalities in which the city council exercises the powers and duties of the township board, or in which one or more municipal officials serve as an officer or trustee of the township; that are located within a county with a population of 3 million or more; and which contain a territory of 7 square miles or more). Makes conforming changes. Repeals an Article of the Township Code regarding discontinuance of specified townships in St. Clair County. Effective immediately.

TOI Position OPPOSED:  TOI is opposed to this legislation because it applies for the discontinuing of townships government to all conterminous townships in the State of Illinois.

Click here to view bill.

Click here to view committee schedule.

Click here to complete witness slip.

House Bill 1861 (Counties and Townships Committee)

Amends the Dissolution of Townships in McHenry County Article of the Township Code. Makes the Article applicable to all counties. Amends the Counties Code and the Motor Fuel Tax Law making conforming changes. Amends the Illinois Highway Code. Changes provisions requiring road districts in townships in Lake County and McHenry County to be abolished if the roads of the road district are less than 15 miles in length to require all townships to abolish such road districts. Effective immediately.

TOI Position OPPOSED:  TOI is opposed to this legislation because the bill takes the provisions of House Bill 348 that was passed a few years ago and makes it apply statewide.  TOI strongly OPPOSES this initiative because current statutory law provides for the dissolution of township government by a process that is fair to all taxpayers. 

Click here to view bill.

Click here to view committee schedule.

Click here to complete witness slip.

House Bill 2994 (Counties and Townships Committee)

Amends the Discontinuance of Township within Coterminous Municipality Division of the Township Code. In provisions allowing a township to discontinue and consolidate with a coterminous, or substantially coterminous, municipally, allows a county to initiate discontinuance of the township with the county taking control of the former township's operations. Makes conforming changes. Effective immediately.

TOI POSITION OPPOSED:  TOI is opposed to this legislation because it applies one township in Sangamon County (Capital) and allows the County Board to put the question on the ballot to eliminate the township transferring the duties to the county.  

Click here to view bill.

Click here to view committee schedule.

Click here to complete witness slip.