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Executive Order 2020-22

From the Executive Director

TO:                         All Township Officials

FROM:                  Bryan E Smith, Executive Director

DATE:                    April 7, 2020

RE:                          COVID-19; Annual Town Meeting

Governor Pritzker released Executive order 2020-22 this afternoon addressing the ANNUAL TOWN MEETING scheduled for April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020.  The order (copy attached) specifically states the following:

Section1:  The provisions of the Township Code, 60 ILCS 1/30-5(a) and 30-5(b), requiring that each township’s annual meeting for calendar year 2020 be held on either April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020 are SUSPENDED through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation.

Therefore, the ANNUAL MEETING IS CANCELLED.  TOI will update everyone on applicable instructions to hold the meeting at a later date. 

If you have any questions, please contact the TOI office.

As of this time, our Federal, State and Local Governments are in the midst of uncertainty due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19 Pandemic)
All public bodies across the State are taking action to curb the spread of Covid-19.
With regards to Township Government the only official Executive direction from the Office of the Governor (Executive Order 2020-07) encourages public bodies to postpone public business when possible. This Document is a summary of Executive Order 2020-07 as it relates to the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act that all townships must abide by.
While this situation is unprecedented it continues to be very fluid and changing by the minute. TOI has been working with legislative leaders and the Governor’s Office to find a solution to the Annual Meeting issue. Any updates regarding the Annual Town Meeting and your ability to cancel or postpone it will be provided on the TOI website and Facebook Page.
Again, this is an unprecedented event and things are changing by the moment. Please stay safe and we will keep you posted as we are made aware of any developments.

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COVID-19 Update for Local Officials

Friday, April 3, 2020 at Noon CST

Presented by: Illinois Association of County Board Members and Heyl Royster

Local officials and agency staff in Illinois need to stay up to date with the legal challenges of COVID-19. Illinois Association of County Board members will partner with Illinois Extension, lending their legal partners at Heyl Royster to discuss the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, updates to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA), impacts on employment issues, and worker compensation issues. Please register to attend this impromptu webinar this Friday, April 3, 2020 at noon.

Heyl Royster is a regional Midwest law firm with more than 100 lawyers and eight offices located in Illinois (Peoria, Champaign, Chicago, Edwardsville, Rockford, and Springfield), Missouri (St. Louis), and Mississippi (Jackson). The firm provides legal services for businesses and corporations, professionals, healthcare organizations, governmental entities, universities, insurance carriers and other major institutions.


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