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Illinois Commerce Commission Crossing Safety Improvement Program 5-year Plan

4/6/2021

Illinois Commerce Commission Crossing Safety Improvement Program 5-year Plan

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

3/24/2021

If your township borders Lake Michigan, please take the survey of Coastal Management Needs for Local Governments on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and its partners are assessing needs facing U.S. and Canadian local and tribal governments on the Great Lakes...

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Two Illinois regions have improved their COVID-19 metrics

2/1/2021

Two Illinois regions have improved their COVID-19 metrics enough to again loosen restrictions on businesses and other activities, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced.  Regions 7 (Will and Kankakee counties) and 11 (Chicago) have moved into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, allowing for indoor service at bars and....

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Circular Letter CL2021-04 REBUILD ILLINOIS BOND GRANTS TO LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES - FUND IMPLEMENTATION (INFORMATION EXCHANGE) & THIRD INSTALLMENT ISSUANCE

1/14/2021

Circular Letter CL2021-04 REBUILD ILLINOIS BOND GRANTS TO LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES - FUND IMPLEMENTATION (INFORMATION EXCHANGE) & THIRD INSTALLMENT ISSUANCE issued by the Central Bureau of Local Roads and Streets on January 12, 2021

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2021 Mileage Reimbursement Rate

1/7/2021

Beginning January 1, 2021, the standard mileage reimbursement rate has been set at .56 cents per mile, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Illinois COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution: Phases 1A and 1B

1/6/2021

The COVID-19 vaccine is a critical tool to safely reach the other side of this pandemic. Through efficient and effective distribution of the vaccine, we can suppress the spread of the virus, save as many lives as possible, and rebuild our economy. Illinois will only distribute a vaccine that is deemed safe. As we move through phases of vaccine distribution, the administration will ensure it reaches Illinoisans as quickly...

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Northern Illinois University Township Survey

1/5/2021

In order to strengthen our ability to serve as a resource center for state and federal legislative agencies and member townships, TOI is partnering with NIU’s Department of Public Administration to survey township supervisors and assessors about various township activities.  You can expect to receive an email from NIU in about 2 days.  The subject heading is TOI-NIU Township Survey.  Please take a few minutes from your busy day to complete the survey.  We appreciate your cooperation

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Illinois T2/LTAP = Work Zone Safety – Instructor Led Training (Online)

12/29/2020

Work Zone Safety Trainings!

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BREAKING: News on the Township Caucus and COVID-19

11/19/2020

The Governor has issued Executive Order  2020-73 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 69) concerning COVID and Tier 3 Mitigation.  This order includes an exemption from the Tier 3 Mitigation for the December 1, 2020 Township Caucuses and the December 2, 2020 Multi-Township Caucuses.

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New Law Affects IMRF Postings

11/13/2020

Please be aware that a new law taking effect January 1, 2021 will require those townships that currently have a website to do the following: IMRF is now required by law to post information on their website regarding public bodies that participate in the fund. This includes...

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UIC Seeks Capstone Partners

10/26/2020

The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) and Masters of Public Policy (MPP) programs at the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC) are accepting proposals from public agencies for Capstone projects for the spring semester. These “learning in action” projects give graduating MPA and MPP students the opportunity to work on practical problems with the support of faculty in a real-world situation. Each student team works with a client agency or organization on a particular problem or challenge on which the students’ expertise can be brought to bear. Areas of specialization include financial management,.....

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Registration is now open for the 35th annual IDOT Fall Planning Conference!

9/17/2020

he conference is just around the corner, and we've got a full, virtual, event planned for everyone! The virtual event will consist of our traditional welcome session followed by a series of five webinars. Topics for the sessions are COVID-19, active transportation, equity, sustainability, and planning and environmental linkages. They are being developed like...

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CURE The Coronavirus Relief Fund

9/10/2020

Township Officials, First, I would like to thank the Township Officials of Illinois for assisting the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in making this Webinar....

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New Rural Toolkit for Transportation Grants

8/3/2020

Rural infrastructure has been overlooked and neglected for far too long across this country. Poor infrastructure compromises safety, impedes economic development and job creation, and harms quality...

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Guidance to Public Bodies on the Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act during the COVID-19 Pandemic

8/3/2020

As public bodies across the State are taking action to curb the spread of COVID-19, this document is intended to serve as guidance from the Public Access Counselor (“PAC”) based on the current status of the law and, where applicable, the Governor’s Executive Orders issued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation is rapidly...

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July 21 CURE Webinar

7/21/2020

Click Here to view the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (or Local CURE) Support Program discussing Township Reimbursement/Funding Opportunity

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CARES Act Reimbursements for Townships

7/13/2020

We want to draw your attention to DCEO’s Local CURE program to reimburse local units of government for their COVID-19 related costs. This applies to all units of local government (except school districts) outside of Cook, Lake, Will, Kane, & DuPage counties. The overview page can be...

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IDOL Alerts Local officials on Hiring for Public Works Projects

7/10/2020

Springfield - Due to the high unemployment rate caused by the ongoing COVID-19....

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TOWNSHIP GOVERNMENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

7/8/2020

he Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) made an initial announcement discussing plans for distribution of federal CARES Act funds to units of local government around the State of Illinois. The State has named these distribution efforts the Local “Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency” (CURE) Program, which is intended (per federal guidelines) to reimburse...

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Results from the 2020 Salary Survey Are Here!

7/1/2020

As many of you know, later this year each township board and multi-township board is charged with setting the compensation for each elected township and multi-township office for the upcoming term, beginning May 17, 2021 and ending the third Monday in May 2025 (beginning January 1, 2022 for assessors, multi-township assessors and Tax Collectors and ending December 31, 2025). To aid township officials with this process, during January of this year, the Township Officials of Illinois (TOI) sent a salary survey to township clerks throughout the....

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Salary Setting for Elected Township Officials

6/30/2020

DISCLAIMER: The information contained herein is provided by the Township Officials of Illinois and has been reviewed by legal counsel. It is intended to provide timely general information of interest, but should not be considered a substitute for legal advice. There are several limitations on how and when the compensation of elected officials must get determined. For example, the Illinois Constitution provides “an increase or decrease in the salary of an elected officer of any unit of local government shall not take effect during the term for which that officer is elected.” The Local Government Compensation Act, 50 ILCS 145/2, also provides the compensation of elected officers of townships must be fixed at least 180 days before the beginning of the terms of the officers whose compensation is to be fixed (i.e., the third Monday in May after the election). Failing to set the compensation.....

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Postcards Encouraging Households to Respond to 2020 Census Sent to P.O. Boxes

6/24/2020

JUNE 24, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau is sending postcards between June 24 and July 3 to an estimated 1.3 million post office boxes in communities where P.O. boxes are the only mailing address available. The postcards alert households that a census taker may drop off census invitations soon or will visit later to interview them. The postcards also provide information...

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Minimum Wage goes from $9.25 to $10.00

6/19/2020

Effective July 1, 2020 The minimum wage for Illinois will increase from $9.25 to $10.00 per hour.  Employees currently earning more than the new minimum wage per hour can remain at their present rate.  The increase will not require an update to the Illinois Department of Labor’s required postings, provided your township is displaying the posters that are...

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June 17 Virtual Event Recording

6/17/2020

Missed out on the live June 17 Virtual Event? Find within a recording of the event!

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HB 2096 (Public Act 101-0632) Goes Into Effect

6/8/2020

The Governor has signed HB 2096 (Public Act 101-0632) effective immediately. After discussing the new changes with our attorney, TOI offers the following best practice interpretation of the new law specific to holding the ANNUAL TOWN MEETING. If you intend to have the Annual Town Meeting in JULY 2020, you may do so. However, there is a process you are required to follow to do so. Townships are required to....

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