Municipalities and other local governments need to be aware of a new law (P.A. 99-604) that creates the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act requiring formal approval for travel expenses. The new law also requires documentation for travel and the nature of the official business. Following is a detailed analysis of the new law.
Redeveloping brownfields allows communities to create vibrant spaces including housing, parks, trails and job-creating businesses in their place. These redevelopments decrease blight, create jobs, generate additional tax revenues, and spur economic development in the surrounding areas. Register today for a free workshop –Economic Revitalization Through Brownfields– on August 31 in Springfield.
This National League of Cities (NLC) report seeks to provide an analysis of what is currently happening in American cities so that city leaders may better understand, encourage and regulate the growing sharing economy. Interviews were conducted with city officials on the impact of the sharing economy and related topics, and the report centers around five key themes: innovation, economic development, equity, safety and implementation.
At the Illinois Municipal League summer board meeting held on July 23 in Springfield, President Tom Gray released a statement in support of police and other first responders in light of recent events across the United States. The statement was shared with IML’s 46-member board during the meeting Saturday and is now available online.
Advance registration for the 2016 IML Annual Conference is open! The 103rd Annual Conference will be held September 22-24, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago.
The IML team has created an event that will give participants unparalleled access to educational and networking opportunities this fall. You won't want to miss it. So register online today, and we will see you in Chicago.
Nearly two dozen Illinois communities will receive $2.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Tuesday the money will go toward helping families learn skills, gain experience and get jobs in an effort to gain self-sufficiency.
Grants will go to housing authorities in Bloomington, Chicago, East St. Louis, Elgin, Joliet, Freeport, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, Springfield, Waukegan, and the following counties: Cook, DuPage, Henry, Kankakee, Lake, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Menard, St. Clair and Winnebago.
The money will pay for developing strategies to coordinate public housing programs with public and private social services. The goal is to help families earn more, become smarter about money, reduce reliance on welfare and progress toward independence.
The City of Silvis is located in western Illinois near the Quad Cities. Initially named Pleasant Valley, Silvis was incorporated in 1906 and changed from a Village to a City in 1920.
More than 100 young men and women from Second Street in Silvis have served the US military, according to the Department of Defense. No other street of comparable size has had as many men and women render service. Because of these contributions, the street was renamed Hero Street USA in 1967. In 1971, a city park was built and dedicated as Hero Street Park in honor of the 8 deceased servicemen from Hero Street USA.
The city is also home to the John Deere Classic, which takes place Aug. 8-14 this year. TPC Deere Run’s golf course is built on the site of a former horse farm along the wooded ravines of the Rock River.
The Illinois Municipal League is the formal voice for Illinois municipalities. The League was founded in 1913 and has worked continuously for the benefit of municipalities, promoting competence and integrity in administration of municipal government. We offer services to our members that range from traditional to cutting edge, in order to educate and motivate them to remain focused on their passion for the constituencies they represent. Through advocacy at the state and federal level, we work tirelessly to make sure that every voice is heard.
Partner LinksThe Illinois Municipal League partners with numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations that are dedicated to providing programs, developing policies and offering services that assist local units of government.
These statewide and national groups are among those we interact with most, and they may be of interest to your community as an additional resource.
In 1981, the Illinois Municipal League governing board initiated the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association (IMLRMA) to stabilize costs and provide liability, property, and workers compensation coverages needed specifically by municipalities.