Today is December 18, 2014

Governor Quinn Calls for Special Session
Published from Legislative on Thursday December 18, 2014
Governor Quinn has called a special session for January 8, 2015. The purpose is to consider legislation for a 2016 special election for Comptroller. More

Chicago Tribune: City Workers Sue Over Emanuel-Backed Pension Changes
Published from Pension Policy on Wednesday December 17, 2014
A lawsuit declaring changes to the Chicago Municipal Employee's Pension Fund to be unconstitutional was filed by four unions and affected retirees. The lawsuit was not unexpected following a circuit court ruling that determined the benefit reductions in SB 1 to be unconstitutional. More

Video: Governor-Elect Rauner Discusses Property Taxes and State Mandates
Published from Legislative on Wednesday December 17, 2014
On December 16, IML staff attended a presentation by Governor-elect Rauner that was sponsored by the Better Government Association. This video clip is of Mr. Rauner discussing his desire for a property tax freeze that would occur in tandem with relief from costly state mandates. More

IML Board Member Discusses Pensions, Bankruptcy Authority on Chicago Tonight
Published from Legislative on Wednesday December 17, 2014
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey was on Chicago Tonight as part of a panel that discussed municipal bankruptcy authority and the need for public safety pension reform. Mayor Morrissey has been a member of the IML Board of Directors since 2005. More

Public Self-insured Employers' Report Due
Published on Tuesday December 16, 2014
By law, every local public entity that is individually or jointly self-insured for workers' compensation must file with the Commission a report indicating its election to self-insure. This report is due within 30 days after January 1 every year. More

WTTW Public TV: IL Attorney General Weighs in on Comptroller Succession
Published from Legislative on Monday December 15, 2014
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion on how to proceed with filling the vacancy created within the Illinois Comptroller's office. According to the Attorney General, two vacancies have been created with a short-term vacancy to be filled by Governor Quinn and a second to be filled by Governor-elect Rauner on or after January 12. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for December 12, 2014
Published from Resources on Friday December 12, 2014
Learn what's happening throughout the state and country by checking out todays complation of news items that may be of interest to Illinois municipalities, including local, county & regional, state, national, and legal news, as well as editorials and opinions. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day. More

How Will the Income Tax Rate Decline Impact Cities?
Published from Legislative on Friday December 12, 2014
The state income tax rates are set to begin declining in 2015. Fortunately, this decline will not result in any notable reduction of LGDF payments to cities, villages, and towns. More

Chicago Tribune: Illinois Supreme Court Grants Sped-Up Pension Law Appeal
Published from Pension Policy on Friday December 12, 2014
The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to quickly hear arguments over a landmark government worker pension law that was struck down last month. More

Legal Bulletin for December 11, 2014
Published from Resources on Thursday December 11, 2014
The Legal Bulletin for December 11, 2014 has been posted on the IML website. Of the nine decisions reported on in this bulletin, one is an PAC opinion on FOIA, and the rest are on public employment issues: three regarding the FLSA; three on employment discrimination; and two regarding employee speech. More

Reboot Illinois: Does North Riverside Have One Solution for Many With Its Fire Pension Fund?
Published from Pension Policy on Thursday December 11, 2014
The Village of North Riverside has become a focal point for those interested in viable solutions to the pension crisis confronting Illinois municipalities. The Village is pursuing a privatization strategy that would protect benefits already earned as firefighters participate in a private employer's defined contribution plan for future service. More

IML Statement on Passing of Comptroller Topinka
Published from Legislative on Wednesday December 10, 2014
Illinois Municipal League statement on passing of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. More

Statehouse Briefing - December 4, 2014
Published from Resources on Thursday December 04, 2014
House and Senate Override Veto of Voluminous FOIA Request Legislation, Compromise Ridesharing Legislation Approved by General Assembly, Same Day Voter Registration Extended, Smart Grid Program Extended, Minimum Wage Increase Thwarted, and 2015 Legislative Session Calendar Released. More

Approved Resolutions for 2014
Published from Legislative on Thursday October 16, 2014
Each year, the Illinois Municipal League Resolutions Committee and Board of Directors approve resolutions that are then considered at the Annual Business Meeting held during the Annual Conference. Seven resolutions were approved during the 101st Annual Conference. More

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