Today is October 21, 2014

News Items of Municipal Interest for October 20, 2014
Published from Resources on Monday October 20, 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

Illinois Recycling Grants Program
Published on Monday October 20, 2014
The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Bureau of Energy and Recycling is pleased to announce grant opportunities in recycling. Traditional Recyclables: Paper Fiber of all Grades, Plastic, Metal, and Glass. 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

Department of Public Health Plumbing Code Enforcement
Published from Legislative on Thursday October 16, 2014
The Illinois Department of Public Health is alerting municipalities that any amendments to the Illinois Plumbing Code must be reviewed by the Department. The IML is interested in feedback from our members on this development. More

Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program
Published on Thursday October 16, 2014
The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Illinois Finance Authority are pleased to announce that applications for the Fire Truck Revolving Loan Program are now being accepted. Applications must be postmarked no later than December 12, 2014. This year $14 million is being made available for loans. More

Governing Magazine: U.S. City Finances Facing Slow Growth and Increasing Costs
Published from Legislative on Wednesday October 15, 2014
American cities reported the most positive financial data since the 2008 financial crisis, but they still haven’t fully recovered from the recession. More

Journal Standard: What if Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Pension Reform?
Published from Pension Policy on Monday October 13, 2014
According to columnist Chuck Sweeney, a reversal of the pension reform law would result in higher taxes and service cuts totaling $145 billion over 30 years. Illinois would not only have the highest property taxes in the nation, but 41 cents of every state sales, income and property tax dollar would be devoted to pensions. More

Reuters: Illinois Pension Reform Law Challenges to be Argued Next Month
Published from Pension Policy on Monday October 13, 2014
Challenges to Illinois' pension reform law remained on track for a ruling by the end of the year after a judge ordered both sides back in court next month to argue their cases. More

Politico: Mayors - Cities Succeed with 'Innovation Economy'
Published from Legislative on Monday October 13, 2014
At POLITICO Magazine’s “What Works: Boston” event, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke discussed the progress their cities have made by embracing the “innovation economy,” as well as challenges that have arisen from greater modernization. More

2014-2015 Classes Offered by the Illinois Fire Service Institute
Published from Training & Events on Wednesday October 08, 2014
NIMS/ICS has announced tentatively scheduled classes being offered through the Illinois Fire Service Institute. More

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