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IML Statehouse Briefing - January 30, 2017

Last week we informed our membership of a bipartisan budget and reform package negotiated by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). The Senate leaders intended to move these bills through the Senate last week to allow the package to be considered in the House.
 
Due to substantial opposition and requests for amendments, the legislative package was not advanced, although subject matter hearings were held on the various bills. Neither the House nor Senate are scheduled to convene this week, so potential action involving the budget and reform package will be deferred until the Senate returns on February 7.
 
The fate of the Senate budget and reform package is uncertain, but all signs point to the need for additional negotiations and amendments as a prerequisite for passage.
 
A new development could potentially have an impact on Illinois’ long-standing budget impasse. On Thursday, January 26, Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a legal motion in St. Clair County Circuit Court to prohibit state workers from getting paid without a budget appropriation. The motion requests that the Court dissolve previous orders allowing payments to state employees in light of an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that salary increases owed under the terms of a bargaining contract cannot be paid without an appropriation. If the court system rules in favor of the Attorney General’s motion, then state employees would cease to be paid. It is believed that such a development could effectively shut down state government and force a budget agreement.
 
State of the State Speech
Governor Bruce Rauner delivered his third State of the State address on Wednesday, January 25. The text of the speech is available here.
 
IML Tracked Bills
A list of introduced bills that affect or are of interest to municipalities is available on our legislative website. These bills are searchable by number or by issue category. Another great way to track bills of interest is by downloading our legislative app. If you do not yet have the app, it is available for iTunes and Android users. If you have questions or information about any of our tracked bills, please contact the IML staff member through the e-mail link available within the digital bill page and app, or e-mail us at IMLLegislation@iml.org.
 
Municipal Attorney Seminar
Register today for the Illinois Municipal League’s 2017 Municipal Attorneys Seminar. The event will be held Friday, March 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. A $175 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and a copy of IML’s Sunshine Laws manual, as well as 6.25 hours of MCLE. Topics covered include Land Use Exactions & Takings; Mandatory Topics of Bargaining; Appellate Practice; Professional Responsibility/Ethics; Sunshine Laws; Employment Law and Section 1983 & Municipal Liability. Register online at iml.org/seminar.
 
Mark Your Calendar for Lobby Day April 26, 2017
The Illinois Municipal League (IML) invites you to attend Lobby Day on Wednesday, April 26 in Springfield. The Lobby Day briefing will begin at 9 a.m. at the IML office, followed by an opportunity to visit legislators at the Capitol (be sure to make your appointments in advance). A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. Additional information is available online at iml.org/lobbyday.