With only two years until the state of Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday, Governor Bruce Rauner has announced appointments to the Illinois Bicentennial Commission to lead the planning for the celebration. Illinois Municipal League (IML) President Karen Darch, Village President of Barrington; IML Vice President Jim Langfelder, Mayor of Springfield; and IML Executive Director Brad Cole were all included. Congratulations to all three on this exciting appointment.
You are invited to submit your municipality’s outstanding diversity efforts for the National League of Cities’ 2017 City Cultural Diversity Awards Program. This awards program showcases examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity and is designed to: 1) encourage citizen involvement in local government-sponsored activities and 2) enhance and show the appreciation of cultural diversity as a way of life in our municipalities.
The new Illinois Municipal Policy Journal was developed to apply high-quality academic research to the challenges faced by municipalities throughout Illinois. An advance copy of the journal was unveiled at a reception with the authors (pictured above) prior to a regular meeting of the IML Board of Directors. The journal, which will be published annually, is available in PDF format online, and hard copies of the journal will be available in early January.
This edition of Statehouse Briefing provides an update on state and federal legislative and policy issues. Read the latest on issues with the potential to affect municipalities including a lead testing mandate on community water suppliers, prevailing wage rates, special service areas and much more.
Don't miss the model ordinance provided to ensure compliance with the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act.
IML’s Home Rule Attorney Committee approved a model ordinance on travel expense reimbursement in response to the Local Government Travel Expense Control Act (PA 99-0604), which required local non-home rule agencies to pass an ordinance or resolution regulating the reimbursement for all travel, meal, and lodging expenses for officers and employees.
Municipal officials are required by Illinois law to perform certain duties at specified times throughout the calendar year. The Illinois Municipal League's Legal Department has compiled those duties as a service to our members. Calendar year 2017 is available here as well as in the January issue of the Review magazine. Please contact the Legal Department at (217) 525-1220 with any questions regarding the calendar.
The Illinois Municipal League is pleased to share the inaugural issue of Illinois Municipal Policy Journal. Developed in partnership with the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development in the School of Public Service at DePaul University, the journal brings academic research to issues of interest to local government leaders throughout Illinois.
Beyond the IML membership, the Illinois Municipal Policy Journal will be shared with members of the Illinois General Assembly, constitutional officers and members of the Illinois Congressional delegation, as well as colleges and universities across the state. The journal will be published annually.
Wauconda is located in Lake County on the banks of the beautiful Bangs Lake, a natural glacial lake offering residents offer a variety of recreational activities such as swimming, fishing and boating.
Wauconda, which means “spirit water,” was organized in 1849. The village has maintained steady growth with a population nearing 14,000. Today, Wauconda has a thriving business community with a unique mix of retailers, service providers and industry. Wauconda was awarded the Daily Herald Readers’ Choice Awards for three consecutive years in the categories of Best City/Town to Live and Best Downtown Atmosphere.
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.
The 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.