We are pleased to inform our members that today, June 30, 2016, the last day of the FY2016, the General Assembly approved a stopgap budget that provides funding for important public purposes. This bill was painstakingly negotiated between the Governor and legislative leaders over the last several days. Please take a moment to review the summary in this issue of the Statehouse Briefing.
A bill moving through the General Assembly would require additional lead testing in schools while imposing the costs for the testing on water suppliers. Senate Bill 550 has been approved by the Senate and has arrived in the House. The attached Fact Sheet provides a summary of the current requirements and a summary of the bill. Additional updates will be provided as they become available.
The Simon Review papers, from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, examine and explore policy issues within the scope of the Institute’s mission and in the tradition of the University. This paper explores the governmental and political gridlock that has dominated the state’s political discourse, consumed the energies of all involved and created chaos in governmental and non-profit agencies that normally deliver state services.
On June 21st, the FAA released their long awaited rules for drones, known as Part 107. In the release, the FAA responded to calls for preemption by stating "the FAA is not persuaded that including a preemption provision in the final rule is warranted.” The FAA rejected arguments about an alleged patchwork quilt of laws and the idea that conflicting rules will be confusing for drone operators.
The city of Galesburg is the county seat of Knox County, located on Interstate 74 in Northwest Illinois. Its history dates back to 1837 with the founding of Knox College. Galesburg was part of the Underground Railroad, perhaps the main station for western Illinois. Its history also includes Pulitzer Prize winning author Carl Sandburg whose birthplace is a state historic site and museum.
Today the city of more than 32,000 boasts a variety of parks and recreational opportunities including a golf course and lake, a vibrant downtown, a wide variety of stores and restaurants as well as festivals and fairs throughout the year.
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.