Today is January 25, 2015

State Journal-Register: Rauner Previews 1st-Year Priorities: Cut Taxes, Medicaid
Published from Legislative on Friday January 23, 2015
Governor Bruce Rauner on Thursday began laying out priorities for his first year in office, saying property taxes and workers' compensation costs are too high, Medicaid spending is unsustainable, and state workers' salaries and benefits are too generous. More

Illinois Supreme Court Denies All Amicus Briefs in Pension Case
Published from Legal on Thursday January 22, 2015
The Illinois Supreme Court just ruled denying all amicus briefs, including IML, and denying plaintiffs' request for an extension of time in filing their brief. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for January 23, 2015
Published from Resources on Thursday January 22, 2015
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

Daily Herald: Griffin - Municipal Retirees' Insurance Cost Taxpayers Millions
Published from Resources on Wednesday January 21, 2015
Jake Griffin of the Daily Herald reports that than 2,100 former employees in 57 suburbs cost taxpayers almost $16.5 million in health insurance costs last year. And experts expect that figure to keep rising as more municipal employees head into retirement before they are eligible for Medicare at age 65. But even then, Medicare eligibility only reduces the municipal burden, rather than putting an end to it. More

State Journal-Register: State Goes After Unpaid Sales Taxes
Published from Legislative on Wednesday January 21, 2015
The Springfield State-Journal-Register reports that new rules took effect on January 1 that expand the definition of out-of-state sellers that must register in Illinois and collect sales taxes. But the head of a California marketing group that successfully challenged the old state law said the revised rules have the same issues of vagueness and violations of federal law. More

NLC President Responds to State of the Union Speech
Published from Legislative on Wednesday January 21, 2015
NLC President and Mayor of Salt Lake City Ralph Becker provided a response to President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday, January 20. President Becker's remarks include a call for passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act, approval of a long-term surface transporation funding bill, and the preservation of the tax-exemption for municipal bonds. More

Executive Order Requiring Transparency for Local Government Hires Issued
Published from Resources on Thursday January 15, 2015
In an executive order issued by Governor Rauner, Article III of the Order, which takes effect immediately, provides "CMS shall assist each State Agency and unit of local government to provide timely access to all necessary and accurate information to comply with the local government employee provisions mandated by 20 ILCS 405/405-335." More

Governor Rauner Issues Executive Order Concerning Ethics, Contracts
Published from Legislative on Wednesday January 14, 2015
On his first full day in office, Governor Rauner issued an Executive Order to toughen ethics requirements for the Executive Branch. The Order imposes a one-year revolving door ban on lobbying state agencies, restricts gifts to state employees, requires state employees to file a statement of economic interest, and empowers the Governor's Office of Management and Budget with broad powers to review employment contracts. In Article VI, paragraph 2, this includes employment contracts entered into by units of local government. More

U.S. Communities Awards Pharmaceutical, Medical Supplies Contract to Premier
Published on Wednesday January 14, 2015
This program will drive savings and efficiencies, while helping you manage your budgets. It gives access to a competitively bid national pharmaceutical and medical-surgical supply contracts covering more than 100,000 products. More

Illinois Channel: What Rauner Administration Should Know About Municipal Issues
Published from Legislative on Tuesday January 13, 2015
The Illinois Channel aired a brief interview with IML Executive Director Brad Cole about what the Illinois Municipal League would like the Rauner administration to know about municipal government. More

Chicago Tribune: Towns Ponder Legal Action Against Investment Fund
Published from Resources on Tuesday January 13, 2015
As almost 300 Chicago suburbs and other public agencies wait to see if they will recoup some of the $50.4 million they collectively lost in an investment, some have not ruled out suing the investment fund. More

Legal Bulletin for January 12, 2014
Published from Resources on Monday January 12, 2015
The Legal Bulletin for January 12, 2015 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

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

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