IML's Moving Cities Forward legislative platform was unveiled at a statehouse press conference on February 21. President Karen Darch (Barrington), First Vice President Mark W. Eckert (Belleville) and Second Vice President Gene Williams (Lynwood) each made remarks, and Executive Director Brad Cole fielded questions from reporters. The agenda as well as the press release are available via the link below.
You’re invited to join a small group of municipal leaders for a week of learning and cultural exchange in Cuba. The itinerary includes world historical sites as well as local private sector business enterprises. Accommodations, most meals, tours, gratuity and travel within Cuba are included at $3,945 per person double occupancy ($5,299 single occupancy). Final payment due by August 1, 2017. Space is very limited, a maximum of 20 people may participate.
The National League of Cities (NLC) released "City Rights in an Era of Preemption," which examines the prevalence of state preemption across the country in seven key policy areas: minimum wage, paid leave, anti-discrimination, home sharing, ride sharing, municipal broadband, and tax and expenditure limitations (TELs).
The February 21, 2017 edition of the Statehouse Briefing contains updates on Governor Bruce Rauner's recent budget address, the IML press conference announcing our Moving Cities Forward legislative proposal and numerous bills we are currently tracking. Don't forget to RSVP for Lobby Day on April 26 in Springfield.
The Illinois Municipal League's Legal Bulletin for February 15, 2017 is now available. This issue includes summaries on Constitutional Law, the Open Meetings Act, Home Rule, Labor and Employment, and Government Liability as well as information on the upcoming Municipal Attorneys Seminar to be held in Bloomington on Friday, March 31.
The Illinois Municipal League is proud to welcome several mayors to the 100th General Assembly. Dale Fowler, former Mayor of Harrisburg, and Tony McCombie, former Mayor of Savanna, began their terms in the General Assembly on January 11, 2017. In addition, former Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney, who was previously appointed to fill a vacancy, began his first full session as a member of the General Assembly. More information on mayors in the Illinois legislature is available via the link below.
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.
The journal, which will be published annually, is available via PDF using the link below. Hard copies are also available at no cost and can be ordered through iml.org/publications.
Pana is located in Christian County with a population of approximately 5,600. At one point, an effort was made to secede from Christian County and re-enter Shelby County, but the issue did not receive enough votes when presented on the ballot.
The name "Pana" is derived from the American Indian tribe, the Pawnee. Pana came to be known as the City of Roses, and at one time, there were 109 greenhouses in the city.
Present-day Pana is home to numerous community events, including the Tri-County Fair, as well as golf courses, lakes, parks and trails, a pioneer village of log homes and a Civil War captain’s mansion.
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.