Today is November 24, 2014

Crain's: Is There a Way Out of Illinois' Pension Morass?
Published from Pension Policy on Monday November 24, 2014
Though the ruling blocking the state's big public pension fix was not unexpected, the rigid language employed by Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge Robert Belz represented a real gut punch to the state's body politic—brass knuckles on steroids. More

Editorial: Sinister Signals - Lawmakers Show Their Loyalties with Vote on Union Staffing Bill
Published from Legislative on Monday November 24, 2014
The Daily Herald writes the following in its editorial against HB 5485: "With their votes on union-sponsored legislation involving firefighter contracts, lawmakers in the Illinois House and Senate have given some clear and none-too-pleasant signals of what they think about municipal leaders, local property taxpayers and a legislator's loyalties." More

Pension Reforms Found Unconstitutional by Circuit Court
Published from Pension Policy on Friday November 21, 2014
On Friday afternoon, the Honorable Judge John Belz of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court in Sangamon County ruled the pension reforms within SB 1 to be unconstitutional. Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that the State will seek an expedited appeal of the decision to the Illinois State Supreme Court. More

Statehouse Briefing - November 21, 2014
Published from Resources on Friday November 21, 2014
IML-Supported FOIA Reforms to Be Considered in Senate; Senate Approves Fire Department Staffing Bill; Tap-On Fee Legislation Does Not Advance; Ridesharing Legislation Stalls as Compromise Legislation Sought; Minimum Wage Increase Poised for Senate Vote More

Firefighter Minimum Staffing Bill Passes Senate
Published from Legislative on Thursday November 20, 2014
The Illinois Senate approved the fire department minimum staffing legislation by a vote of 42-11-5. The bill now goes to Governor Quinn. More

Veto Session Action - Wednesday, November 19
Published from Legislative on Wednesday November 19, 2014
The General Assembly acted on several bills of interest to municipal governments on Wednesday. More

House Overrides Governor's Veto of IML-Supported FOIA Bill
Published from Legislative on Wednesday November 19, 2014
IML-supported FOIA reforms were approved by the Illinois House when the chamber successfully overrode the Governor's veto with 76 votes. More

Chicago Tribune: Legislation Throws Money on the Fire
Published from Legislative on Wednesday November 19, 2014
Legislation scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Executive Committee on Wednesday would require local cities and towns to negotiate the staffing levels of their fire departments with their firefighters' union. If an agreement isn't reached in negotiation, the decision on staffing would be made by an unelected arbitrator and not the duly-elected officials of the municipality. More

Chicago Tribune: Suburban Officials Speak Against Fire Department Staffing Bill
Published from Legislative on Tuesday November 18, 2014
Nearly two dozen suburban leaders on Tuesday ramped up their opposition to a proposal in Springfield that would subject fire department staffing levels to collective bargaining and binding outside arbitration. More

Statehouse Briefing - November 17, 2014
Published from Resources on Monday November 17, 2014
Fire Department Minimum Manning/Staffing Action Alert, Responsible Bidder Legislation May Be Considered, Closely Monitoring Water and Sewer Tap-On Legislation, General Assembly to Attempt Veto Override of Ridesharing Legislation, Fate of Minimum Wage Vote Uncertain, Income Tax Rates Unlikely to Be Addressed. More

News Items of Municipal Interest for November 17, 2014
Published from Resources on Monday November 17, 2014
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

Chicago Sun-Times: Let Towns Decide Firefighting Staffing Levels
Published from Legislative on Wednesday November 12, 2014
The Chicago Sun-Times editorialized against a bill that would take fire department staffing levels out of the hands of local governments and turn such decisions over to unelected arbitrators. Cities and their taxpayers would face millions of dollars in addtional personnel and pension costs, as well as cuts to other services to pay for artificially high fire department staffing levels. More

Approved Resolutions for 2014
Published from Legislative on Thursday October 16, 2014
Each year, the Illinois Municipal League Resolutions Committee and Board of Directors approve resolutions that are then considered at the Annual Business Meeting held during the Annual Conference. Seven resolutions were approved during the 101st Annual Conference. More

Stop The Budget-Busting Minimum Manning Bill!
Published from Legislative on Thursday April 17, 2014  Updated on November 17, 2014 @ 10:36 AM
Legislators in Springfield are pushing a firefighter union bill that will result in backdoor property tax increases to fund inflated headcounts at fire stations across Illinois. The bill takes staffing decisions away from elected officials and instead allows unelected arbitrators to order cities to hire more firefighters or pay overtime to meet bloated staffing requirements. The Illinois Senate is poised for a vote on the bill on Wednesday, November 19. More

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