ISACo News and Views for July 12, 2023

7/12/2023 Joe McCoy

This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter includes an update on recent bill signings, links to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) proposed 2024-2029 Highway and Multimodal Improvement Program report as well as an advisory report on lead service line replacement, references a tentative contract agreement between the State and its largest employee labor union, shares the Illinois Department of Revenue's (IDOR) latest Local Tax Allocation Division Newsletter, links to ISACo's County Quarterly Newsletter for Summer 2023, provides a reminder to register for the upcoming National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in Travis County, Texas, highlights ISACo corporate partner Nationwide and invites counties to join ISACo. 

Governor Bill Actions

Governor JB Pritzker has signed several more ISACo-tracked bills* into law. The bills are linked below:

HB 1364 (P.A. 103-0105) - 9-8-8 Task Force

HB 1153 (P.A. 103-0117) - Counties Code-Office of the Auditor

HB 1384 (P.A. 103-0123) - Insurance Code - Reconstructive Services

HB 1434 (P.A. 103-0124) - Juvenile Court-Hospital and Agency Records

HB 1635 (P.A. 103-0105) - Land Transfer-Lake County

HB 1740 (P.A. 103-0134) - Rescue Squad Act

HB 2033 (P.A. 103-0137) - Local Government Bonds-Ordinance

HB 2040 (P.A. 103-0138) - Township Highway Commission or Clerk Services-County Assistance

HB 2224 (P.A. 103-0148) - Employment and Accommodation-Weight

HB 2622 (P.A. 103-0165) - Downstate Forest Preserve Landfill Expense Fund

HB 2624 (P.A. 103-0166) - Court Document Accessibility

HB 2776 (P.A. 103-0167) - EPA-Notice of Lead Pipe Replacement 

HB 2788 (P.A. 103-0168) - EPA Compliance Agreements

HB 2861 (P.A. 103-0171) - Juvenile Court-Residential Treatment 

HB 2972 (P.A. 103-0174) - Rescue Squad Districts-Fees

HB 3304 (P.A. 103-0184) - COVID 19 Relief Program Fraud Prosecution Time Limits

HB 3322 (P.A. 103-0185) - Gang Database-Use-Evidence

HB 3351 (P.A. 103-0188) - Illinois Solar for All-Prevailing Wage

HB 3406 (P.A. 103-0190) - Vehicle Code-Emergency Police Vehicle

HB 3414 (P.A. 103-0191) - Juvenile Court and Code of Corrections-Minor-Prosecution

HB 3755 (P.A. 103-0203) - Code of Corrections-Transfer to Sheriff

HB 3890 (P.A. 103-0211) - Hospital License-Notify Rights

HB 3955 (P.A. 103-0213) - Hospital-ER Co-Payment

SB 1804 (P.A. 103-0230) - EPA-Refrigerant 

SB 1834 (P.A. 103-0233) - Juvenile Court-Unattended Minor

SB 1997 (P.A. 103-0246) - Counties Code-Building Regulation

SB 2005 (P.A. 103-0247) - Housing-Veterans Preference

SB 2013 (P.A. 103-0248) - IHDA-Housing Quality Standards

SB 2226 (P.A. 103-0255) - Conservation Opportunity Area

SB 2278 (P.A. 103-0258) - Vehicle Code-Truck Max Height Weight

*An ISACo tracked bill includes bills that directly or tangentially impact county finances and operations, bills that may be of interest to county officials for the performance of their duties and legislation presented "for your information." 

Please click on the image below for our most updated comprehensive report on bills approved by both chambers of interest to counties. 

IDOT Multi-Year Program for SFY 2024-2029

Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) released the state’s Fiscal Year 2024-2029 Proposed Highway and Multimodal Improvement Program. The program, also referred to as the Multi-Year Program (MYP), will spend $40.99 billion during the next six years on the state’s roads, bridges and multimodal transportation infrastructure such as transit, rail, airports and waterways. 
The MYP will spend $27.03 billion on Illinois highways, which includes $5.98 billion for IDOT’s local highway program covering an estimated 738 miles of roads. The MYP also includes $9.8 billion for transit, $2.67 billion for rail, $1.25 billion for airports and $190 million for ports.

Additional information is available via this link.

Advisory Report on Lead Service Line Replacement Approved

On June 29, the Lead Service Line Replacement Advisory Board approved a report issuing recommendations to the Illinois General Assembly and Governor JB Pritzker concerning lead service line replacement.

The Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act (P.A. 102-0613) created the Advisory Board. The report includes recommendations from two Board working groups: a technical working group, which focused on implementation challenges and a financing working group, which focused on financial and revenue considerations. 

ISACo published a Policy Brief about P.A. 102-0613 on August 31, 2021. 

State, AFSCME Reach Tentative Contract Agreement 

Governor JB Pritzker and the Association of Federal, State, Municipal and County Employees (AFSMCE), the largest state employee union, have reached a tentative contract. The previous contract expired July 1.  Details of the contract will be made public following ratification by the union’s membership, which is expected to take up to a couple of weeks.

IDOR Local Tax Allocation Division Newsletter for July 

The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) Local Tax Allocation Division (LTAD) published its July newsletter. The newsletter includes a report on an LTAD local government workshop, State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2024 Personal Property Replacement Tax (PPRT) estimates and the conclusion of the one-year suspension of the grocery tax. 

ISACo County Quarterly for Summer 2023

ISACo's County Quarterly for Summer 2023 is available by clicking on the image below! The County Quarterly will also be mailed to recipients. 

Some of the content included within the County Quarterly is a message from ISACo President and Kendall County Circuit Clerk Matthew Prochaska, a message from Executive Director Joe McCoy, a summary of the 2023 spring legislative session, an article by the National Association of Counties (NACo) about a report released by the Association's Commission on Mental Health and Wellbeing, an article from ISACo corporate partner IPRIME regarding investment planning and an opportunity to participate in training provided by the Professional Development Academy.  

Registration for NACo Annual Conference

The 2023 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference will be held in Travis County, Texas from July 21-24. Participants from counties of all sizes come together to shape NACo's federal policy agenda, share proven practices and strengthen knowledge networks to help improve residents’ lives and the efficiency of county government. Join other Illinois county officials and staff members in Travis County for learning and relationship building! Registration and information about housing for conference attendees is available via this link.

ISACo and the United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) will host a dinner for Illinois attendees on Friday, July 21. The dinner will be sponsored by ISACo corporate partner Nationwide. Please email to reserve a seat or for additional information about the event. 


This week's corporate partner spotlight highlights ISACo's partnership with Nationwide.

Over the past 85 years, focusing on customers and valuing people have helped Nationwide become one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world.

Even though Nationwide has dozens of affiliated companies, people are its biggest resource – and its greatest asset in providing excellent customer service to its customers. That's why its Supply Management Services group makes sure agents and associates get the best quality products and services, at the best possible cost. It's also why Nationwide has an Office of Customer Advocacy. 

More information about the services provided by Nationwide is available via this link.

Click on this link to learn more about the benefits and opportunities available through ISACo's Corporate Partner Program.

Become an ISACo Member!

Is your county a member of ISACo? If not, why not?

ISACo is a statewide association whose mission is to empower county officials to provide excellent service to their residents.

ISACo member counties are comprised of forward-thinking public servants who recognize that the challenges confronting county governments require new and innovative ideas, collaborative solutions and collective advocacy at the state and federal levels of government.

Members of the association will benefit from education and training opportunities, peer-to-peer networking, shared resources and robust representation before policymakers at various levels of government. ISACo creates and connects county officials to these opportunities and successfully equips them to make counties ideal places to live, work and play.

If your county is interested in discussing membership in ISACo, please contact Executive Director Joe McCoy at (217) 679-3368 or ISACo member counties are listed here. Thank you for your consideration.