ISACo News and Views - 2024 End of Session Summary

5/29/2024 Joe McCoy

This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter provides a summary of the 2024 spring legislative session following the General Assembly's adjournment, includes a link to register for the upcoming National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in Hillsborough County, Florida, highlights ISACo corporate partner IPRIME and invites counties to join ISACo.


The 103rd Illinois General Assembly completed its work for the spring on May 29, 2024.

The scheduled adjournment date was May 24, but the General Assembly utilized additional "budget hold days" to finalize a budget agreement between the Governor's Office and Democrat leaders in the House and Senate. The Senate adjourned during the late evening hours on Sunday, May 26. House members returned to their districts for the Memorial Day Weekend and re-convened on Tuesday, May 28 to take up bills passed over from the Senate. The House completed its work for the spring session during the early morning hours of May 29, 2024

During the 2024 spring legislative session, 2,969 bills were filed. This excludes resolutions, proposed constitutional amendments and numerous amendments for individual bills.

In total, 465 bills were approved by both chambers. Put another way, 15 percent of introduced House and Senate bills made it to the Governor's desk.  

ISACo tracked 794 bills and took official positions of support or opposition on legislation more than 200 times during the 2024 spring session. 

This report provides an initial and general overview of the more consequential and relevant legislation approved during the second year of the 103rd General Assembly. 

ISACo has prepared a comprehensive report on legislation approved by both chambers that affects or is of interest to counties. The report can be viewed by clicking on the image below.

During the summer months, ISACo will develop useful resources and materials with additional information about issues pertinent to counties.

The General Assembly has concluded its business for the spring and will reconvene for the Fall Veto Session. 

State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2025 Budget

The SFY 2025 state budget appropriates $53.074 billion in spending and anticipates revenue collections of $53.281 billion. The bills are as follows:

SB 251 (P.A. 103-0589) (Senator Sims, Jr., D-Chicago/Representative Gordon-Booth, D-Peoria) is the budget appropriations bill. The bill was signed into law as PA 103-0589)

HB 4959 (P.A. 103-0588) (Representative Gabel, D-Evanston/Senator Sims, Jr, D-Chicago) is the Budget Implementation (BIMP) bill. The bill was signed into law as P.A. 103-0588).

HB 4582 (Representative Rita, D-Blue Island/Senator Harmon, D-Oak Park) is the bonding authority bill.

The new state fiscal year begins on July 1, 2024.


LGDF Remains at SFY 2024 Level

The county share of Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) revenue as a percentage of state income tax collections will remain at 6.47 percent of total personal income tax collections in SFY 2025. In other words, there is no change in the percentage share compared to the current state fiscal year.

ISACo will continue to work with our coalition partners to advocate for a restoration of LGDF distributions to the full 10% received by counties and municipalities prior to 2011. ISACo has prepared more information about LGDF in a Policy Brief. This resource will be updated following enactment of the new budget. 

Personal Property Replacement Tax

The General Assembly continued the practice of diverting Personal Property Replacement Tax (PPRT) revenue away from local governments for use by the state for other purposes. The amount of the diversion in the SFY 2025 budget exceeds $369 million. ISACo has a Policy Brief with more information about PPRT that will be updated following enactment of the new budget. 

Local Government Pass-Thru Funds

Motor Fuel Tax

The SFY 2025 budget appropriates $77 million in Motor Fuel Tax (MFT) revenue. This is the same amount that was appropriated in the SFY 2024 budget.

Use Tax

The SFY 2025 budget appropriates $525 million in Use Tax revenue to local governments. The amount of $600 million was appropriated in SFY 2024.

Video Gaming 

The SFY 2025 budget appropriates $130 million in video gaming revenue. The amount of $250 million was appropriated in SFY 2024. 


The Generally Assembly considered and approved several sweeping omnibus bills during the final days of the spring session. Those of interest to counties are included below. Please click on the links for additional information about each bill:

HB 3144 (Representative Burke, D-Evergreen Park/Senator Castro, D-Aurora) includes revenue provisions for local governments.  

  • As anticipated, the General Assembly eliminated the sales tax on groceries. The tax will be eliminated on January 1, 2026. In lieu of this statewide tax, the bill amends the Illinois Counties Code to provide county boards with authority to impose a 1 percent sales tax on groceries. This local taxing authority becomes effective on or after January 1, 2026. The Illinois Department of Revenue's (IDOR) administrative fee for collecting the grocery tax will be eliminated for future collections. 

HB 4951 (Representative Burke, D-Evergreen Park/Senator Villanueva, D-Chicago) is the omnibus state revenue bill that includes provisions estimated to yield $865 million in new state revenue. 

  • The bill includes a provision creating a task force on county officials' salaries with appointments representing various county offices.

SB 3268 (Senator Aquino, D-Chicago/Representative Gabel, D-Evanston) is the omnibus Medicaid bill.

HB 4488 (Representative West, D-Rockford/Senator Morrison, D-Deerfield) is the omnibus elections bill.

HB 2911 (Representative Ford, D-Chicago/Senator Lightford, D-Maywood) is the omnibus cannabis bill.


The following highlighted bills of interest to counties were approved by both chambers and will next be considered by the Governor. A complete list of ISACo-tracked bills passed by both chambers will soon be available in our Bills Approved by Both Chambers: Legislation of Interest to Counties in 2024 report.

Small Cell Wireless Facility Reauthorization 

HB 4615 (Senator Hastings, D-Frankfort/Representative Walsh, Jr., D-Joliet) amends the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act, the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois, the Illinois Grant Funds Recovery Act, the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, the Illinois Municipal Code, the School Code, and the Public Utilities Act. Extends, removes, or modifies repeal dates and other dates. Further amends the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. Provides that an authority may charge an application fee of $1,000 for each small wireless facility addressed in an application that includes the installation of a new utility pole (rather than a new utility) for such collocation. Provides that an authority may charge recurring rates and application fees up to the amount permitted by the Federal Communication Commission in a specified ruling or in subsequent rulings, orders, or guidance issued by the Federal Communication Commission regarding fees and recurring rates. Provides that an authority may charge an annual recurring rate to collocate a small wireless facility on an authority utility pole located in a right-of-way that equals (i) $270 (rather than $200) per year or (ii) the actual, direct, and reasonable costs related to the wireless provider's use of space on the authority utility pole, and makes conforming changes. (No Position)

IDOT Studies Available to Local Governments

HB 5138 (Representative Meier, R-Highland/Senator Plummer, R-Vandalia) provides that upon request by a unit of local government, the Department of Transportation shall make available any completed study or survey that concerns traffic or the environmental impact on road construction projects. (Support)

The Forests, Wetlands, and Prairies Act

SB 2781 (Senator Ventura, D-Joliet/Representative Huynh, D-Chicago) creates the Forests, Wetlands, and Prairies Act. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources shall prepare and maintain a comprehensive Forests, Wetlands, and Prairies Grant plan for the preservation and enhancement of forests, prairies, and wetlands in Illinois. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources, pursuant to the comprehensive plan and subject to appropriation, shall establish and administer a Forests, Wetlands, and Prairies Grant Program to restore degraded forest lands and native prairies, and to promote the growth of native vegetation that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and help to mitigate the impact of climate change. Provides that units of local government are eligible to submit a grant proposal in a format and at a time prescribed by the Department of Natural Resources. Provides that grants may be used by units of local government to fund: (1) local projects restoring or expanding forests, wetlands, prairies, or other natural landscapes demonstrated to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; (2) education and marketing regarding local projects or steps community members may take to promote the growth of native vegetation that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere; and (3) any other purpose approved by the Department of Natural Resources that advances the State goal that there be no overall net loss of the State's existing forest, prairie, or wetland acres or their functional value due to State-supported activities. Amends the Department of Natural Resources Act and the State Finance Act to make conforming changes. Provides that the Department of Natural Resources may use an amount not to exceed 2% of the moneys appropriated for the Healthy Forests, Wetlands, and Prairies Grant Program for administrative costs. Provides that the Department shall use an amount of not less than 75% of the moneys appropriated for the Program to disburse as grants. Provides that moneys in the Healthy Forests, Wetlands, and Prairies Grant Fund shall be used by the Department for advancing the purposes of the Act. Makes technical and other changes. (Support)

Employee Pay Stub Mandate with Civil Penalties

SB 3208 (Senator Villa, D-West Chicago/Representative Avelar, D-Romeoville) provides that an employer shall provide employees and former employees with a copy of their pay stubs upon request. Provides that an employer is not required to grant a former employee's request for a copy of pay stubs more than twice in a 12-month period or more than one year after the date of separation. Provides that an employer who furnishes electronic pay stubs in a manner that a former employee cannot access for at least a full year after separation shall, upon an employee's separation from employment, offer to provide the outgoing employee with a record of all the outgoing employee's pay stubs from the year preceding the date of separation. A request made for a copy of a pay stub shall be made to a person responsible for maintaining the employer's payroll, including the employer's human resources department or payroll department, the employee's supervisor or department manager or an individual designated in the employer's written policy. The bill includes a civil penalty of up to $500 per violation.(Oppose)

County Health Department Distribution of Fentanyl Test Strips 

SB 3350 (Senator Ellman, D-Naperville/Representative McCombie, R-Savanna) provides that the Department of Human Services may establish or authorize a program for dispensing and distributing fentanyl test strips. Also provides that a county health department may distribute fentanyl test strips for no fee. (Support)

Counties Problem Solving Court

SB 3405 (Senator Rose, R-Champaign/Representative Miller, R-Charleston) provides that, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, a county may use funds designated by law or ordinance for transportation purposes to fund rides for persons to attend problem-solving courts. Allows a county to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with another unit of local government for the purposes of the provisions. Defines "problem-solving court" as a court program regulated under the Drug Court Treatment Act, the Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Act, the Mental Health Court Treatment Act, or the Veterans and Servicemembers Court Treatment Act. (Support)

Property Tax System Evaluation

SB 3455 (Senator Martwick, D-Chicago/Representative Canty, D-Arlington Heights) provides that the Department of Revenue, in consultation with the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, shall conduct a study to evaluate the property tax system in the State. (No Position)

Climate Bank Loan Financing Act

SB 3597 (Senator Ventura, D-Joliet/Representative Gabel, D-Evanston) creates the Climate Bank Loan Financing Act. Allows a governmental unit (i) to own, construct, equip, manage, control, erect, improve, extend, maintain, and operate new or existing clean energy infrastructure projects, to purchase real estate and any property rights to be used for clean energy infrastructure projects, and to charge for the use of clean energy infrastructure, (ii) to borrow money and to access a loan from the Illinois Finance Authority to finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of new or existing clean energy infrastructure under the Illinois Climate Bank bond loan programs of the Illinois Finance Authority, and (iii) to issue from time to time general obligation bonds, including alternate bonds and limited bonds, and revenue bonds pursuant to applicable law for the purpose of evidencing its obligation to repay its loans from the Illinois Finance Authority. (Support)

Over the coming weeks, ISACo will publish additional information about legislation approved by both chambers. 

Registration for NACo Annual Conference

The 2024 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition will be held in Hillsborough County, Florida, from July 12-15. 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 Hillsborough County for learning and relationship building! Registration and information about housing for conference attendees is available via this link.

Upcoming NACo Webinars

NACo has announced the following upcoming webinar opportunities. ISACo is a proud partner with NACo and encourages counties to participate in NACo membership and activities.  

2024’s Top Tech-tonic Shifts in Local Government

(Thursday, May 30, 2024, 2:00pm-2:45pm CST)

In this session, NACo will uncover research on the changes and trends affecting local governments. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the transitions happening in 2024 and beyond. Secure your seat for this informative session to learn key insights for local governments around:

- ADA Compliance Laws
- Increased Use of AI (with examples)
- Generational shifts in employees and constituents
- And more!

Click on this link to register for the webinar.

How to Deliver a County AI Hackathon

(Friday, May 31, 2024, 11:00am-12:00pm CST)

One collaborative strategy in prioritizing and evaluating AI Use-Cases is to hold an AI Hackathon. During this webinar, you will hear from Alameda County, California, and King County, Washington, on how they have taken this approach. The concept, steps for preparing, and for delivering the Hackathon will be shared. Tips on how to engage partner and county wide staff will also be covered.

Click on this link to register for the webinar.

Doing More with Less: Sustaining the County Government Workforce with Artificial Intelligence

(Thursday, June 6, 2024, 12:00pm-1:00pm CST)

Today’s county government landscape is at a pivotal juncture, with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data technologies spearheading a revolutionary shift. A transformation is essential in an era where service delivery, technological advancements, and evolving workforce dynamics intersect. County governments face significant challenges, including a dwindling workforce due to retirements, competition for employees with the private sector, and a new generation seeking technologically savvy work environments. Amidst these challenges lies a critical question: How can county governments efficiently serve their communities with fewer resources while meeting the increasing expectations of today’s public?

In this webinar, attendees will learn how AI and modern technologies are not merely tools for keeping pace with change but are strategic imperatives for sustaining and empowering the county government workforce. By highlighting adoptions of AI, from accelerating document processing to reducing field inspection times, we will show the power of these technologies to enhance productivity and service delivery.

Click on this link to register for the webinar. 

Robert's Rules 101: Mastering the Basics

(Thursday, June 6, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm CST)

Robert’s Rules can help you run an efficient, effective meeting – who wouldn’t want that! This virtual workshop, a part of the County Leadership Curriculum, teaches the basics of Robert's Rules and how to apply them. Whether you're a newbie or an experienced leader, Robert's Rules 101 goes beyond the basics to equip you with the skills needed to orchestrate meetings that truly make an impact. Learn to minimize disruptions, establish proper procedures and apply Robert's Rules to real-life parliamentary examples.

Make sure to attend this Robert's Rules 101 course to ensure you're prepared for the second level course, “Roberts Rules 102,” being held at the NACo Annual Conference in Hillsborough, Florida. Don't miss this opportunity to elevate your meeting management skills and to receive attendance marks for the County Leadership Curriculum.

Click on this link to register for the webinar. 

Q2 Tech Xchange Focus Group: How Is Your IT Department Structured?

(Friday, June 7, 2024, 11:00am-12:00pm CST)

Counties come in all shapes and sizes. This is also true for their IT departments. Whether your IT is centralized, decentralized or a hybrid, join us for a lively discussion that will cover best practices in providing IT support for systems, networking, data, architecture, and user support. Topics to be covered will include staff augmentation, internal staffing, cloud utilization (security and continuity benefits), its impact on staffing requirements, CIO/IT Director reporting relationship, union/non-union, and work environment (on premise, hybrid, remote).

Click on this link to register for the webinar. 

NACo Cyberattack Simulation: Supplier Management Access 

(Monday, June 10-14, 2024, 12:00pm-1:00pm CST)

Effective partner management is integral to the operational efficiency of government business, yet it poses inherent cybersecurity risks, especially concerning partner access to sensitive systems and data. This cyber attack simulation focuses on evaluating the vulnerabilities and potential threats associated with supplier access, aiming to enhance understanding and preparedness in mitigating such risks. The simulation leverages reality-based scenarios involving partner access to critical systems, data, and networks within an organizational context. It will encompass diverse situational conditions, including third-party vendor breaches, unauthorized access via partner credentials, and partner-initiated cyber threats. The simulation aims to foster a deeper comprehension of the complexities surrounding partner access risks and to facilitate the development and testing of robust strategies for mitigating these risks effectively.

Click on this link to register for the webinar. 

How To Put Out the Fire In Child Care Provider Burnout

(Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 12:00pm-1:00pm CST)

In the U.S., seven in ten child care centers are severely impacted by staff shortages, resulting in their inability to fully enroll children. Administrative and teaching burnout is increasingly driving professionals out of the field, causing economic strain as parents struggle to secure reliable care. Wonderschool, the leading child care company, maintained open doors for 97% of child care programs on its platform during the pandemic, compared to 40% nationwide. Today, Wonderschool is actively investing in innovative county and state solutions to reduce burnout and turnover while fostering new growth and opportunity. During this webinar, Wonderschool will share how it's "putting out the fire" and assisting high-quality child care centers in staying open and enrolling children, enabling parents to confidently return to work with peace of mind. The webinar will also explore how new initiatives like those led by Wonderschool ultimately contribute to economic development, educational opportunity, and community infrastructure.

Click on this link to register for the webinar. 

Global Connections for Your Local Economy Series #5: Wrap Up Discussion and NACo Resources

(Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm CST)

Ever wonder why multinational companies invest billions in some counties, but pass by others? Or what makes the difference between a successful business interaction which results in hundreds or thousands of new jobs, and one that falls flat? If you’re ready to take your county’s economic development to the next level, join the International Economic Development Task Force throughout this Spring for a special virtual training series on how to bring jobs and capital to your community through foreign investment. In this final virtual session, IED Task Force members and guests will have an opportunity to revisit the FDI attraction strategies discussed throughout the series and discuss their preparation for the SelectUSA Investment Summit in an open forum.

Click on this link to register for the webinar. 

Protected Retirement Solutions for County Employees

(Thursday, June 13, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm CST)

Employees are looking to employers for guaranteed income solutions. This workshop will focus on key strategies and solutions available to employees through 457(b) Supplemental Retirement Plans such as the Protected Retirement Solutions suite of investment products.

Employees face an uncertain future, with 79 percent of retirees saying that workers do not know enough about investing to ensure their savings last through retirement and 61 percent that preparing for retirement makes them stressed. Employees also typically find it challenging to calculate precisely how to spend down their retirement savings so that their nest egg lasts as long as they live. Therefore, employees are looking to employers for guaranteed income solutions--three-quarters would roll at least some defined contribution plan savings into a financial product that would guarantee income for life. This workshop will focus on key strategies and solutions available to employees through 457(b) Supplemental Retirement Plans such as the Protected Retirement Solutions suite of investment products.

Click on this link to register for the webinar. 



Founded in 2019, the Illinois Public Reserves Investment Management Trust™ (IPRIME™) referred to as “the Fund” is an investment pool for Municipal Treasurers acting on behalf of counties, townships, cities, towns, villages, libraries, park districts, water supply districts, fire protection districts, sanitary districts, housing authorities and other subdivisions of the State of Illinois.

The IPRIME Investment Shares Series is rated AAAm by Standard & Poor’s.

The Investment Shares Series is comprised of money market instruments having a maximum remaining maturity of one year (except U.S. government obligations that may have remaining maturities of up to two years).

The primary objectives of the Investment Shares Series are to offer the highest possible investment yield, protect principal, preserve liquidity and maintain Standard & Poor’s highest local government investment pool rating of AAAm. In addition, the Fund offers access to PMA Financial Network, LLC’s Fixed Income and Deposit Programs. With the experience and expertise of PMA, the Investment Shares Series grants investors access to a powerful investment management team that functions with a high standard of vision, synergy, and quality.

Click here to visit their website.

Click here to learn more about our ISACo's relationship with IPRIME.

Click here for information about our 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 Member Services and Communication Manager Tiffani Homer at (217) 679-3368 or ISACo member counties are listed here. Thank you for your consideration.