This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter includes an update on actions taken by the Governor last week on legislation of interest to counties, reports on a possible special legislative session day, conveys updates from the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) reports, shares an announcement from the Governor's Office about a leadership change at the Department of Central Management Services (CMS), provides a link for county officials and staff to register for the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference being held from July 21-24 in Colorado, announces upcoming NACo webinar opportunities, spotlights ISACo corporate partner AT&T and invites counties to join ISACo.
Governor Bill Action
The General Assembly has 30 days to transmit a bill approved by both chambers to the Governor. The Governor has 60 days from that point to review and act on the legislation. The following ISACo tracked bills were signed into law by the Governor last week.
HB 209 - Latex Glove Ban Act (P.A. 102-1095) (No Position)
HB 5318 - Prostate Cancer Screening (P.A. 102-1073) (No Position)
HB 5412 - Wage Responsibilities of Primary Contractors (P.A. 102-1076) (No Position)
SB 2969 - Insurance Coverage for Glucose Monitors (P.A. 102-1093) (No Position)
SB 3023 - Sexual Assault - Access to Forensic Examiner and Medical Staff (P.A. 102-1097) (No Position)
SB 3617 - Increased Access to Mental Health Services (P.A. 102-1053) (No Position)
ISACo's "Bills of Interest to Counties Approved by Both Chambers in 2022" report is available via this link. County officials and staff are urged to review this report.
Possibile Special Session Under Discussion
It has been reported that Illinois Senate Democrats are considering a special session within the next few weeks, most likely during the month of July. Senate Democrat leaders appear intent on limiting the session to a single day to take up a limited number of bills. It is uncertain whether the House would also convene a session day. ISACo will provide an update if and when details emerge.
Treasury Releases Updates for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Reports
The United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released updated reporting guidance for the Project and Expenditure (P&E) Reports and a new template for the Recovery Plan Performance Report (Recovery Plan) ahead of the July 31, 2022, reporting deadline. The new requirements outlined below will impact all counties regardless of population size and award amount.
Key updates to the compliance and reporting guidance outlined by Treasury include:
- Additional programmatic data for capital expenditures: When using Recovery Funds for capital expenditures projects, counties need to report the type of expenditure based on a list of enumerated uses. Examples of enumerated uses are COVID-19 vaccination sites, job and workforce training centers, and public health data systems. A full list of enumerated uses is available on pages 27 to 28 of the updated guidance.
- Written justification for capital expenditures: Counties are required to provide a written justification for capital projects of any category that cost at least $10 million and for projects in the “other” (i.e., project not explicitly enumerated by Treasury) category that cost at least $1 million. Previously, counties needed to create a written justification for these projects but were not required to submit them as part of regular reporting.
- Description of labor requirements for capital expenditures: Counties are required to provide additional labor reporting. For projects that cost at least $10 million, counties will need to report on the strength of the project’s labor standards, including information on the presence of a project labor agreement, community benefits agreement, prevailing wage requirement, or local hiring. This new required information is outlined under Infrastructure Project on pages 30-31 of the updated guidance.
- Project information for broadband projects: The updated guidance requires counties to provide detailed project information for broadband infrastructure investments. Counties need to report what kind of technology is involved in the project (i.e., fiber optic cables, coaxial cables, etc.), the total miles of fiber deployed over the project, and the total number of funded locations served broken out by both speed of connection and type of location (i.e., residential, business, or community). This new required information is outlined under Broadband Projects on pages 32-33 of the updated guidance.
- Moving of Recovery Plan Performance Report data into P&E Report: Under the updated guidance, some of the data that was previously only required for the Recovery Plan Performance Report (Recovery Plan) is now required for large counties (i.e., populations above 250,000 and/or above $10 million in awards) on their quarterly P&E Report. For example, large counties investing in housing security programs must now report the number of households receiving eviction prevention services. A full list of changes to programmatic data requirements for large counties is available on page 33 of the compliance and reporting guidance.
- Updated template for Recovery Plan: The updated guidance also provides a template for the Recovery Plan due for large counties on July 31, 2022, reflecting the expenditure categories and other changes made by the Final Rule.
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New CMS Director Appointed
On Monday, June 13, 2022, Governor JB Pritzker announced that Anthony Pascente will succeed Janel L. Forde as the Director of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS). Anthony currently serves as CMS chief of staff.
Forde has served as Director of CMS since Governor Pritzker took office in 2019. During her tenure, she oversaw the agency that coordinates with more than 80 state boards, agencies and commissions, keeping state government at every level running behind-the-scenes.
Additional information is available via this link.
Registration for NACo Annual Conference
The 2022 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference will be held in Adams County. Colorado 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. ISACo and the United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) will co-host a dinner for Illinois attendees. Registrants for the conference should have received an initial invitation for this dinner via e-mail on Friday, June 17. 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.
Protecting Public Health: Vector Disease Management and Mosquito Emergency Response
(Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm CDT)
County leaders are working across different sectors to coordinate programs and services that impact the well-being of communities, especially when it comes to the strong connection between the environment and public health. Insects like mosquitoes not only are an environmental nuisance, but they may also carry vector-borne diseases that threaten public health. Learn from Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) and local leaders to understand the importance of a comprehensive Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) program and how counties can improve community health through vector disease management programs.
Click on this link to register for this event.
Build for Success: How Counties Can Leverage Federal Funds for Workforce Housing
(Thursday, June 23, 2022, 2:00-3:00pm CDT)
Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. is facing another crisis: a shortage of affordable and workforce housing. Housing is the backbone of economic development, necessary to attract workers and build a flourishing community. The recent influx of federal dollars provides counties with a new opportunity to tackle this crisis head on and invest in the homes workers need to thrive. Learn new strategies and ideas from fellow county leaders and top research organizations that can help you support your county’s workforce through housing.
Click on this link to register for this event.
CORPORATE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT
This week's corporate partner spotlight highlights ISACo's partnership with AT&T.
AT&T Inc. is a modern media company whose mission is to inspire human progress through the power of communication and entertainment.
The company brings together premium video content, a large base of direct-to-consumer relationships, high-speed networks optimized for video and advertising technology to lead the next revolution in technology, media and telecommunications.
More information about the services provided by AT&T 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ISACo member counties are listed here. Thank you for your consideration.