ISACo News & Views for October 12, 2022

10/12/2022 Joe McCoy

This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter provides information about the final distribution of Rebuild Illinois capital program funds for local governments, links to the most recent Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) Local Government Newsletter, invites counties to participate in the White House Accelerating Infrastructure Summit, shares upcoming National Association of Counties (NACo) webinar opportunities, spotlights ISACo corporate partner Christopher B. Burke Engineering and invites counties to join ISACo.

Final Installment of Build Illinois Funds for Local Governments

On October 6, Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that the sixth and final $250 million installment from the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program is being made to counties, municipalities and townships to address local transportation needs.

A complete list of entities receiving these funds is available via this link.

Additional information is available via this link.

IDOR Publishes October Local Government Newsletter

The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) Local Tax Allocation Division published its October 2022 Local Government Newsletter

The content includes information about the implementation of the suspension of the grocery sales tax from July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. ISACo initially reported about possible revenue allocation issues related to this revenue suspension in our September 12, 2022, News and Views e-newsletter.

Additional content includes details on the State Fiscal Year 2023 (SFY) Personal Property Replacement Tax (PPRT) estimate issued by IDOR and other important information for local governments.

White House Accelerating Infrastructure Summit

Join the White House on October 13 for the Accelerating Infrastructure Summit at 7:30am (CDT). This event includes announcements to accelerate the benefits of the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The event will include panel discussions from members of the Biden-Harris Administration, elected leaders from state and local governments and leaders from academia, labor and trade associations. 

Click on this link to register for the event.

ISACo's IIJA resource page is available here.

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. 

Cybersecurity Monitoring: A Best Practice - SecurityScorecard

(Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 12:00pm-1:00pm CDT)

SecurityScorecard offers a novel way to self-monitor your county's cyber hygiene while also providing the ability to identify risk within your third-party ecosystem.

Click on this link to register for this event.

Using Public Safety Funds to Support Community Members' Behavioral Health

(Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm CDT)

Law enforcement officers are often the first responders when a person is experiencing a behavioral health crisis, but some public safety leaders are trying to change that. From mental health clinicians to peer navigators, sheriffs and police chiefs across the country are investing funds from their own budgets in the behavioral health workforce to provide the treatment and services to people in need before they come into contact with law enforcement or jails. Join NACo to hear from county leaders pioneering these efforts.

Click on this link to register for this event.

Grantmaking: A County Strategy to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Criminal Legal System

(Monday October 17, 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm CDT)

Counties play a critical role in deploying resources and managing implementation of programs or policies that support the well-being of community members. By strategically investing in and partnering with community-led organizations, governments are also working to close these gaps to correct for historic disinvestment that has led to racial and ethnic disparities in the criminal legal system. This webinar will feature leaders that participated in a working group to develop a set of guiding principles to help counties administer funding more equitably, with the goal of reducing racial and ethnic disparities.

Click on this link to register for this event.

Creating Meaningful Engagement with Citizens Through Personalized Customer Service

(Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 1:00pm-2:00pm CDT)

Marco Toscano, Director of Customer Experience at DEN, will discuss how Denver modernized customer service and engagement with social media, AI, and automation technologies. He will also share the analytics that enable counties to improve the information, resources and services delivered to the community. Providing excellent service, engagement, and support is an obligation that requires precise, accurate, and timely communication.

Denver International Airport (DEN), owned and managed by the City and County of Denver, uses innovative social media, social listening, and social care solutions to engage customers, improve service, and reduce administrative burdens. DEN responds faster by delivering information and resources across more than 30 social media and digital channels.

Click on this link to register for this event.

FFI Data-Sharing Technology for Behavioral Health and Justice Learning Series: Netsmart

(Thursday, October 20, 2022, 1:00pm-1:30pm CDT)

Join NACo and the Familiar Faces Initiative (FFI) for a series of webinars highlighting new technologies that share and integrate data across local behavioral health, health and justice systems. Cross-system data-sharing enables jurisdictions to identify their familiar faces—residents who are cycling through jail, emergency departments, homeless shelters or other crisis services at a high frequency—and better coordinate care to improve outcomes for the highest-needs residents.

Netsmart will provide a first-hand look at how their proven care coordination solutions have been used to support a holistic approach when working with multiple disparate systems and organizations to provide a more person-centered, integrated care network. With the right technology, your organization can manage care and services across the continuum, ensuring the right information is available at the right time to the right providers.

Click on this link to register for this event.


This week's corporate partner spotlight highlights ISACo's partnership with Christopher B. Burke Engineering.

Started in 1986, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD. is a full-service consulting engineering and surveying firm specializing in civil, transportation/highway, municipal, traffic, water resources, environmental, structural and mechanical engineering. The company provides not only design services, but also planning, preliminary engineering, permitting, and construction observation. Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD. successfully completed the design, permitting and construction of numerous major transportation projects, flood control reservoirs, pump stations, embankments, water mains and water systems, storm sewers, and large open channels. 

More information about the services provided by Christopher B. Burke Engineering 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.