ISACo News and Views for October 24, 2022

10/24/2022 Joe McCoy

This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter links to ISACo's webpage with SAFE-T Act resources, includes information about the most recent COVID-19 disaster declaration extension, announces a notice of funding opportunity for the Lead Service Line Inventory Grant Program, shares an opportunity to provide input for the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) curriculum, links to upcoming National Association of Counties (NACo) webinars, highlights corporate partner Harbour and invites counties to join ISACo.

ISACo SAFE-T Act Resources 

ISACo has created a webpage with links to ISACo summaries of the SAFE-T Act, other resources and news stories. This webpage is updated with newly emerging information. The webpage is available via this link.

Disaster Declaration Extended

On October 14, Governor JB Pritzker signed a new Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation that extends the state's disaster declaration for an additional 30 days.

The Governor also issued COVID-19 Executive Order (EO) 2022-21. This EO re-issues several previous COVID-19-related EOs. 

Per P.A. 101-0640, remote meetings remain a permissible option for local governments as long as certain criteria are met. Additional information about this authority is available via this link.

IEPA Notice of Funding Opportunity for Lead Service Line Inventory Grant Program

On October 18, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) announced a new funding opportunity to assist communities in meeting the requirements outlined in the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act. The Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) Grant Program offers grants to local government units ranging from $20,000 - $50,000 to fund the creation of a complete lead service line inventory.

Additional information is available via this link.

DCEO Launches Public Input Process for Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) Curriculum

On October 17, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced public listening sessions and additional engagement opportunities to collect input on the Clean Jobs Curriculum which will be used in two new workforce training programs: the Clean Jobs Workforce Network Program Hubs (Clean Jobs Hubs) and the Returning Residents Clean Jobs Training Program.

Additional information and event registration opportunities are 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.

Advancing Economic Mobility through Community College Partnerships for Workforce Development

(Tuesday October 25, 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm CDT)

Education and workforce development are key in realizing upward economic mobility. Workforce development increases individuals’ skills, preparing them for better employment opportunities. This is especially important when those displaced from the labor market experience a mismatch between their skills and job opportunities. As part of the NACo and National League of Cities joint economic mobility webinar series, webinar attendees will hear how local governments are collaborating with their community colleges to strengthen their workforce development system to create bridges to promising careers for their residents.

Click on this link to register for this event.

Ensuring Clean Water Access: How Recovery Funds Can Be Leveraged to Strengthen Resilient Communities

(Wednesday October 26, 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm CDT)

Join NACo to learn how counties across the country are using ARPA dollars to provide Americans with critical clean water and sewer system infrastructure through addressing decades of degradation, bolstering stormwater mitigation and fostering overall resilience in their communities.

Click on this link to register for this event.

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

(Thursday, October 27, 2022, 1:00pm-2:00pm 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.

Cordata connects communities and healthcare organizations to better serve at-risk populations – physically, mentally and socially.

Click on this link to register for this event.

How Will Upcoming Supreme Court Action Impact Local Elections Administration?

(Thursday, October 27, 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm)

This fall, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in Moore v. Harper, a landmark case asking the court to decide whether state legislatures alone have the authority to oversee federal elections without interference by state judicial or executive branches. Given the significant role that local governments play in overseeing and administering federal, state and local elections, the Moore v. Harper case stands to significantly impact cities and counties. Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities (NLC) for an educational webinar with SCOTUSblog’s James Romoser to break down the background of this historic case and its potential ramifications for local elections administration.

Click on this link to register for this event.


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

Harbour Contractors strives to provide exceptional general contracting and construction services for our clients. We continue to grow by ensuring our customers achieve superior value from their investments.

Our success is driven by our extensive professional experience and by our adherence to our founding principles. These principles shape our clients’ experiences and thus drive our reputation of quality and dedication.

Honesty: We will always be truthful with one another, our clients, and our business partners.
Integrity: We will remain consistent in all actions, values, measures, principles, and will endeavor to maintain sound character.
Honor: We will treat people with respect and do what is right.
Commitment: We will work to strengthen our relationships with one another, our clients, and our business partners.
Community: We will be good corporate neighbors by actively supporting the communities in which we live and do business.
Safety and Environmental Stewardship: We will protect the safety of people and facilities and will keep protection of the environment behind all of our actions and decisions.

Additional information about the services provided by Harbour 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.