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6/10/2021 by Joe McCoy
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter shares the publication of ISACo's Bills Approved by Both Chambers report in 2021 and links to a new section on our website where reports from previous years are available, announces the return of the General Assembly next week to take up energy legislation and a bill to phase in an elected Chicago school board, provides a list of legislation Governor Pritzker has recently enacted into law, reports on a lawsuit filed in federal court by Republican leaders challenging state legislative maps, offers updated information released by the Treasury about the use of State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds, discusses the Governor's June 11 re-opening guidelines, announces a National Association of Counties (NACo) webinar event taking place June 10, 2021, at 11:30 am (CST) regarding eligible uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund, spotlights ISACo corporate partner Comcast and invites counties to join ISACo.
5/24/2021 by Joe McCoy
The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn the spring legislative session on Monday, May 31, 2021. This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter encourages county officials to contact their legislators to oppose a proposed reduction in state-shared revenue, requests that county officials contact their state legislators about county board reapportionment, shares a letter from ISACo to the sponsors of the "Consumers and Climate First Act" opposing restrictions on county authority, conveys ISACo's opposition to legislation amending the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act, reports on a newly-filed ethics amendment for elected officials, provides a link to assist counties in applying for federal funds for local projects through Senator Durbin's Office, provides information about Illinois' $20.7 billion multi-year transportation investment plan, shares a quarterly newsletter from the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) pertaining to local taxes, includes information about new amendments and the status of bills of interest to counties, invites county officials to participate in a National Association of Counties (NACo) national membership call concerning the State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds, highlights ISACo Corporate Partner Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. and invites counties to join ISACo.
5/17/2021 by Joe McCoy
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter includes guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department for expenditures of State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds, requests that county officials contact their state legislators about county board reapportionment and proposed cuts to county revenues, highlights a new amendment intended to require community water suppliers to replace lead service lines, announces the distribution of additional dollars in Rebuild Illinois Grants for local infrastructure projects, shares information about Illinois entering the "Bridge Phase" with respect to COVID-19 mitigations, includes a link to information about the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised guidance concerning COVID-19 safety measures, links to bills of interest to counties approved by House and Senate Committees last week, includes a list of relevant amendments filed last week, provides a link to register for the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2021 Annual Conference in July, shares information about an upcoming NACo webinar, spotlights corporate partner Wight & Company and invites counties to join ISACo.
5/10/2021 by Joe McCoy
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter announces that Illinois is entering the "Bridge Phase" from Phase 4 to Phase 5 of the state's COVID-19 mitigations, provides information about COVID-19 swimming facility guidelines, requests that county officials contact their state legislators about county board reapportionment and proposed cuts to county revenues, discusses a $94 million allocation from the Rebuild Illinois capital program to revitalize airports, identifies bills of interest approved by committees as well as bills that passed the Senate last week, identifies new House amendments relevant to counties filed last week, provides information about two upcoming National Association of Counties (NACo) National Membership calls, spotlights ISACo corporate partner Nationwide and invites counties to join ISACo.
5/3/2021 by Joe McCoy
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter provides an update about the General Assembly's spring legislative schedule, shares information about the Governor's comprehensive energy legislation, urges county officials to communicate with their legislators about the need for assistance in reapportioning county board districts despite the delay in receiving federal census data, reminds county officials to assist ISACo in advocating against a cut to state-shared revenue distributed to counties, conveys that the Governor has extended his disaster declaration as well as several executive orders, links to bills of interest to counties that were approved by the Senate last week, identifies amendments filed last week that have relevance for counties, congratulates Illinois county officials and staff who recently graduated from the National Association of Counties (NACo) Leadership Academy, provides information about an upcoming NACo webinar opportunity, spotlights ISACo corporate partner AT&T and invites counties to join ISACo.
4/26/2021 by Blair Egan
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter welcomes Williamson County as our newest member, links to a model resolution concerning reapportioning county board districts, provides an update on ISACo initiatives approved by the Senate, includes a list of bills of interest to counties that were approved by the House or Senate last week, provides links to helpful ISACo resource pages, announces cyberattack simulation training opportunities, shares information about upcoming National Association of Counties (NACo) webinars, spotlights ISACo corporate partner 2im Group and invites counties to join ISACo.
4/19/2021 by Joe McCoy
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter requests that county officials contact their state legislators to discuss county board reapportionment, shares information about an expected proposal restricting local control over wind and solar facilities, urges county officials to advocate against proposed cuts to an important source of state-shared county revenue and reminds county officials to visit ISACo's "Protect County LGDF Revenue" page, provides a list of bills of interest that passed the Illinois House last week, summarizes new amendments filed last week that are of relevance to counties, announces upcoming NACo webinars, spotlights ISACo corporate partner Comcast and invites counties to join ISACo.
4/12/2021 by Joe McCoy
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter includes our 2021 Spring Legislative Advocacy Toolkit and urges county officials to contact their state legislators about these key issues, shares an update about ISACo's efforts to address the delay in federal census data and how this will impact counties, requests opposition to legislation allowing the state to assume control over local health departments during declared statewide emergencies, summarizes new amendments filed last week that are of relevance to counties, provides a link to a recording of last week's National Association of Counties (NACo) national membership call discussing the State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds and proposed American Jobs plan, includes a link to new ISACo resource pages about the State and Local Fiscal and Recovery Funds and COVID-19 vaccine, discusses Governor Pritzker's extension of the statewide disaster declaration and previously issued executive orders, announces a Virtual Local Government Workshop hosted by The Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR), announces upcoming NACo webinars and an upcoming national membership call, shares information from GoRail about rail sustainability, spotlights ISACo corporate partner Christopher B. Burke Engineering and invites counties to join ISACo.
4/5/2021 by Joe McCoy
This week's Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACo) News and Views e-newsletter includes our 2021 Spring Legislative Advocacy Toolkit and urges county officials to contact their state legislators about these key issues, includes a link to a page on ISACo's website dedicated as a clearinghouse for information about the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds program, provides an update about the 2021 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference, announces upcoming NACo webinars, spotlights ISACo corporate partner Wight & Company and invites counties to join ISACo.
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