Many New Laws Affecting State/Local Government to Take Effect on January 1

Many bills were approved in 2014 and affect units of state and local government. As of January 1, 2015, the following bills will be in effect:

PA 98-0894 (HB 4208) Ethics laws for county appointees
Current law states that a member of a governmental entity appointed by a county board president or chairperson shall abide by certain ethics laws. This new statute extends that requirement to include persons appointed by any member or members of the county board.

PA 98-1116 (SB 3294) Labeling recycling bins
Municipalities and counties may require household good recycling bins to be labeled with the contact information of the owning or operating entity and whether they are a not-for-profit or for-profit entity.

PA 98-1118 (SB 3314) Municipal clerk training institute membership makeup
Deputy clerks are now permitted to sit on the Municipal Clerk Training Institute Committee while eight of the committee’s nine ex-officio positions were eliminated.

PA 98-1108 (SB 2980) Copies of township financial statement
This law permits townships to distribute copies of the financial statement to the electors at the annual meeting, instead of reading it.

PA 98-0779 (SB 3552) Collar Counties code of conduct
This law allows for Lake, Kane, Will, McHenry, and DuPage Counties to establish a code of conduct by ordinance for appointees appointed by the county board chairman or county executive. It permits removal of appointees for the violation of a code of conduct with 2/3’s vote of the county board.

PA 98-0930 (HB 5623) Local government email
Local officials will be required to each maintain an email address accessible to members of the public. The law does allow for the use of uniform single email addresses (for multiple officials) or individual email addresses. The addresses don’t have to be searchable but available through a hyperlink on the website.

PA 98-0942 (SB 2620) Weight limit standards for emergency repair vehicles
During an emergency, such as flooding, sewer trucks may need to operate with heavier loads to facilitate completion of emergency work. The current maximum weight limit for sewer trucks is 40,000 pounds. This law allows these trucks to operate up to 66,000 pounds when they are operated or hired by a municipality and executing the emergency repair of sewers. These vehicles may not operate on interstate highways or bridges, and the law only applies to Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, and Will Counties.

PA 98-1083 (HB 5812) Guidelines for county officials serving on not-for-profit board
Provides under certain circumstances, an elected county official may hold a position on a board of a not-for-profit conducting business in the same county.

PA 98-1085 (HB 5889) Judicial fee increase for Will County judicial facility
Allows the Will County Board to collect new judicial facilities fees, to a maximum of $30, charged in both civil and criminal cases at the time of a judgment. Includes felonies, misdemeanors, local or county ordinances, traffic violations, and conservation cases. The fees collected will help the County pay for a new judicial facility.

PA 98-1078 (HB 5592) Reversionary annuities
This law allows members of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to make an irrevocable election of a reversionary annuity before retirement.

PA 98-0854 (SB 499) Expands America’s Central Port District
This initiative of the Tri-City Regional Port District expands its authority, adds portions of Jersey County to the district, increases the board’s size from 7 to 9 members, and changes the name to create the new America’s Central Port District. Under the new law the District will be also be able to acquire and maintain aquariums, sports facilities, museums and also factories or residential buildings. It also expands the District’s ability to borrow money from banks by lengthening the repayment period from 3 years to 20 years.

PA 98-1087 (SB 229) Boards and commissions membership demographic data
Requires the Governor’s Office of Boards and Commissions to establish and maintain on the Internet a uniform application that includes a data field where an applicant shall disclose his or her ethnicity, gender, and disability status for reporting purposes. Beginning October 1, 2015 and every year after, the Governor shall file a report with the General Assembly outlining the demographics.

PA 98-1084 (HB 5853) Government agencies online phonebook
Requires the Illinois Transparency & Accountability Portal web site to include a link to a website maintained by CMS that contains a list of contact information for each State agency, including a telephone number and a link to the Agency’s website. Further clarifies that each State agency shall be responsible for providing and updating CMS with its contact information.

PA 98-1076 (HB 5491) Procurement efficiency 
This law requires the Procurement Policy Board to create efficiency reviews. This simply provides greater efficiency and transparency in the Procurement Code.

PA 98-1027 (SB 3056) RTA reform omnibus bill

This legislation is intended to enhance transparency of the operations and financial expenditures of RTA, CTA, PACE and METRA. It is intended to provide services for areas that currently lack service, but are geographically located in the RTA service area. Changes include a requirement that RTA shall cooperate with other governmental and private agencies in bikeway and trail programs, and a requirement that RTA must consult with IDOT’s division of Programming and Planning when developing RTA’s strategic plan.