2018 Spring Session Recap

Below is a summary of legislation adopted by the General Assembly this spring (and signed by the Governor) to reduce the size of government, increase the transparency and accountability of government, and empower local voters to make decisions.

Senate Bill 2299, Elected Township Officials Prohibition (Syverson, R-Rockford/Pritchard, R-DeKalb): Amends the Public Officer Prohibited Activities Act to provide that a person elected or appointed to fill a vacancy in an elected township position, including, but not limited to a trustee, supervisor, highway commissioner, clerk, assessor, or collector, shall not be employed by the township except that a supervisor or trustee may serve as a volunteer firefighter and receive compensation for that service.  Public Act 100-0868

Senate Bill 2459, Dissolution of Districts Lake County (McConchie, R-Lake Zurich/Sauer, R-Libertyville):  Establishes a process for the dissolution of the Seavey Drainage District and the Lakes Region Sanitary District, both located in Lake County.  Provides for the transfer of powers, assets, and responsibilities from the districts to the Lake County Board.  Public Act 100-0874

Senate Bill 2543, Mosquito Abatement District Consolidation (Cullerton, T., D-Villa Park/Olsen, R-Downers Grove):  Amends Public Act 98-1002 to empower local officials to determine for their communities the size, scope, and cost of local government they wish to support by adding mosquito abatement districts (there are 21 in the state) to the Act.  Specifically, provides a mechanism for a mosquito abatement district to consolidate with a neighboring township, municipality or county by an affirmative vote of both governing boards.  Public Act 100-0793

Senate Bill 3236, School Report Cards (Manar, D-Bunker Hill/Olsen, R-Downers Grove):  Provides that a school report card shall include the most current data possessed by the State Board of Education relating to a school district’s administrative costs. Defines administrative costs as costs associated with executive, administrative, or managerial functions within the school district that involve planning, organizing, managing, or directing the school district.  Public Act 100-0807

Senate Bill 3604, Government Employee Severance Packages (Cullerton, T., D-Villa Park/Kifowit, D-Aurora):  Creates the Government Severance Pay Act to require a unit of government that enters into a contract or employment agreement, or renewal or renegotiation of an existing contract that contains a provision for severance pay with an officer, agent, employee, or contractor, to include a requirement that severance pay provided may not exceed an amount greater than 20 weeks of compensation and a prohibition of severance pay when the officer, agent, employee or contractor has been fired for misconduct by the unit of government.  Public Act 100-0895

House Bill 5123, Election Commission Consolidation (Conroy, D-Elmhurst/Cullerton, T., D-Villa Park):  Authorizes the DuPage County Board, by ordinance or resolution, to dissolve the County Election Commission and to fold its duties into the Office of the County Clerk.  Currently, the DuPage County Election Commission is one of only two county election commissions in the state (Peoria County being the other). In addition to the two County Election Commissions, one hundred County Clerks and six municipal election commissions administer elections statewide.  Public Act 100-0628

House Bill 5777, Local Government Reduction & Efficiency Act (Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach/Cullerton, T., D-Villa Park):  As amended by the Senate, the legislation modifies Public Act 99-0709, the Local Government Reduction & Efficiency Act, to streamline the dissolution process of a defined group of county appointed agencies.  The Act, first adopted in 2013 that applied only to DuPage County, was amended in 2017 to include all counties in the state.  Public Act 100-1113