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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Wednesday, June 18, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 09:06

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 3912

An Act Concerning: Local government

Allows the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to purchase real property.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

Bill No.: SB 497

An Act Concerning: Local government

Modifies notice requirements for township meetings.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

Bill No.: SB 3425

An Act Concerning: Local government

Clarifies language in a bond referendum for the Village of Indian Head Park.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

 

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SCOTT COUNTY, IOWA IS GIVEN HIGHEST AWARD IN FINANCIAL REPORTING PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Renee Luze-Johnson   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 15:51
Larry Minard, Chair of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, Roxanna Moritz, County Auditor, and Bill Fennelly, County Treasurer, jointly announced today that Scott County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for Scott County’s FY13 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the twenty-seventh (27th) year in a row. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition for excellence in state and local government financial reporting. In order to be awarded a Certificate of Achievement, a government must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive annual financial report. This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

As of June 1, 2014 Scott County is one of only six Iowa counties to hold the Certificate of Achievement. Only 43 of the 1,488 governmental units in the State of Iowa currently hold this honor.

The CAFR report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive ‘spirit of full disclosure’ to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

The Board of Supervisors has designated the continued achievement of this certification as a priority. The Board, County Treasurer, and County Auditor expressed their appreciation to David Farmer, CPA, Budget Manager in Administration; Craig Hufford, Financial Management Supervisor in the Treasurer’s Office; Wes Rostenbach, Accounting and Tax Manager in the Auditor’s Office; Dee F. Bruemmer, County Administrator; and the County’s auditing firm of Baker Tilly, LLP for their work and professional guidance in helping the County to obtain this financial reporting honor.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals. The association produces a variety of technical publications in various fields of governmental finance, and represents the public finance community in Chicago, IL and Washington D.C.

 
Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Police Ticket Quotas PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:39

Senate Bill 3411 Will Eliminate Ineffective System and Improve Safety

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today signed legislation to prohibit municipalities from requiring police officers to meet ticket quotas. The new law also prevents quotas from being used to evaluate an officer’s performance. Today’s action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to maintain integrity in local government.

“Law enforcement officers should have discretion on when and where to issue traffic citations and not be forced to ticket motorists to satisfy a quota system,” Governor Quinn said. “This new law will improve safety and working conditions for police officers and prevent motorists from facing unnecessary anxiety when they encounter a police vehicle.”

Senate Bill 3411, sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) and State Representative Jay Hoffman (D-Swansea), prohibits a county or municipality from requiring a law enforcement officer to issue a specific number of citations within a designated period of time. It also says a county or municipality may not compare the number of citations issued by the law enforcement officer to the number of citations issued by any other law enforcement officer for purposes of job performance evaluation. The new law applies to local, county and state police officers, and is effective immediately.

“With today’s technology, there are more effective ways to evaluate the performance of a police officer," Senator Manar said. “Using the number of citations is an outdated and ineffective evaluation tool. It doesn't lead to better policing, it doesn't lead to better use of taxpayer money and it doesn't lead to better relationships with the community, all of which are challenges we face.”

“Arbitrary quotas on the number of tickets that have to be issued by police officers undermines the public trust in the police departments’ priorities,” Representative Hoffman said. “By eliminating these quotas, we can restore that trust and ensure that police officers are free to do their job protecting the public.”

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Friday, June 13, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Monday, 16 June 2014 15:35

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 1711

An Act Concerning: Local government

When a regional superintendent of education position is abolished, transfers the powers and duties of that office to the chief administrative officer of the educational service center. Applies only to Cook County.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

Bill No.: HB 5546

An Act Concerning: Education

Establishes a process to recall educators who have been honorably dismissed and gives school districts more latitude in developing learning condition surveys.

Action: Signed

Effective: July 1, 2014

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Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Monday, June 9, 2014** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Katie Hickey   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:13

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

Bill No.: HB 4527

An Act Concerning: Education

Requires charter schools to comply with all federal and state special education and

English language learner laws.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

Bill No.: HB 4591

An Act Concerning: Education

Establishes a “fee follows the student” approach regarding charter schools and school

districts.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

Bill No.: HB 6060

An Act Concerning: Appropriations

Makes supplemental appropriations to various state agencies.

Action: Signed

Effective: Immediately

Bill No.: SB 1922

An Act Concerning: Public employee benefits

Reforms the Chicago Municipal and Chicago Labor Pensions Funds.

Action: Signed and accompanied by signing statement.*

Effective: Immediately. Major components take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

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