This post contains another edition of our legislative updates from the most recent Illinois General Assembly session in Springfield. This post focuses on laws that impact general governance.
P.A. 102-0024 provides that a county, township, or municipality may waive any fees or costs associated with a permit, inspection, or certification of occupancy required by law for construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, movement to another site, removal, or demolition of multiple structures within their jurisdiction. These waivers (provided under the local government’s discretion) are limited to disastrous circumstances or the threat of disaster, including fire, flood, earthquake, storm, water contamination, blight, rioting, or public health emergency, as well as other circumstances explicitly mentioned in the new law.
P.A. 102-0435 provides relief for businesses relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. The law allows county and municipal officials to pass resolutions to waive or reconsider the imposition of fees for specific licenses and permits, including business licenses, liquor licenses, construction permits, food service permits, and other activities usually regulated by the county or municipality. The new law specifies that applicants must demonstrate their need for a fee waiver based on tangible hardships resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
P.A. 102-0602, which enacts the Local Volunteer Board Member Removal Act, states that a person or government body that appointed a member of a volunteer board or commission may remove that member for misconduct, official misconduct, or neglect of office. This authority is in addition to any other removal authority provided by law. Note that the Act does not apply to individuals appointed to fill a vacancy on an elected board associated with a local government unit.
Post Authored by Mike Halpin, Ancel Glink