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(Last updated November 23, 2016)

This page contains materials and resources designed to assist public agencies in the following practice areas. As with any issue involving legal matters, you should contact your local counsel to make sure these resources suit your agency's needs.

Concealed Carry

Concussion Prevention and Awareness

Elections

Energy Conservation and Savings

Flag Display Act

Freedom of Information

Joint Purchasing

Local Records

Open Meetings Act

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Law)

Playground Safety

Pregnancy Rights

Prevailing Wage

Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL)

Sexual Harassment

Soccer Goal Safety and Education


Concealed Carry

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act became effective on July 9, 2013. The Act allows persons to carry concealed firearms if they obtain a license to do so. However, Section 65 of the Act prohibits licensees from carrying concealed firearms in specific locations, including certain facilities owned by units of local government. The law also requires owners of these properties to post a standardized sign at the entrance of a building, premises or real property that the law specifies as a prohibited location.

Click on the links below to obtain additional information about the new law.

Firearm Concealed Carry Act
Template of ISP's Standardized Sign
Requirements for Posting Signs
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Final Administrative Rules
 


 

Concussion Prevention and Educational Materials

The Park District Code authorizes and encourages park districts to make educational materials that describe the nature and risk of concussion and head injuries available to residents and users of park district facilities. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has published important information on concussions and traumatic brain injury and concussions in sports.

Additional resources pertaining to the prevention and recognition of concussions in youth sports may be obtained by clicking on the links provided below.

For Coaches:                                 For Parents:                  For Athletes:
Online Training Course               Fact Sheet                      Fact Sheet
Fact Sheet                                      Information Sheet         Must Read for Young Athletes
Identification and Action Plan   Poster                              Poster
Poster                                             
                                  
Quiz

IAPD encourages members to distribute and post these important materials.

Articles and News Stories

Sports - and Recreation-Related Concussions in US Youth (July 2016)

Childhood concussions impair brain function later on, study says

NBC29 In Depth: Report of Sports Concussion on the Rise (May 2015)

Family Draws on Son's Suicide to Teach Concussion Awareness (May 2015)

Study: Parents, Coaches Need Schooling on Concussions (April 2015)

Top 15 Concussion Stories of 2014 (March 2015)

Brain Injury Awareness Improving, Richter Says (February 2015)

Local Student Speaks Out for Concussion Awareness (October 2014)

The Concussion Epidemic Returns to a Familiar Theme: Helmet Safety.
Athletic Business Journal (September 2012)

New Youth Football Policies Emphasize Concussion Prevention and Proper Tackling Technique.
Athletic Business Journal (September 2012)


Elections

IAPD and the State Board of Elections publish many useful resources for local election officials and candidates. Below are links to materials from the State Board of Elections for the 2017 Consolidated Primary Election, the 2017 Consolidated Election.

2017 Election Calendar - New
2017 Local Election Officials Training Presentation - New
Serving on a Park Board Brochure
2017 Candidate's Guide - New
2017 Election and Campaign Finance Calendar - New
2017 Local Election Officials Handbook - New

Energy Conservation & Savings

IAPD has partnered with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and the University of Illinois Energy Resources (ERC) to deliver new grant opportunities that will help IAPD member agencies pay for energy efficiency improvements and to provide other assistance. Click on the links below to access additional information about these opportunities.

Illinois Energy Now Grant Program
Free Energy Efficiency Building Assessments

Additional energy conservation and savings resources are available to IAPD members-only by clicking here and providing your login information to access these materials.


Flag Display Act

Subscribing to Illinois Flag Honors e-News Summaries will provide you with press releases when the Governor has ordered that all State-occupied facilities fly the flag of the United States of America and Illinois flags at half-staff.

Sign me up for the Flag Honors e-News Summaries 


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Illinois Attorney General has published materials and resources to aid public agencies' compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. Click on the links below to access these materials.

Forms and Sample Letters
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Educational Materials

The IAPD has also prepared additional FOIA resources that are available to IAPD members-only. Click here and provide your login information to access these materials.


Joint Purchasing

The State of Illinois offers units of local government the opportunity to save time and money when purchasing certain goods and services by using the State's Joint Purchasing Programs. Because the State makes bulk purchases through a competitive bidding process, units of local goverment often get a lower unit price and also save on administrative expenses. click on the links below to access materials related to this program.

Overview of State of Illinois Joint Purchasing Program
Joint Purchasing Manual
List of State's Joint Purchasing Contracts

Joint purchasing is a form of intergovernmental cooperation. The IAPD has also prepared resources related to intergovernmental cooperation that are available to IAPD members-only. Click here and provide your login information to access these materials.


Local Records

Pursuant to the Local Records Act, no public record may be disposed in Illinois without the approval of the appropriate records commission. The Records Management Section of the Illinois State Archives is responsible for assisting local government agencies with the disposal of public records. For information about the procedures to dispose of local records call (217) 782-7075. Click on the links below to access resources from the Illinois State Archives.

Government Records Law and Social Media
New Rules for Digitization and Management of Electronic Records - Downstate 
New Rules for Digitization and Management of Electronic Records - Cook County
Managing Your Record
Frequently Asked Questions for Governmental Agencies
Guidelines for Using Electronic Records
Obtaining Local Records Disposal Certificate
History of the Local Records Act
What is a Public Record Under the Local Records Act
Can We Scan Our Documents?
Records Retention Schedule
Filling Out the Disposal Certificate


Open Meetings Act

The Illinois Attorney General has published materials and resources to aid public agencies' compliance with the Open Meetings Act. Click on the links below to access these materials.

Free Electronic Training for Public Body Members
Forms and Sample Letters
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Educational Materials

The IAPD has also prepared additional resources such as a model Remote Attendance Policy that are available to IAPD members-only. Click here to access this information.


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Law)

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes many health insurance requirements that affect employers. Because many of the changes do not take effect until 2014, federal rules, regulations and guidance are still being issued on this topic. Click on the links below for useful information, but visit this page frequently for the latest updates.

IRS Guidance Related to Seasonal Employees
Illinois Health Insurance Reform Information Center
Employers Answers to Frequently Asked Questions from the Illinois Department of Insurance


Playground Safety

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) publishes numerous playground safety publications such as a Public Playground Safety Handbook and Safety Checklists. You can access these materials by clicking here.

IAPD also encourages member agencies to work with their risk services provider to promote safety and avoid accidents and injuries.


Pregnancy Rights in the Workplace

Pregnancy and Your Rights in the Workplace Poster
Fact Sheet
Public Act 98-1050
Pregnancy Rights Notice Requirements


Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL)

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) "cost of living” or inflation percentage is used in computing annual property tax extensions for taxing bodies that are subject to the Property Tax Extension Limitation Law (PTELL). Click on the year below to access CPI information.

2016
2015

2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

For further historical CPI information, click here.

Additional PTELL information may be accessed through the Illinois Department of Revenue's website by clicking here.


Prevailing Wage

The Illinois Prevailing Wage Act imposes numerous legal obligations on local government agencies. The Illinois Department of Labor, which establishes the categories of laborers, mechanics and other workers covered by the Act, provides a number of useful practice materials to assist local government agencies with these obligations. Click on the links below to access these sample forms and other resources made available by the Illinois Department of Labor.

Model Prevailing Wage Ordinance
Certification of Ordinance
Sample Legal Notice for Ordinance
Sample Contract Language
Sample Language for Advertisement for Bids
Model Labor and Material Bond
Request for Advertising Notification

The IAPD has also prepared additional resources such as a guide to complying with Prevailing Wage Act that are available to IAPD members-only. Click here to access this information.


Sexual Harassment

The Illinois Department of Human Rights has developed materials for use by employers to help prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Click on the links below to access these materials.

Model Employer Sexual Harassment Policy
Sample Sexual Harassment Policy Statement for Employers

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Brochure


Soccer Goal Safety and Education

Movable soccer goals pose a threat to the safety of children and adults from the dangers of unanchored or improperly anchored goals tipping over. The Illinois Movable Soccer Goal Safety Act imposes requirements on park districts and other organizations that own movable soccer goals, which are designed to avoid these dangers.

The United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has also published Guidelines for Movable Soccer Goal Safety, which may be accessed by clicking here.

The IAPD, in conjunction with IPARKS and PDRMA has prepared additional resources such as a model Movable Soccer Goal Safety and Education Policy that is required by the Act. This is a members-only resource that may be obtained by clicking here.

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