Legislative Successes: Governor Signs Two Bills

August 16, 2018

Governor Rauner signed into law this week two bills that ILA worked on and supported throughout the spring legislative session:

Senate Bill 2638
Late in 2017, the Illinois Comptroller notified units of local government that it would no longer permit government entities to file annual audit statements prepared on the cash basis of accounting method. Libraries had prepared and filed annual audit reports using the cash basis of accounting for decades. The requirement that governments must use the accrual method of accounting would have resulted in additional costs for libraries and all units of local government. ILA worked on and supported SB 2638, which states if a library's audits have been performed on the cash basis of accounting, the library can continue to do so in the future (section 5.e). This bill passed in the spring 2018 legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Rauner in early August.

House Bill 5752
House Bill 5752 creates a "Broadband Advisory Council" within the state of Illinois, designed to explore ways to expand broadband access throughout the state, including unserved and underserved areas, and provides that the Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall provide administrative, personnel, and technical support; and includes "a member to be nominated by the president of a statewide organization representing libraries." This bill passed in the spring 2018 legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Rauner in early August. 

We thank the ILA Public Policy Committee and ILA Legislative Consultant Derek Blaida for their work on these important legislative issues!

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