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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Breaking: Governor Suspends Annual Township Meeting

State statute requires Illinois townships to hold an annual town meeting. In 2020, these town meetings would have been required to be held on April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020 -- right in the middle of the Governor's stay at home order. Because these meetings are different than the regular meetings of the township board of trustees, the recent Executive Order allowing public bodies to meet remotely did not apply to these town hall-type meetings. 

Today, the Governor addressed concerns raised by Illinois townships in Executive Order 2020-22 which suspends Sections 30-5(a) and 30-5(b) of the Township Code that would have required each township to conduct its annual 2020 meeting on either April 14th or 21st. The suspension of the statutory requirement for the 2020 town meeting lasts through the duration of the Governor's Disaster Proclamation.

The language from the EO is here:
Section 1. The provisions of the Township Code, 60 ILCS 1/30-5(a) and 30-5(b), requiring that each township’s annual township meeting for calendar year 2020 be held on either April 14, 2020 or April 21, 2020 are suspended through the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamations.
You can read the Governor's Executive Order 2020-22 here.


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