Government Accountability Bill Signed into Law

Rockford… State Representative Joe Sosnowski (R-Rockford) sponsored legislation that was signed into law today that clarifies Illinois’ Municipal Code concerning the Budget Officer position. Senate Bill 1470 would permit mayors or presidents of municipalities under 10,000 in population, to also be the municipal budget officer.

“This will allow small local governments the opportunity to save money. SB 1470 is a common sense approach to saving taxpayer dollars, because the municipality will not have to hire extra staff during the budgeting process,” said Rep. Sosnowski. “This legislation addresses an unofficial opinion issued by the Attorney General.”

Again, according to the new law, a budget officer of a municipality with a population fewer than 10,000 may hold another municipal office, elected or appointed, including, but not limited to, the office of the mayor or president. However, that mayor or president of a municipality that serves as the municipal budget officer may not receive compensation for both offices.

“This piece of legislation acts as a responsible change because it effectively streamlines officer positions and prohibits dual compensation,” added Rep. Sosnowski.  

The bill takes effect immediately.