Legislation Gateway

Capitol buildingThe Mayor and Village Trustees monitor legislation at the local, state and federal levels to stay abreast of issues that may affect the community. Regular legislative advocacy activities include providing information and educating legislators on the impact of legislation on the Village's government operations and its taxpayers. The Mayor is the official spokesman for the village government in all political and legislative affairs and when dealing with other elected officials.

Governor Proposes Cuts in Funding for Municipalities
Help the Village of Roselle protect the revenue it receives through the Local Government Distributive Fund. Click here to find out how to contact local legislators to send them the message that the State should not balance its budget on the backs of municipalities in Illinois.

As part of his first budget address in February 2015, Governor Bruce Rauner proposed a 50 percent reduction in the share that local governments receive from State income taxes through the Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF). For Roselle, that would mean an annual loss of over $1.1 million that is used to fund critical core services.

The Local Government Distributive Fund was created in 1969 as a compromise between the State legislature and municipalities throughout Illinois. In creating the fund, the State agreed to levy an income tax and distribute 10 percent of it back to the municipalities, based on population. If enacted, Governor Rauner’s proposal to cut LGDF distribution in half will withhold over $600 million from municipalities throughout Illinois for the State budget.

The financial situation in many municipalities, including Roselle, is still being affected by the recent recession. Faced with revenue losses caused by the recession, permanent changes have already been made in Roselle. Since 2009, the Village has reduced its full-time work force by 20 percent through layoffs and attrition, reduced Village Hall and Police Department hours of operation, reduced and eliminated some community relations and special events initiatives, eliminated the brush pick-up program, eliminated the DARE program, increased the vehicle sticker fee, implemented an eating establishment tax, permitted video gaming, increased ambulance fees, and deferred capital infrastructure improvements, technology improvements, and equipment purchases.

Additional reductions in revenue, including the proposed cuts to LGDF distribution, would further jeopardize core services provided to residents by the Village of Roselle. What are these core services? The Village of Roselle provides police and fire protection; street repairs and maintenance; snowplowing; clean water to homes and businesses; sewer, wastewater, and stormwater system management; care for trees and plants on public property; manages garbage pickup; studies and plans for long-term land use; and sets and enforces local codes. Given the reductions since 2009, along with recent department-by-department reorganization studies, the Village provides these services in an extremely efficient manner.

While the Village of Roselle has money in reserves, it would not be able to weather losing $1.1 million annually without making further substantial budgetary changes. The additional loss in revenue would mean that all core services would be evaluated for further reductions, and new revenue streams (raising fees, fines, or taxes) would be investigated.

Legislative Advocacy
The Village of Roselle is a dues-paying member of two associations that may conduct legislative advocacy initiatives at the county, state and/or federal levels. These associations include the DuPage Mayors and Managers Association and Illinois Municipal League. The Village is also a dues-paying member in the Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities, a coalition of business and government leaders committed to protecting local taxpayers.

Legislative Action Program
Each year the Village Board approves a Legislative Action Program that includes priorities and position statements on state and federal issues affecting local government. Below are critical priorities included in the 2016 Legislative Action Program.
Revenue and Taxation
  • Protect Local Revenue
  • Reform Municipal Public Safety Pensions
Personnel and Labor
  • Amend the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act
  • Amend the Workers' Compensation Act
    • Remove the Burden of Proof for the Cause of Firefighter Injuries from Municipalities
    • Require Arbitrators to Adhere to the American Medical Association (AMA) Disability Rating Guidelines
    • Return the Length of Time Compensated to Pre-2006 Levels
    • Overturn the Workers' Compensation Commission Case Regarding Shoulder Injuries
    • Enforce the Medical Fee Schedule for Workers' Compensation Claims
Municipal Authority
  • Remove Barriers to Non-Home Rule Authority
    • Allow Greater Flexibility with Regulations and Expenditures
    • Allow Crime-Free Housing Regulations
Airport Development and Regulations
  • Support True Western Access to O'Hare International Airport

What You Can Do
Government is most effective when residents are engaged. The Village of Roselle encourages the public to contact both State and Federal Legislators regarding any or all of these issues. Below are links with information on how to contact the legislators representing Roselle. In addition, please visit www.ilga.gov for additional information on State Legislators. For additional information on legislative advocacy please contact the Mayor's Office at (630) 671-2804. Please remember, your opinion does make a difference!
State Legislators
State Representative Christine Winger
State Representative Michelle Mussman
State Senator Dan Kotowski
State Senator Tom Cullerton
Search for elected officials by address (Illinois State Board of Elections)

Federal Legislators
US Senator Mark Kirk
US Senator Dick Durbin
US Representative Tammy Duckworth