CACI incorporates with State of Illinois

The following information was provided by Thomas J. Westgard, attorney, Chicago.

County Animal Controls of Illinois (CACI), formed in October 2005, is now officially incorporated with the State of Illinois. Bylaws have been established, and 33 counties have joined the organization so far.

The purposes of CACI, as stated in Article II of the bylaws, are: “To promote public health and safety for residents and visitors of Illinois through proactive participation and promotion of common sense legislation having significant impact on animal law in Illinois. To provide training opportunities for animal control agencies statewide. To promote and maintain the highest level of professionalism in animal care and control in Illinois.”

Article III, Membership, states that “Membership in this organization shall be comprised of designated representatives of each county animal control agency in Illinois” and that “all organizational members may vote.”… “All members shall pay annual dues set by the Board,” and “An annual meeting of the entire membership of the Organization shall be held at a time and place designated by the Board of Directors.”

Article IV specifies that “The government of the County Animal Controls of Illinois, its property and affairs shall be vested in a Board of Directors” consisting of “no less than nine (9) nor more than fifteen (15) persons, each of whom shall be a designated representative of an organizational member… The term of office of a director shall be three (3) years.”

Article V says, “The Board of Directors may create such committees as the work of the organization requires…” The two specifically established are an executive and a nominating committee. Article VI relates the duties of officers. Article VII pertains to tax matters, and Article VIII explains indemnification.

Secretary of State Jesse White sent the articles of incorporation for CACI to Richard D. Glessner of Moline, the representative from Rock Island County Animal Care and Control. White informed Glessner that “The corporation is required to file an annual report each year… The required fee of $50 in this connection has been received… This document must be recorded in the office of the recorder of the county in which the registered office of the corporation is located… Certain not-for-profit corporations organized as a charitable corporation are required to register with the office of the Attorney General. Upon receipt of the enclosed articles of incorporation, you must contact the Charitable Trust Division, Office of the Attorney General, 100 W. Randolph, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60601… The issuance of the articles of incorporation does not entitle the corporation to a property tax exemption. You must apply for that exemption through the Board of Review in the county where the real estate is located…”

The officers named in the articles of incorporation are: Greg Largent, president, Springfield; Lauren Malmberg, vice president, Peoria; Gary Longanecker, treasurer, Rockford; Buzie Bertagnoli, secretary, Carlinville.

CACI was referenced in HR 0866, a bill sponsored by Illinois Rep. Michael Tryon (since transferred to Rep. William Black and Rep. Donald Moffitt).

HR 0866, addressing “Attacks by vicious and dangerous dogs,” states in part: “RESOLVED, That the Committee on Local Government is urged to convene hearings to examine the issue, gather expert testimony from qualified representatives familiar with animal control issues and from the Department of Public Health, and propose solutions that will better safeguard and protect the residents of Illinois against vicious and dangerous dog attacks; and be it further

“RESOLVED, That an Animal Control Task Force be appointed to examine the Animal Control Act and make comprehensive written recommendations for change; the Task Force shall have 9 members, including: a representative of the Bureau of Animal Welfare within the Department of Agriculture, as designated by the Director of the Department; the Director of Public Health, or his or her designee; 2 representatives appointed by the Illinois State Veterinary Association, one of whom must be a county animal control administrator; a representative appointed by the Illinois Farm Bureau; a representative appointed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA); a representative appointed by the Illinois States’ Attorneys Association; and 2 representatives appointed by the County Animal Controls of Illinois, one of whom must represent the greater Chicago metropolitan area and one of whom must represent downstate Illinois…”

The new legislation was introduced to address what some animal control groups saw as deficiencies in the previous legislation from the 2005 session.

From the April 19-25, 2006, issue

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