Morrissey selected for Local Government Advisory Board
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey (I) and Belvidere Mayor Fred Brereton (R) have been selected to serve on a 31-member advisory board for Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka (R).
The board will consult with Topinka on issues related to local government finances and develop an overview of the spending practices of the more than 8,000 units of government in the state.
Required by Illinois statute, the Local Government Advisory Board also will serve as a resource for local officials.
Previous boards have assisted the office in developing fiscal stress indicators, creating a fiscal responsibility report card, and in making modifications to the Annual Finance Report that local governments file with the Comptroller.
The complete Advisory Board will be meeting for the first time this spring, and then in smaller groups on a regular basis. Topinka will divide the larger group into four subcommittees—finance, legislation, technology and training—to encourage greater participation and discussion among board members.
Members of the board serve in an advisory capacity and may submit recommendations to the Comptroller regarding local government finances at any time. Board positions are non-paid, though members are reimbursed for reasonable expenses tied to the role.
In the coming year, Topinka will work with the group to encourage entities to file their annual financial reports electronically, and to provide specialized educational and training programs to assist in that effort.
From the March 30-April 5, 2011 issue
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