Today Representative Andersson passed another piece of legislation in the House, HB3104. This legislation had previously passed unanimously in the Counties and Townships Committee and with today’s vote will now move on to the Senate.

This legislation concerns county budget appropriations and serves to clarify an existing process used in local government procedures. It allows designated appropriations to be used in an emergency situation with a two-thirds vote of approval from the county board. It also requires transfers of appropriations involving capital and personnel to be also approved by a supermajority vote of a county board. Representative Andersson clarified the specifics of this legislation on the House floor today, and eased any concerns about the limitations on appropriations allowed to be transferred. In that regard, transfers may only be made if the total amount appropriated for the fund is not affected. This allows money to be used where it is needed while maintaining the bottom line of spending protection.

Andersson says, “this legislation increases local government transparency. The emergency stipulations stated in this legislation are already in place. This legislation was requested by local government leaders to further clarify an already existing process. This allows counties to efficiently use their budget while giving taxpayers increased transparency of the spending practices.”
Representative Andersson’s legislation passed out of the House today. HB2745 amends the Municipal Code to grant Non-Home Rule municipalities the same authority as Home Rule municipality’s regarding code enforcement. This bill removes a step in the process that added extra costs and expense to the process (including expenses that would be passed onto homeowners) that did not afford any protections to homeowners. The bill had previously passed unanimously out of the Executive Committee hearing before coming to the House floor for a debate. Today, Rep. Andersson fielded questions and explained the need for such legislation.

Rep. Andersson argued that this legislation ensures that the most efficient processes are used in municipal practices. In amending the Administrative Adjudication process, this allows Non-Home Rule communities to use a more efficient method to deal with local ordinance violations the most effectively. “It is important to create a process for these communities to use that will be not only easy but efficient. This method of dealing with local ordinances ensures that homeowner’s time and money is well spent—and that homeowner’s properties are well kept.”

The legislation received a constitutional majority with 104 voting yes, and will move on to the Senate. Rep. Andersson is confident this bill will continue to move forward.

On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot; a mere five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, an event that marked the end of the American Civil War. 

Today is the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Lincoln. Lincoln was special to the entire nation, but especially important to the State of Illinois. Today in the “Land of Lincoln,” Rep. Andersson and other legislators gathered to commemorate and honor Lincoln’s legacy, and remember all he did for our State.

Today, Rep. Andersson was the guest speaker at Geneva's Rotary Club meeting.  Rep. Andersson enjoyed meeting all the club members and addressing their questions and concerns about how decisions made at the state government level affect our cities and villages.