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DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference sets 2014 legislative goals

Published: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 3:10 a.m. CDT

The DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference set a variety of legislative priorities at its annual dinner Jan. 15, including reforming public safety pensions, according to a conference news release.

Founded in 1962, the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference is made up of 34 municipal governments that represent more than 1 million people. The purpose of the conference is to voice municipal concerns on local, regional, state and national issues.

More than 160 people attended the event to discuss issues that affect their communities.

Attendees identified 11 priorities to pursue through legislation or advocacy in 2014, including:

• Reforming municipal public safety pensions • Direct deposit of Local Government Distributive Fund (LGDF) • Removing the sunset date on the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act • Implementing streamlined sales tax • Limiting the Prevailing Wage Act • Exempting staffing requirements from collective bargaining • Defining “confidential employees” under the Illinois Labor Relations Act • Limiting commercial Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests • Removing barriers to non-home rule authority • Amending rules regarding publication of reports and notices • Supporting western airport access as part of the Elgin O’Hare Expressway expansion project.

Conference members also named Illinois Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno its 2013 Governmental Leader of the Year.

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