Olsen Bill that Provides Consistent Residency Requirements for Elected Officials Heads to Gov. Rauner for Action

Legislation sponsored by State Representative David S. Olsen (R-Downers Grove) and State Senator John F. Curran (R-Downers Grove) that provides consistency with regard to residency requirements for elected officials in Illinois has passed in the Illinois Senate and is headed to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature.

HB 2222 puts in place a one-year residency requirement for library trustees and disqualifies from service any candidate convicted of a felony or who is delinquent in taxes or fees owed to the library district.

“Surprisingly, today’s Illinois Library Act contains very few qualifications for library trustees,” said Olsen. “Residency requirements and disqualification language for those convicted of felonies is common in other local government codes, and HB 2222 extends that language to also apply to those who wish to serve as a library trustee.”

Upon approval of the bill in the Senate, Sen. Curran said, “Residency requirements are an important component in local government, especially as these library districts balance critical services and the expenditure of local tax revenues,” said Curran.

If signed into law by Governor Rauner, the provisions of HB 2222 will apply beginning with candidates in the 2019 consolidated election.

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