Bill Text: IL SB2830 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Veto Message

Bill Title: Amends the Election Code. Requires that the trustees for the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District be elected at consolidated elections. Provides that where a nomination for election is to be made for a trustee of the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District, then the petition shall be filed in the office of the county clerk not more than 113 nor less than 106 days prior to the date of the primary. Amends the Sanitary District Act of 1917. Provides that the board of trustees of the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District shall be elected (rather than appointed) beginning with the 2019 election. Sets forth requirements concerning the number of trustees to be elected and length of terms. Effective immediately.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 37-0)

Status: (Failed) 2018-11-29 - Total Veto Stands [SB2830 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-SB2830-Veto_Message.html

August 24, 2018

To the Honorable Members of

The Illinois Senate,

100th General Assembly:

Today I veto Senate Bill 2830 from the 100th General Assembly, which amends the Election Code to provide that trustees for the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District will be elected, rather than appointed.

Currently, the three water reclamation districts created under the Sanitary District Act of 1917 (70 ILCS 2405) - the Fox River Water Reclamation District, the Sanitary District of Decatur, and the Northern Moraine Wastewater Reclamation District - select their officials via appointments.

Passing a state law impacting only a single unit of local government is questionable practice subject to possible political motivations and should be avoided. The state should not be codifying in law carve-outs and special solutions that only apply to an individual unit of local government. If the governance model introduced by this legislation represents good practice, then it should be applied to all reclamation districts uniformly.

Therefore, pursuant to Section 9(b) of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, I hereby return Senate Bill 2376, entitled “AN ACT concerning local government,” with the foregoing objections, vetoed in its entirety.


Bruce Rauner