After receiving unanimous support in the Illinois House and Senate earlier this year, legislation sponsored by State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) that ensures balance and experience on park district boards was signed into law on Friday.
HB 2081, now listed in the Illinois Statues as Public Act 101-0058, provides for a re-staggering of terms for elected park district commissioners on the rare occasions when a large majority of seats are up for re-election at the same time. Upon the bill’s passage in the House in March, Wehrli said, “Park district commissioners are elected at consolidated elections in odd-numbered years, and while rare, sometimes when park districts take action to change the number of commissioners through legal channels, the normal schedule that staggers the seat expirations is thrown out of balance. This legislation provides for the re-staggering of terms so that park district boards can return to a more healthy election where a close to equal number of seats are filled in each election.”
According to Wehrli, the need for the legislation was brought to his attention by leaders of the Illinois Association of Park Districts. The new law took effect immediately upon its signing.