Government Leadership Training

The Illinois Association of County Board Members professional development sessions are designed to bring a value to members by providing relevant educational opportunities on topics associated with local government.

FREE leadership training webinars for the month of May 2021 are being scheduled.


March 29, 2021 (Completed)
 Open Public Meetings 
The Illinois Open Meetings Act legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. All meetings, whether in person or by video conference, where a majority of a quorum of a public body meets to discuss or act on business is open to the public. Understand your rights and responsibilities under the act.

Access to Public Records (FOIA)
The Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the main state law that addresses citizens’ access to public records that are created, compiled, or kept by governmental bodies. This session will cover FOIA compliance including what documents may be sought through a FOIA request, disclosure and exemptions.

March 18, 2021 (Completed)
Ethics and Public Integrity
In 2003, the Illinois General Assembly enacted a revision of State ethics laws intended to ensure a more open and honest government. This session will provide a comprehensive review of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act including provisions to be adopted and adhered to by local governments.

Parliamentary Procedures for Meetings
Parliamentary procedure, also called rules of order, is designed to move business along in a meeting while maintaining order and controlling the communications process. Learn about practices commonly employed in the governance of public meetings including handling motions, discussion or debate, and taking the vote.

The  professional trainings provide information designed to increase the awareness of the legal and ethical responsibilities of local officials. Further, the trainings provide credit toward the voluntary Certified County Officials (CCO) program.