Springfield, IL likely allocating money toward lobbying

Springfield, IL likely allocating money toward lobbying


Serving as a liaison to the mayor’s usual lobbying duties, Springfield City Council is expected to approve an ordinance allocating $75,000 for lobbying efforts while the Illinois General Assembly is in session.

That ordinance was added to council’s consent agenda for its next meeting at Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole gathering. Almost every committee member voiced their support for the ordinance, recognizing the impact bills have on municipalities such as this year’s controversial 100% clean-energy bill.

That bill, which ultimately wasn’t forwarded to the governor’s desk, is one example of a bill that Springfield maybe wouldn’t spend these lobbying dollars on, Mayor Jim Langfelder said, because it affected so many cities that the Illinois Municipal League focused its influence on it.

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