In the more than two decades since the enactment of the 1970 Constitution, a majority of voters in approximately 50 small Illinois communities have chosen home-rule
Officer Andrea Warpula, president of the Millbury Police Association, read a letter from the union in support of a home-rule
petition to extend the mandatory retirement age to 70.
If DuPage had home-rule
power, Zay said it would have the ability to ban adult businesses.
The Millbury Board of Selectmen voted last week to schedule a special town meeting for a home-rule
petition that would allow special police officers over age 65 to continue working details.
"The only exception that would allow you to work beyond the age of 65 would be for the appointing authority to seek a home-rule
petition,'' the chief wrote.
"We've been sensible and reasonable in how we used our home-rule
powers," he said.
Imagine that: Even though Worcester has a track record of responsible and strong financial management, the home-rule
bills were tossed out because the big fear was the many other communities would line up looking for the same thing.
We anticipate that the city will continue to press its case at the state level for relief, both by refiling the home-rule
petitions and seeking a portion of state stimulus monies to cover the police officers.
Before seeking home-rule
legislation, factors that would affect the cost of such changes need to be considered.
It's a self-imposed restriction many home-rule
municipalities adopt, he added.
6 ballot as well, with city officials seeking home-rule
authority in a referendum.
The 1970 Illinois Constitution created home-rule
powers for municipalities of 25,000 or more with the provision that smaller communities could appeal to voters through referendum to achieve such powers.