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State Treasurer Initiative Urges Local Governments To Consider Sustainable Investing

January 10, 2020 | Legislative briefs

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State Treasurer Initiative Urges Local Governments To Consider Sustainable Investing

The Sustainable Investment Act (Public Act 101-0473), an initiative of State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, was signed into law by Governor JB Pritzker on August 23, 2019, and went into effect on January 1, 2020.

As introduced, the bill would have required governmental units to develop, publish and implement sustainability-based investing policies. The Illinois Municipal League (IML) immediately met with the sponsor, Representative Will Davis (D-Hazel Crest), to discuss our issues with the bill, not the least of which were the new investment mandates that the bill created.

After several meetings, and personal engagement with Treasurer Frerichs, IML was able to modify this overreaching bill from another mandate on local communities to a general and permissive outline concerning municipalities’ investment decisionmaking.

As a part of IML’s negotiations, the Treasurer’s office agreed that the legislation would strongly encourage governmental units to develop a sustainability-based investment policy, but not require one.

IML has developed a fact sheet (available at this link) outlining the new Act.

More information concerning the Sustainable Investment Act is available on the Treasurer’s website via this link.

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