Should virtual city council meetings be allowed permanently? Illinois lawmakers may decide soon

Should virtual city council meetings be allowed permanently? Illinois lawmakers may decide soon
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A vestige of these coronavirus pandemic times could be here to stay, as one of the Illinois Municipal League’s legislative priorities this fall is to permanently allow virtual city council meetings.

Right now, this can only occur under a disaster declaration.

Brad Cole, the league’s executive director, said the virtual meetings get more people involved, and the decision of whether to meet remotely should be that of local leaders.

“Maybe people could submit their comments via e-mail and watch the meeting and participate,” Cole told WBBM Newsradio.

Other bills allow tax increment finance (TIF) money to be spent toward pandemic-damaged businesses, address parking excise taxes, and increase the cap on video terminal fees for non-home-rule communities.

The veto session begins Tuesday.