Morning Seminar: Managing Townships for Impact

In this three-hour seminar attendees will explore five areas of public sector management including personnel management, financial administration, service delivery, goal attainment, and internal and external relations. Additionally, professional growth opportunities will be discussed through networking, conferences, and ongoing learning.

Registration and a light breakfast begin at 8:30 AM and the seminar is hosted by Hanover Township, 240 Illinois Route 59, Bartlett, IL. Cost to attend is $25 for members and $35 for non-members, register by clicking here.

James Barr

March 15, 2023

9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

See Eventbrite link in description

February Virtual Training

In this session we will examine sources of conflict in the organization, with a focus on methods of resolving conflicts through communication for the better of individual, team, and organizational performance.

Included will be short video scenarios, breakout groups for discussion of the cases, along with real-life Q&A on specific challenges faced by the participants.

Dr. Jeff Williamson

February 22, 2023

2:00 PM

Email to receive the Zoom link

January Virtual Training

With most Townships’ fiscal years beginning April 1st, now is a crucial time for thoughtful budget development. James Howard is a CPA and partner with Governmental Accounting, Inc. with over 20 years of experience in local government financial management including Illinois fire districts, park districts, and townships. James will lead a discussion on key considerations when developing your Township budget including property taxes, other forms of income, expenses, and historically high inflation. Bring your questions for an engaging Q & A session as well.

James Howard

January 18, 2023

2:00 PM

Quarterly Membership Meeting

Join us for the in-person Quarterly Meeting which is being held Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 pm at Schaumburg Township, 1 Illinois Blvd, Hoffman Estates.

We will have a guest speaker, Jeff Reiter, CEO/Security Officer of RWK IT Services who will present Keeping your Township from Being hacked: Three Simple Mistakes That Administrators Make With Their Data That No One Is Talking About.

Please RSVP by Friday, January 6

January 11, 2023

6:00 PM

E-mail Nick Allen at to register.

December Virtual Training

The monthly virtual training for December will be an anti-sexual harassment training, taking place on Wednesday, December 14 from 2-3:30pm. As you know, there is a requirement for all employers, including units of government, to complete this training annually and we received feedback that it may be useful for MTA to provide a venue to fulfill that requirement. To cover the cost of the presentation, there will be a $30 fee to attend. You can click here to register.

The training will be presented by Karla Dobbeck, an HR consultant with 25 years of experience. The full list of topics covered are on the Eventbrite page, but this does fulfill the requirement and participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Karla Dobbeck, PHRE

December 14, 2022

2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

November Virtual Training (presented with Township Communicators of IL)

Justin H. S. Breaux is a social media manager and digital analyst who takes the guesswork out of proving your ROI to your VIP. With over 20 years of communication’s experience, Justin brings a fresh perspective on the value of social media to an organization’s strategic communications.

Justin will cover:
-How to get a metrics program started
-Regular reporting and where to start
-Simple data points
-Using data to inform decision making
-Communicating insights to decision-makers

Justin H. S. Breaux, social media manager

November 10, 2022

10:00 AM

Email Nick Allen at to RSVP (Zoom link will be sent)

October Virtual Training

Please note the time is 1:00 PM, not the normal 2:00 PM. The topic is document destruction and retention practices, presented by Steve Colaizzi and Marikay Hegarty of the Illinois Secretary of State’s office.

Steve and Marikay assist local government agencies with records inventories, records destruction and application add-ons. Steve and Marikay answer questions and provide training seminars for groups and agencies. They also research records retention issues. They cover all or parts of 10 counties.

Steve Colaizzi and Marikay Hegarty of the Illinois Secretary of State's office

October 19, 2022

1:00 PM

E-mail Nick Allen at to register (Zoom link will be sent)

Quarterly Membership Meeting

Join us at our Quarterly General Membership meeting hosted by Leyden Township, 2501 N. Mannheim Road, Franklin Park, IL 60131. Please RSVP by 9/30/22. A guest speaker will join us.

October 5, 2022

6:00 PM

E-mail Nick Allen at to register.

Annual Township Symposium

Join us for the first Township Symposium since 2019, being hosted by Hanover Township. Registration is available on Eventbrite ($40 per person for members of MTA, TOCC and TODC and $50 for nonmembers).

8:30-9 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast

9-10:15 AM Legislative Forum

10:30 AM Round #1:
-Launching a Mental Health Board; A Panel Discussion
-Growing Your Township Food Pantry

11:30 AM Round #2
-Township 501c3 Foundations Best Practices
-Ask a Lobbyist, Presented by Marquart & Company

12:30 PM Keynote Address: Returning the Service to Public Service, presented by Carpentersville Village Manager Eric Johnson.

September 24, 2022

8:30 am-1:30 pm

Registration on Eventbrite-link in description

August virtual training: SB 3789 requirements

SB 3789 requires a report to be created every ten years regarding local government efficiency.

MTA has already fielded several questions regarding this act, from assisting officials in understanding the scope, to discussing potential topics for committees to review, to identifying possible recommendations on efficiency for the committee to consider. This session will be led by attorney John Redlingshafer. A frequent presenter on Township topics, Mr. Redlingshafer will discuss the implementation and cover the variety of boxes the committees will need to check in order to be in compliance.

Attorney John Redlingshafer

August 17, 2022

2:00 pm

E-mail Nick Allen at to register.