June Virtual Training: Cybersecurity-Keeping Hackers Out

Jeff Reiter, CEO/Security Officer for RWK IT Services, will present “Hackers don’t hack in, they log in. Can you keep them out?”

A Zoom link will be sent a few days before the event.

Jeff Reiter

June 21, 2023

2:00 PM

Email for the Zoom link

General Assistance/Emergency Assistance Training

Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM. Julie Villarreal, a 25-year veteran of General and Emergency Assistance, will lead the training and her biography is below. The cost to attend is $45 for MTA members and $55 for non-members. You can register using this link. The tentative description of this full-day training is as follows:

Application & Eligibility Determination
General Assistance Budgets
GA Re-Determinations
Emergency Assistance
Emergency Assistance Budgets
Q & A

Julie Villarreal is the Director of General Assistance for Wheeling Township. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Services and Bachelor Degrees in Psychology and Spanish. Julie has over 25 years of experience working in General Assistance, including 4 years as a GATI instructor and past President of both TOI and TOCC associations. In addition to GA and EA, Wheeling Township offers a myriad of other services to help low-income residents.

Julie Villarreal

May 17, 2023

8:30 AM- 4:00 PM

Eventbrite link in description below

April Virtual Training: Volunteer Management

Join us for a virtual training on volunteer recruitment and retention. From Application to Action: Effective Volunteer Program Management

From getting the word out about your volunteer needs, to vetting, training and management, and engagement and retention, every facet of a solid volunteer program matters. A good, well structured program can set an organization up for success. Equally, a program lacking proper structure and effective retention practices can leave volunteers struggling and frustrated, and leave you floundering without the help you need. This training will visit all aspects of creating/managing a solid volunteer program structure that addresses organizational needs, implements proper vetting and training methods, and puts forth practical ideas for attracting and keeping a happy, successful, and growing volunteer team.

Becky Wilder, CVA, is a Certified Volunteer Administrator through the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. She has managed one-time volunteers for events and special programs, as well as managing hundreds of volunteers and the programs/organizations they support on an ongoing basis. Most recently, Wilder spent eight years managing volunteers in the hospice industry. Currently she is the Volunteer Director for the Illinois Veterans Home at Manteno.

Becky Wilder

April 19, 2023

2:00 PM

E-mail Nick Allen at to receive Zoom link

Quarterly Membership Meeting

Join us for our quarterly in-person meeting, hosted by Milton Township, 1492 N. Main Street, Wheaton, IL. Arachas Insurance will be presenting information on Liability Insurance.

April 13, 2023

6:00 PM

Email Nick Allen at to RSVP

MTA Capitol Day in Springfield

Join us in Springfield as we advocate for issues important to urban townships. Members will meet at Marquardt & Company’s office (600 S. Second Street, Suite 400) at 11AM for lunch where we will receive a legislative update and review the day’s itinerary. Attendees will also receive a briefing packet and lanyard ID. Following lunch, we will walk over to the capitol for meetings.

MTA will host a dinner for members in the evening, inviting a few legislators to join us.

A limited block of hotel rooms has been secured at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre (700 E. Adams Street) for March 29 at a discounted rate of $119. Members can call 217-789-1530 and mention “MTA” or “Metropolitan Township Association” when making a reservation. Reservations can also be completed online. Rooms must be reserved by March 8 to receive the discounted rate.

The registration fee for Lobby Day is $45 per person. Please let me know by Friday, March 17 with the names and titles of those from your Township who will be attending. Checks can be mailed to:

Metropolitan Township Association
ATT: Tom Kuttenberg
250 S. IL Route 59
Bartlett, Illinois 60103

We will share a draft schedule of meetings next month. Due to the fluid session schedule, please be flexible as to changes in our meeting times.

March 29, 2023

11:00 AM-7:00 PM

E-mail Tom Kuttenberg to register

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