Al Riley, Rich Township Supervisor

Now more than ever, people need trust in their government.  That is why I am supporting Al Riley for re-election as Rich Township Supervisor. He has been a long-time trusted steward of Rich Township and the Southland. 

Congresswoman Robin Kelly

AL RILEY
TRUSTED LEADERSHIP 
PROTECTION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
FINANCIAL INTEGRITY

He brings to Rich Township a life-long career and experience in state and township government, with a history of prioritizing the key issues impacting his constituents, such as Economic Development, Transportation, Violence Prevention, Consumer Protection, Senior Citizens, Health Care, Veterans, People with Disabilities, Education, Government, Energy, and Finance.

TRUSTED LEADERSHIP

Citizens of Rich Township can trust in the proven leadership of Al Riley and trust in his ability and experience to work hard for the Township.

Under the proven leadership of Supervisor Riley, the Township Officials of Illinois has awarded Rich Township:

  • Supervisor of the Year (2008)  
  • Township of the Year (2010)       
  • Legislator of the Year (2018)

PROTECTION OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Al Riley is a leader who will makes decisions for the betterment of the Township.

  • Passed legislation beneficial to the operations of Township government.
  • Protected local government as a member of the House Cities & Villages and Counties & Townships Committees
  • Kept the Township levy essentially flat since 2006.

FINANCIAL INTEGRITY

Under the proven leadership of Supervisor Riley, Rich Township:

  • Received the “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” by the GFOA
  • Was awarded numerous grants to augment or enhance Township operations.
  • Maintained Township financial stability during periods of local economic stress.

KEY LEGISLATION

State Rep. Al Riley was featured in an NBC5 report on Senate Bill 84 (CTA Section 41 Notice Repeal), which he sponsored along with Senator Ira Silverstein. Featured in the report is Merle Huckabee who was the inspiration for the legislation. Click for full video.

As Chief Sponsor, Representative Riley negotiated with both sides of the aisle to ensure the state procurement process works more efficiently for the citizens of Illinois. Business and industry will be relieved of some restrictions to the bidding process. But, new safeguards were installed to insure that small, minority and woman owned businesses would be better able to do business with the state. Efficient oversight provisions will prevent fraud in the bidding process.

Provides that the Secretary of State shall offer to each applicant for issuance or renewal of a driver’s license or identification card who is 16 years of age or older (rather than 18 years of age or older) the opportunity to have his or her name included in the First Person Consent organ and tissue donor registry. Amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act. Makes conforming changes. Provides that upon the death of a donor who is an unemancipated minor, the parent or guardian of the donor may amend or revoke the anatomical gift of the donor’s body.

Prohibits an employer from: (i) screening job applicants based on their wage or salary history, (ii) requiring that an applicant’s prior wages satisfy minimum or maximum criteria, and (iii) requesting or requiring as a condition of being interviewed or as a condition of continuing to be considered for an offer of employment that an applicant disclose prior wages or salary. Prohibits an employer from seeking the salary, including benefits or other compensation or salary history, of a job applicant from any current or former employer. Limits defenses. Provides for penalties and injunctive relief.

Amendment #1 – Provides exceptions to the applicability of a provision stating that it is unlawful for an employer to seek the wage or salary history of any job applicant from any current or former employer.

Creates the Protection of Individuals with Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System Task Force which shall consist of 24 members, 10 members appointed by the Governor, 10 members appointed by the Attorney General, and one each appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the Senate. Provides that the Task Force shall also reflect the diversity of disabilities of the State. Specifies the categories of individuals to serve on the Task Force. Provides that the members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation. Provides that the Office of the Attorney General shall provide administrative and other support to the Task Force. Provides that the Task Force shall consider issues that affect adults and juveniles with disabilities with respect to their involvement with the police, detention and confinement in corrections facilities, representation by counsel, participation in the criminal justice system, communications with their families, awareness and accommodations for their disabilities, and concerns for the safety of the general public and individuals working in the criminal justice system. Provides that the Task Force shall make recommendations to the Governor and to the General Assembly regarding policies, procedures, legislation, and other actions that can be taken to protect the public safety and the well-being and rights of individuals with disabilities in the criminal justice system. Provides that the Task Force shall submit a report with its findings and recommendations to the Governor, the Attorney General, and the General Assembly on or before March 31, 2018. Repeals the Act on June 30, 2018.

Contains provisions concerning the establishment of various programs and services for the benefit of veterans including a proactive outreach program for veterans that served in high casualty units, in units that experienced high conflict areas, and in units where at least one service member committed suicide following his or her service; a public awareness campaign concerning the trauma and internal injuries suffered by veterans; specified training concerning mental health services for employees of veterans service organizations, Veterans Assistance Commissions, and veterans’ service associations; educational success programs for veterans experiencing specified difficulties in higher education; a family preparation course for the families of returning veterans; a licensing program for therapy dogs for veterans; a transition program for returning veterans that reside in the State; a system that allows veterans to file a specified federal form immediately upon discharge; creation of an employer training program; and a standard statewide peer-to-peer training program to familiarize veterans with the veterans’ services available at the local, State, and federal levels. Requires the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to adopt any rules necessary to implement these provisions.

Provides that the Act may be referred to as the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act. Amends the Economic Development Area Tax Increment Allocation Act, State Finance Act, Property Tax Code, Innovation Development and Economy Act, County Economic Development Project Area Property Tax Allocation Act, County Economic Development Project Area Tax Increment Allocation Act of 1991, Illinois Municipal Code, Economic Development Project Area Tax Increment Allocation Act of 1995, School Code, and Educational Opportunity for Military Children Act. Provides that the State aid formula provisions of the School Code apply through the 2016-2017 school year. Provides for an evidence-based funding formula beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Sets forth provisions concerning an adequacy target calculation, a local capacity calculation, a base funding minimum calculation, a percent of adequacy and final resources calculation, an evidence-based funding formula distribution system, State Superintendent of Education administration of funding and school district submission requirements, and a Professional Judgment Panel. Makes other changes.

ABOUT AL RILEY

Al Riley has been Rich Township Supervisor since 2006.  Efficiently providing vital services such as General Assistance, transportation, food assistance, Assessor services, road and bridge maintenance are just part of the myriad services the Township provides.  In 2008, he was named “Illinois Township Supervisor of the Year” from the Township Officials of Illinois for his commitment to providing innovative senior services programming.  He also steered Rich Township to apply for an RTA Innovation, Coordination and Enhancement grant.  The Township was awarded a $190,000 grant to purchase a Global Positioning System based scheduling software program.  It enabled Rich Township to more efficiently provide bus services throughout its’ service area.  In 2010, Rich Township was named “Township of the Year” by TOI.

In 2007, Riley became the State Representative of the 38th District of Illinois. For two terms, Riley served as Assistant Majority Leader of the House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017.   Representative Riley’s main focus was to use his professional and political experience in advancing the issues of resource allocation and equity for the Southland region of the Chicago metropolitan area.  Specific issues that he addressed included mass transit and transportation inequities, education funding reform, property tax relief and reform, and coordinated economic development.  In 2009, he was named Legislator of the Year by the Illinois Association of County Board MembersIn 2018, Riley was named “Legislator Of The Year” by the Township Officials Of Illinois.  He has also been awarded: The President’s Award by the Illinois Trial Lawyers, Legislator of the Year Awards from the Illinois Public Transportation Association and the Illinois Association of Park Districts, Best Legislative Voting Award by the Independent Voters of Illinois/Independent Precinct Organization and has consistently received an “A” for his voting record from the Illinois Environmental Council. 

One of his main accomplishments was helping to facilitate the development of transportation infrastructure projects to the Chicago Southland.  Major projects include the $700 million Interstate 57/294 interchange and nearly $180 million to road improvements in the region.  Riley was also successful in helping to secure $100 million for new Highliner rail cars for the Metra Electric line.  He helped to make planned projects such as the Illiana Expressway, Southeast Service Line and the South Suburban Airport the law of the land in the State of Illinois. He also passed a resolution to encourage the CTA to build the Red Line Extension from Chicago to the south suburbs. 

Professionally, Riley is an urban planner and statistician. Riley’s career included service on the research staff of the American Society of Planning Officials in the early ‘70’s.  Some of his other areas of service include planning positions in Will and Cook Counties, Director of Institutional Research and Planning for Thornton Community College and Director of Biostatistics and Computer Services for the Illinois Cancer Council.  He also served in a number of executive positions in the private sector.  Riley also taught urban studies and public health planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and had been an adjunct professor of Public Administration and Statistics at Governors State University for fourteen years.  He has written in the diverse areas of cancer clinical trials, housing, labor economics, educational research and health planning, and presented papers or seminars in those fields. He holds B.A. in Geography and Secondary Education from Chicago State University, Master of Urban Planning and Policy, M.S., and Doctoral study in Economic Public Policy Analysis at the University of Illinois at Chicago.   Riley is a long-time member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association. He also serves on numerous civic, academic and service boards and commissions.  An Army veteran, Riley served on active and reserve duty from 1972 to 1978 in the branches of Intelligence, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs.