United Counties Council of Illinois (UCCI) is a statewide association of county boards that provides numerous services to counties and county officials. UCCI tracks proposed legislation, provides legislative input, and affords units of county government a presence in the legislative process through its efforts on proposed legislation involving all aspects of county government. In addition to its legislative efforts, UCCI offers its members a broad range of services that are beneficial to counties and county officials.
A major focus of UCCI is providing educational opportunities to county officials through its Leadership Academy program with the University of Illinois, as well as various training programs and statewide seminars on topics of interest to its members.
The publication of an annual “Statewide Salary and Fringe Benefits Survey” by UCCI started in the mid ‘80s, and continues to be a valuable resource document for counties across the State of Illinois during their budgeting process and collective bargaining negotiations.
The Illinois Counties Risk Management Trust (ICRMT) was developed by UCCI in 1983 as an insurance pool offering numerous types of coverage to address the various risks faced by public entities. Presently, more than 200 units of local government participate in the ICRMT, including over 50% of counties located in Illinois, as well as numerous municipalities, townships and school districts.
UMED, a similarly structured insurance program, is a public entity group health insurance program developed by UCCI, and administered by Insurance Program Managers Group (IPMG), offering public entities an affordable alternative to private health insurance carriers.
UCCI also holds the copyright to the reference guide “Practical Guide to County Government Law” , published in 2015, which provides an overview of issues county governments and officials may face in the carrying out of their duties and responsibilities. This guide has proven to be a valuable source of information to both new and experienced county officials as they undertake their responsibilities in the governance of a county, as well as those who are concerned with the operation of county government.
As a statewide association of county boards, it is the goal of UCCI to serve its members, and their constituents, by providing the resources needed to meet the challenges of today’s ever-changing times and to best serve the citizens of their communities.