The City of Villa Grove is considered an Aldermanic-City Form of government under the State of Illinois Statutes, which includes the following:

  • The Mayor serves as the chief executive officer and is elected at-large to a four year term, as is the City Clerk. In 1997 the City Treasurer position was changed from elected to appointed but the term remains the same as the Mayor and Clerk’s.
  • Two aldermen from each of three wards are elected to serve 4-year terms, which alternate every two years.
  • Other offices and vacancies are filled by appointment by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the City Council – including high school student advisory members.
  • The City Council, as a whole, makes decisions regarding laws and rules to be enacted and enforced by the City, with the guidance provided by reference to the Illinois State Statutes and the Illinois Municipal League.

In the fall of 2018, the Mayor and City Council established and hired the position of City Administrator. Jacki Athey began filling the position as of October 1, 2018, which includes:

  • Attendance of all Council-level meetings while fulfilling the functions of personnel officer, purchasing/procurement officer and budget officer.
  • Preparation of various reports to the Mayor and City Council concerning the status of the City’s affairs, and is charged with the investigation of all complaints and enforcement of all City Ordinances.
  • Representing the City in all facets of grant research, solicitation, application and administration of such programs.
  • Acting as the City’s liaison to various other agencies and organizations in certain capacities.
  • Maintaining ongoing education and training in regards to the professional administration of a municipal government entity.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Mayor.


Mayor: Cassandra Eversole-Gunter

Term ends May 12, 2025

Alderman, Ward I: Anthony Hooker

Term ends May 8, 2023

Alderman, Ward I:  Matthew Pangburn

Term ends May 12, 2025

City Clerk: Michelle Osborne

Term ends May 12, 2025

Alderman, Ward II: Derek Johnson

Term ends May 8, 2023

Alderman, Ward II: Kerry Cheely

Term ends May 12, 2025

City Treasurer: Jacqualine Athey

Term ends May 12, 2025

Alderman, Ward III: Ryan Garrett

Term ends May 8, 2023

Alderman, Ward III: Thelma Blaney

Term ends May 12, 2025

Council Advisory Members

The Mayor routinely appoints two local high school students to serve on the City Council.  School administrators nominate youth who are interested in political science careers or just have a strong urge to serve.  They attend meetings, bring items to discussion and, although symbolic, are called to vote on all City business.   The Council enjoys their interest, ideas and participation – as well as the opportunity to teach young leaders about how the City operates.  We appreciate our student advisors and their enthusiasm!

2021 Advisory Member:  Alexa Howard

Her term began January 2021.  She can be reached for City-related business by email at

2021 Advisory Member:  Lydia Howard

Her term also began January 2021.  She can be reached for City-related business by email at


Alexa and Lydia are the first siblings (let alone twins) to serve as advisory members.  The young ladies are seniors at Villa Grove High School, are involved in many extracurricular activities and each was recently selected as the Senior of the Month.  Alexa plans to major in journalism next year, while Lydia will be studying geology.  Their parents are Josh and Marci Howard.  We look forward to their continued joint and individual accomplishments while they serve here and as they head out into the world representing Villa Grove – and we hope to be able to tell them apart by then!

Building Inspector: Mike Broeker

Term ends May 9, 2022

Planning & Zoning Board: Chairman is Mike Broeker


Board Members Also Include:  Secretary Beth Elston, Rachel Dewitt, Mike Cline, Joe Landeck, J. Allen Nelk, Scott Smith, Mayor Eversole-Gunter

Park Board:  Chairman is Steve Douglas


Board Members Also Include:  Mayor Eversole-Gunter, Alderman Johnson, Luis Rund, John Schweighart, Heath Wilson and Ellen Zimmerman; Advisory member Jim Mikeworth


City Council meetings are set by ordinance as the second Monday of each month, at 6:00 p.m.  Standing Committee of the Whole meetings are set as the fourth Monday of each month, also at 6:00 p.m.  Planning and Zoning meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. but are only convened if there is business for discussion. To see our Current Years Schedule, Click here.

How to request to be on a meeting’s agenda?  Call the Administrative and Billing Office at 217-832-4721 to determine what date is available and what forms/paperwork should be provided the week before to be given to Council officials for preview in their meeting packets.


American Legal Publishing, a company from Ohio, is utilized by communities across the country for the recodification of their local ordinances.  Simply put, they review all new stand-alone ordinances to make sure there are no conflicts with any other state or local laws, and then incorporate them into the Code.  The last codification, done as the S-8 Supplement, contains all local ordinances enacted up to January 3, 2019, and can be found at:


Any new ordinances passed since January 3, 2019 (either to create new laws/items or repeal prior ones) can be found in the pdf links below.


    • Public Act 097-0609 – Total Compensation Report

      In accordance with Illinois PA 097-0609, the City of Villa Grove has posted the total compensation for each employee having a total compensation package that exceeds $75,000.00 per year.  The report may be viewed at the City’s Administrative & Billing Offices at 120 North Main Street, Villa Grove, Illinois 61956.

    • Public Act 101-0504 – IMRF Employer Reporting

      In 2019, the Illinois General Assembly passed PA 101-0504, which requires IMRF to post certain employer cost and participation information on its website.  The Act also requires that IMRF employers provide a link to that webpage no later than 1/1/2021.  Public Act 101-0504 LINK


    This site is prepared and maintained by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and provides information including demographics and resources for people interested in learning more about the City (largely based on Census results)