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.
Planning & Zoning Board: Chairman is Mike Broeker
Board Members Also Include: Secretary Beth Elston, Greg Harbin, John Kietzman, Joe Landeck, Jim Long, Chris Walburn, 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 members Lee Hoffman and 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.
Ordinance 2020-MC01 – never approved
Ordinance 2020-MC02 – Ordinance Authorizing Boundary Modifications to the Douglas County Enterprise Zone
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)