Open, transparent, accountable government is vital to our democracy. The League has been a champion of government transparency since our founding in 1920. It is one of our core principles and a vital part of our mission.
Park Ridge is a home rule community with authority to act independently on all legislative matters not in conflict with state laws. The city is governed by ordinances adopted by the City Council pursuant to its home rule powers. The City of Park Ridge has a Council-Mayor-City Manager form of government which combines the political leadership of elected officials with the administrative experience of a city manager. The City Council meets the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at City Hall. All meetings are open to the public. Citizens are given an opportunity to address the City Council on agenda and non-agenda items. Learn more about the City Council here.
This section also includes select reports from meetings of City Boards and Commissions, such as the Planning and Zoning Commission. As our League builds capacity in Observers Corp, we hope to provide fuller coverage of these important meetings. At the present time, the League sends Observers, as available, to meetings on special topics of interest to members and the community (including issues for which the League has an established position).
Maine Township serves residents in parts of Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Niles, Glenview, Morton Grove, and Rosemont. The Maine Township board meets monthly typically on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm for bill review with the regular meeting starting at 7:00 pm at the Maine Township Town Hall, 1700 Ballard Road in Park Ridge. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend any board meetings and participate according to public participation rules. A complete schedule of regular board meetings for the current fiscal year is available here
Democracy is not a spectator sport! Local government decisions determine how our schools will be run, which programs will be funded, and how land will be used. These decisions have huge impact on our lives and well-being. But in our busy world, it can be difficult to stay informed about the activities of local governmental bodies and ensure open, transparent processes.
Observer Corps volunteers help protect your right to know & provide critical oversight. Trained League observers attend meetings to listen, learn and report back factual information about the proceedings of council, board, commission and advisory committees within our city and township. Observer Corps reports help members of our community gain easy access to important information from meetings of City Council, Commissions, and school boards. These observations also help alert the League to issues that merit a call to action.
The LWVUS publication, Observing Your Government, describes the purpose, benefits, and mechanics of League Observer Corps programs.
Sunshine is vital to ensuring open, transparent government.