City Council Meetings
The Highland Park City Council regularly meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month, beginning at 7:30 PM, in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 1707 St. Johns Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois. Call 847.432.0800 to confirm meeting times and dates. Click here to view live City Council meetings. Click here for a brief recap of the past meeting.
Committee of the Whole
The Council meets before each City Council meeting as a Committee of the Whole starting at 4:30 PM. These meetings are held to allow for in-depth discussions of important issues. The meetings are commonly held in the second floor conference room of City Hall.
2020 City Council Meeting Dates and Agendas
City Council Meeting Dates for 2020 are:
To view City Council Meeting dates, agendas, agenda packets, minutes, and videos, please click here.
City Council Agenda Packet Archive
Archived City Council Agenda Packets and minutes are available here. For copies of City Council Agenda Packets or minutes older than January 2008, please contact the City Clerk's Office at 847.926.1034.
Open Meetings Act
All meetings of the City Council and its related public bodies are governed by the State of Illinois Open Meetings Act. This means that, with only limited exceptions, all deliberations and actions must be conducted openly. The Act also provides for notice, with an Agenda, to be posted 48 hours in advance of each meeting.
In keeping with the Open Meetings Act, the City Council may recess or adjourn the meeting to hold a Closed Session. The subjects of these sessions are limited to certain matters only. These include land acquisition or sale, personnel matters, and litigation. The minutes of these meetings are reviewed twice a year to determine whether the need for confidentiality still exists.
Live City Council Meetings - Cable and Internet
All City Council meetings are broadcast live to Highland Park residents subscribing to Comcast Cable (Public Access Channel 10) and AT&T U-Verse (Channel 99 and choose "Highland Park"), beginning at 7:30 PM on the second and fourth Mondays of the month and played back Wednesdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 1 PM, and the first and third Monday of the month at 7:30 PM. A VHS copy is available at the Highland Park Public Library and kept in circulation for 6 months.
Additionally, City Council meetings are streamed live on the internet via the City's website.
Archived City Council Meetings - Internet
City Council meetings are generally available for replay online within 2 to 3 business days following the meeting. Click here to view archived City Council and Plan Commission Meetings.
Form of Government
Highland Park has the Council/Manager form of local government. Policy is set by the Mayor and Council, who are elected by the residents, and the policies are carried out by the City Manager, who is appointed by the Council.
The City also has a number of advisory boards and commissions that study a variety of important issues and make recommendations to the City Council. Volunteers are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council to take advantage of the wealth of talented and knowledgeable residents in the City. If you are interested in serving, please contact the City Manager’s Office for more information.
How a Citizen May be Heard
Citizens are encouraged to attend City Council meetings and are welcome to appear before the Council. While it would be helpful if you schedule your appearance with the City Clerk or City Manager’s Office in advance, it is not a requirement. You may print a public comment card and bring it with you to the meeting. Copies of the agenda for all Council meetings are available by following the links on this page. Agendas are also available at the City Clerk’s Office and at the meeting location on the meeting day. Any citizen may also contact the staff for information or assistance related to any agenda item.
Individuals wishing to be heard on a particular agenda item will be recognized by the Mayor during the consideration of that item. When recognized, please step forward to the podium and state your name. Speak directly into the microphone so that your comments may be heard.
If you wish to address the Council on matters not shown on the Agenda, you may do so under “Business From The Public.” Since many people may wish to have the opportunity to speak, please limit your comments to three minutes.