Home Rule is a designation granted by voters that gives a community the ability to establish and implement policies to address significant local needs and concerns. Without Home Rule status, Illinois communities are bound by regulations from the State of Illinois and Cook County.
Why Does the Village Want Home Rule?
Home Rule provides the Village access to additional tools and the flexibility to address many quality of life and nuisance issues that may arise, reducing reliance on your property taxes. One of the primary benefits of Home Rule authority is the ability to create additional funding for roads, sidewalks, water systems, and other infrastructure projects through economic development and fiscal policies. Home Rule also allows the Village to both increase police authority, and improve Village beautification.
In contrast, a Non-Home Rule municipality may only exercise powers for which express authority is provided by state law. This means that non-home rule communities are dependent on obtaining grants of authority from the General Assembly and Governor.
The Village Board has specifically passed these Resolutions on behalf of the residents if Home Rule is approved by voters among the March 19th General Primary Election. Considering residents' quality of life, along with making sure the Village is putting its best foot forward, is the Board's top priority.