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Elgin was chartered as a city by the State of Illinois in 1854, and 100 years later became the first city in Illinois to adopt a council-manager form of government.

Council-Manager Government

Residents elect eight at-large council members and a mayor, who serve on a part-time basis. The city manager, a full-time professional, serves at the direction of the mayor and city council. As a result of the 2010 census placing Elgin at 108,000 residents, two additional council seats were elected in 2013, bringing the council to eight at-large members.

The current council members are Corey Dixon, Richard Dunne, Terry L. Gavin, Tish S. Powell, Carol J. Rauschenberger, Toby Shaw, F. John Steffen and Rosamaria Martinez.  Elgin's current mayor is David Kaptain, and Richard Kozal serves as the city manager.

The city council meets every second and fourth Wednesday at 6:00 pm in the council chambers, located on the second floor of city hall. Agenda and minutes are available online.  Residents may attend in person at city hall, watch the live video stream from our online newsroom, or view the replays on Channel 17. 

Additional Representation:

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Peter Roskam (R) 6th Congressional District

Randy Hultgren (R) 14th Congressional District

Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) 8th Congressional District

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Anna C. Moeller (D) District 43

Fred Crespo (D) District 44

Michael Fortner (R) District 49

Steve Andersson (R) District 65

Allen Skillicorn (R) District 66

Robert Pritchard (R) District 70

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Cristina Castro (D) District 22

Jim Oberweis (R) District 25

Karen McConnaughay (R) District 33

Dave Syverson (R) District 35

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Elgin includes portions of Hanover Township in Cook County and Elgin Township, Plato Township, Rutland Township, Dundee Township, and Campton Township in Kane County.

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