Founded in 1834, Elgin was chartered as a city by the State of Illinois in 1854. Approximately 100 years later, Elgin became the first city in Illinois to adopt a council-manager form of government.

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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.

The current council members are Corey Dixon, Terry L. Gavin, Rosamaria Martinez, Tish S. Powell, Carol J. Rauschenberger, Toby Shaw, F. John Steffen. 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 p.m. 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, or view replays on Channel 17/99.

Local, State, Federal Representation

Elgin resides in Kane County and Cook County. A portion of Hanover Township is located within Cook County, and Elgin Township, Plato Township, Rutland Township, Dundee Township, and Campton Township are located within Kane County.

Illinois House of Representatives
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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

IL Representatives

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U.S. House of Representatives
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  • Peter Roskam (R) 6th Congressional District
  • Randy Hultgren (R) 14th Congressional District
  • Raja Krishnamoorthi (D) 8th Congressional District

U.S. Representatives

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Illinois Senators
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  • Cristina Castro (D) District 22
  • Jim Oberweis (R) District 25
  • Karen McConnaughay (R) District 33
  • Dave Syverson (R) District 35

Illinois Senators

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U.S. Senate

  • Tammy Duckworth (D)
  • Dick Durbin (D)