Home Rule Considered by Village Board at March 19, 2024 Committee of the Whole

At its March 19, 2024 Committee of the Whole meeting, the Village Board discussed the Village’s form of governance, specifically as it relates to the differences between non-home rule and home rule municipalities. Home rule is a type of governance that gives municipalities greater authority to shape local solutions for local issues. By law, Illinois communities are classified as either home rule or non-home rule. While non-home rule communities are subject to all state legislation and mandates (unfunded ones included), home rule communities may be more flexible in finding local solutions to local issues and are not as burdened by state-imposed mandates and regulations. All communities in Illinois with populations over 25,000 are automatically considered home rule. Others may achieve home rule through a referendum process. On the north shore, only Glencoe and Kenilworth are non-home rule communities.

Since home rule governance was created in the State Constitution in 1970, the Village has studied the subject at least four times, most recently in 2019 and 2020 before tabling the discussion due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At its meeting this week, the Village staff and attorney presented the Board a summary of that recent analysis. The Board had a detailed discussion about the Village’s current form of governance, as well as the opportunities, benefits and limits of Home Rule.

Ultimately, the consensus of the Board was supportive of a referendum that would ask residents to consider home rule governance in Glencoe. The timeline for a referendum has not yet been set, but the Board directed staff to begin to assemble information to share with the community as it considers further next steps. Residents may find further information on this subject and the Village’s current governance structure on our website at www.villageofglencoe.org/governance.

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