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Running for Office
Monticello City Council
The City of Monticello City Council is comprised of 8 Alderpersons, 1 Mayor, 1 City Clerk, and 1 City Treasurer.

Each Alderperson holds office for a term of 4 years. The terms of office for the 2 Alderpersons in each ward are staggered so that 1 Alderperson is elected from each ward every 2 years.

The Mayor, City Clerk and City Treasurer all hold a term of office for 4 years.

Persons interested in running for a position on the City of Monticello City Council are encouraged to check with the City Clerk for dates associated with future elections.

Candidate Requirements & Qualifications- (65 ILCS 5/3.1-10.5)
-1 year residency within the ward of office preceding the consolidated election.
-Must be a registered voter.
-Must not be in arrears in payment of tax or other indebtedness due to the City of Monticello.
-Must not have been convicted of an infamous crime, bribery, perjury or other felony.

The Role of an Alderman (2019 election)
The City of Monticello is an Mayor-Aldermanic form of government, with a City Administrator responsible for daily operations.  

The City of Monticello is divided into four wards.  Two aldermen from each ward are elected to represent their ward on the City Council.  Members of the City Council do receive compensation for their service, although they do not have offices or regular office hours.  Mail should be directed to their attention at the Monticello Municipal Building, 210 N Hamilton, Monticello, Illinois 61856.  City Council members also receive a city-affiliated email address.

Council members must attend regular city council meetings held the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, unless the Monday is an official city holiday.  Special meetings such as study sessions may also be scheduled with advanced notice.

Aldermen are representative of their wards, and may upon occasion receive communication from constituents.  Aldermen are subject to the regulations set forth in the Open Meetings Act, and OMA training.

2019 Election

The next consolidated primary election for City of Monticello elected positions will be in February 26, 2019, and the next consolidate election will be April 2, 2019.  The following positions will be determined at this election:
  Ward 1, Alderman
  Ward 2, Alderman
  Ward 3, Alderman
  Ward 3, Alderman (finish remainder of 2017 term)
  Ward 4, Alderman
Important deadlines  for candidates regarding the 2019 election are posted below:


 Consolidated Primary

Consolidated Election 

First day to circulate 
nomination petitions
 August 28, 2018  September 18, 2018
Candidates Filing Period  November 19-26, 2018*  December 10-17, 2018*
Last day to file objections to nominating papers for candidates  December 3, 2018  December 24, 2018
Last day for election official to certify candidates to election authority   December 20, 2018   January 24, 2019 
Last day to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate  December 27, 2018  January 31, 2019
Consolidated Primary Election  February 2, 2019  N/A
Consolidated Election  April 2, 2019  April 2, 2019

*Candidates may file forms at the Monticello Municipal Building during regular open hours, Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.  Please note, the municipal building will be closed Thursday, November 25nd & Friday, November 26th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Signatures Required
for Petition

Consolidated Primary

Consolidated Election

 Ward 1

Minimum 25 signatures 

Minimum 11, Maximum 61 signatures 

 Ward 2

Minimum 25 signatures 

Minimum 17, Maximum 67 signatures  

 Ward 3 Minimum 25 signatures  Minimum 10, Maximum 60 signatures  
 Ward 4 Minimum 25 signatures  Minimum 16, Maximum 66 signatures  

Ward Map
View a map of the City of Monticello's ward boundaries:

  • Ward 1 - Northeast quadrant
  • Ward 2 - Southeast quadrant
  • Ward 3 - Southwest quadrant
  • Ward 4 - Northwest quadrant
For More Information
For more information, contact the City of Monticello at 217.762.2583.