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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 (2017 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.

2017 Election

The next consolidated primary election for City of Monticello elected positions will be in February 28, 2017, and the next consolidate election will be April 4, 2017.  The following positions will be determined at this election:
  Ward 1, Alderman
  Ward 2, Alderman
  Ward 3, Alderman
  Ward 4, Alderman
  City Clerk

Important deadlines  for candidates regarding the 2017 election are posted below:


 Consolidated Primary

Consolidated Election 

First day to circulate 
nomination petitions
 August 30, 2016  September 20, 2016
Candidates Filing Period  November 21 - 28, 2016*  December 12 - 19, 2016*
Last day to file objections to nominating papers for candidates  December 5, 2016   December 26, 2016
Last day for election official to certify candidates to election authority   December 22, 2016   January 26, 2017 
Last day to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate  December 29, 2016   February 2, 2017
Consolidated Primary Election  February 28, 2017  N/A
Consolidated Election  April 4, 2017  April 4, 2017 

*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 24th & Friday, November 25th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Signatures Required
for Petition

Consolidated Primary

Consolidated Election

 Ward 1

Minimum 25 signatures 

Minimum 9, Maximum 59 signatures 

 Ward 2

Minimum 25 signatures 

Minimum 9, Maximum 59 signatures  

 Ward 3 Minimum 25 signatures  Minimum 9, Maximum 59 signatures  
 Ward 4 Minimum 25 signatures  Minimum 9, Maximum 59 signatures  
Mayor  Minimum 25 signatures   Minimum 9, Maximum 59 signatures 
City Clerk  Minimum 25 signatures  Minimum 9, Maximum 59 signatures  
Treasurer  Minimum 25 signatures  Minimum 9, Maximum 59 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.