On November 6, 2018 General Election ballot, the residents of the Village of Lemont will have the opportunity to answer a question on home rule through a binding referendum. The Mayor and Village Board chose to give its residents the opportunity to consider becoming home rule as a way to obtain additional revenue streams in order to maintain the current level of Police and Public Works services, along with maintaining the Village's roads and water system.
Currently, the Village is a non-home rule municipality under the Illinois Constitution, meaning that the Village can only authorize those powers which are expressly granted by the State of Illinois. Pursuant to the Illinois Constitution, home rule municipalities may exercise any power and function pertaining to its government and affairs. Home rule status can only be achieved through voter approval or the certification of a population above 25,000 residents.
In an effort to inform all residents on what that entails, the following information is available regarding home rule:
- View Press Release
- A Home Rule Information web page was created and contains valuable information and many links to stats.
- A special Home Rule Village News newsletter is available on our website in the "Living in Lemont" menu or available by following the provided link.
- A town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Village Hall Board Room, 418 Main Street.