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Local Election Information

2015 Municipal Elections are just ahead.  In the City of Monmouth, there are six Aldermanic positions available – one (1) four year term in each Ward along with one (1) two year term in Ward II and one (1) two year term in Ward I to fill out vacancies created by the resignations of two former Aldermen.

Candidate information for the 2015 elections is contained in the “2015 Candidates Guide” prepared by the State of Illinois Board of Elections and can be found on their website at  

Packets containing forms and general information for our local elections can be picked up in the City Clerk’s office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  

The Filing Periods for the 2015 PRIMARY and GENERAL ELECTIONS are:

***November 17 – 24, 2014 is the Filing Period for:

Candidates seeking nomination at the Consolidated Primary Election February 24, 2015.  (This includes candidates for Chicago municipal offices). [10 ILCS 5/7-12(3), 10-6(4)] 

(Petitions may NOT be circulated prior to August 26, 2014) [10ILCS 5/10-4] 

***December 15 – 22, 2014 is the Filing Period for:

Candidates seeking election at the Consolidated Election, April 7, 2015.  [10 ILCS 5/10-6(2)] (Petitions may NOT be circulated prior to September 23, 2014)[10ILCS 5/10-4] 

Independent and nonpartisan candidates must file nominating petitions. 

If anyone has any questions, please call the City Clerk’s office and ask to speak with the City Clerk.

Reminder - Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Bags

Just a reminder that you may set out garbage, recycling and/or yard waste bags 48 hours prior to pick-up.  We have had many instances of bags of garbage and yard waste out for an extended period of time only to have weather and/or animals destroy the bags, making it difficult for those running the route as well as spilling garbage and yard waste through neighborhoods.

Thank you! 

Public Safety Notification Program

###  PRESS RELEASE  ###      February 20, 2014

The Monmouth Police Department is pleased to announce a new initiative to keep citizens advised of a local emergency and various other advisories.  Residents and people who work or attend school in Monmouth will now be able to receive “public safety notification” text messages on their cell phones from the police department.  If you want to receive public safety notifications from the Monmouth Police Department email your phone number, including area code, to Ken Helms at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call us at 309-734-8383.

Since the text messages will be reserved for emergency events you will receive text message notifications less frequently than our Facebook page newsfeed postings.  So, partner with us to receive your public safety notification text messages and Like us on Facebook!

Media Contact Person: Chief Bill Feithen      Phone: 309-734-8383

Have an Old Green Bin?

The City is looking for 100 of the old green recycling bins for a community recycling project. If you have an old green bin that you no longer need, you can drop it by City Hall or the City's Municipal Waste Handing Facility (just off of 11th street). Thanks so much for your help!

The new site is now live! Created collaboratively by the Monmouth Business Council, the City of Monmouth, the Chamber and Midwest Bank of Western Illinois, this community marketing site will help spread the word about the excellent retail, dining and lodging we have here in Monmouth. If you would like your business featured on the site, please use the Contact form on the site to let us know and a site administrator will be in touch.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

The Monmouth Police Department wants to wish everyone a safe and fun night. We encourage everyone to take a few moments and review the following safety tips, especially with your children.

Trick or Treat Safety Tips

For Trick-or-Treaters:

Stay in your own or a familiar neighborhood/Walk in groups
Bring a flashlight or glow stick/wear reflective clothing
Stop only at houses with their lights on
Don't go into strangers' homes for any reason
Make sure your costume doesn't drag on the ground
Carry only flexible knives, swords, or other props

For Parents:

Feed your children before heading out
Accompany your children
Inspect your child's candy
Plan the route ahead of time
When driving, watch for children darting between cars
Take a cellular phone or walkie-talkies
Avoid taking shortcuts in alleys, through people’s yards and stay in well-lit areas
If your child's costume is common (super hero character etc..) mark it with a colored tape or have your child wear a bracelet so you can identify your child

For Motorists:

Don't drink and drive
Use caution when backing and entering into a driveway
Drive slowly down residential streets

For Homeowners:

Keep pets away from children
Use a glow stick instead of candles on your front porch
Remove obstacles from your front yard, and clear a pathway for trick-or-treaters to get to your door

Call the Monmouth Police Department at 734-8383 if you observe any suspicious activity.


We urge parents/families to plan a safe trick or treat route that avoids homes of sex offenders. Please take the time to learn where sex offenders live so they and their homes can be avoided.

You can go online to visit the state's Sex Offender Registry Web site at or call the Illinois Sex Offender Registry Team's (I-SORT) Hotline at 1-888-41-ISORT. You may also call the Monmouth Police Department for assistance – 1-309-734-8383.

Live Music in Monmouth

Live music has a new home in Monmouth: The new website, which officially launches today, is an effort to provide a one-stop-shop resource for regional music fans to find out who is playing and where they're playing. The website will also serve as the new web home for both the Maple Leaf Community Concert Series and the Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival. Click on the button below to visit the site.

A Progressive Community Since 1831

Welcome to the City of Monmouth! We're glad you're here. Monmouth is a great place to live, to learn, to work and to play. Whether you are a current resident, business owner, or someone new to our community, this web site is for you. Explore, learn and together, we can keep our progressive community thriving and growing.